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ZDNetGovWeek: Lavabit, NSA, financial services on the front-lines, and Mt. Gox still unhelpful about Bitcoin theft

Conventional wisdom is the NSA used and benefited from the Heartbleed bug. But there's an interesting argument to be made that if the NSA had Heartbleed in its kit bag, it never would have gone after Lavabit. Plus all kinds of cybersecurity fears, Brazil's attempt to rewrite Internet rules, and more...


Microsoft corrects Windows XP/Security Essentials bug

[UPDATED] A bad update caused users of many Microsoft security products, not just Security Essentials, to experience "interrupted service". The latest update fixes the problem.


Samsung's fingerprint flop latest biometric cautionary tale

Samsung's Galaxy S5 latest to signal that biometrics still not a solid answer on authentication


AMD's plan to get back into the black? Fix the internal IT culture, and fast

AMD's chief information officer tells ZDNet how his company's efforts to compete amid financial downturn rest on its innovation efforts, because the chipmaker can't innovate without a solid internal IT system.


Michaels Stores confirms data breach, 3 million cards affected

The company said in January it learned of the breach and hired security firms to investigate. Michaels also said that it has contained the incident and the malware isn't a threat.


Google algorithm busts CAPTCHA with 99.8 percent accuracy

Google engineers have defeated CAPTCHA thanks to a Street View algorithm designed to decipher blurry street addresses.


Can 'pay with your palm' biometrics help break Sweden's card addiction?

Who needs a smartphone to make low-value payments when giving the till a high five can do the same job?


Singapore broker urges 'light touch' Bitcoin regulation

Governments should adopt a light touch approach in regulating virtual currencies and instead allow technology to help protect consumer interests, says Singapore-based Bitcoin broker, Coin Republic.


Heartbleed too big to investigate: Privacy Commissioner

Australia's Privacy Commissioner will not be investigating whether Australian organisations and government agencies have been vulnerable to privacy breaches from the Heartbleed bug until allegations are made about specific organisations.


Top Chinese hacking team reveals members' identities

“50 percent of us are the top scoring students in the national college entrance examination. 50 percent are majored in mathematics, and 50 percent are from Microsoft,” says group's co-founder.