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26.06.15 - Stolen logins for US government agencies found all over the web
CIA and Google Ventures-backed private company Recorded Future says stolen government login credentials have been spotted all over the web, leading to the possible exposure of logins for 47 US government agencies spread across 89 unique domains.
25.06.15 - Report claims the Sony cyberattack was pretty much all Sony’s fault
Last November, Sony Pictures Entertainment became the victim of one of the largest cyberattacks in U.S. history, with a group calling itself Guardians Of Peace infiltrating the company’s networks, stealing terabytes of data, and then wiping it from the system. The attack was a massive blow for the company...
25.06.15 - Cyber crime: PSNI say hack attack almost shut NI firm
A Northern Ireland company employing 20 people was almost forced to close after its computer systems were hacked by an international crime gang, police have revealed.
25.06.15 - Data breaches could cost UK businesses £20bn
Mid-sized and large businesses could be in line for fines totalling £20bn if they fail to protect their customers from data breaches, research from Experian has revealed.
22.06.15 - Cyber attack leaves Polish airline grounded, passengers stranded for hours
An unknown group of hackers infiltrated an airline's flight plans and temporarily grounded an estimated 1,400 passengers at Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin airport on Sunday.
22.06.15 - Hackers steal data using gadget inside pitta bread
Secret encryption keys can be stolen using a cheap gadget so small it could be concealed inside some pitta bread
W22.06.15 - wearable fitness trackers tested for data leakage and poor security
Independent IT security testing authority AV-Test.org has put nine different fitness trackers under the microscope, in order to explore how well they are protecting users' data.
21.06.15 - Lib Dems launch investigation into Norman Lamb campaign
The Liberal Democrats have launched an investigation into allegations Norman Lamb's leadership campaign team may have breached data protection rules.
19.06.15 - Canada government websites taken down in cyber attack
Hacking group Anonymous takes responsibility for bringing down the website for government services and the Canadian spy agency’s site
12.06.15 - RIMS Cyber Survey 2015: 51% of members have stand-alone cyber insurance policies
Every day the reports of cyber attacks become more alarming. According to a federal employee union, as reported by AP, on June 11 the recent cyber attack of Office of Personnel Management data gave the hackers access to personal identifiable information about every government employee. No one can be sure what’s next, but one thing is for sure: risk managers have to be prepared for a cyber incident sooner rather than later.
11.06.15 - Indie review of UK surveillance laws: As you were, GCHQ
The response to multiple threats faced by the UK “depends on entrusting public bodies with the powers they need to identify suspects”, said David Anderson QC, the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation, in his long-awaited review of the country’s anti-terrorism laws, while giving GCHQ no reason to stop mass-surveillance.
10.06.15 - Met Police failed on cyber crime, says top fraud officer
The chief of the Metropolitan Police Service's fraud squad Falcon admits the Met's policing of online fraud and cyber crime has not been good enough in the past
10.06.15 - Brabantia bins customer passwords as it admits data breach
Bins manufacturer Brabantia must be wondering if it can rescue its reputation from the trash after revealing its database was hacked. In a letter published on its website, it admitted the customer database had been “subject to unauthorised access”.
09.06.15 - Computer Science department in ‘serious’ data security breach
The Department of Computer Science has launched an investigation after confidential information about students was made publicly available online.
08.06.15 - Most infosec pros forget to change keys after a breach
Most security professionals don't know how to respond if the keys are compromised during a breach
05.06.15 - US government hack: China denies responsibility for cyber attack that stole personal details of four million employees
China has denied involvement in what could be the biggest cyber attack in US history after the details of up to four million current and former government employees were stolen. Officials in Washington have already claimed the hackers responsible were based in China, with one security expert calling it an “attack against the (American) nation”.
04.06.15 - Android ransomware poses as FBI warning, demands $500 to unlock phone
Ransomware posing as an FBI warning has been sent to thousands of Android smartphones and tablets with hackers demanding a US$ 500 (£324) fee to unlock victim's devices. The news comes as security researchers have also uncovered a criminal ring that offers ransomware as a service, allowing hackers to easily create their own extortion malware.
04.06.15 - MS scolds businesses for failing to eradicate 7-year-old malware
Zero-day threats and custom malware get all the publicity, but age-old malware strains including ZeuS and Conficker remain active in UK corporates. “The bad guys don’t have to be smart, they can use something that’s 7-8 years old,” Stuart Aston, chief security advisor at Microsoft UK, told delegates at the RSA Unplugged mini-conference in London on Thursday.
04.06.15 - Evil Wi-Fi captive portal could spoof Apple Pay to get users’ credit card data
Researchers at Wandera, a mobile security company, have alerted Apple to a potential security vulnerability in iOS that could be used by attackers to fool users into giving up their credit card data and personal information. The vulnerability, based on the default behavior of iOS devices with Wi-Fi turned on, could be used to inject a fake "captive portal" page that imitates the Apple Pay interface.
04.06.15 - Attackers targeting medical devices to bypass hospital security
A preview copy of a report from TrapX Labs, which will be released later this month, highlights three successful attacks against healthcare organizations. The incidents prove that defending assets in a healthcare environment isn't as easy as some would have you think. In fact, given the wide range of devices on a given network, it can be nearly impossible.
04.06.15 - New Firefox, Chrome SRI script whip to foil man-in-the-middle diddle
Scripting will in the next few months become safer with Mozilla and Google adopting a validation mechanism to prevent against man-in-the-middle attacks. The Subresource Integrity (SRI) check is being developed by boffins at Google, Mozilla, and Dropbox under the World Wide Web Consortium.
04.06.15 - Twin brothers accused of leading phishing gang busted by Russian police
In the history of cybercrime, some of the worst offenders, the biggest breaches, and the baddest malware have come from Russia. Some recent examples of major hacks carried out by Russian cybergangs include the compromise of the White House email system and the emails of President Obama; the breach of the IRS and thousands of US taxpayers' accounts; and the amassing of more than a billion username and password combinations that spurred fears of the "biggest hack in history."
03.06.15 - FBI, Europol and NCA gunning for top 200 black hats making exploit kits for criminals
Law enforcement agencies need to mount a coordinated effort to shut down the exploit developers and hosting sites powering organised crime, according to experts from the FBI, Europol and the UK's National Crime Agency (NCA). The experts made the claim during a panel discussion at InfoSec 2015, when FBI assistant legal attaché Michael Driscoll listed taking down the "core group" of 200 black hats creating exploit kits as one of the biggest challenges facing law enforcement.
03.06.15 - Banking industry comes under fire for number of data breaches reported to ICO
According to Egress Software Technologies, there has been a huge rise in reported data breach investigations in the banking industry. Egress, a provider of encryption services, made a Freedom of Information request to the ICO to obtain the figures, which showed a 183 per cent rise in reported Data Protection Act breach investigations in the financial services industry over the last two years.
02.06.15 - The drivers and inhibitors of cyber security evolution
A study shows European organisations are shifting their cyber security investment from traditional prevention and protection to detection and response capabilities – but the pace of change is much greater in some organisations than others.
02.06.15 - Cost of UK cyber breaches up to £3.14m
The average cost of the worst breaches at large UK organisations is between £1.4m and £3.14m, according to the government’s 2015 information security breaches survey conducted by PwC. This represents an increase of 233% to 273% from a year ago, while the cost of breaches for small businesses is between £75,000 and £311,000, up by between 115% and 270% from 2014.
29.05.15 - IFSEC speaker slots for Mike Gillespie
Dates at the upcoming IFSEC event in London. Advent IM MD Mike Gillespie shares some speaker slots.
28.05.15 - We don't cover stupid, says cyber insurer that's fighting a payout
In 2013, California healthcare provider Cottage Health System discovered that security on one of its servers had been disabled, leaving tens of thousands of patients' files potentially open and exposed on the internet. Those files included patients' names, addresses, dates of birth, and in a few cases, their diagnosis, lab results and procedures performed.
28.05.15 - Wi-Fi access point scans can betray a person's location
Many Android applications collect information on Wi-Fi access points, which researchers contend can be used to figure out where a person is more than 90 percent of the time.
28.05.15 - Irish firms neglect cyber security legal requirements
Irish businesses are leaving themselves open to possible litigation and fines by not fulfilling basic legal requirements, a cyber risk study has found. The study, conducted by Red C for A&L Goodbody, found a significant majority of companies are not fulfilling basic legal requirements when it comes to cyber security.
28.05.15 - ‘Profoundly wrong’ Investigatory Powers Bill slammed for ‘treating everyone as a suspect’
The government's new Investigatory Powers Bill has been attacked by academics and lawyers who have criticised it for "treating everyone as a suspect" and being "profoundly wrong".
28.05.15 - How Polycom video conferencing helps NATO defend against cyber attacks
Polycom video conference services play a "crucial role" in helping NATO defend against cyber attacks from malicious outside agents by allowing the inter-governmental military alliance to quickly exchange information about potential threats.
27.05.15 - Ransomware – the background and what you need to know
Ransomware first appeared in the early part of latter 20th Century, with the first reported version being the AIDS Trojan Horse which was created and released in the USA. Since then the development has rapidly increased, resulting in over 250,000 variants of Ransomware identified as of 2013. There are currently both encrypting and non-encrypting versions of Ransomware circulating and/or infiltrating systems. Although there are some subtle differences between the two versions the main difference is that non-encrypting Ransomware causes minor restrictions/access to services or systems by displaying undesirable images or inaccurate system re-activation alerts requiring the user to pay a ransom to have the images removed. Encrypting Ransomware as the name implies, encrypts your hard drive and demands a ransom be paid in order for you to receive the de-crypt key and be able to access your data freely again, more of that later.
27.05.15 - Hackers compromise 100,000 IRS tax accounts with pre-stolen data
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the US government agency tasked with collecting American citizens' tax dollars, has been targeted by criminals with access to the personal information of around 100,000 taxpayers.
