20 Jan 2014

Kenya creates special cyber-crime unit

“Tobiko revealed that Kenya looses in excess of $23.3 million a year to cyber-crime. ‘In view of the rising incidents of cyber-crime, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has established a dedicated unit to spearhead the prosecution of cyber criminals. Kenya is losing an estimated 2 billion

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19 Jan 2014

Report: Target breach part of broader scam

“The security breach that hit Target Corp. during the holiday season appears to have been part of a broader and highly sophisticated scam that potentially affected a large number of retailers, according to a report published by a global cyber intelligence firm that works with the U.S. Secret Service and

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17 Jan 2014

Hackers Leak Data Allegedly Stolen from DHS Intelligence Fusion Centers

“Hackers of TeamBerserk claim to have breached the systems of some US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Intelligence Fusion Centers. They’ve leaked several documents totaling around 60 Mb. The archive file leaked by the hackers contains two folders: Classified and Unclassified. The ‘Classified’ folder contains some subfolders, but they’re empty.

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16 Jan 2014

Syrian Hackers Breached Microsoft’s Corporate Email

“A band of hackers claiming to be working in support of the embattled government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attacked and gained access to corporate email accounts belonging to employees of software giant Microsoft. The attack comes days after the same group, the Syrian Electronic Army, claimed responsibility for a

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16 Jan 2014

A First Look at the Target Intrusion, Malware

“This type of malicious software uses a technique that parses data stored briefly in the memory banks of specific POS devices; in doing so, the malware captures the data stored on the card’s magnetic stripe in the instant after it has been swiped at the terminal and is still in

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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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