17 Oct 2013

“Dexter” malware infects South African restaurants, costs banks millions

“South African banks have sustained millions of dollars worth of losses after criminals obtained payment card data from electronic point-of-sale terminals infected with malware, according to published news reports. Hundreds of thousands of people have probably been affected by the fraud, which was primarily focused on KFC outlets and other

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16 Oct 2013

Council of Europe to Launch Cybercrime Office in Romania

“Cybercrime is becoming more and more problematic in Europe. That is why the Council of Europe, the international body promoting cooperation between European countries, has announced its intentions to set up a Cybercrime Programme Office in Bucharest, the capital city of Romania.” Source: Council of Europe to Launch Cybercrime Office

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16 Oct 2013

Muslim Websites in Russia Hacked and Defaced with Image of Pig Holding Quran

“The official website of the Russian Muftis Council (muslim.ru) has been hacked and defaced by anti-Muslim hackers. The attack came just as Muslims were preparing to celebrate Eid al-Adha. Currently, the website has been taken offline. However, a Google cache of the website reveals that the attackers posted a picture

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16 Oct 2013

Vulnerabilities Discovered in Global Vessel Tracking Systems

“Trend Micro researchers have discovered that flaws in the AIS vessel tracking system can allow attackers to hijack communications of existing vessels, create fake vessels, trigger false SOS or collision alerts and even permanently disable AIS tracking on any vessel.” Source: Vulnerabilities Discovered in Global Vessel Tracking Systems | Security

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16 Oct 2013

Anonymous Leaks Large Number of Files After Hacking Poland’s Ministry of Economy

“Hackers of Anonymous have leaked a large number of files allegedly stolen from the systems of Poland’s Ministry of Economy. More precisely, the data appears to come from the servers of the Trade and Investment Promotion Sections of Polish Embassies and Consulates (trade.gov.pl).” Source: Anonymous Leaks Large Number of Files

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15 Oct 2013

South Africa banks in massive data breach

“A variant of malware called Dexter, inserted into point-of-sale devices at South African fast-food outlets, has cost local banks tens of millions of rand in what is being described as one of the worst breaches of customer card data in the country’s history.” Source: SA banks in massive data breach

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15 Oct 2013

NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globally

“The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top-secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.” Source: NSA collects millions of e-mail address

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14 Oct 2013

Thieves, Spies, and Silicon Valley Startups: A Cautionary Tale

“Silicon Valley has a long history of thievery and espionage. A year before the Adara break-in, a burglar cracked open the door at networking-software company Nicira, an Adara rival, in a matter of seconds. That thief went straight to a top engineer’s desk and stole a computer carrying the source

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14 Oct 2013

Walmart shelves in Springhill, Mansfield, cleared in EBT glitch

“Shelves in Walmart stores in Springhill and Mansfield, LA were reportedly cleared Saturday night, when the stores allowed purchases on EBT cards even though they were not showing limits.  The chaos that followed ultimately required intervention from local police, and left behind numerous carts filled to overflowing, apparently abandoned when

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14 Oct 2013

Brazil plans secure email service to thwart cyber-spies

“Brazil has confirmed plans to create a secure email service, following revelations of cyber-surveillance techniques used by the US and UK. President Dilma Rousseff posted a series of tweets over the weekend, saying the move was required to ‘prevent possible espionage’. She added the country’s Federal Data Processing Service (Serpro)

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