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Holding masses of data, cybercriminals face new hurdles to cashing out

After Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer network was breached in late November, it appeared the hackers wanted to blackmail the company.

By Jeremy Kirk | 16 December, 2014 03:10

Tags: security, Sony Pictures Entertainment, data breach, data protection, fraud

'SpoofedMe' attacks exploited LinkedIn, Amazon social login flaws

IBM's X Force security researchers found an easy way to gain access to Web accounts by taking an advantage of an oversight in how some social login services are configured.

By Jeremy Kirk | 05 December, 2014 12:58

Tags: security, IBM

Facebook bulks up defenses with a third anti-virus engine

Facebook is adding a third antivirus engine to its service to help catch malicious content in the News Feed and messages sent by users.

By Jeremy Kirk | 04 December, 2014 12:10

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, security, social networking, internet, Facebook

Court dismisses Apple 'App Store' trademark appeal

Apple lost an appeal in Australia's Federal Court on Wednesday over its bid for the "App Store" trademark.

By Jeremy Kirk | 03 December, 2014 15:58

Tags: Apple, legal

New point-of-sale malware on underground markets for $US2000

A new kind of point-of-sale malware similar to that which struck Target is being sold in underground markets for $US2000.

By Jeremy Kirk | 02 December, 2014 15:47

Tags: Target, security, CBTS, Home Depot, malware

Weather.com fixes web application vulnerabilities

The Weather Channel has fixed a common web application security problem on its website that made nearly all links vulnerable to cross-site scripting attacks.

By Jeremy Kirk | 28 November, 2014 09:56

Tags: security, The Weather Channel, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Early version of new POS malware family spotted

A security researcher came across what appears to be a new family of point-of-sale malware that few antivirus programs were detecting.

By Jeremy Kirk | 28 November, 2014 09:17

Tags: security, trend micro, malware

Home Depot spent $43 million on data breach in just one quarter

Home Depot spent US$43 million in its third quarter dealing with the fallout of one of the largest ever data breaches, highlighting the costly nature of security failures.

By Jeremy Kirk | 26 November, 2014 12:50

Tags: security, data breach, Home Depot

Adobe tries again to fix Flash vulnerability

Adobe released an emergency patch on Tuesday to fix a Flash Player vulnerability that was fixed last month but was quickly exploited again.

By Jeremy Kirk | 26 November, 2014 11:07

Tags: security, Adobe Systems, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Regin malware linked to attacks on Belgacom, well-known cryptographer

After Symantec blew the lid on Regin on Sunday, computer security experts and companies are revealing information that has lead to suspicions that the U.S. and U.K. are involved.

By Jeremy Kirk | 25 November, 2014 13:01

Tags: intrusion, symantec, security, Microsoft, f-secure, kaspersky lab, malware

Webcam snooper now looking for a job

The developer of a widely vilified website that aggregated feeds from unsecured webcams is apparently looking for work as a remote programmer.

By Jeremy Kirk | 24 November, 2014 13:02

Tags: no company, security

Traces of Regin malware may date back to 2006

Malware that Symantec says was probably developed by a nation state may have been used for as long as eight years, a length of time that underscores the challenges the security industry faces in detecting advanced spying tools.

By Jeremy Kirk | 24 November, 2014 11:22

Tags: symantec, security, malware

NSA chief says cyberattacks on industrial systems are his top concern

Multiple nation-states are investing in their capabilities to hack critical U.S. infrastructure, making defense of those networks a top priority, U.S. National Security Agency chief Admiral Mike Rogers said Thursday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 21 November, 2014 13:23

Tags: Government use of IT, security, U.S. National Security Agency, government

Governments act against webcam-snooping websites

Government officials in the US and the UK are warning people to secure their webcams after websites that broadcast the contents of those cameras have sprung up online.

By Jeremy Kirk | 21 November, 2014 10:39

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, security, data protection, Information Commissioner's Office, malware

Intel to work with Europol on fighting cybercrime

An agreement between Intel's McAfee security branch and European law enforcement will allow the two to work on joint operations to fight cybercrime.

By Jeremy Kirk | 20 November, 2014 16:45

Tags: Criminal, security, Europol European Cybercrime Centre, legal, intel, cybercrime

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