December 25, 2013, 10:35 AM

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Exclusive: Target hackers stole encrypted bank PINs - source  —  (Reuters) - The hackers who attacked Target Corp (TGT.N) and compromised up to 40 million credit cards and debit cards also managed to steal encrypted personal identification numbers (PINs), according to a senior payments executive familiar with the situation.
Brian Krebs / Krebs on Security:, a major marketplace for cards stolen in Target hack, linked to Ukrainian man  —  Who's Selling Credit Cards from Target?  —  The previous two posts on this blog have featured stories about banks buying back credit and debit card accounts stolen in the Target hack and that ended …
Nitasha Tiku / Valleywag:
Google's Investigating Rap Genius For Using Spammy SEO to Grow Traffic  —  How has Rap Genius distinguished itself all the other lyrics sites?  With sweet, sweet old school spam techniques, or at Silicon Valley likes to call it “growth hacking.”  The tactic is so shady that Matt Cutts …
More: and VentureBeatTweets: @nitashatiku
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
Google sues to protect Android device makers from Rockstar patent infringement suits  —  Google sues to protect Android device makers from Apple-backed patent hell  —  Google has filed a new lawsuit to challenge an Apple-backed consortium known as Rockstar that is using dubious patents …
Violet Blue / ZDNet:
Researchers publish Snapchat code allowing phone number matching after exploit disclosures ignored  —  Summary: Snapchat's previously undocumented API and code for two exploits have been published, allowing mass name/phone number matching, and mass creation of bogus accounts.  —  Violet Blue
More: Business InsiderTweets: @violetblue
Chris Williams / The Register:
Snowden to warn Brits on Xmas telly: Your children will NEVER have privacy  —  Ex-NSA man tries political pressure in Channel 4's Christmas Day speech  —  Celebrity whistleblower Edward Snowden will hit Britain's TV screens tomorrow to warn families: “A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all.”
Jonathan Cheng / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Phone Studied for Possible Security Gap  —  Israeli Researchers Point to Alleged Vulnerability in Galaxy S4  —  SEOUL—The security platform for Samsung Electronics Co. 's best-selling Galaxy S4 smartphone suffers from a vulnerability that could allow malicious software to track emails …
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
BSkyB Invests $350,000 In Early-Stage Immersive Video Startup Jaunt  —  British Sky Broadcasting Group (called BSkyB) has made a $350,000 investment in Jaunt, an early-stage startup that captures and displays 360 degree video content.  BSkyB said that the new partnership will give it …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Justine Sacco And The Self-Inflicted Perils Of Twitter  —  A few weeks ago, I had a drink with my friend Justine Sacco and we talked about what makes for a good Tweet.  —  Justine is an easy person to like — frank, funny, quick to laugh.  To a reporter, she's the kind of flack who's all too rare …

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