02 Jan 2014

DHS Issues Alert Regarding Malware Targeting Point of Sale Systems

The DHS U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team issued the following alert in the wake of the Target Point of Sale data breach. “Systems Affected Point of Sale Systems Overview Point of Sale Systems When consumers purchase goods or services from a retailer, the transaction is processed through what are commonly

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01 Jan 2014

Skype’s Blog Hacked By Syrian Electronic Army

“The Syrian Electronic Army, an anonymous group of hackers sympathetic to the regime of al-Assad, seems to have gained access to the official Skype blog and left behind an anti-spying post.” Source: Skype’s Blog Hacked By Syrian Electronic Army – Business Insider

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01 Jan 2014

Snapchat security breach reportedly leaks 4.6 million user details online

“Literally hours into 2014 and we already have a security scandal on our hands, with Snapchat stepping back into the spotlight. Just a matter of days after exploits for the social media service were announced by a security group, it’s now claimed that 4.6 million users’ phone numbers and login

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01 Jan 2014

Cyber-Attackers to Focus on Internet of Things in 2014

“A number of IT security experts expect that attackers will increasingly focus on compromising embedded devices and consumer devices that make up the Internet of things. Cyber-attackers and security researchers focused on finding and attacking vulnerable devices on the broader Internet of things in 2013, a trend that will only

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31 Dec 2013

U.S. to China: We Hacked Your Internet Gear We Told You Not to Hack

“After all, the United States government has spent years complaining that Chinese intelligence operations could find ways of poking holes in Huawei networking gear, urging both American businesses and foreign allies to sidestep the company’s hardware. The complaints grew so loud that, at one point, Huawei indicated it may abandon the

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30 Dec 2013

NSA’s Backdoor Catalog Includes Juniper, Cisco, Huawei, Western Digital and Samsung

“The TAO hacker team also worked in rather traditional ways – by exploiting vulnerabilities. It looks like one of their methods involves working their way through Microsoft’s bugs. Specifically, they would go through the crash reports sent by targeted Windows users when an internal problem would occur and exploit the weakness

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29 Dec 2013

NSA reportedly intercepting laptops purchased online to install spy malware

“According to a new report from Der Spiegel based on internal NSA documents, the signals intelligence agency’s elite hacking unit (TAO) is able to conduct sophisticated wiretaps in ways that make Hollywood fantasy look more like reality. The report indicates that the NSA, in collaboration with the CIA and FBI, routinely

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29 Dec 2013

NatWest Cyber Attack Causes Alarm For Customers And Insurance Industry

“NatWest was hit by a cyber attack that left customers unable to garner access to their online bank accounts. The United Kingdom bank was reportedly the target of a distributed denial of servie (DOS) attack, according to the Mirror. A statement released by the bank maintains that the cyber warfare

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27 Dec 2013

Target confirms encrypted debit PIN data was stolen during hack

“Target has confirmed that encrypted debit card PIN data was stolen as part of the massive hack carried out against the retailer between late November and early December. The company previously admitted that card numbers, expiration dates, and security codes were compromised in the attack that affected 40 million customers.

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27 Dec 2013

Cyber terrorism is ‘biggest threat to aircraft’

“The threat of cyber terrorism poses a major risk to aircrafts’ systems every time they enter an airport, a senior Boeing (NYSE: BA – news) executive has said. Nervous fliers may worry more about terrorists smuggling explosives into the cabin, but cyber attacks are becoming one of the most significant

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