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Aug 6, 2014

Hackers slipping malicious software into online advertisements and emails continue to create risks for consumers and brands.

Aug 6, 2014

The vast majority of businesses and government agencies aren't doing enough to help people discern genuine emails from faked ones, according to a new report form the Online Trust Alliance.  The nonprofit's survey found that just 8 percent of organizations sending emails passed its annual Email Integrity Audit, while 92 percent failed.   Emails from federal agencies did the worst.

Aug 4, 2014

Google has revealed the identity of a user after discovering child abuse imagery in the man's Gmail account.  It alerted a child protection agency and the man was arrested.

Jul 24, 2014

The international public-private efforts to bring down the GameoverZeuS and Citadel botnets took a whack at the players in the black market, but some legitimate businesses were caught in the crossfire. How can we achieve the maximum botnet disruption with the minimum collateral damage? What can legislators, technologists, law enforcement, and security professionals do to earn the good guys a winning record?

Jul 18, 2014

The Obama administration wants Congress to update U.S. anti-hacking laws to allow law enforcement agencies to more easily crack down on fraudsters operating abroad, disrupt botnets used to distribute spam and distributed-denial-of-service attacks and bust "for hire" malware and botnet service providers.

Jul 16, 2014

In the wake of Microsoft's seizure of No-IP servers and domains, private and public sector representatives met to discuss what can be done to address the problem of botnets. The conversation was about fighting botnets in general -- No-IP itself was never mentioned by name. It was, however, briefly implied by panelist Craig D. Spiezle, executive director and founder of the Online Trust Alliance.

Jul 9, 2014

Unlike other leading names in social media, Twitter  (TWTR) was awarded for what it offers its users in privacy. With 255 million users Twitter was acknowledged as one of the top websites for consumer protection, security and privacy by Online Trust Alliance.

Jun 19, 2014

One recent “Honor Roll” report highlights leading brands’ data privacy and security success, offering failing sectors suggestions on how to improve processes and boost reputation.

Jun 15, 2014

The Online Trust Alliance released its 2014 list of websites and mobile applications that do things the right way when it comes to consumer safety, implementing best-use practices to make sure their customers are secure, and their data is private and protected.

Jun 14, 2014

Hackers broke into the accounts through a series of impersonations targeting Environmental Protection Agency and Census Bureau staff. First, they sent the employees "phishing" emails purporting to be from government agencies that contained links to seemingly legit agency webmail login pages. But the webpages actually stole usernames and passwords the employees entered.