27.05.15 - Phones' accelerometers allow you to be tracked on the metro
We know that we can be tracked using GPS data from mobile phones, which can triangulate location from nearby cell towers. In fact, US courts have been grappling with whether or not the Fourth Amendment protects geolocation data gleaned from our own phones, among other sources.
27.05.15 - I.R.S. Data Breach May Be Sign of More Personalized Schemes
The plot to steal information on 100,000 taxpayers from the Internal Revenue Service and hijack nearly $50 million in refunds not only reveals a previous security breach but hints at a wider fraud that may bedevil Americans in the future. Some security and tax experts warned that this latest data theft might be a prelude to more targeted schemes aimed at duping taxpayers into handing millions of dollars over to criminals or to help thieves circumvent the agency’s security filters next year and beyond
27.05.15 - What Data Breaches Now Cost And Why
The actual cost of a data breach is all about industry sector and location, location, location. Healthcare and education sectors incur the highest breach costs of all industries, and Germany and the US cost victim organizations more than anywhere else in the world. Such incidents in Brazil and India cost the least, according to the new Ponemon Group 2015 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Analysis.
27.05.15 - Watch Out! This Boobytrapped Text Message Will Turn Off Your iPhone
If you send a specific string of symbols and Arabic characters to another iPhone user, you can really ruin their day. The problem, which occurs when you receive a notification of a new iMessage either on a locked iPhone or as a drop-down iOS notification, causes iPhones to restart, and is preventing some users from accessing other legitimate messages that have been sent to them.
26.05.15 - Android ransomware poses as FBI smut warning
Cybercrooks have launched a new wave of Android ransomware that poses as a pretty convincing FBI-imposed porn-surfing warning. Over 15,000 spam emails, including zipped files, have hit the inboxes of Android users in recent days, according to Romanian security software firm Bitdefender.
22.05.15 - Researchers raise privacy concerns about Bluetooth Low Energy devices
Researchers at Context Information Security have raised privacy concerns about a growing number of devices using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology. Incompatible with traditional Bluetooth, BLE was developed by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) as a personal wireless technology that is rapidly finding its way into personal devices.
22.05.15 - Is data protection the new health and safety?
Paul Motion, partner with bto solicitors’ data protection defence team
22.05.15 - Security warning over Android phone reset systems
Using the "factory reset" option to wipe Android phones may leave behind valuable data, warn security experts. The reset function may also fall short when used to remotely wipe a phone that has been lost or stolen, report Cambridge University researchers. For their analysis the researchers bought used Android phones to see what sort of data remained on the handsets.
21.05.15 - Data Breach Liability: Confidentiality vs. Privacy
IT service providers, particularly cloud service providers, increasingly are resisting unlimited liability for breaches of privacy and data security obligations in their customer agreements. Instead, they offer unlimited liability for breaches of confidentiality, asserting the customer’s risk of a data breach would be covered as a breach of confidentiality, and arguing that unlimited liability for breaches of data protection obligations is simply double dipping.
21.05.15 - Cyber-attack leaves millions of British students without access to online resources
Millions of staff and students at over 150 centers of further education were left without access to their online resources following a cyber-attack on the University of London Computer Centre.
21.05.15 - Security experts worry about 'spear phishing' in wake of CareFirst breach
Security experts weighing in on Wednesday's breach of health insurer CareFirst, which impacted 1.1 million current and former customers, said the compromised information could be used for everything from medical identity fraud to future attacks geared toward extracting even more data from victims. What's more, they believe this is only the beginning for breaches of this nature.
21.05.15 - PCI establishes small merchant task force
The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) is creating a dedicated global taskforce to improve payment data security for small businesses, combating their frequent lack of technical knowledge or resources to apply PCI Standards to protect payment data against cyber-threats
21.05.15 - Securing the Artificial Pancreas
Millions of lives potentially depend on the resilience to cyber attacks of a new generation of “artificial pancreas” and other medical devices. But medical devices are open to cyber attacks, many studies have demonstrated that a large number of medical systems could be affected by security flaws that could be exploited by hackers.
21.05.15 - The 1990s calling: buffer overflow attack "cripples router" claim
The technology behind a popular printer sharing feature on many consumer and professional grade routers has been shown to be vulnerable to what the team behind the discovery are calling a 1990s-style stack buffer overflow attack.
21.05.15 - Novel malvertising attack leads to drive-by ransomware
Zscaler researchers explained on its blog that it has seen a large number of sites, dressed up as search engines, that lead to malicious content including sites hosting the Magnitude Exploit Kit.
21.05.15 - Financial services firms take 98 days to detect cyber threats – retailers take 197 days
Financial services firms take an average of 98 days to detect advanced cyber threats, while retailers take a whopping 197 days, according to a new Ponemon Institute Survey sponsored by security software provider Arbor Networks.
20.05.15 - 'Practical' ICO may not issue huge data breach fines
Speaking at the European Conference of Data Protection Authorities in Manchester on Tuesday, the Information Commissioner Christopher Graham spoke at length on the challenge facing ICO and other bodies, focusing specifically on their need to adapt to new legislation, and ensure privacy for all users, while technology changes are afoot.
19.05.15 - Privacy and data protection? Just 1% of public would go to Information Commissioner’s Office
Just one percent of the UK public would go to the Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) for advice on personal data, according to a paper published today. When asked who they would go to for advice on protecting their data, only 1 percent named the ICO while almost half (45 percent) of the 1,222 respondents said they ‘don’t know’, a poll by ComRes found.
18.05.15 - ICO fines Welsh police for sensitive data breach
After the loss of a highly-sensitive DVD testimony, the ICO has issued a fine totaling £160,000 to South Wales Police and has asked the police force to sign an undertaking that ensures new, enforced policies that will stop future breach incidents. The DVD, which has still not been recovered, contains an interview recorded in 2011 that recounts the graphic and disturbing testimony of a victim of sexual abuse. Just two months after the recording, the DVD went missing, but the breach remained unreported for as long as two years due to "lack of training," the ICO told SCMagazineUK.com.
15.05.15 - Malware Found In Some GTA V Mods
If you’ve been using mods on GTA V, your computer might be at risk of a virus. The mods “Angry Planes” and “No Clip” have been found to contain a keylogger called “Fade.exe”. The presence of the malware was confirmed on GTA5-Mods.com and was first discovered on GTAForums, which also contains instructions on how to remove the virus from affected machines. Even if you haven’t installed these two specific mods, however, you should be careful and check your computer for a file called “Fade.exe” just to be safe.
15.05.15 - New Russian Hacks Target US Banks
Cybersecurity experts at root9B, staffed by veterans from the U.S. State Dept. and Dept. of Defense, have discovered that a powerful Russian cyber hacking group linked to Kremlin-backed cyber-espionage is making preparations for a large-scale attack on global banks.
14.05.15 - Cyber security cited as No1 risk to financial markets, says DTCC
Almost half of the respondents (46 per cent) to the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation’s (DTCC) latest Systemic Risk Barometer Study cited cyber security as their top concern and 80 per cent of respondents rated it as a top five risk overall.
14.05.15 - Hackers drain money from Starbucks accounts linked to users’ credit cards
Hackers steal money from Starbucks mobile customers using linked credit cards, nearly 16 million customers who use the company app are at risk.
12.05.15 - Anonymous-tied DDoS botnet shows insecure routers are legion
Tens of thousands of home routers have been infected with malware, and are being used by hackers to launch distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, including by the hacktivist group Anonymous.
12.05.15 - Jamie Oliver website hit by malware for a third time
The website of British TV chef, Jamie Oliver has been hit for a third time by malware that potentially infects the computers of visitors to the site. It is the third attack on JamieOliver.com in four months. The security company that found the exploit, Malwarebytes says the attack, which redirects users to malicious software, is similar to the previous two. A spokesperson for Jamie Oliver said they were working "to find the issue".
12.05.15 - Breaking Bad Ransomware Hits Aussie PC Users
Security researchers are warning PC users in Australia to beware of new Breaking Bad-themed ransomware demanding up to $1000 AUD ($796 USD) to decrypt essential computer files. The attacks typically arrive in the form of a malicious zip archive which takes the name of a famous delivery firm as its file name, according to Symantec.
08.05.15 - Surgical robots hacked by researchers to alter commands and disrupt functions
Security vulnerabilities in surgical robots have been exposed by researchers, who hacked next generation systems to prove that they could be hijacked remotely. Researchers from the University of Washington (UW) carried out a series of cyberattacks on teleoperated (remotely operated) surgical robots using non-private networks.
07.05.15 - Criminalising hackers hurts security
"I often use ‘hacker' and ‘security researcher' interchangeably." So said cyber security expert Keren Elazari in an open interview with ITWeb on Twitter yesterday.
07.05.15 - £1.5 million investment in new cybercrime hub for East Scotland
Detective Superintendent Stevie Wilson. Credit: Steward Attwood, The Herald. A new hub to tackle the growth in cyber-crime is to be established in the East of Scotland.
07.05.15 - £1.5 million investment in new cybercrime hub for East Scotland
Detective Superintendent Stevie Wilson. Credit: Steward Attwood, The Herald. A new hub to tackle the growth in cyber-crime is to be established in the East of Scotland.
07.05.15 - DMU joins forces with Airbus Group to protect critical national infrastructure from cyber attacks
De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) has launched a research programme with Airbus Group to develop a new digital forensic capability for the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) industrial control systems that underpin the UK’s critical national infrastructure.
07.05.15 - Cyber attack on Biznews: How it happened, why you could be next
In this special podcast, Alec Hogg talks to the CIO of Internet Solutions, Kovelin Naidoo. Internet Solutions were the pioneers of the Internet in SA. How many years ago, was that? That’s about 21 years ago, so we’ve come a long way.
07.05.15 - Top cyber attack vectors for critical SAP systems
SAP is run by over 250,000 customers worldwide, including 98 percent of the 100 most valued brands. Despite housing an organization’s most valuable and sensitive information, SAP systems are not protected from cyber threats by traditional security approaches.
