16 Jan 2014

Cisco: Thousands of web hosting centers now launchpads for attacks

While this is clearly a problem, you can’t ignore the fact that many of these hosting centers are not compromised, but actually catering to a shady clientele. “By stealthily commandeering these hosting centers, ‘their goal is to get access to bare metal’ to hide but keep control over resources they

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15 Jan 2014

N.S.A. Devises Radio Pathway Into Computers

“The National Security Agency has implanted software in nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allows the United States to conduct surveillance on those machines and can also create a digital highway for launching cyberattacks. While most of the software is inserted by gaining access to computer networks, the N.S.A.

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14 Jan 2014

Oracle set to issue 147 security patches, including 36 for Java

“Oracle is about to release one of its largest security patch batches in recent memory, with some 147 fixes coming Tuesday for vulnerabilities in Java SE, its flagship database, business applications and assorted other products. Tuesday’s release will contain 36 fixes for Java SE, according to a pre-release announcement posted

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13 Jan 2014

U.S. data thefts turn spotlight on Romania

“The FBI and U.S. Secret Service have been involved in numerous arrests of Romanians who target Americans. In response to the rise, in October the Council of Europe — a body that oversees cooperation between European countries — picked the Romanian capital of Bucharest for its latest cybercrime program office.”

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11 Jan 2014

Neiman Marcus Hacked; Some Credit Card Data Stolen

“Retailer Neiman Marcus informed customers on Friday evening that the company’s data security systems had been compromised in December, resulting in the potential theft of customer credit card data. According to the company, the attack was carried out in mid-December. Neiman Marcus was informed by its merchant processor of potentially

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11 Jan 2014

Target data breach: 110m Customers Impacted Now

“A revelation by Target showed its holiday data breach spanned far wider than originally expected, raising new questions about exactly how such an expansive hack took place. The retailer said Friday that its investigation had uncovered an additional 70 million customers may have had their names, mailing addresses, phone numbers,

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11 Jan 2014

Caucasus terrorists threaten cyber war against Russia over Sochi Olympics

“A group of hackers from Russia’s North Caucasus region are threatening to conduct ‘a cyber war on the largest scale’ against the Russian government regarding the Sochi Olympics, set to begin next month.” Source: Caucasus terrorists threaten cyber war against Russia over Sochi Olympics | Flash//CRITIC Cyber Threat News.

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11 Jan 2014

Target estimates breach affected up to 110 million

“The massive data heist at Target stores across the country was more massive than previously revealed, with the retailer saying at least 70 to 110 million customers were hit — making it one of the largest security breaches of its kind.” Source: Target estimates breach affected up to 110 million

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08 Jan 2014

Firm Bankrupted by Cyberheist Sues Bank

“A California escrow firm that was forced out of business last year after a $1.5 million cyberheist is now suing its former bank to recoup the lost funds. A state-appointed receiver for the now defunct Huntington Beach, Calif. based Efficient Services Escrow has filed suit against First Foundation Bank, alleging

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07 Jan 2014

Researchers warn of new, meaner ransomware with unbreakable crypto

“Security researchers have uncovered evidence of a new piece of malware that may be able to take gigabytes’ worth of data hostage unless end users pay a ransom. Ransomware comes of age with unbreakable crypto, anonymous payments. Discussions of the new malware, alternately dubbed PrisonLocker and PowerLocker, have been occurring

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