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December 25, 2013, 1:55 AM

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Reuters:
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:
Rescator.la, 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 …
Fox News:
Target warns customers of scams after massive data breach  —  Target is warning customers of phishing emails after more than 40 million credit and debit card accounts were stolen from the company during the holiday shopping season.  —  The retailer announced Tuesday that it has learned …
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: jmarbach.com 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 …
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 …
Elizabeth Goitein / Al Jazeera America:
NSA review group's report is an auspicious starting point for national discussion of reform  —  Bringing intelligence agencies to heel … It is rare for Congress or the federal courts to offer significant pushback against assertions of authority by the intelligence community.
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 …
Bloomberg:
Italy Approves ‘Google Tax’ on Internet Companies  —  Italy's Parliament today passed a new measure on web advertising, the so-called “Google tax,” which will require Italian companies to purchase their Internet ads from locally registered companies, instead of from units based in havens such as Ireland, Luxembourg and Bermuda.
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Mozilla's Asm.js Gets Another Step Closer To Native Performance  —  Mozilla's asm.js is a strict subset of JavaScript that Firefox can run significantly faster than regular JavaScript code.  Thanks to the so-called OdinMonkey module for Firefox's built-in JavaScript engine …

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