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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

Reconnaissance code on industrial software site points to watering hole attack

Attackers deploy Web-based reconnaissance tool to gather information about potential targets in different industries

By Lucian Constantin | 02 September, 2014 02:39

Tags: security, AlienVault, Desktop security, spyware, malware

Europol launches international cybercrime task force

Europol launched a cybercrime task force Monday to fight online crime in the EU and other countries.

By Loek Essers | 02 September, 2014 00:47

Tags: Europol, security, legal, cybercrime

Warrantless requests for customer data dominate in Telstra Transparency Report

In the 12 months to 30 June 2014, Telstra received close to 85,000 requests from government agencies for customer information . Of these, the overwhelming majority did not involve warrants, a report issued by the telco has revealed.

By Rohan Pearce | 01 September, 2014 15:29

Tags: civil liberties, surveillance, security, data retention, Telstra, privacy

Backoff malware infections are more widespread than thought

The number of businesses hit by the data-stealing Backoff malware may be substantially more than the 1,000 or so companies estimated by federal officials, according to security vendor Kaspersky Labs.

By Jaikumar Vijayan | 30 August, 2014 20:36

Tags: kaspersky labs, Malware & Vulnerabilities, antispam, security, kaspersky lab

Can SDN usher in better IT security?

That software-defined networking (SDN) is a coming reality is starting to gain traction in IT security circles, with some vendors arguing it could lead to a level of interoperability in security largely missing at present.

By Ellen Messmer | 30 August, 2014 01:02

Tags: SDN, Citrix, linux foundation, security, Networking, OpenDaylight, IETF, intel

CryptoWall held over half-a-million computers hostage, encrypted 5 billion files

A file-encrypting ransomware program called CryptoWall infected over 600,000 computer systems in the past six months and held 5 billion files hostage, earning its creators more than US$1 million, researchers found.

By Lucian Constantin | 29 August, 2014 22:24

Tags: Dell SecureWorks, security, encryption, data protection, malware

Telstra finalises joint venture with Telkom Indonesia

Telstra has signed a joint venture agreement with Telkom Indonesia. The joint venture will offer cloud, unified communications, managed network and security services in Indonesia.

By Rohan Pearce | 29 August, 2014 15:40

Tags: cloud computing, Telstra

Hillary Clinton calls for 'global compact' on surveillance

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called for a "global compact" on surveillance and the use of collected data, saying the U.S. isn't the only country that does it and American technology companies are unfairly targeted for the government's actions.

By Stephen Lawson | 29 August, 2014 09:04

Tags: nexenta, Government use of IT, security, government, legislation, hillary clinton, privacy

Los Alamos National Lab's R&D fueling new quantum-crypto firm

Technology development firm Allied Minds says it has set up a new company, Whitewood Encryption Systems, to develop quantum-crypto technology under an R&D licensing arrangement with Los Alamos National Laboratory.

By Ellen Messmer | 29 August, 2014 00:27

Tags: security, encryption

Security council blames breaches on poor PCI standard support

The growing number of data breaches resulting in massive numbers of payment cards being stolen from retail stores and other businesses is occurring because they're failing to keep up with the Payment Card Industry's data security standard, according to the PCI Security Standards Council.

By Ellen Messmer | 28 August, 2014 22:54

Tags: network security, security, data breach, Kno, PCI Security Standards Council

Tuning the security analysts

I have told you about the need to tune our security incident and event monitoring (SIEM) tool. Now we need to tune the analysts who are monitoring the SIEM.

By By Mathias Thurman | 28 August, 2014 22:46

Tags: security, SIEM, IT outsourcing

Mozilla reports user data leak from Bugzilla project

Email addresses and encrypted passwords of around 97,000 users who tested early builds of the Bugzilla bug tracking software were left exposed for three months following a server migration.

By Lucian Constantin | 28 August, 2014 22:38

Tags: security, data breach, Mozilla Foundation, data protection, privacy

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

AFP apologises for privacy breach

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has issued an apology after it emerged that metadata related to criminal investigations was accidentally released online.

By Hamish Barwick | 28 August, 2014 14:31

Tags: Timothy Pilgrim, Australian Federal Police, data breach, metadata, OAIC

Section 313: iiNet, industry orgs seek limits on website blocking

Internet service provider iiNet, the Internet Society of Australia (ISOC-AU) and industry bodies the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) and the Communications Alliance have all called for restrictions on the government agencies that can issue requests for ISPs to block websites.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 August, 2014 13:40

Tags: censorship, civil liberties, section 313, telecommunications act, internet filter

ANZ Banking Group improves incident response with comms tool

Incident response calls at ANZ Banking Group were “chaotic” due to manual processes and the time it took for calls to begin until the bank began to roll out a communications management tool earlier this year.

By Hamish Barwick | 28 August, 2014 13:38

Tags: Incident response, communications, Xmatters, ANZ Banking Group Ltd, CA Expo 2014

Senate extends telecommunications interception inquiry

The Senate has voted to extend the reporting deadline of the inquiry into reform of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979. The inquiry, chaired by Greens Senator Scott Ludlam, had been due to table its final report last night.

By Rohan Pearce | 28 August, 2014 08:40

Tags: civil liberties, surveillance, security, data retention, privacy

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