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Namecheap says accounts compromised in hacking incident

Hosting provider, Namecheap, said on Monday that hackers compromised some of its users' accounts, likely using a recently disclosed list of 1.2 billion usernames and passwords compiled by Russian hackers.

By Jeremy Kirk | 02 September, 2014 12:54

Tags: security, Hold Security, Namecheap

Why hackers may be stealing your credit card numbers for years

While conducting a penetration test of a major Canadian retailer, Rob VandenBrink bought something from the store. He later found his own credit card number buried in its systems, a major worry.

By Jeremy Kirk | 02 September, 2014 11:06

Tags: intrusion, security, data breach, data protection, Exploits / vulnerabilities, fraud, PCI Security Standards Council, malware, Metafore

FBI, Secret Service studying 'scope' of reported bank cyberattacks

A U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman said Wednesday the agency is working with the Secret Service to determine the "scope" of reported cyberattacks against several financial institutions.

By Jeremy Kirk | 28 August, 2014 17:17

Tags: U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, JPMorgan Chase, security, U.S. Secret Service

Retailers urged to defend against 'Backoff' point-of-sale malware

A payment card industry security consortium warned retailers on Wednesday of the urgency to secure their systems against "Backoff," a malicious software program that steals card numbers.

By Jeremy Kirk | 28 August, 2014 16:00

Tags: intrusion, security, data breach, data protection, PCI Security Standards Council, malware

Netflix open sources internal threat monitoring tools

Netflix has released three internal tools it uses to catch hints on the Web that hackers might target its services.

By Jeremy Kirk | 27 August, 2014 14:29

Tags: security, netflix

Surface Pro 3 not overheating but needs a software fix, Microsoft says

Microsoft said Tuesday it will issue an update for Surface Pro 3 tablets, a small number of which show an error indicating a temperature problem.

By Jeremy Kirk | 27 August, 2014 12:51

Tags: consumer electronics, Microsoft

Netcore, Netis routers have hardcoded password, Trend Micro says

A line of routers from a China-based manufacturer has a serious flaw that could allow a hacker to monitor someone's Internet traffic, according to research from Trend Micro.

By Jeremy Kirk | 26 August, 2014 16:25

Tags: Netis Systems, Netcore Technology, security, trend micro, data breach, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Sony says 'high traffic' downs PlayStation, Entertainment networks

Sony said Sunday that 'high traffic' downed its PlayStation and Entertainment networks, with the group claiming responsibility also apparently involved in a security threat concerning a flight carrying a Sony executive.

By Jeremy Kirk | 25 August, 2014 11:01

Tags: security, Ameican Airlines, sony

Mobile apps could be abused to make expensive phone calls

A security precaution skipped in mobile applications such as Facebook's Messenger could be abused to make an expensive phone call at a victim's expense, a developer contends.

By Jeremy Kirk | 22 August, 2014 14:43

Tags: Apple, Google, security, Exploits / vulnerabilities, Facebook

Retired US airport body scanners fail to spot guns, knives

A type of body scanner in wide use across U.S. airports through last year fails to spot well-concealed weapons including guns and knives, computer security researchers contend.

By Jeremy Kirk | 21 August, 2014 13:18

Tags: USENIX, no company, security

The UPS Store says malware found on systems of 51 stores

The UPS Store said Wednesday that malicious software was found on the systems of 51 of its franchises in 24 U.S. states, although no fraud has been detected yet.

By Jeremy Kirk | 21 August, 2014 10:00

Tags: security, data breach, United Parcel Service, malware

'Reveton' ransomware upgraded with powerful password stealer

A type of malware called Reveton, which falsely warns users they've broken the law and demands payment of a fine, has been upgraded with powerful password stealing functions, according to Avast.

By Jeremy Kirk | 20 August, 2014 13:22

Tags: security, Avast, malware

Many Chrome browser extensions do sneaky things

An analysis by security researchers of 48,000 extensions for Google's Chrome browser uncovered many that are used for fraud and data theft, actions that are mostly undetectable to regular users.

By Jeremy Kirk | 20 August, 2014 11:01

Tags: USENIX, Google, applications, security, browsers, software

Facebook says most outbound email is encrypted now

Nearly all of Facebook's outbound notification emails are now encrypted while traveling the Internet, a collaborative feat that comes from the technology industry's push to thwart the NSA's spying programs.

By Jeremy Kirk | 20 August, 2014 03:03

Tags: Yahoo, Internet-based applications and services, security, Microsoft, Mail, internet, social media, Facebook

Symantec folds nine Norton products into one service

Symantec will consolidate its cluttered Norton line of security software, folding nine products into one online service that can be used across desktop computers and mobile devices.

By Jeremy Kirk | 19 August, 2014 11:27

Tags: symantec, security

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