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Study: Security not prioritized in critical infrastructure, though most admit compromise
JULY 14th 2014

In a study, most IT execs at critical infrastructure companies revealed that their organization was compromised in the last year, but only 28 percent of them said that security was a top priority across their enterprise.

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"Gameover" malware returns from the dead...
JULY 13th 2014

In early June 2014, international law enforcement agencies combined to carry out a hugely successful action called Operation Tovar against the cybercrime group behind the malware family known variously as Gameover, Gameover Zeus or GOZ.

The operation was a success, shutting down activity from the Gameover botnet for the past month.

Botnets, don't forget, are collections of malware-infected computers, individually referred to as bots or zombies, that can be controlled remotely by criminals known as bot-herders or botmasters.

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LibreSSL ships first portable version, now up to 48% less huge!
JULY 13th 2014

Just under three months ago, we wrote about a coding project called LibreSSL.

LibreSSL was started by the redoubtable OpenBSD team in the wake of the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL, a very widely-used open source cryptographic toolkit for secure communications.

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Study: Security not prioritized in critical infrastructure, though most admit compromise
JULY 14th 2014

In a study, most IT execs at critical infrastructure companies revealed that their organization was compromised in the last year, but only 28 percent of them said that security was a top priority across their enterprise.

READ MORE

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"Gameover" malware returns from the dead...
JULY 13th 2014

In early June 2014, international law enforcement agencies combined to carry out a hugely successful action called Operation Tovar against the cybercrime group behind the malware family known variously as Gameover, Gameover Zeus or GOZ.

The operation was a success, shutting down activity from the Gameover botnet for the past month.

READ MORE

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LibreSSL ships first portable version, now up to 48% less huge!
JULY 13th 2014

Just under three months ago, we wrote about a coding project called LibreSSL.

LibreSSL was started by the redoubtable OpenBSD team in the wake of the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL, a very widely-used open source cryptographic toolkit for secure communications.

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Student jailed for refusing to hand over password to police
JULY 7th 2014

A university student has fallen foul of the law after refusing to give up his computer password.

Christopher Wilson, who has his own business programming artificial intelligence systems, is suspected of hacking into police websites and using a voice-changing device to make hoax telephone calls warning of a cyber attack.

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Patch Tuesday for July 2014 - 6 bulletins, 2 RCEs, 3 EoPs and get ready to reboot
JULY 6th 2014

Here's what to expect from Microsoft in the July 2014 edition of Patch Tuesday, scheduled to ship on Tuesday 08 July 2014.

Things are fairly straightforward this month, with six bulletins, two of which are critical patches dealing with remote code execution holes.

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SEA hacks Israeli Defence Force Twitter account, posts bogus nuclear warning
JULY 4th 2014

Residents of the Southern District of Israel may have felt alarmed on Thursday after the Twitter account of the Israeli Defence Force warned of a possible leak at the Dimona nuclear facility:

#WARNING: Possible nuclear leak in the region after 2 rockets hit Dimona nuclear facility

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Facebook shrugs as 'emotional contagion' research outrages its users
JULY 3rd 2014

Over the weekend, a paper was published in a prestigious journal by Facebook researchers who, for one week, intentionally modulated the news feeds of Facebook users.

Not "passively monitored", mind you; rather, actively manipulated.

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Microsoft stops Patch Tuesday emails, blames Canada, then does U-turn
JULY 1st 2014

Well, it's been a busy few days for Microsoft.

First it decided we would all have to kiss its Patch Tuesday emails goodbye.

The Redmondians sent out a decree on Friday saying that regular email notifications of security advisories are coming to a stop on 1 July.

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4 password mistakes small companies make and how to avoid them
JUNE 30th 2014

When it comes to IT security, very small businesses and micro-enterprises are in a tight spot.

They're almost always heavily dependent on computers but not large enough to have dedicated IT staff; everyone is busy doing their day job (and probably a few other jobs as well) and the 'IT cap' is simply handed to the least non-technical person.

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US House votes "overwhelmingly" to cut funding of NSA surveillance
JUNE 23rd 2014

A strong majority of the US House of Representatives on Thursday night voted to cut funding for surveillance on citizens.

The vote came in at 293 to 123 in favor of an amendment to a defense appropriations bill that would cut funding for National Security Agency (NSA) operations that include warrantless spying on Americans or installing hardware or software backdoors into products to enable communications interception.

The NSA currently collects emails, browsing and chat history under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act and searches this information without a warrant for the communications of Americans - a practice known as "backdoor searches".

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'Yo' app hacked by college students, hires one of the hackers
JUNE 23rd 2014

Yo is crazy simple: you just message "Yo" to a contact.

Or, as the company puts it:

Wanna say "good morning"? just Yo.
Wanna say "Baby I'm thinking about you"? - Yo.
"I've finished my meeting, come by my office" - Yo.
"Are you up?" - Yo.
The possibilities are endless.

