E-commerce - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/1956 en Microsoft tightens restrictions on adware on Windows PCs http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/microsoft-tightens-restrictions-adware-windows-pcs-240066?source=rss_e-commerce <p>Starting July 1, developers of adware for Windows will have to contend with new Microsoft-imposed rules aimed at making it easier for people to stop bothersome ads.</p> <p>In announcing the changes, Microsoft warned developers that ignoring the rules would lead to their programs being detected as adware and "immediately removed from the user's machine." The enforcers would be the security products Microsoft ships with Windows, such as Security Essentials and Windows Defender.</p> Microsoft Windows Microsoft E-commerce Microsoft Windows Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:59:14 +0000 admin 240066 at http://www.infoworld.com Chicago Sun-Times first major US paper to accept bitcoins http://www.infoworld.com/t/web-services/chicago-sun-times-first-major-us-paper-accept-bitcoins-239874?source=rss_e-commerce <p>The Chicago Sun-Times is now accepting bitcoins as payment for subscription, becoming the first major U.S. newspaper to take the digital currency.</p> <p>The paper's goal is to keep evolving with changing technology, and accepting bitcoin payments is one way it is trying to stay digitally focused, Editor-in-Chief Jim Kirk said in a release.</p> E-commerce Web Services Fri, 04 Apr 2014 11:43:02 +0000 admin 239874 at http://www.infoworld.com Judge orders Mt. Gox's CEO to US for questioning http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/judge-orders-mt-goxs-ceo-us-questioning-239618?source=rss_e-commerce <p>A judge in Texas has ordered Mark Karpeles, the CEO of failed Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, to go to the U.S. to answer questions about its bankruptcy.</p> <p>Judge Stacey Jernigan summoned Karpeles to appear on April 17 at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas, Dallas Division, according to a lawyer for the creditors of Mt. Gox.</p> The Industry Standard E-commerce Web Services Government Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:31:03 +0000 admin 239618 at http://www.infoworld.com 'Malleability' attacks not to blame for Mt. Gox's missing bitcoins, study says http://www.infoworld.com/t/web-services/malleability-attacks-not-blame-mt-goxs-missing-bitcoins-study-says-239212?source=rss_e-commerce <p>Fewer than 400 bitcoins could have been stolen from the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange using so-called transaction malleability attacks, according to A Swiss study, far less than the hundreds of thousands of bitcoins the company reported.</p> <p>The findings cast doubt on the failed exchange's explanation of how it lost nearly half a billion dollars' worth of the digital currency when it applied for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo on Feb. 28.</p> E-commerce Web Services Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:56:42 +0000 admin 239212 at http://www.infoworld.com US will tax bitcoin as property, like stocks, rather than as currency http://www.infoworld.com/t/e-commerce/us-will-tax-bitcoin-property-stocks-rather-currency-239099?source=rss_e-commerce <p>The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has said it will treat bitcoin as a form of property for tax purposes, rather than as currency, making it subject to similar rules as stocks and barter transactions.</p> <p>The new rules announced Tuesday appear to be good news for investors, because any gains they make from buying bitcoins will be treated as capital gains, which can mean lower tax rates. But they could also mean that people who spend bitcoins to buy goods and services will have to keep detailed records of those transactions.</p> E-commerce Tue, 25 Mar 2014 22:31:57 +0000 admin 239099 at http://www.infoworld.com Mt. Gox finds $116 million worth of bitcoins http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/mt-gox-finds-116-million-worth-of-bitcoins-238859?source=rss_e-commerce <p>Mt. Gox has said it found 200,000 of the bitcoins it claimed may have disappeared as a result of a software flaw.</p> <p>In a <a href="https://www.mtgox.com/img/pdf/20140320-btc-announce.pdf" target="_blank">statement</a> on its website Thursday, the failed exchange said it found 200,000 bitcoins in an old-format digital wallet, reducing the number of bitcoins missing to 650,000.</p> Security The Industry Standard E-commerce Cyber Crime Fri, 21 Mar 2014 12:13:56 +0000 admin 238859 at http://www.infoworld.com Bitcoin software gets security fixes, new features http://www.infoworld.com/t/e-commerce/bitcoin-software-gets-security-fixes-new-features-238756?source=rss_e-commerce <p>The software driving Bitcoin's network was upgraded Wednesday, with security fixes addressing a problem that defunct bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox blamed for losing nearly half a billion dollars worth of bitcoins.</p> <p>The open-source software, known as Bitcoin-QT, has also been rebranded as "Bitcoin Core" to highlight that it runs the core infrastructure of the virtual currency's transaction and verification network.