06.05.15 - UK cyber security: insure against 'rapid, highly damaging and public' threats
Cyber attacks present a daily threat to UK businesses and have become more destructive in recent years with data breaches and hacks frequently making front page news. Consider the Sony Pictures hack following controversy over the film The Interview, the Kaspersky Labs $1bn cyber robbery or points stealing from British Airways' air-miles accounts. Data security has become a fundamental issue for companies and this raises the question: what can they do?
06.05.15 - Microsoft Word Intruder - the malware that writes new malware for you
Malware construction kits aren't new. Back in the early 1990s, for example, DOS-based tools such as VCL (Virus Creation Laboratory) and PS-MPC (Phalcon-Skism Mass Produced Code Generator) lowered the barrier of entry to virus "writing".
06.05.15 - Mobile threats on the rise, Q1 2015 report shows
Some of the most noteworthy findings in the Kaspersky Lab “IT Threat Evolution Report for Q1 of 2015” involve mobile devices, Patrick Nielsen, senior security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, told SCMagazine.com in a Wednesday email correspondence.
06.05.15 - Unlimited fines may now be imposed by UK Magistrates’ Court Data Protection offences
Since the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Fines on Summary Conviction) Regulations 2015 came into force 12 March 2015, the Magistrates’ Court has had the ability to impose unlimited fines for criminal offences under the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’). Under s.55 DPA, an individual can be convicted of a criminal offence if he or she obtains or discloses personal data without the consent of the data controller. Before 12 March, a £5,000 fine cap existed, but this has now been removed, allowing for fines of any amount to be imposed at sentencing.
06.05.15 - Is cyber-warfare really that scary?
On 7 December 1941, Japanese aircraft attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The attack was surprising, devastating, and drew the US into World War Two.
06.05.15 - Firms ‘at risk of data breach’
Irish companies are at risk of large-scale data breaches that could leave them open to significant liabilities, a legal expert has warned. Following a number of high-profile breaches in recent times, barrister Michael Vallely, who specialises in IT law, says companies here face similar risks.
05.05.15 - Bogus Hotel Booking Scams Cost Americans Millions
Hotel booking scams are on the rise partly because 1 in 3 vacations is set up online, with many hotel and airline reservations punched in on those tiny, hard-to-read smartphone screens.
1.05.15 - Fake "Account Locked" notices are delivering CTB-Locker
Active spam campaigns delivering fake notices about temporarily locked accounts have been spotted in the last few days delivering a deadly malware combination: the Dalexis downloader and the CTB-Locker (aka Critroni) ransomware.
30.04.15 - Police still 'ill-equipped' to deal with cyber-crime
Police are still playing catch-up with cyber-crime, and are particularly struggling with poor reporting, a lack of data and the InfoSec skills shortage, said Ian Maxted, safer cyber coordinator at the Gloucestershire Constabulary, at 44CON in London yesterday.
29.05.15 - Ryanair's been hacked for millions via Chinese bank
Ryanair has been targeted by hackers who have stolen nearly $5m (£3.25m) from the airline's bank account. The cash was taken from the budget airline by electronic transfer via a Chinese bank, the Irish Times reports. Ireland's Criminal Assets Bureau is investigating the crime, which took place last week, and is working with authorities in Asia.
29.05.15 - Facebook login system blocked by Great Firewall of China causing DDoS panic
Internet users in China have been unable to connect to a number of popular foreign websites over the last few days, apparently due to what security reporter Brian Krebs describes as a "screw-up" by government censors.
29.04.15 - Windows XP support deal not renewed by government, leaves PCs open to attack
The government has not renewed its £5.5m Windows XP support deal with Microsoft despite thousands of computers across Whitehall still running the ancient software, leaving them wide open to cyber attacks.
28.05.15 - Zombie apps haunt BYOD workplaces
According to a new study of around 3 million apps on employee smartphones, 5.2 percent of iOS apps and 3.9 percent of Android apps are actually dead, removed from their respective app stores and no longer supported. Every single enterprise studied had at least some zombie apps on user devices. These zombie apps can be harmful in a couple of ways, according to Domingo Guerra, president and founder at Appthority, the mobile app security company that did the research.
28.05.15 - Preparing for Warfare in Cyberspace
The Pentagon’s new 33-page cybersecurity strategy is an important evolution in how America proposes to address a top national security threat. It is intended to warn adversaries — especially China, Russia, Iran and North Korea — that the United States is prepared to retaliate, if necessary, against cyberattacks and is developing the weapons to do so.
27.04.15 - Cyber-security and why shipping needs to be worried
Cyber-security is fast becoming a hot-button issue in shipping, perhaps because it is one on the agenda everywhere. On 1 April US president Barack Obama signed an executive order authorising sanctions against malicious overseas hackers as well as companies that knowingly benefit from cyber-espionage. "Cyber-threats pose one of the most serious economic and national security challenges to the United States,” he warned.
24.04.15 - http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3053639/Cheating-student-hacked-university-computer-better-degree-jailed.html
A student who tried to cheat his way to a better degree by hacking into the university computers and changing his marks has been jailed. Imran Uddin, 25, who was studying science, bought keyboard spying equipment on the internet which he then connected to a number of university computers.
24.05.15 - CCTV in the Workplace survey finds 60% of employees fear “theft, physical attack and trespassers”
The CCTV in the Workplace survey questioned 1,017 UK workers and was carried out by independent research provider The Leadership Factor in January this year. Although the Government’s current CCTV network is outdated and hugely costly to local authorities, the views of the workers polled in the survey prove there’s a real need for effective CCTV solutions.
23.04.15 - Massive TalkTalk data breach STILL causing customer scam tsunami
A fresh wave of scammers appear to be targeting TalkTalk customers, following a massive data theft earlier this year, The Register has learned. In February, TalkTalk admitted to suffering a major breach into its users' sensitive information, which may have led to some customers handing over bank data to hackers. In an email to subscribers, the company said: "We are aware of a small, but nonetheless significant, number of customers who have been directly targeted by these criminals and we have been supporting them directly."
23.04.15 - Cash register maker used same password – 166816 – non-stop since 1990
RSA 2015 Fraud fighters David Byrne and Charles Henderson say one of the world's largest Point of Sale (PoS) systems vendors has been slapping the same default passwords – 166816 – on its kit since 1990. Worse still: about 90 per cent of customers are still using the password. The enraged pair badged the PoS vendor by its other acronym, labelling it a "piece of shit" and heaping scatological scorn on a bunch of other borked sales systems. Fraudsters would need physical access to the PoS in question to exploit it by opening a panel using a paperclip.
23.04.15 - Update: Credit card terminals have used same password since 1990s
While retailers battle breaches that have resulted in tens of millions of credit card numbers stolen, word comes from the RSA Conference in San Francisco that a major vendor of payment terminals has been shipping devices for over two decades with the same default password. The vendor wasn't named by the researchers, David Byrne and Charles Henderson, but they did disclose the password: 166816.
23.04.15 - Trust in council data security 'dangerously low', finds poll
Almost a third of people don’t trust their council to protect personal data online, with outsourcing raising key concerns - a poll has revealed. A survey of 2,000 Britons found less than one in 10 believe local authorities are well equipped to deal with a cyber attack while 31% have no faith in their town hall to guard important information.
22.04.15 - Twitter's new anti-abuse filter hides harassing tweets from your mentions
Twitter is cracking down on abusive accounts, announcing an updated violent threats policy, as well as a new filter that could block threatening messages before they are even seen by the intended victims. The move comes after leaked internal memos from CEO Dick Costolo back in February showed the social network thought it should be doing more to reduce trolling on the service.
22.04.15 - Costa Coffee Club warns of possible database intrusion
A Naked Security reader just sent us a "possible breach" warning he received. This one's from the Costa Coffee Club, a loyalty programme from Costa, a UK franchise that runs a chain of... ...you guessed it, coffee shops. The loyalty card is of the conventional sort: you get 5p of credit to use in-store for for every pound you spend.
21.05.15 - Stolen CentCom computers were found on eBay
A CentCom official ordered an inventory, putting it in the hands of a Riverview man who now admits to being the thief. Scott Duty's signed federal plea agreement spells out those details and more, in anticipation of a hearing next month in which he is expected to plead guilty to stealing government property.
20.04.15 - Institutional investors back away from hacked businesses
KPMG’s survey of global institutional investors found that 79% of investors would be discouraged from investing in a business that has been hacked. The research surveyed 133 institutional investors with more than USD $3 trillion under management. Malcolm Marshall, global head of KPMG’s cyber security practice, says: ‘Investors see data breaches as a threat to a company’s material value and feel discouraged in investing in a business that has had its sensitive information compromised.’
16.04.15 - Infosec taking the strain as threats evolve and skills gap widens
Analyst forecasts of a 1.5 million shortfall of information security professionals by 2020 come amid reports of rising salaries, an ageing workforce and the inability to fill existing positions.
16.04.15 - Dropbox users continue to unwittingly leak tax returns and other private data
Readers with good memories will recall a worrying privacy hole was found in Dropbox after publicly accessible links to private personal information stored on the service leaked out to unauthorised users.
16.04.15 - Target announces $19 million data breach settlement with MasterCard
(Reuters) - Target Corp (TGT.N) said it had agreed to reimburse about $19 million (13 million pounds) to financial institutions that had issued MasterCard-branded cards that were a part of the massive data breach at the retailer in 2013.
16.04.15 - APT group hacks cyber-spy gang in spy-on-spy pwnage
Cyber-spy groups, whose numbers are growing with little constraint, have begun hacking each other. Hellsing, a small and technically unremarkable cyber-espionage group, was subjected to a spear-phishing attack by another threat actor last year, before deciding to strike back with its own malware-infected emails. The aftermath of the dust-up was uncovered by security researchers from Kaspersky Lab, who estimate further incidents along the same lines are likely.
