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Schemer in “massive” identity theft fraud gets 4 years in slammer

DoJ says scheme involved 12,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns that sought refunds of at least $42 million from the U.S. Treasury

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South Dakota law will be a test case for a US Internet sales tax

A new South Dakota law may end up determining whether most U.S. residents are required to pay sales taxes on their Internet purchases.

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How to counter outsourcers’ cost of living adjustments

Cost of living increases are intended to keep IT outsourcing staff happy and working hard on your account. However, only a fraction of the money makes it into the pockets of those workers. Here are three ways to fix that.

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Windows 10 on pace to reach 20% share by June

Windows 10 is on pace to power 20% of all Windows desktop systems by the end of June, or around the time Microsoft issues its next major upgrade, according to data published this week.

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Quantum computers pose a huge threat to security, and the NIST wants your help

It's no secret that quantum computers could render many of today's encryption methods useless, and now the National Institute of Standards and Technology wants the public to help it head off that threat.

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Application-layer DDoS attacks will increase, Kaspersky Labs predicts

Cyber thugs are returning to application-layer attacks and using IT security firms as a test bed for attacks.

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Trend Micro: 6 most popular homebrewed terrorist tools

Terrorists are developing and distributing encryption tools that protect privacy of their communications, and other apps that include a news-feed compiler and DDoS attack software, according to a Trend Micro report.

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ExtraHop broadens its monitoring further across hybrid environments

If there's one thing we agree on, it's that the future will be across many different types of infrastructure.

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EMC's latest VCE nodes aim to make clouds easy

One way to get enterprises and service providers to adopt cloud infrastructure is to make it easier to set up and use. That’s what EMC is doing with Neutrino, a new type of hardware-software node for the VCE VxRack platform.

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NYC scowls at LTE-U in open letter

The City of New York became the latest entity to weigh in on the subject of LTE-U, as an open letter from the mayor’s office to policymakers as the 3GPP standards body pushes for thorough protection for existing Wi-Fi.

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Containers: Most developers still don’t understand how to use them

Despite widespread interest in containers, most developers remain unsure how to drive significant benefits from them, a new study finds.

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25 Mother's Day gifts with geek appeal

Mother's Day gifts inspired by science, technology, engineering and math

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Cisco's new campaign: ‘There’s never been a better time’ to be digital

Cisco encourages businesses to take advantage of digital transformation technology or be left behind.

Geek-Themed Meme: Password shenanigans

Truth be told, I am not a model citizen when it comes to password management, so the sentiment behind this latest installment of “Geek-themed Meme of the Week” resonated with me.

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U.S. uncovers $20M H-1B fraud scheme

A Virginia couple and four other people have been indicted for running an H-1B visa-for-sale scheme the government said generated about $20 million.

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Why your iPhone-unlocking fingerprint is susceptible to FBI search warrants

A judge is forcing a woman to unlock an iPhone with her fingerprints, but does this violate the Constitution?

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Intel's Atom architecture to live on despite smartphone chip cancellations

Intel's Atom processor architecture will live on despite the recent cancellation of next-generation smartphone chips.

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Why Windows 10 wants your feedback and diagnostics, and how to control them

We now know the tradeoff for free Windows 10: Microsoft wants data about how you use your PC. Use these controls to customize feedback frequency and limit what the company sees.

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