</p> Security E-commerce Web Services Security Thu, 20 Mar 2014 12:22:35 +0000 admin 238756 at http://www.infoworld.com Mt. Gox lets users see bitcoin balances http://www.infoworld.com/t/web-services/mt-gox-lets-users-see-bitcoin-balances-238571?source=rss_e-commerce <p>Failed Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox is allowing users to log in to their accounts once again, nearly three weeks after it filed for bankruptcy protection.</p> <p>Some users reported seeing accurate balances, but on various forums users were, however, <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/20oig3/mtgox_update_20140317_you_can_now_log_in_to_see/">concerned</a> that the exchange's website had been hacked and the new log-in facility on the site may be a hoax.</p> E-commerce Web Services Tue, 18 Mar 2014 14:15:53 +0000 admin 238571 at http://www.infoworld.com Bitcoin-stealing malware hidden in Mt. Gox data dump http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/bitcoin-stealing-malware-hidden-in-mt-gox-data-dump-238500?source=rss_e-commerce <p>An archive containing transaction records from Mt. Gox that was released on the Internet last week by the hackers who <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2106200/mt-gox-ceos-blog-goes-blank-after-alleged-hack.html" target="_blank">compromised the blog of Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles</a> also contains bitcoin-stealing malware for Windows and Mac.</p> <p>Security researchers from antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab analyzed the 620MB file called MtGox2014Leak.zip and concluded that in addition to various Mt. Gox-related documents and data, it contains malicious binary files.</p> Security E-commerce Cyber Crime Malware Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:36:09 +0000 admin 238500 at http://www.infoworld.com China's Alibaba confirms plans for US IPO http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/chinas-alibaba-confirms-plans-us-ipo-238472?source=rss_e-commerce <p>Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group on Sunday announced its plans to make a public stock offering in the U.S., an event that could set a record for the US IPO of a Chinese company.</p> The Industry Standard E-commerce Technology Business Mon, 17 Mar 2014 12:05:16 +0000 admin 238472 at http://www.infoworld.com SOPA backers seek to restrict online rights again -- but this time outside the law http://www.infoworld.com/t/intellectual-property/sopa-backers-seek-restrict-online-rights-again-time-outside-the-law-238424?source=rss_e-commerce <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/18OPgripeline_hp.jpg" alt="SOPA backers seek to restrict online rights again -- but this time outside the law" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>The next threat to online rights may not be posed by a piece of legislation, but rather from a series of tacit agreements worked out between content holders, payment processors, and service providers.</p> The Industry Standard Internet E-commerce Federal Regulations Intellectual Property Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:35:09 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 238424 at http://www.infoworld.com Mt. Gox kept exchange open despite knowledge of missing bitcoins, filing suggests http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/mt-gox-kept-exchange-open-despite-knowledge-of-missing-bitcoins-filing-suggests-238308?source=rss_e-commerce <p>Mt. Gox may have collected a large sum in trading fees in the weeks before its closure, even though it was already aware that a vast number of bitcoins had gone missing, its U.S. bankruptcy filing suggests.</p> <p>A sworn declaration in the filing from Robert Karpeles, Mt. Gox 's CEO, reveals that the bitcoin exchange knew in early February that its situation was far graver than it had disclosed at the time.</p> The Industry Standard E-commerce Web Services Security Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:25:03 +0000 admin 238308 at http://www.infoworld.com Chicago court freezes U.S. assets of Mt. Gox CEO, companies http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/chicago-court-freezes-us-assets-of-mt-gox-ceo-companies-238214?source=rss_e-commerce <p>A U.S. district court judge on Tuesday froze the U.S. assets of Mark Karpeles, CEO of failed Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, and two associated companies, allowing lawyers to begin demanding documents from the three parties to investigate what they allege is a huge fraud.