15.04.15 - UK law firms investigated 187 times for data protection breaches
UK law firms were investigated 187 times by the Information Commissioner in 2014 for possible breaches of the Data Protection Act (DPA), a Freedom of Information (FoI) data by encryption firm Egress Software Technologies has revealed. It might be assumed that legal firms would be especially careful with personal data but that didn’t stop 173 firms generating the heavy caseload for the ICO.
15.04.15 - There's TOO MANY data-leaking healthcare firms, growls Symantec
Security software company Symantec is being drenched in calls from breached health organisations that have lost devices or suffered an information security snafu.
15.04.15 - Britain hit hard as cyber-attacks rise 40 percent
Around five in six large organisations were subject to some form of cyber-attack in the past year and things look set to get worse, says the latest Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec.
15.04.15 - Banks hide cyber crime losses, says City of London Police
Banks are obscuring the true amount of money lost to cyber fraudsters preferring to write off cyber incidents as losses, according to the City of London Police. Banks assess the losses sustained from customers leaving, because of security fears, greater than covering the cost of cyber crime.
14.04.15 - Global cyberattacks on big business up 40 percent in 2014
Cyberattacks and cybercrime against large companies rose 40 percent globally in 2014, according to Symantec's annual Internet Security Threat study published Tuesday. Five out of every six large companies – those with over 2,500 employees – were targeted with spear-phishing attacks or e-mail fraud in 2014, up 40 percent on year, the report showed. Attacks on small- and medium-sized companies, which accounted for 60 percent of targeted attacks, increased 26 and 30 percent, respectively.
14.04.15 - Security risk potential linked to young, mobile users
Wireless supplier Aruba Networks has warned enterprises to take action to secure their corporate networks after publishing a mobile security risk report that found CIOs are unprepared for the impact of the high-risk, security-agnostic Generation Mobile workforce.
12.04.15 - Cyber-defence to be integral to Nato capabilities
Cyber-defence has to become an integral part of military capabilities, said General Sir Richard Barrons, Commander of Nato's Joint Forces Command, during a visit last week to the Tallinn-based NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence on Friday.
10.04.15 - Europol leads takedown of Beebone botnet
In a move that reflected the level of co-operation between anti-malware forces, Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT), the FBI, the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force- International Cyber Crime Coordination Cell (IC4), ShadowServer, Kaspersky and Intel Security all joined forces under the control of the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit. Brian Honan, of security consultants BH Consulting said the way the takedown was orchestrated was a model for the future. “There was an exceptionally high level of co-operation, something that can be difficult to achieve.”
02.04.15 - Smart home hacking is easier than you think
Scary stories of hacking Internet of Things devices are emerging, but how realistic is the threat?
02.04.15 - Tor Wants to Know How to Make the Darknet Mainstream
For many, Tor is synonymous with its hidden services, the encrypted and anonymous .onion websites that make up the darknet. Silk Road used to be one, and Facebook even set up its own hidden service last year. Despite this, the Tor Project estimates that just 4 percent of all traffic on the network goes to its dark web sites.
01.04.15 - Deepnet: is the “dark web” good or evil?
The worldwide web wasn’t really designed, as such – it grew out of itself and so privacy was never really a massive consideration. In part as a result, it exists on different levels.
31.03.15 - Government scolded over another immigration data leak. But Privacy Commissioner say he's happy with preventative measures.
The federal opposition has accused the Immigration department of contravening data breach disclosure guidelines and developing a reputation for poor data protection after a staff member was revealed to have emailed the personal details of world leaders to the wrong recipient.
31.03.15 - Universities need to plug into threat of cyber-attacks
Desirable research plus students’ personal and financial details make universities a juicy target for cyber-criminals. But are they doing anything about it?
31.03.15 - DDoS losses potentially £100k an hour, survey shows
Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks could expose 40% of businesses to losses of £100,000 or more an hour at peak times, a survey by communications and analysis firm Neustar has revealed.
31.03.15 - Security services in 'technological arms race' with cyber criminals, warns MI6 chief
Law enforcement and government intelligence agencies are engaged in a "technological arms race" with cyber criminals and terrorists whose methods are "unconstrained by consideration of ethics and law", the head of MI6 has warned.
30.03.15 - Serious Fraud Office fined £180,000 for BAE data breach
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has been fined £180,000 after thousands of confidential documents from a high-profile bribery investigation were mistakenly sent to the wrong person.
30.03.15 - Pension data 'sales' investigated by watchdog
An investigation has been launched into claims the details of millions of people's pensions are being sold to fraudsters and cold-calling firms.
30.03.15 - Law firms are a hacker’s “treasure trove”
Large law firms have been identified as a prime target for hackers and organised criminal gangs (OCGs) as their databases are seen as repositories of company secrets, business strategies and intellectual property.
30.03.15 - G20 world leaders' data emailed to football organisers
The passport numbers and visa details of 31 world leaders were accidentally emailed to the organisers of the Asian Cup in Australia before the G20 summit in Brisbane in November 2014
29.03.15 - British Airways customers hacked: Accounts of frequent flyers frozen after thousands victim of security scare
Air miles accounts have been frozen but airline says no personal information viewed or stolen
27.03.15 - Cyber Attacks Fuel Security Innovations
The increasing number of connected devices is multiplying the probability of cyber attacks against organizations across all sectors, from manufacturing to entertainment, to government agencies. The flurry of attacks is compelling organizations to adopt security solutions that secure computing resources, information, networks, and applications. Frost & Sullivan has conducted analysis on efforts to shore up security and finds that increased vulnerabilities are prompting innovations in security tools. The emerging security solutions are directed toward fortifying sophisticated technologies such as cloud computing, big data, wireless communication, and the Internet of Things (IoT).
27.03.15 - Employers will not breach data protection when checking driving licences online, says ICO
Fleet managers have been assured that no offence under the Data Protection Act will be committed by their employers when accessing employees’ driving licence records held by the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Agency (DVLA). The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has given the green light to ACFO, the UK representative body for fleet decision-makers, amid concerns raised by some fleet managers over the interpretation of Section 56 of the Data Protection Act 1998.
27.03.15 - UK gov't launches hackathon for next-gen cybersecurity specialists
The UK government is launching a hackathon to bring together the next generation of cybersecurity specialists to explore today's security issues. Announced on Thursday, the three-day hackathon is designed to bring together 50 students to "work together on ideas designed to tackle the cybersecurity issues facing businesses and critical infrastructure providers." The participants, plucked from 13 UK universities labeled as "Academic Centres of Excellence in cybersecurity research," will be given hands-on training, tutorials and advice throughout the event.
27.03.15 - Zero Day Weekly: China leads global cyberattacks, Dell malware risk, air gap hacking
Akamai: A majority of the Internet attack traffic in 2014's fourth quarter originated in China, followed by the U.S., according to cloud service provider Akamai. China and the U.S. were the only countries where more than 10 percent of attack traffic originated. Still, the attack traffic coming from China was down compared to the third quarter, falling to 41 percent from 49 percent. Attack traffic coming from the U.S. also fell, decreasing to 13 percent from 17 percent.
26.03.15 - Router Hack Inserts Ads And Porn Into Websites
Fraudsters are using hijacked router DNS settings to intercept Google Analytics tags and replace them with pornography and adverts. This is the warning from security experts Ara Labs Security Solutions, which discovered the router hack which is injecting third party content into random websites.
26.03.15 - World of Warcraft Gamers Targeted by Ransomware Teslacrypt Virus
Scottsdale, AZ -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/26/2015 -- A new malware program attempts to extort money from gamers by encrypting game saves and other user-generated files for popular computer games. The threat is now targeting WoW gamers through game saves, maps, profile and other custom content.
26.03.15 - Eurovision app servers attacked
In this month's Eurovision qualifier, which drew 3.7m viewers, there was a suspicious fault with the polling process that led to all votes cast in a certain part of the programming schedule being deleted.
26.03.15 - Survey: 75% of firms would take hours or longer to spot breach
Although 68 percent of companies said they are prepared for a breach, 75 percent estimated it would take hours, days, or weeks for them to notice that one had occurred, according to a new survey released this morning.
24.03.15 - Post-hack, Twitch users told to reset passwords… but they don’t have to make them too long
Video game streaming service Twitch posted a security alert yesterday, announcing that hackers had compromised its systems and users’ personal details may have been exposed. An email sent out to some users, described the type of information that online criminals may have been able to access:
23.03.15 - How to tell if you've been hacked
According to the UK Government’s 2014 cybersecurity survey, 81% of large businesses have suffered malicious data breaches. That suggests almost one in five didn’t. But how can those companies be sure? Working out whether you’ve been hacked by cybercriminals is like leaving your diary in your bag while you visit the bathroom. When you get back, everything might still be in your bag, but you can’t be certain that no one sneaked a peek.
20.03.15 - 90 Percent of IT Pros Worry About Public Cloud Security
A recent Bitglass survey of more than 1,000 IT and IT security practitioners found that one third of respondents have suffered more security breaches with the public cloud than with on-premise applications.
20.03.15 - Facebook found leaking private photos
Bug hunter Laxman Muthiyah has reported a Facebook vulnerability that exposes private photos to potentially malicious applications. The hacker received US$10,000 from Menlo Park for reporting the bug in Facebook Photo Sync and an API that allows third party apps to siphon private pics. Muthiyah says iOS and Android apps that contain a user_photos permission could prior to the patch nab photos by simply residing on a victim's device.
20.03.15 - Will Ford and Tesla's wireless updates pose a security threat to drivers?
Wireless updates like those promised by Tesla and Ford could pose a major threat to car security, security experts have warned. Allowing drivers to download apps and customise their cars gives hackers a gateway to manipulate internal car systems through malware or 'man-in-the-middle' attacks.
20.03.15 - Drupal SQL injection vulnerability attacks persist, despite patch release
Nearly six months have passed since a major Drupal SQL injection vulnerability was disclosed, and yet attackers are continuing to try, sometimes successfully, to exploit websites that have failed to update their systems.
