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News Scan: Home Depot malware shares Target breach origins; CIOs rely on intuition as often as big data analysis; more

The top news stories for Sept. 15, 2014.

Big data's dark side: Cost, manipulation, gamification and more

This report addresses a number of significant big data issues ranging from the costs and clunkiness of transmitting large data sets wirelessly to worrisome manipulation issues in gamification, and everything in-between. 

Patterns in banking personal identification numbers

Researchers have discovered that people tend to choose only a few hundred 4-digit combinations from 10,000 possible PINs. Knowing what those popular combinations are aids hackers greatly in tapping their victims' bank accounts.

Yahoo forced to release data or face massive fines

There was a legal fight over a statement in Yahoo's own terms of service (ToS). Yahoo lost and the government won. 

News Scan: Cybercrime racks up a $100 billion bill; Social networking demographics broken-down; More

The top news stories for Sept. 12, 2014.

Steps for snagging that security position

Security skills are in high demand in 2014. But transitioning from the role of an IT pro to that of an IT security pro will take more than just a few extra certifications.

News Scan: FTC urged to investigate Home Depot breach; State CIOs adopt leadership, innovation goals; More

The top news stories for Sept. 10, 2014.

IBM: CMS plugin patch rates lag behind core platform patches

IBM's X-Force Threat Intelligence quarterly report is out and, given recent reports of CMS security issues, the results aren't surprising but they're still noteworthy. It reveals that 8.4 percent of web application vulnerabilities can be traced back to CMS plugins versus just 0.9 percent that originate from problems in the core CMS platform.

A close look at drone autonomy

The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College released "The Drone Primer: A Compendium of the Key Issues," which is described as "an online and print publication about the basic facts, issues, questions, and patterns related to unmanned systems in military, civilian, and commercial contexts."

Google updates experimental password generator in Chrome browser

Google has updated an experimental password generator for the Chrome browser, though it is not clear if it will make its way into a stable release.