• Microsoft says cybercrime bust frees 4.7 mln infected PCs

    The Microsoft logo is seen at their offices in BucharestBy Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said it has freed at least 4.7 million infected personal computers from control of cyber crooks in its most successful digital crime-busting operation, which interrupted service at an Internet-services firm last week. The world's largest software maker has also identified at least another 4.7 million infected machines, though many are likely still controlled by cyber fraudsters, Microsoft's cybercrime-fighting Digital Crimes Unit said on Thursday. Richard Domingues Boscovich, assistant general counsel of the unit, said Microsoft would quickly provide government authorities and Internet service providers around the world with the IP addresses of infected machines so they can help users remove the viruses. "Those victims are currently not aware they are infected," Boscovich said in an interview.

  • U.S. sues Amazon for kids' charges without parental consent

    A zoomed illustration image of a man looking at a computer monitor showing the logo of Amazon is seen in ViennaBy Diane Bartz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Amazon.com was sued on Thursday by the U.S. government for allowing children to use mobile apps to rack up millions of dollars in charges without getting permission from parents, who were stuck with the bills. The lawsuit, filed by the Federal Trade Commission, seeks to make the online retailer refund money spent without parental authorization and to end Amazon's practice of allowing unlimited purchases without requiring a password or other mechanism to give parents control over their accounts. The unauthorized charges are often associated with children's apps, such as games, that can be free to download but allow players to make in-app purchases by buying "coins" or other digital products with the credit card associated with the device, the FTC said in its complaint. The apps run on Amazon's Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD and mobile devices that use Google's Android operating system.

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