20.03.15 - H4cked off: Is Eugene Kaspersky 'in bed' (or the sauna) with the Russian government? Derr, of course he is
ndeed, quite literally, they say he is in the sauna with them – once a week, apparently with his old pals at the agency to which he once belonged. The implication is that behind the closely cropped beard lurks a shifty, untrustworthy frontman, while the more direct accusation is that Kaspersky Labs turns a blind eye to all the nefarious malware that may or may not be pumped out by the Russian state. Can you trust this shadowy company to analyse your email – your most private communications?
19.03.15 - Target poised to settle breach for $10 million
MINNEAPOLIS – Target Corp. is poised to settle a class-action lawsuit filed following the retailer's massive data breach in 2013, court documents filed Wednesday in Minnesota show. A $10 million dollar fund will be established for victims of the breach, the 97-page settlement says.
19.03.15 - GoDaddy accounts vulnerable to social engineering and Photoshop
On Tuesday, my personal account at GoDaddy was compromised. I knew it was coming, but considering the layered account protections used by the world's largest domain registrar, I didn't think my attacker would be successful.
18.03.15 - Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops
Cisco will ship boxes to vacant addresses in a bid to foil the NSA, security chief John Stewart says. The dead drop shipments help to foil a Snowden-revealed operation whereby the NSA would intercept networking kit and install backdoors before boxen reached customers. The interception campaign was revealed last May. Speaking at a Cisco Live press panel in Melbourne today, Stewart says the Borg will ship to fake identities for its most sensitive customers, in the hope that the NSA's interceptions are targeted.
18.03.15 - Apple and Google freak out as SSL flaw hits thousands of apps
New research from FireEye reveals that both platforms remain vulnerable as they run flawed versions of the OpenSSL library that is baked into both operating systems – meaning that an attacker could potentially carry out a Man-in-the-Middle (MiTM) attack to intercept any kind of data app transmit, such as health and fitness, medical, login credentials, credit card details, emails, text and photos.
18.03.15 - Premera hack exposes 11 million financial and medical records
US health insurance firm Premera Blue Cross has revealed its IT systems were breached, exposing the financial and medical records of 11 million customers. Premera Blue Cross said it discovered cyber attackers breached its systems in January 2015. An investigation showed the first attack took place in May 2014.
17.03.15 - UK firms horribly unprepared for data breach response
On Tuesday, BlueCoat and Experian released independent reports which painted a bleak picture of UK firms' information security practises, finding in particular that companies didn't have appropriate incident response plans, or carry out appropriate risk and security assessments.
17.03.15 - N. Korea behind nuke power plant data leakage: investigators
SEOUL, March 17 (Yonhap) -- North Korea is believed to be linked to a series of recent data leaks from South Korea's nuclear power plants, investigators said Tuesday. Late last year, an unidentified hacker posted blueprints of nuclear power plants and threatened to destroy the facilities while demanding they be shutdown. Last week, the hacker posted more files on Twitter that included documents concerning the country's indigenous advanced power reactor 1400, while demanding money.
15.03.15 - Yahoo unveils sneak peek at end-to-end email encryption plugin
After the company was thrown under the bus by the National Security Agency surveillance disclosures, Yahoo is following up on its promise to fight back. At SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, Yahoo chief information security officer Alex Stamos confirmed the company will introduce end-to-end encryption to its Yahoo Mail service by the end of this year.
13.03.15 - Google error leaks website owners' personal information
A Google software problem inadvertently exposed the names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers used to register websites after people had chosen to keep the information private. The privacy breach involves whois, a database that contains contact information for people who've bought domain names. For privacy reasons, people can elect to make information private, often by paying an extra fee.
13.03.15 - Google privacy breach caused by a software defect
Expert at Cisco discovered a privacy breach caused by a software problem, which exposed personal information of users that opted for privacy setting. A software problem occurred at Google have exposed personal information of users that registered their website and had chosen to keep their profile private.
13.05.15 - Adobe issues patches for 11 critical vulnerabilities in Flash Player
Adobe has issued patches for security vulnerabilities in Flash Player -- 11 of which are deemed critical. On Thursday, Adobe issued its latest set of security updates for the Adobe Flash Player. The updates for Windows, Mac and Linux users address "vulnerabilities that could potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system," according to the software giant.
13.03.15 - Attackers spread worm via Facebook, leverage cloud services
Facebook users who clicked an Ow.ly link in a post promising pornographic content may have become infected with a worm – believed to belong to the Kilim family – that then spread the same link to all of their contacts and groups, according to a Thursday post by Malwarebytes.
13.03.15 - 'TeslaCrypt' holds video game files hostage in ransomware first
Online gamers are no longer spared the wrath of crypto-ransomware, with a recently discovered attack encrypting game files, as well as iTunes files.
13.03.15 - Private WHOIS data disclosed for hundreds of thousands of Google Apps domains
A software defect in Google Apps's domain registration system, has exposed the private WHOIS information of 94 percent of the nearly 306,000 domains registered via Google App using eNom, according to a blog post by researchers at Cisco Talos, who discovered the glitch while exploring another research project.
12.03.15 - Report: 71 percent of orgs were successfully attacked in 2014
The number of successful cyber attacks against organizations is increasing, according to the “2015 Cyberthreat Defense Report” from CyberEdge Group, which surveyed 814 IT security decision makers and practitioners from organizations – in 19 industries – across North America and Europe
12.03.15 - UK surveillance 'lacks transparency', ISC report says
The legal framework surrounding surveillance is "unnecessarily complicated" and "lacks transparency", a Parliamentary committee says. The Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) report also says there should be a single law to govern access to private communications by UK agencies. Its inquiry has considered the impact of such activities on people's privacy.
12.03.15 - Malware “TreasureHunter” innovates by using windows products IDs for its dynamic mutex
A new approach based on windows products IDs for dynamic mutex could allow the creation of new malware running undetected on systems for much more time. Before talking about “TreasureHunter” itself, I think it’s worth to give you a background about mutex and as Microsoft says: “For example, to prevent two threads from writing to shared memory at the same time, each thread waits for ownership of a mutex object before executing the code that accesses the memory. After writing to the shared memory, the thread releases the mutex object.”
12.03.15 - Did GCHQ crack encryption? Parliament's security committee suggests GCHQ can read encrypted communications
Today's report from Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee has suggested that GCHQ has broken computer encryption systems and is able to read messages that ought to be secure.
10.03.15 - Rowhammer Hardware Exploit Poses Threat to DRAM Memory in Many Laptops, PCs
Software, from web apps, to operating systems to firmware, has been abused and exploited every which way from Sunday for decades by both researchers and attackers. Now, it is hardware’s turn in the spotlight, as researchers have published details of a new method for exploiting a problem with some DRAM memory devices that can allow attackers to get low-level access to target machines.
10.03.15 - Banning Tor unwise and infeasible, MPs told
A ban on online anonymity networks would be "technologically infeasible" and unwise, MPs have been told. Parliamentary advisers said networks such as Tor could be used for criminal ends but also in the public interest.
04.03.15 - China and US clash over software backdoor proposals
Beijing has rejected President Obama's criticism of its plan to make tech companies put backdoors in their software and share their encryption keys if they want to operate in China. On Monday, Mr Obama told the Reuters news agency he had "made it very clear" China had to change its policy if it wanted to do business with the US.
03.03.15 - Secret Service: Cybercrime ‘Skimming’ Cases on the Rise in North Carolina
The U.S. Secret Service says “skimming,” a cybercrime which targets automatic teller machines and gasoline pumps and the people who use them, is on the rise in the Charlotte, N.C., area. The Charlotte Observer reports that the Secret Service reports that since October, it has investigated 11 skimming incidents involving at least nine suspects, in a region spanning from Greensboro to Asheville. Most cases have been in Charlotte
02.03.15 - Tor Users Must Now Provide A Phone Number To Open A New Twitter Account
Twitter last week announced plans to begin tracking troublesome users via their mobile phone number. Along those lines, it has begun forcing users of anonymous web browser Tor to provide a number in order to open a new account. Update: A Twitter representative told TechCrunch that the company has not made specific changes to the registration process for Tor browser users.
02.03.15 - Data breach from University of Limerick student village
HE bank account details and PPSN numbers of over 350 residents at the University of Limerick’s Kilmurry Student Village were leaked to the public earlier this month. On the evening of Friday, February 6, an email with an attachment containing the bank account details, including Sort Codes, BIC numbers and IBAN numbers, along with account holder names, bank addresses and PPSN numbers of 363 residents was sent to a student. The student then passed the information onto a family member. The leak was discovered three days later, on February 9, by Plassey Campus Centre, a UL subsidiary company that manages Kilmurry Student Village.
02.03.15 - LinkedIn Settlements: Data Privacy Concerns and Class Actions
Data Security and Privacy are major concerns (and hot topics) in the legal world. Big names like Target, Home Depot, and more recently Anthem Insurance have all had their security breached and sensitive customer information compromised, and there have been significant litigious consequences for these companies.
02.03.15 - Islamic State threatens Twitter staff in online post
Twitter employees and co-founder Jack Dorsey are being threatened by people who claim to support Islamic State. In an online post jihadists around the world are called upon to attack and kill Twitter staff over the company's efforts to block and ban Islamic State messages.
02.03.15 - Security cameras that would have filmed Boris Nemtsov shooting were 'turned off for repairs'
Security cameras that would have filmed the shooting of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov were turned off for repairs at the time, according to local media reports. The claims come amid conflicting reports about whether footage of the killing exists. Sources at the country’s Interior Ministry say there was no CCTV footage of the killing because the cameras in question were not working, according to the Kommersant newspaper.
02.03.15 - GCHQ experts to teach university students about ethical hacking, penetration testing and security networks
British spy agency GCHQ is looking to attract the cream of the crop of budding computer scientists to attend a new summer school in which its own experts will teach students about ethical hacking, penetration testing and security networks.
