Apple Adds Two-Factor Authentication to iTunes Accounts

Apple has introduced a new two-factor authentication system designed to help protect users’ iTunes and App Store accounts and prevent attackers or unauthorized users from taking over users’ accounts. The system is similar to the one that Google has implemented for Gmail, utilizing verification codes sent via SMS.

Experts Tell Congress Serious Deterrence Needed to Impede Foreign Cyber Attacks

The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats typically is more concerned with economics and political issues than cyber attacks, but the members spent this morning in a hearing trying to come up with an answer to a fairly straightforward, but thorny question: What consequences are serious and meaningful enough that they will deter U.S. enemies from infiltrating the country’s networks?

Disruptions to businesses in South Korea continue today after hackers used wiper malware to take a number of banks and television networks offline yesterday. A number of financial systems at a half-dozen banks and production systems inside South Korea’s major television networks remain down, kicking off speculation as to who is behind the attacks and how they got in.

Microsoft received more than 11,000 requests for user information or content data from law enforcement agencies in the United States last year and supplied some user content in more than 1,500 of those cases. Overall, the company received more than 70,000 requests from law enforcement agencies worldwide and gave up some user content in 2.2 percent of those cases.

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