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Cyber-Thieves Step Up Attacks During the Holidays

This is a busy time of year for hackers out to steal personal and financial information during the hectic online holiday shopping season. Among the big companies recently hit are McDonald's, Gawker and Walgreen. Don't let your vigilance slip amid the merrymaking.

How to Avoid Being a Victim of Medical Identity Theft

Everyone knows there are identity thieves who want to drain your bank accounts and siphon off your credit. But did you know there are scam artists out to steal your health benefits? So far, 1.5 million Americans have suffered from medical identity theft, at a cost of $29 billion.

The Gym Wants My Fingerprints: A Biometric Dilemma

If your gym wants to use your fingerprints as a biometric ID to save you the trouble of carrying a membership card, is this a good thing? National chain 24-Hour Fitness is hoping to use your most unchangeable identifier to get you to the Stairmaster a bit faster, but is it worth the risk?

Apple to Fix Security Flaw in iPhones, iPads, iPods

Apple says it plans to release a fix for two security flaws in its iOS operating system when it sends out its next software update. The flaws in iOS, which runs the iPhone, iPad and iPod, came to light this week, and could let hackers gain complete control over other users' mobile devices.

Apple iOS Security Flaws Put iPhones, iPads, iPods at Risk

Security researchers have identified two vulnerabilities in Apple's iOS that could potentially allow malicious attackers to gain complete control of other people's iPhones, iPads and iPods, according to an advisory by Vupen Security.

Inside Job Possible in Google Cyber-Attack

Google is now investigating whether some of its own employees helped carry out the recent cyber-attack in China, which exposed Gmail accounts of U.S. companies and Chinese dissidents. News reports also say foreign reporters based in China were targeted by the hackers, too.

U.S. Wants China to Explain Cyber Attack on Google

A day after Google said it might quit China after a cyber attack hacked the Gmail accounts of human rights activists there, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked China's leaders for an explanation. Free speech advocates, meanwhile, praised the search giant's decision to remove censorship filters in the country.

Twitter Attacked by 'Iranian Cyber Army'

Twitter, the Web wunderkind with a $1 billion valuation, was attacked Thursday night by a group calling itself the "Iranian Cyber Army." The cyber attack was an alarming injection of apparent geopolitics onto the world's biggest social messaging service. The hackers, who took over Twitter's website for several hours, left a somewhat incoherent message that seemed to threaten the U.S.