02.03.15 - Research: 84 percent more concerned about security and privacy in 2015
Security and privacy are top concerns for many IT professionals, and it's especially relevant now, after 2014's highly publicized data breaches. Because of the constant concerns about security and privacy, Tech Pro Research, ZDNet's premium content sister site, conducted a new survey on the topic and compared the results back to a previous survey from 2013.
27.02.15 - Facebook explains when employees can access your account without your password
Earlier this week, Paavo Siljamäki, director at the record label Anjunabeats, told a very interesting story about an interaction with a Facebook engineer logging into his account without entering his account credentials. We got in touch with Facebook to learn when exactly the company’s employees can perform such actions.
27.02.15 - TalkTalk: 'Hackers stole customers' personal details – two months ago'
TalkTalk has finally confirmed in an email to customers that their personal details were compromised in a successful hack perpetrated at the end of last year. Personal data stolen from TalkTalk in the attacks included names, addresses, phone numbers and account numbers. Furthermore, the company has admitted that the information has been used in cases of attempted identity theft with scammers using the data to try and get bank account, credit card details and other information from customers.
26.02.15 - Europol, Microsoft and Symantec take down Ramnit botnet
The Ramnit botnet, which had infected 3.2 million computers around the world, has been taken down in a coordinated joint international operation by Europol's European Cybercrime Centre and a number of high-profile internet and web security firms. Ramnit was used by cyber criminals to gain remote access to computers, infecting them by disabling anti-virus protection and enabling the theft of personal details including banking information and passwords.
26.02.15 - State breakdowns: Anthem breach by the numbers
While a whopping 78.8 million consumers may have had personal information viewed by “hackers who had accessed our database,” an Anthem spokesperson confirmed in a statement emailed to SCMagazine.com on Thursday, about 60 to 70 million individuals are current or former Anthem members.
26.02.15 - Google steps up its BYOD game; looks to secure more than a billion mobile devices
On Wednesday, Google officially launched Android for Work, which was announced last June at its I/O conference. The aim is to offer businesses a stopgap that addresses BYOD needs, including secured access to sensitive data and OS fragmentation. There are more than a billion people using an Android device right now, and a good portion of them are on the corporate network somewhere in the world. Each day these employees manage their workloads on the same device they use for social media, dating, and entertainment.
26.02.15 - Botnet of Joomla servers furthers DDoS-for-hire scheme
Researchers have uncovered a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack campaign that takes advantage of Joomla servers with a vulnerable Google Maps plug-in installed. Akamai's Prolexic Security Engineering & Research Team (PLXsert) worked with PhishLabs' Research, Analysis, and Intelligence Division (R.A.I.D) to analyze malicious traffic coming from multiple Joomla websites, a threat advisory (PDF) issued Wednesday said.
25.02.15 - ICO fines hacked insurance firm £175,000
The Information Commissioner's Office has handed out a £175,000 fine to Staysure.co.uk after the insurance company's data breach last year, which saw an unidentified hacker compromise 5,000 customers and access up to 110,000 live credit card details. Following the breach in October, the ICO has investigated the company's IT security practises and found that hackers had potential access to up to 110,000 live credit card details – including the three-digit security numbers (which should not be stored) – as well as customer medical records.
25.02.15 - Gemalto: NSA and GCHQ probably did hack us, but there was no massive leak of encryption keys
SIM card maker Gemalto has confirmed that its network was hacked - probably by the NSA and GCHQ - but said the breach could not have resulted in a massive theft of encryption keys. A story published by The Intercept - based on documents from NSA-contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden - claimed that a team made up of NSA and GCHQ staff hacked into Gemalto's network to try steal encryption keys used to protect the privacy of mobile communications. The attack is particularly noteable in that Gemalto was not the final target: the target was the users of mobile phones which used its technology, and raises questions about the behaviour and methods of the intelligence services.
25.02.15 - Malware on Lime Crime website, payment cards compromised
Cosmetics company Lime Crime is notifying an undisclosed number of customers that unauthorized access was gained to its website server and malware designed to intercept customer data, including payment card information was installed – from October 2014 to February. How many victims? Undisclosed. What type of personal information? Names, addresses, card account numbers, expiration dates, security codes and Lime Crime website usernames and passwords.
25.02.15 - Bug in popular WordPress plugin opens up websites to SQL injection attacks
A popular WordPress plugin that has more than 1.3 million downloads contains a vulnerability that can be exploited to perform SQL injection attacks against vulnerable websites, according to researchers with Sucuri, who consider the issue to be a very high security risk. The vulnerability exists in versions 3.9.5 and lower of the Slimstat web analytics plugin for WordPress, Marc-Alexander Montpas, senior vulnerability researcher with Sucuri, wrote in a Tuesday blog post. He urged all users to upgrade to version 3.9.6 immediately due to the severity of the issue.
25.02.15 - Not even GCHQ and NSA can crack our SIM key database, claims Gemalto
SIM card manufacturer Gemalto has given more details of what it understands is behind the reports that GCHQ and the NSA got their mitts on the encryption keys for its SIM cards. As we reported earlier, the company says it detected intrusions and prevented them, and that at no time were the systems which held information on the keys penetrated. If an intercept took place, it would have been when an actor listened into Gemalto's comms, the firm claims.
24.02.15 - Business disruption cyber attacks set to spur defence plans, says Gartner
By 2018, 40% of large organisations will have formal plans to address aggressive cyber-security business disruption attacks, up from 0% in 2015, according to research firm Gartner. Business disruption attacks require a higher priority from chief information security officers (CISOs) and business continuity management (BCM) leaders, the Gartner said.
24.02.15 - California dentist announces theft of server containing patient information
The office of a dentist in California, Cathrine Steinborn, was burglarized and a server containing patient and responsible party information – including Social Security numbers – was stolen. How many victims? Undisclosed. What type of personal information? Names, addresses, dates of birth, telephone numbers, Social Security numbers, dental and/or medical insurance information, health background information, treatment information, and billing information.
24.02.15 - Breach affects 10K motorists in U.K.
Nearly 10,000 motorists in the U.K. could be impacted by a breach that exposed details of their parking tickets online. A backdoor into a database belonging to PaymyPCN.net, which has reportedly collected parking fines for two decades and is linked to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) database, allows the public to access information, including names and addresses, according to a report by Sky News.
24.02.15 - Businesses should not wait for EU data protection law, says PwC lawyer
Businesses waiting for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) before taking action have already missed the boat, according to partner at PwC Legal, Stewart Room. Versions of the new European Union data protection regulation to replace the outdated 1995 directive have been approved by the European Commission and the European Parliament.
24.02.15 - CISOs: Our Organizations are Wide-Open for Cyber-Terrorism
A majority of CISOs foresee cyber-terrorism and cybercrime posing significant risks to their organizations over the next three years. The Global Megatrends in Cybersecurity 2015 survey from the Ponemon Institute found there to be a disturbing lack of resources and a critical disconnect between CISOs and senior leadership at work. In and of themselves, these points are new issues, but against the growing threat landscape, the fact that they are preventing companies from adequately addressing cybersecurity threats will have real consequences.
23.02.15 - BT Tower hosts simulated cyber-attack
The London BT Tower, probably the most high profile communications target in the UK, whose public gallery was closed to avoid terrorist attack, was the venue for a simulated cyber-terrorist strike on Saturday, testing the ability of amateur contestants to win back control of a large building's power supply from hackers. The cyber-attack simulation mimicked sophisticated cyber-crime groups using Heartbleed and Shellshock type cyber-attacks. Defence efforts using crime-fighting tools ranging from cryptography to advanced penetration testing packages such as Kali-Linux, were assessed by experts from organisers Raytheon UK, as well as GCHQ, the National Crime Agency, BT, C3IA and Airbus Group
23.02.15 - Leaky battery attack reveals the paths you walk in life
More than 100 mobile apps leak users' location regardless of whether they opt to keep the information private, according to researchers. Power consumption data is the source of the leaks, which make it possible to determine users' whereabouts with 90 percent accuracy. A quartet from Stanford University and Israeli defence contractor Rafael developed an app called PowerSpy to demonstrate the leak.
23.02.15 - Parents ‘want kids taught digital skills’
Parents ‘want kids taught digital skills’ More three quarters of Australian parents think that digital skills and computer programming should be integrated into school curriculums, says the AIIA. The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has published a Digital Skills and Careers Report, in collaboration with National ICT Australia (NICTA) and the Australia Computer Society (ACS). The research was conducted by Newspoll.
23.02.15 - Organisations address virtual server backup but disaster recovery top priority in 2015
UK IT departments are increasingly able to say “job done!” when it comes to virtual server backup. At the same time, the number of disaster recovery, cloud storage and solid-state flash storage deployments continue apace. Those are the findings of the ComputerWeekly.com/TechTarget IT Priorities Survey for 2015, which questioned 111 UK IT professionals about their planned IT spending priorities for 2015.
23.02.15 - UK businesses' IT services better off in India than the cloud
UK businesses have yet to be convinced of the benefits of cloud computing, we continue to outsource the IT, according to a major global survey by KPMG. The annual Service provider and performance satisfaction study from KPMG looked at 2,100 global contracts worth £7.8bn, including 313 the UK. 44792_KPMG.jpg According to the study, 71% of UK businesses only spend 10% – or even less – of their IT budget on cloud services. Most are still outsourcing the traditional way, with India the favourite destination for IT services, according to 51% of UK companies. Poland was the next favourite with South Africa, both preferred by 8%.
23.02.15 - Legacy vulnerabilities easy route for hackers
Legacy vulnerabilities in older code are becoming increasingly big risks to corporations as attackers are zooming in on unpatched and largely forgotten issues, according to HP's Cyber Risk Report. HP's report highlights that push and pull between Google and Microsoft over vulnerabilities. Google has outed Microsoft issues before it could issue a fix to customers. However, Google's point is that Microsoft needs to step up the pace.
