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The Sony PlayStation Network was taken offline on April 20, 2011 after being hacked. The network stayed down nearly a full month. Customers and lawmakers began the barrage of negative criticism both online and offline. In response, Sony introduced their ID theft protection plan. They could not guarantee that their customers’ credit card information had not been compromised by the hackers.

The Miami Heat may have lost out on the NBA title, but Dwayne Wade is headed back to the court in Texas to give it another go. It isn’t the basketball court this time though, it’s the courtroom. Wade isn’t going up against the Dallas Mavericks this time. Instead, he will be facing off with hackers who have illegally accessed many of his online accounts.

The hacking group known as “Anonymous” released the personal information of over 2,000 public transportation customers throughout the San Francisco area. This was supposedly done in retaliation for the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) shutting down mobile services on Thursday night.

Further enhancing the massive potential of this cloud, research company Gartner predicts hefty growth in the Software-as-a-service market.

The study predicts SaaS revenue to soar past $12 billion by the end of the year, equaling an increase of nearly 21 percent from 2010. Gartner’s future forecast predicts no slowing down either, with SaaS revenue predicted to hit $21 billion by 2015.

Up until recently, the medical files of 300,000 California residents sat entirely unsecured on the web, just waiting for the world to look at them.

They included things like doctors’ notes, Social Security numbers and insurance forms. Among the documents were case histories which detailed things like the crushed fingers of a truck driver, the broken ribs of a maintenance worker, and even one man’s battle sexual dysfunction.

If we hadn’t already learned to protect our data, surely the previous six months would have changed this.

There have been many recent breaches, many of which are attributed to Anonymous and LulzSec, and companies like Citigroup and Sony have suffered major losses because of it.

According to a recent report, Google Chrome was able to block four times the malicious sites as it could a year ago, yet Firefox 4 did a much worse job than the previous year.

Unfortunately for Chrome, it was still pummeled by Microsoft’s IE9. Internet Explorer easily retained the title, according to NSS Lab’s 2011 browser anti-malware technology study.

HP has decided to continue production on its TouchPad tablets, at least for now, partly because of an explosion in customer demand. Of course, that explosion can likely be attributed to the price-cut the tablet was hit with in early August. The device originally debuted at $500, yet dropped to $99 as retailers tried to clear out remaining units.

The original $500 price tag was the same cost as an iPad2, yet the TouchPad couldn’t compete, even though it was greeted with warm reviews. Less than eight weeks after it arrived, HP said it was being pulled from their product line.

Security experts from the M86 Security Labs team have recently intercepted another spamvertised malware campaign that uses fake notifications from Facebook as a social engineering element.

According to a group of German security researchers, the latest Skype version may have a dangerous flaw which might allow the malicious injection of an HTML/JavaScript code into the phone session of a user.

The security team released an advisory on Wednesday, which said the following:

“An attacker could for example inject HTML/JavaScript code. It has not been verified though, if it’s possible to hijack cookies or to attack the underlying operating system. Attacker could give a try using extern .js files.”