</p> The Industry Standard E-commerce Web Services Wed, 12 Mar 2014 11:37:39 +0000 admin 238214 at http://www.infoworld.com Has the face of bitcoin really been unmasked? http://www.infoworld.com/t/e-commerce/has-the-face-of-bitcoin-really-been-unmasked-237854?source=rss_e-commerce <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 223px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/49FEitprofit-hp.jpg" alt="Is this really the face of bitcoin?" width="223" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Earlier this morning <a href="http://mag.newsweek.com/2014/03/14/bitcoin-satoshi-nakamoto.html" target="_blank">Newsweek ran a scoop</a> that could have been featured in the pages of Wired or Ars Technica: an investigation into the man known only as "Satosh The Industry Standard E-commerce Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:50:33 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 237854 at http://www.infoworld.com 10 questions on the Mt. Gox implosion http://www.infoworld.com/t/web-services/10-questions-the-mt-gox-implosion-237827?source=rss_e-commerce <p>How do half a billion dollars vanish into thin air? That seems to be what happened at popular Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, which made <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/bitcoin-exchange-mt-gox-files-bankruptcy-debts-of-636-million-237376">a bankruptcy protection filing</a> in Japan last week.</p> Security E-commerce Cyber Crime Web Services Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:51:20 +0000 admin 237827 at http://www.infoworld.com Techies: Take a congressman and a cop to work with you http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/techies-take-congressman-and-cop-work-you-237780?source=rss_e-commerce <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Government_and_Tech_hp.jpg" alt="TITLE" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>When my daughters were little, I'd sometimes participate in a ritual called Take Your Child to Work Day, so they could see what Dad does and perhaps be inspired to follow in my footsteps.</p> The Industry Standard E-commerce Federal Regulations Internet Privacy Thu, 06 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Bill Snyder 237780 at http://www.infoworld.com Bitcoin bank Flexcoin shuts down after massive theft http://www.infoworld.com/t/hacking/bitcoin-bank-flexcoin-shuts-down-after-massive-theft-237646?source=rss_e-commerce <p>Flexcoin, a site that described itself as the "world's first bitcoin bank," has closed after it got hacked and all of the bitcoins it had placed in online storage were stolen, the site recently announced.</p> <p>Flexcoin was attacked and robbed March 2 of all coins in its "hot wallet" -- a term that refers to bitcoin online storage -- the site said in an announcement posted to its <a href="http://www.flexcoin.com/" target="_blank">home page</a>. The attacker made off with 896 bitcoins, which at current prices across several exchanges would amount to roughly $600,000.</p> Security E-commerce Hacking Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:08:01 +0000 admin 237646 at http://www.infoworld.com What Disney World teaches us about mobile payments http://www.infoworld.com/d/consumerization-of-it/what-disney-world-teaches-us-about-mobile-payments-237456?source=rss_e-commerce <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 192px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/disney-magic-band.jpg" alt="What Disney World teaches us about mobile payments" width="243" height="182" align="right" /><p align="right"><em>Courtesy Walt Disney Co.</em></p></div> Applications Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology The Industry Standard E-commerce Mobile Apps Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 237456 at http://www.infoworld.com Class-action suit charges Mt. Gox with fraud, seeking the return of users' bitcoins http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/class-action-suit-charges-mt-gox-fraud-seeking-the-return-of-users-bitcoins-237440?source=rss_e-commerce <p>A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the Mt. Gox Bitcoin exchange and its owner Mark Karpeles, seeking damages in the hundreds of millions of dollars and the return of bitcoins to users whose accounts were frozen on the site.</p> <p>The lawsuit lays out a number of claims against Mt. Gox, chief among them that the exchange did not keep users' bitcoins securely stored or adequately detect a theft of those coins. When the online exchange figured out what was going on, it clouded the truth by telling customers there was a computer glitch, the lawsuit claims.</p> The Industry Standard E-commerce Web Services Technology Business Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:08:54 +0000 admin 237440 at http://www.infoworld.com Amazon.com security slip allowed unlimited password guesses http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/amazoncom-security-slip-allowed-unlimited-password-guesses-237272?source=rss_e-commerce <p>A gaping hole in Amazon.com's mobile application, now fixed, allowed hackers to have an unlimited number of attempts guessing a person's password, according to security vendor FireEye.</p> <p>If users enter their password incorrectly 10 times on the Amazon.com website, the company requires them to solve the squiggle of characters known as a CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart). The CAPTCHA is intended to thwart automated programs that will rapidly try different passwords.</p> Mobile Technology Security Amazon.com E-commerce Data Security Mobile Apps Mobile Security Password Security Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:32:55 +0000 admin 237272 at http://www.infoworld.com