It was whipped up in 8 hours of coding at the behest of Moshe Hogeg, the CEO of image-sharing startup Mobli, who didn't have time to call or text his assistant and just wanted a way to hit one big button to do it for him, according to the Financial Times.

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Facebook privacy case to be referred to European Court of Justice
JUNE 20th 2014

The High Court in Ireland has referred a data-sharing case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), over the social network's relationship with the NSA and its PRISM programme.

The referral follows a High Court Challenge by Austrian law student Max Schrems who fronts a privacy group called Europe v Facebook.

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Domino's Pizza hacked, customer database held to ransom
JUNE 16th 2014

Hackers who claim to have cracked a Domino's Pizza database say they have stolen the details of more than 650,000 dough-loving customers.

The hacker group, going by the name of Rex Mundi, says the data will be released later today if the pizza chain fails to pay a ransom of €30,000 ($40,590, £23,930).

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People demand better privacy but don't take basic steps to protect themselves
JUNE 16th 2014

The majority of internet users think they have less privacy now than a year ago and most expect their privacy is going to be even harder to maintain in future, according to a recent study by EMC.

The EMC's Privacy Index looked into attitudes towards privacy across 15 countries and 15,000 consumers.

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Google's after your health data with 'Google Fit' service
JUNE 16th 2014

Google's about to jump into the growing fitness data marketplace - a mosh pit that consumer advocates are already calling a privacy nightmare - to wrestle with Apple and Samsung for the data created by fitness trackers and health-related apps.

Sources told Forbes that Google's planning to launch its new health service, called Google Fit, at its Google I/O developers conference, held on 25 and 26 June 2014.

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How to 'double your money on PayPal!' and why you should NOT try it
JUNE 16th 2014

You can double your money by bilking PayPal with a loophole in its terms of service, according to a Romanian man convicted in 2012 of temporarily blocking the systems of the US Army, Pentagon and NASA.

Cernãianu Manole Rãzvan, who has published under his hacker handle TinKode in the past, was released a few months after Romanian law nabbed him.

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GAME OVER ZEUS & CRYPTOLOCKER THREATS!
JUNE 4th 2014

This morning the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA) put out a warning for all PC users to ensure their security systems are up to date due to a powerful threat reported to take place in two weeks on the back of the Cryptolocker and GoZeus malware. With F-Secure your customers will be completely protected against these threats. Ensure your customers security and software programs are up-to-date and all data is backed up.

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Myspace emails cringe-worthy old photos to lure users back
JUNE 4th 2014

The 'We know what you're doing' website is still out there, still collating our ferociously embarrassing, publicly posted Facebook updates.

Think posts that mention how much we hate our bosses, how hungover we are, what drugs we're taking, or what our new phone number is.

And oh, look - the site's now offering a Foursquare location finder tool, in case people who publicly broadcast their locations haven't already had their homes ransacked while they're away.

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Sydney teen arrested as hacking hoaxster sends SWAT team to his house
JUNE 4th 2014

A teenager from Sydney, Australia, was arrested on Wednesday morning after a hoax message led 20 police officers in bulletproof vests to an address in the suburb of Arncliffe.

Having been told that residents were tied up inside the home, and that shots had been fired, the officers swooped on the address at 4.40 am.

Mathew McGrath, 18, surrendered immediately and was taken to Kogarah police station where he was questioned and subsequently released without charge, having told officers that he did not make the prank call.

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Apple ransomware strikes Australia - pay Oleg $100 or else
MAY 27th 2014

This morning, a number of Australian iPad and iPhone users woke up to a strange sight.

A message, saying something like this:

Device hacked by Oleg Pliss. For unlock device...

We haven't seen a screenshot of the whole message, but some reports say that Mr Pliss is asking for $50, while others report that he wants $100 or €100 via Paypal "for unlock device."

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11 arrested as Europol busts Bulgarian carding gang
MAY 26th 2014

A joint operation between French and Bulgarian law enforcement backed by Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) has brought down a carding gang operating out of Bulgaria and targeting victims in France and other European countries.

11 people were arrested and 29 properties searched on 20 May 2014.

That was the "action day" for a plan referred to as Operation Echo, the result of over a year investigating and tracking the gang.

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Google's vision: ads on cars, refrigerators, watches, thermostats, and yes, glasses MAY 26th 2014

Imagine how your advertising-fueled Google refrigerator might greet you in the morning:

° Good morning from your Google fridge. I see you have chosen Orange with your breakfast. Are you aware that Tescos is having a [buy one, get one free] offer on Orange?

° Good morning from your Google fridge. I see you have chosen milk. Are you aware.......

That scenario comes to us courtesy of stnluk, a commenter on a story from The Guardian about how Google's eyeing a future of ads in cars, refrigerators, watches, glasses and thermostats.

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