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Expert: Protect your company by protecting your 'dark data'

Organizations spend a lot of time securing their most obvious data, but Tom Barce, an information governance expert, suggests many companies have an Achilles' heel that could come back to haunt them: Dark data. Securing it, he said, may mean the difference between data protection and data disaster.

Spotlight: Torrent site bans all Windows 10 users to prevent Microsoft snooping

iTS banned Windows 10 users last week to keep the rumored prying eyes of Microsoft eye.

Weakness in mobile network design puts spotlight on text verification codes

A news report shows the ease by which mobile phone calls and text messages may be hijacked by criminal elements with the right access.

Mozilla experiments with true 'private browsing' on Firefox

Mozilla has released a new private browsing feature in a beta release of the Firefox browser that promises genuine private browsing.

All eyes on El Capitan as Apple releases OS X Yosemite 10.10.5

Apple pushed out OS X 10.10.5, which is likely to be the last major release of OS X Yosemite before the arrival of El Capitan.

Lenovo fixes process that downloaded updater software – Even on wiped machines

Some users have discovered that on some Lenovo PCs running Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10, Lenovo forces the install of its own update software, even if users have wiped their machines.

Chinese hackers breach personal emails of US government officials

NBC News reports it has obtained documents indicating Chinese hackers have been reading the personal email of top U.S. officials since at least early 2010. Government-assigned email accounts of those same officials were not hacked because, according to a senior U.S. intelligence official, they are more secure.

Big data at big risk: 11 ways your big data can be forever lost

It's a sad truth that far too few companies have disaster recovery plans in place today. But problems associated with data loss grow all the larger when the data is truly huge. Unfortunately, companies tend to think the only risk is a data breach when actually there are at least 10 more threats looming. 

Oracle doesn't want you looking for bugs. Or does it?

Oracle's chief security officer, Mary Ann Davidson, wrote a pretty bizarre blog post on Tuesday morning that was promptly removed. In the post, which is still available at the time of writing via Google cache, she tells customers that it's illegal for them to look for bugs in Oracle software and that customers would save everyone a lot of time if they'd just trust Oracle to deliver clean software.

Windows RT actually will get an update. Barely.

A week and a half after the official roll out of Windows 10, Microsoft updated its Windows 10 Q&A to note that Windows RT will get some very minor updates.