NSA: Surveillance Keeps Us Safe
Identity Theft on the Rise in U.S.
Digital Wallet Coinbase Raises $25M
Tech Firms Fight NSA, Protect Profits
Patch Tuesday Fixes One Zero-Day
Gen. Keith Alexander, the NSA chief, says he knows of no better way his agency can help protect the U.S. from foreign threats than with spy programs that collect billions of phone and Internet records.
According to a national household survey of 70,000 people issued by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, identity theft resulted in $24.7 billion in financial losses last year, one out of every 14 Americans.
At 617,000 users and counting, Coinbase, an international digital wallet, is turning the heads of investors. Coinbase has added 400,000 users since Aug. 1 and attracted $25 million in series B funding.
Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the government's surveillance methods, tech companies are turning handsome profits by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits.
Microsoft rolled out 11 security bulletins in the final Patch Tuesday of 2013 -- five critical, six important fixing 24 vulnerabilities. Redmond issued 106 bulletins in 2013, up 22 percent from 2012.