23.02.15 - Gemalto: Our SIM cards are secure, despite NSA hack claim
SIM card maker Gemalto has said its products - which are used in mobile phones, bank cards, and passports - are secure, despite claims that the NSA and GCHQ hacked its network to steal encryption keys in an attempt to eavesdrop on mobile phone conversations around the globe. A story published by The Intercept - based on documents from NSA-contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden - claimed that a team made up of NSA and GCHQ staff hacked into Gemalto's network to steal encryption keys used to protect the privacy of mobile communications by billions of people.
21.02.15 - Lenovo admits security issues with Superfish, releases removal tool
After playing a dead bat and attempting to push the perception that Superfish was not a security concern, Lenovo has admitted that it was caught napping on the security implications of preloading a piece of adware that installed its own self-signing man-in-the-middle proxy service that hijacked SSL/TLS connections. "We did not know about this potential security vulnerability until yesterday," Lenovo said in a statement released on Saturday, Sydney time. "We recognise that this was our miss, and we will do better in the future. Now we are focused on fixing it."
20.02.15 - US and UK accused of hacking Sim card firm to steal codes
US and British intelligence agencies hacked into a major manufacturer of Sim cards in order to steal codes that facilitate eavesdropping on mobiles, a US news website says. The Intercept says the revelations came from US intelligence contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden
19.02.15 - Wearables Evolving to Combine Fashion and Function
The intersection of fashion and fitness is the new frontier of wearable technology, a panel of fashion designers and tech experts said at the FastA/W15 event during MADE Fashion Week in New York City. The wearables market, which is quickly expanding, is well on its way to marrying smart tech with fashion. According to Gartner, 30 percent of smart wearable devices will be inconspicuous to the eye by 2017. But as developers and designers continue to make progress, the industry still has its challenges.
13.02.15 - Barack Obama to host cyber crime summit in Silicon Valley
US president Barack Obama is to meet representatives of the world’s largest companies, the US Secret Service, the FBI and the UK’s National Crime Agency today (13 February 2015) to discuss how to tackle cyber crime. The meeting follows a bad year for information security with several high-profile data breaches in the US and comes amid growing fears of the global economic impact of cyber crime estimated at around $445bn a year.
13.02.15 - 16 million mobile devices hit by malware in 2014: Alcatel-Lucent
French telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent has published a report compiled by its Motive Security Labs division, which found that malware infections in mobile devices increased by 25 percent in 2014, compared to a 20 percent increase in 2013. According to Alcatel-Lucent, the current malware infection rate for mobile devices stand at 0.68 percent, a figure which the company's Motive Labs used to estimate that around 16 million devices worldwide were likely to have been infected by malicious software as at the end of 2014.
12.02.15 - Mobiles and POS systems to top cyber hit list, says Verisign
Cyber-criminals will ramp up attacks on mobile devices and point of sale (POS) systems, according to the 2015 cyber trends and threat analysis by Verisign iDefense Security Intelligence Services. This is one of 10 predictions made by the iDefense analysis to help cyber security and business operations teams plan their response to the most critical cyber threats and trends affecting their enterprises.
12.02.15 - Scottish companies warned over 'insider threats'
Scottish companies are being warned to do much more to tackle the threat posed to their security by "corrupt and careless" employees. The warning will be made at Scotland's first national Insider Threat conference, organised by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC). The event will hear that 85% of fraud is committed by past and present staff.
12.02.15 - Cyber attack takes down Dutch government sites
A cyber-attack took down most of the Dutch government's websites on Tuesday, it has been confirmed. The attack, which also took down some private sites, highlighted the vulnerability of public infrastructure. It came as the US beefed up its defences, and followed warnings that sites belonging to the French authorities had been targeted. Dutch MPs demanded that the government ensures state sites were capable of withstanding similar attacks in future.
12.02.15 - Forbes 'watering hole' attack the work of Chinese state cyber espionage, claim researchers
A "watering hole" attack on Forbes.com, one of the world's most popular news websites, which exploited zero-day vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash, was the work of Chinese state espionage organisations, according to an analysis by security services company iSight. Following the attack, which lasted from 28 November to 1 December last year, the company claims that US defence contractors and financial services companies were subsequently attacked as a result.
11.02.15 - DDoS attack leaves Dutch websites offline for hours
People in the Netherlands with government-related business to take care of would probably agree that yesterday was not the best of days to do it. In what initially appeared to be a simple glitch, all Dutch government websites went down on Tuesday morning, only coming back up more than twelve hours later. Initially, it was thought that the cross-site outage was related to problems with the fibre broadband network, since, as well as the government websites, several other big Dutch sites went down - and they were all hosted by the same company, Prolocation.
10.02.15 - Rise of the machines: Samsung TVs are spying on you, hacked vehicles put 'our lives at risk'
Samsung has admitted that its voice-activated Smart televisions may be able to record sensitive information from users, while fresh fears have arisen that security weaknesses in Internet of Things-equipped vehicles may leave them wide open to software hacks. The small print in the privacy policy in models of Samsung's Smart TVs that feature voice activation reveals that the devices may record background conversations between commands and that this data is sent to a third party. A user's television could therefore potentially record details of passwords or bank accounts and send them to a third party.
10.02.15 - Hackers will target online NHS medical data, warns ICO
Cyber attacks and ID theft will increase as patient data is made digital and accessible online, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has warned. Dawn Monaghan, public sector group manager at the ICO, said that the goal of sharing patient data across the health service puts personal information at greater risk from hackers. "I would suggest that the cyber security and ID theft side of things will start to come up the pile in healthcare when you get proper online access to information," she said at a Westminster Health Forum event attended by V3.
09.02.15 - Security Think Tank: Lessons to be learned from Sony breach
While there is still some debate around how the attack on Sony was facilitated, what we do know is an attack this successful and of this magnitude will have required significant preparation and planning. It would appear that one of three things has transpired – either it was facilitated by the acts of a malicious insider or ex-insider; it was a non-malicious insider or human error; or it was successful because of poorly configured, patched and locked-down networks.
02.02.15 - Advent IM Recognised as Cyber Security Solution Supplier to HM Government
Holistic Security Consultancy and member of the Malvern Cyber Security Cluster, Advent IM Ltd, have today announced their confirmed status as Cyber Security Solution suppliers to HM Government. Advent IM today announced their confirmed status as Cyber Security Solution providers to HM Government, following their longstanding and successful supplier relationships with several government departments. The scheme is administrated by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and enables certified cyber security suppliers to Government to be able to publicise the fact. This offers a distinct advantage to those businesses, enables the Government’s plan to work with more SME’s and also supports the export of UK cyber security expertise.
30.01.15 - Selling passwords for $150, and other dumb ways users threaten corporate security
Corporate passwords for sale, $150 OBO. That, apparently, is how little some employees may take in exchange for compromising their company's security. SailPoint’s Market Pulse Survey, compiled from responses from 1,000 workers from large companies with at least 3,000 employees, offers vivid examples of how easily one person can create a lot of risk—and why passwords alone are simply inadequate.
30.01.15 - Cybercrime: protect your business from these common hacks
Cyber attacks are frequently in the headlines – recent high-profile targets include Sony, with its spoof movie about assassinating a dictator. But it’s not just the business behemoths that need to prepare against hackers. In fact, nine in 10 SMEs say cybercrime is their top business concern, new research will show.
30.01.15 - Global DDoS attacks increase 90 percent on last year
Akamai Technologies' Q4 2014 State of the Internet - Security report has found that the number of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks nearly doubled since 2013. The report (PDF) showed DDoS attacks increased by 90 percent from Q4 2013, and increased by 57 percent compared to the last quarter. There was also a 52 percent increase in average peak bandwidth of DDoS attacks compared to Q4 2013.
29.01.15 - How three small credit card transactions could reveal your identity
Just three small clues—receipts for a pizza, a coffee and a pair of jeans—are enough information to identify a person’s credit card transactions from among those of a million people, according to a new study.
29.01.15 - The Future of Wearables Isn’t a Connected Watch
At Intel’s big Make It Wearable competition in San Francisco late last year, the theme of the day was “no way.” As a parade of entrepreneurs took the stage to promote their Next Big Things, the phrase erupted in my brain again and again. A glove that tracks workers’ movements on a factory floor? No way. A turtle-shaped bionic baby that new mothers, whose premature infants have to stay in incubators, wear on their chests? No way. A drone that attaches to your arm, flies off when you flick your wrist, hovers, and snaps a selfie? I mean, come on!
29.01.15 - Zeus variant targeting Canadian banks, U.S. banks may also be a target
A new variant of the nefarious Zeus trojan is targeting a number of banks in Canada, including Bank of Montreal, Royal Bank of Canada, and National Bank of Canada, according to SentinelOne.
29.01.15 - Data from death inquiries lost by Ministry of Justice
Discs containing information from three of the UK's most sensitive inquiries have gone missing after being put in the post. The material relates to inquiries into the role of the police in the deaths of three men, Mark Duggan, Azelle Rodney and Robert Hamill. Officials realised the discs were missing three weeks ago and one member of staff has since been suspended.
29.01.15 - Ofcom aims to regulate Internet of Things in the UK
Communications regulator Ofcom and the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) are teaming up with industry and government to regulate the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT describes the idea that billions of smart gadgets, sensors and devices are connected to each other and to the internet.
28.01.15 - Cyberthreat sharing must include strong privacy protections, advocates say
U.S. lawmakers should put strict privacy controls into planned legislation to encourage companies to share cyberthreat information with government agencies and each other, some advocates said.
28.01.15 - EU air passenger database about to take flight, but critics want it grounded
The European Commission is reportedly revving up the engines on a controversial plan to retain passenger flight data across the EU, although a prior attempt got its wings clipped due to privacy concerns. The new plan calls for a database with personal flight data such as travel dates, itineraries, ticket information and baggage information, according to a document published by Statewatch on Wednesday and described as a leaked and legitimate EC document.
