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By Brian Warkoczeski
April 18, 2014 8:36 am

Happy Friday! Some news for the end of the week...

Michaels confirms breach of as many as 2.6M cards

Detroit Free Press - Michaels Stores said Thursday that about 2.6 million cards, or about 7% of all debit and credit cards used at its namesake stores, may have been affected in a security breach.

This Netcraft tool flags sites affected by Heartbleed

Computerworld - The new browser plug-in can identify Web sites that maybe vulnerable to the OpenSSL bug.

Satellite Communications Wide Open To Hackers

Dark Reading - Satellite terminals widely used in transportation, military, and industrial plants contain backdoors, hardcoded credentials, weak encryption algorithms, and other design flaws, a new report says.

Digital Public Library of America to add millions of records to its archive

Ars Technica - At one year old, DPLA makes some big partnerships and looks back on its growth.

Certificate Revocations Shoot Up in Wake of OpenSSL Heartbleed Bug

Threat Post - The openSSL heartbleed has led to a huge increase in the number of SSL certificates being revoked, as site owners and hosting providers go through the process of replacing vulnerable certificates.

Who Needs Keys? This Siri Hack can Unlock Your Car

NBC News - Apple's Siri is handy for checking weather and making appointments with voice commands, but what if she were smart enough to turn the lights on or unlock your car? That's what the folks behind GoogolPlex had in mind, as they've developed a unique Siri hack that makes the voice assistant compatible with third-party apps and connected home devices.

Libraries Seek High-Speed Broadband

New York Times - As more people use their local libraries to connect to the Internet, libraries are requesting funding for better services.

How a common law enforcement tool could be abused to spy on you illegally

Washington Post - Privacy advocates are worried about a kind of device known as a pen register.

How a cyber cop patrols the underworld of e-commerce

Network World - An interview with a cyber security "cop" for Payza, an international e-commerce payment platform operating in 97 countries.

GAO Report Knocks SEC for Cybersecurity Failings

Security Week - A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) criticizes the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for failing short in the area of cybersecurity.

DDoS Attackers Change Techniques To Wallop Sites

CSO - Quarterly DDoS report finds attackers turning more toward 'reflection and amplification' techniques to launch larger assaults against websites.

Can You Hear Me Now? NASA to Test Laser Communication System

CIO - The SpaceX cargo spacecraft will be carrying equipment needed for astronauts on the International Space Station to test optical laser communications to its scheduled launch today.

White House updating online privacy policy

Detroit News - A new Obama administration privacy policy released Friday explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.

19-Year-Old Canadian Arrested for Heartbleed Hack

PC Magazine - A 19-year-old Canadian was arrested on Tuesday for his alleged role in the breach of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website, the first known arrest for exploiting the Heartbleed bug.

Internet Of Things Will Demand Continuous Development

Information Week - The Internet of Things will add so much programmability to devices that keeping software current will become a never-ending task.

Lavaboom builds encrypted webmail service to combat snooping

InfoWorld - The Lavaboom service has started accepting registrations for its upcoming beta testing period.

VMware jumps into the DRaaS Market

ZDNET - VMware just launched a disaster recovery as a service offering, VMware vCloud Hybrid Service - Disaster Recovery. Do all cloud users need this?

Pandora sued by record labels for copyright infringement

CNET - Sony, Warner, and Universal argue that under state law, the music streaming service must pay license fees for songs recorded before 1972.

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