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Additional problems found in pre-installed Dell software

Dell PCs are shipping with more than one self-signed root certificate that comes complete with their corresponding private key, according to a new report on Computerworld.

Walmart accused of turning big data on workers supporting rise in minimum pay

Commercial companies most commonly use big data to understand customers and to parse and predict their actions, but Walmart has been accused of using it to spy on workers taking part in the employee action group OUR Walmart, short for the Organization United for Respect at Walmart. Publicly, the giant retailer called the group's actions "just another union publicity stunt," but privately it considers the group enough of a threat to solicit surveillance aid from the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and Lockheed Martin.

Spotlight: Europe's largest public research institution calls for proposals to solve terrorism-related issues

The French National Center for Scientific Research, a public-funded institution that covers all scientific disciplines, has issued a call for research proposals "on all issues potentially...

StealthINTERCEPT new release doubles down on attack analytics

The new release of StealthINTERCEPT security software Tuesday added built-in analytics for pre-authentication failures, breached passwords, concurrent log-ins, impersonation log-ins and golden ticket attack vectors to the existing attack analytics for account hacking, brute force attacks and horizontal account movement detection.

Dell PCs shipped with rogue out certificate that attackers could use for spying

Dell is shipping PCs with a self-signed digital certificate that makes it easy for attackers to impersonate any other HTTPS-protected website in order to spy on users, the company confirmed on Monday.

New AWS public data sets and the rise of a data singularity

Among the latest efforts on the path to life-saving cures is AWS's recent announcement of two new public data sets: The Cancer Genome Atlas and The International Cancer Genome Consortium PanCancer dataset. These are two of the world's largest collections of cancer genome data and they're both now available at no cost on AWS as part of the AWS Public Data Sets program.

Kaspersky Lab's 2016 and beyond predictions: The rise of 'access as a service'

Kaspersky says to watch out for the rise of "access as a service" and more data dumps for shaming purposes. Here's what they mean by that and what else they say to guard against.

Infamous Conficker malware found on police body cameras, highlighting security risks of IoT devices

A new report about police body cameras infected with the infamous Conficker malware could offer a glimpse of the insecure future of Internet of Things devices in the enterprises. According to ZDNet, two system integrators working on a cloud-based storage system for the storing of camera video for the government discovered the malware after they plugged two units of the body cams into a PC.

Spotlight: Walmart's failed facial recognition trial

If you're interested in data privacy issues and how consumer data is gathered and used by retailers, even to the point of using facial recognition technologies, you'll find this post in...

After Paris: Turning wearables into eyewitness accounts of terrorism

The free world is mourning the tremendous loss of human life to terrorist attacks in Paris this past weekend. As of this writing, details of the attacks were still being sorted out, but ISIS took credit for the carnage. While virtually no one disputes the claim of responsibility, the world still knows little about what actually happened in each of the separate but coordinated attacks. In the future though, wearables may erase most or all such uncertainties. Here's how.