28.01.15 - New Chrome extension spots unencrypted tracking
A new Chrome extension highlights tools embedded in websites that could pose privacy risks by sending data unencrypted over the Internet. It’s hard to find a major website that doesn’t use a variety of third-party tracking tools for online advertising, social media and analytics. But if the trackers send data unencrypted, it is possible for those who have network-level access—such as an ISP or government—to spy on the data and use it for their own tracking.
27.01.15 - How could allowing customers to use personal hotspots pose a security risk to a business’s network?
The FCC just issued a ruling that companies like Marriott Hotels cannot block the personal WiFi hotspots of their guests. Marriott argued that by allowing guests to use their own hotspots it put their own network at risk. What risks could legitimately be posed to a network by allowing personal WiFi hotspots?
25.01.15 - Hoax call put through to David Cameron from person claiming to be head of GCHQ
A man claiming to be a hoax caller who was put through to David Cameron's phone after posing as the director of GCHQ has said he was high on drink and drugs at the time. A call to Britain's eavesdropping agency, during which a mobile phone number for director Robert Hannigan was disclosed to the caller, was followed by a hoax call to Downing Street, which saw the caller connected to Mr Cameron. The Prime Minister ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax and no sensitive information was disclosed, Downing Street said.
23.01.15 - Filtering by the back door: UK's privacy-threatening zombie leglisation revived
Proposed amendments to the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill currently making its way through Parliament could significantly extend the government's powers of data retention and surveillance. The proposed amendments, introduced by four members of the House of Lords on Wednesday, would replicate many of the clauses of the Communications Data Bill, abandoned in 2012. The proposed amendments would open the door to the introduction of new requirements for telcos and other comms service providers to filter communications data, in order to satisfy requests from the police and "other relevant public authorities".
22.01.15 - EU wants to force internet, phone companies to turn over encryption keys
A senior European official has called on the region's leaders to force technology companies into sharing encryption keys with national authorities. The EU's counter-terrorism coordinator Gilles de Kerchove wrote in a document, leaked by Statewatch, is pushing the European Commission to adopt rules "obliging" internet and phone companies operating the region to cooperate with national authorities combating and investigating terrorism.
22.01.15 - UK businesses handing over cyber security to third parties
More UK businesses are outsourcing their IT security because budgets are not growing as fast as the security threat. A Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC) study of 230 people at businesses with more than 1,000 staff found that the combination of increasing threats, shortage of skills and stagnant IT security budgets is pushing firms to outsource security.
22.01.15- South Korean nuclear power plant attacked by hacker
Computer systems at a South Korean nuclear power plant have been hacked, causing the company to conduct drills to test its ability to cope with a full-scale cyber-attack. Some documents belonging to KHNP - part of the state-run utility Korea Electric Power Corp – leaked online, but the organisation said there was no hacking of the nuclear reactor operations.
21.01.15 - How a 7-year-old girl hacked a public Wi-Fi network in 10 minutes - See more at: http://www.information-age.com/technology/security/123458891/how-7-year-old-girl-hacked-public-wi-fi-network-10-minutes
Free Wi-Fi at a coffee shop or other public space is a welcome sign for millions of people everyday who want to get some work done, make a video call, or just catch up on a bit of online shopping. However, as results of a new experiment today prove, public Wi-Fi is so unsecure it can even be hacked by a seven-year-old child – and in just over ten minutes.
19.01.15 - Shoe retail chain Office decommissions servers after security breach
Shoe retail chain Office has decommissioned several of its servers that were compromised during a security breach that was first revealed in May 2014.
16.01.15 - Microsoft fumes, Google discloses another Windows security flaw
Google has discovered a bug in the CryptProtectMemory memory-encrypting function found within Windows 7 and 8.1, and made its disclosure public after its Project Zero deadline of 90 days passed. The bug was found by James Forshaw, who also discovered a privilege elevation flaw in Windows 8.1, the disclosure of which drew the ire of Redmond earlier this week. Forshaw described his new issue as an impersonation check bypass that could be an issue if a service is vulnerable to a named pipe planting attack or is storing encrypted data in a world readable shared memory section.
16.01.15 -Xbox And Sony Cyber AttacK: Teen Arrested
A teenager has been arrested in Merseyside following cyberattacks on Sony PlayStation and Xbox systems last year. The teenager was held today in Southport, Merseyside, after a joint British and FBI-led operation. He was arrested on suspicion of unauthorised access to computer material. He was also detained for alleged threats to kill, the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU) said.
15.01.15 - President Obama Is Waging a War on Hackers
In next week’s State of the Union address, President Obama will propose new laws against hacking that could make either retweeting or clicking on the above (fictional) link illegal. The new laws make it a felony to intentionally access unauthorized information even if it’s been posted to a public website. The new laws make it a felony to traffic in information like passwords, where “trafficking” includes posting a link.
15.01.15 - isky time for risk insurers as fraud threats increase
Insurers have been warned that they will collectively need to spend US$3.3 billion on information security to counter financial crimes and in the face of heightening fraud brought on by the global ‘digital revolution’. The alert comes from the latest research report by IDC which says that rigor on risk management will continue as insurers enter an era of what it calls ‘re-regulation’.
15.01.15 - Android malware encounters surged in 2014, up by 75 percent, report says
Although many U.S.-based security professionals and mobile device users might have once believed their devices were safe from malware, new research suggests that in 2014, Android mobile malware proliferated with encounter rates increasing by 75 percent over 2013.
15.01.15 - IC3 warns of payroll scam targeting university employees
The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) issued an advisory on Tuesday, warning of an ongoing scam in which university employees receive phony emails about a change in their human resource status. The emails contain a link that, when clicked, directs the recipient to a website with a very similar appearance to their legitimate human resources site, the advisory indicates.
15.01.15 - Several vulnerabilities addressed in Firefox 35, some deemed critical
Mozilla released Firefox 35 on Tuesday, and it comes with fixes for numerous vulnerabilities, a few of which are deemed critical. Security researcher Nils is credited with discovering a critical ‘Gecko Media Plugin (GMP) sandbox escape' vulnerability that could enable an attacker to “escape or bypass the GMP sandbox if another exploitable bug is found in a GMP media plugin which allowed them to compromise the GMP process,” according to an advisory.
14.01.15 - Survey: most orgs not very prepared to recover IT assets following a disaster
Cloud services company Evolve IP conducted its “2015 Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Survey” with more than 2,000 executive and IT professionals, and, in the end, learned that less than half feel very prepared to recover their IT and related assets following a disaster or other incident.
13.01.15 - UK PM looking to outlaw encrypted online communication
United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron will move to outlaw forms of digital communication that cannot be read by law-enforcement and intelligence agencies if he wins the next general election. Such a move could see messaging platforms that encrypt their data, including apps such as WhatsApp and Snapchat, along with Apple's iMessage and FaceTime, blocked under the proposed legislation.
12.01.15 - Obama to talk cyber with UK prime minister
President Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron will cap off the White House’s week of cybersecurity focus with a meeting to discuss anti-hacking measures, according to a British report.
12.01.15 - British Afghanistan troops' medical records lost
The medical records of hundreds of British soldiers are feared to have been lost in Afghanistan, it can be revealed. Two unencrypted laptops used by Army medics in theatre carrying the records of up to 1,300 troops were discovered to be missing in a recent equipment audit.
12.01.15 - Sussex Police Website Breach Leaves Public Email Addresses Leaked
The website of Sussex Police has suffered multiple data breaches, resulting in the leaking of e-mail addresses of officers and members of the public, the Government Computing website reported last week. The force is investigating three breaches of its external website in the attacks, which happened over Christmas. The incident may have affected up to 270 people.
08.01.15 - A Cyberattack Has Caused Confirmed Physical Damage for the Second Time Ever
Amid all the noise the Sony hack generated over the holidays, a far more troubling cyber attack was largely lost in the chaos. Unless you follow security news closely, you likely missed it.
08.01.15 - Skype users report malicious ads on service
Skype users have reported seeing malicious adverts on the voice over IP service. According to a discussion thread, a user claimed to be “running the latest windows desktop client” yet received an advert that “will take you to a site pretending to be Adobe and try to download viruses to your machine”. Another comment claimed “the ad leads to a page that tries to initiate a download of a (supposed) Java installer”.
08.01.15 - Data Protection: Do nine-figure fines make you anxious, or are they just inconvenient?
Data protection should be very high on the agenda for every organisation at the moment. The Edward Snowden revelations have ensured that privacy and data security are already high on the agenda for members of the public.
08.01.15 - 2014 Hack Retrospective, Or Why Security Ecosystems Matter
The “Year of the Hack” will probably be one way that 2014 will be remembered. But it actually began in 2013 with a phishing email sent to independent, mid-sized air conditioning vendor Fazio Mechanical.
07.01.15 - Stealthy 'XOR.DDoS' trojan infects Linux systems, installs rootkit
A newly discovered trojan is infecting Linux systems and possibly building up an arsenal of devices to be used in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, according to a blog post from Avast.
07.01.15 - DDoS Attacks Slam Finnish Bank
Police in Finland are investigating a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks against the country's OP Pohjola financial services group that have intermittently shut down online banking and direct debit services.
06.01.15 - Addressing Health Data Sharing Risks
As healthcare organizations step up their efforts this year to exchange more patient data with others to help improve care, it's urgent that they address the "significant risks" involved, says Erik Devine, chief security officer at 370-bed Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee, Ill.
05.01.15 - Sony's Hirai praises staff in hack, hails freedom of speech
Sony’s CEO finally broke his weeks-long silence on the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, saying he’s proud of its staff and partners for standing up to “extortionist efforts of criminals” and for getting “The Interview” to audiences.
05.01.15 - Gogo issues fake HTTPS certificate to users visiting YouTube
Gogo has been