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After 13 entertaining, notoriously abrasive years running Microsoft from his Redmond cockpit, Steve Ballmer is to step down as CEO within a year, it has been announced. The firm’s stock price rose sharply at the news.

    

A wave of cyberattacks against Israeli and Middle Eastern targets this summer was the work of a highly active but shadowy hacktivist group that has started using Remote Access Trojans (RATs) previously favoured by Chinese cyber-actors, security firm FireEye has warned.

    

Mozilla is developing a protocol that aims to let security tools and Web browsers work better together.

    

The German Government is now deeply suspicious that the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) technology built into a growing number of Windows 8 PCs and tablets is creating a gigantic back door for NSA surveillance, leaked documents have suggested.

    

A malicious software tool perhaps most famously used to hack RSA’s SecurID infrastructure is still being used in targeted attacks, according to security vendor FireEye.

    

The National Security Agency was acquiring thousands of digital communications from Americans as of 2011, according to a declassified document from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

    

Former Army Pfc. Bradley Manning may have been handed a 35-year prison sentence on Wednesday for leaking classified documents, but “his fight is not over” and he could be free much sooner, according to Manning attorney David Coombs.

    

Microsoft’s Security Essentials (MSE) remains a hugely popular consumer antivirus product but new figures suggest that its Windows 8 successor, Defender, is losing out to third-party alternatives.

    

A military court judge has sentenced U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison on Wednesday on charges related to his leaking a large store of classified documents to Wikileaks, according to a number of published and broadcast reports.

    

Security firm FireEye has released a toolset organisations can use to analyse attacks made using the Poison Ivy Remote Access Trojan (RAT), an underrated “ancient pest” it believes could offer a useful way of getting to grips with today’s most sophisticated Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs).