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DNS server attacks begin using BIND software flaw

Attackers have started exploiting a flaw in the most widely used software for the DNS (Domain Name System), which translates domain names into IP addresses.

By Jeremy Kirk | 03 August, 2015 10:52

Tags: security, Sucuri, Exploits / vulnerabilities, University of California at Berkeley

Fake Apple iOS crash reports prove tricky to remove

Some Apple mobile users have been encountering a pop-up message that is particularly difficult to close.

By Jeremy Kirk | 03 August, 2015 10:42

Tags: telecommunication, applications, ios, security, Mobile OSes, Malwarebytes, mobile

Researchers develop astonishing Web-based attack on a computer's DRAM

Millions of Web users could be vulnerable to an attack on their computer's DRAM via the Web, a surprising development that expands on a bug that has increasingly worried computer security experts.

By Jeremy Kirk | 30 July, 2015 11:07

Tags: security, Graz University of Technology, Exploits / vulnerabilities

Russian hackers use Twitter to mask sneaky data theft

A group of suspected Russian hackers are using Twitter in a clever way to mask their data-stealing malware, according to computer security firm FireEye.

By Jeremy Kirk | 29 July, 2015 20:09

Tags: security, FireEye, encryption, malware

No building access card? No problem if you have new Def Con tools

RFID card access systems are used by most companies to let people into their buildings. But over the last few years, researchers have shown how these systems can be easily bypassed.

By Jeremy Kirk | 29 July, 2015 12:12

Tags: Bishop Fox, security, Access control and authentication

Brinks safe can be hacked with just a USB stick

In the old days, thieves used explosives to get into a safe. But these days for one kind of Brinks safe, all it takes is a USB stick with 100 lines of code.

By Jeremy Kirk | 28 July, 2015 20:04

Tags: Brinks, Bishop Fox, security

Over 10 million Web surfers possibly exposed to malvertising

Upwards of 10 million people may have visited websites carrying malicious advertisements in the last ten days, possibly infecting their computers with malware, according to computer security company Cyphort.

By Jeremy Kirk | 28 July, 2015 14:08

Tags: advertising, Cyphort, security, internet, E-planning

US Census Bureau says breach didn't expose household data

The U.S. Census Bureau said a data breach early last week did not expose survey data it collects on households and businesses.

By Jeremy Kirk | 27 July, 2015 10:41

Tags: security, data breach, U.S. Census Bureau

Google removes 'porn clicker' malware from Play Store

Google has removed dozens of apps from its Play Store that purport to be games but secretly click on advertisements on pornographic websites.

By Jeremy Kirk | 24 July, 2015 12:43

Tags: Google, security, eset

Senator calls for investigation of Apple's music streaming policies

Apple's licensing terms for competing music streaming services may be raising prices for consumers, a potential unfair competition issue that should be investigated, a U.S. senator alleged Wednesday.

By Jeremy Kirk | 23 July, 2015 14:13

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Apple, Music and audio, internet

Nigerian scammers buy exploit kits to defraud Asian businesses

A small group of Nigerian scammers is using more sophisticated methods to defraud mostly Asian businesses, including buying exploit kits and malware from experienced coders, according to a new report from FireEye.

By Jeremy Kirk | 23 July, 2015 13:07

Tags: security, FireEye, fraud

Online ad industry tries to stamp out click fraud

The online advertising industry is marshaling a fresh effort to fight click fraud, which steals money from advertisers and undermines faith in online campaigns.

By Jeremy Kirk | 22 July, 2015 14:29

Tags: advertising, Yahoo, Google, security, Trustworthy Accountability Group, internet, fraud, Facebook

FTC sues identity protection service LifeLock again

Identity protection service LifeLock said Tuesday it is prepared to go to court after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a fresh lawsuit alleging the company has failed to protect its users' data and deceptively advertises its services.

By Jeremy Kirk | 22 July, 2015 11:06

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, LifeLock, Civil lawsuits, legal

Spam rate falls below 50 per cent for first time in a decade

Spam fell to less than 50 per cent of all email in June, the lowest in a decade, Symantec said in its latest Intelligence Report.

By Jeremy Kirk | 17 July, 2015 13:49

Tags: antispam, symantec, security

Bogus news app used to deliver Hacking Team spy tool

Data stolen from Hacking Team continues to yield information about the company's infiltration techniques. The latest find is a fake Android news app, which was used to install its flagship surveillance tool.

By Jeremy Kirk | 17 July, 2015 11:46

Tags: security, mobile security, malware, Hacking Team

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