05 Sep 2012

Government to warn businesses about cyber crime threat

“The government is issuing advice to British business leaders on how to protect themselves from cyber threats. At a conference at the Foreign Office, ministers and officials from the communications intelligence agency, GCHQ, will tell companies to create a more security-conscious culture.” Source: BBC News – Government to warn businesses

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05 Sep 2012

BitFloor exchange robbed of US$250,000, all trading halted

“The fourth largest BitCoin (BTC) exchange market BitFloor has temporarily ceased trading and shut down, following an attack that has seen over US$250,000 stolen from the pool of coins that the organisation uses to execute trades.” Source: BitFloor exchange robbed of US$250,000, all trading halted | ZDNet

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05 Sep 2012

Widely used fingerprint reader exposes Windows passwords in seconds

“Fingerprint-reading software preinstalled on laptops sold by Dell, Sony, and at least 14 other PC makers contains a serious weakness that makes it trivial for hackers with physical control of the machine to quickly recover account passwords, security researchers said.” Source: Widely used fingerprint reader exposes Windows passwords in seconds

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05 Sep 2012

Secret account in mission-critical router opens power plants to tampering

“The line of mission-critical routers manufactured by Fremont, California-based GarrettCom contains an undocumented account with a default password that gives unprivileged users access to advanced options and features, Justin W. Clarke, an expert in the security of industrial control systems, told Ars. The ‘factory account’ makes it possible for untrusted

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05 Sep 2012

Al-Jazeera website defaced by pro-Syrian hackers

“The Arabic website of news network al-Jazeera has been defaced, apparently by hackers loyal to the Syrian regime. “ Source: BBC News – Al-Jazeera website defaced by pro-Syrian hackers

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04 Sep 2012

How the pros thwart computer spies with James Bond tricks

“Welcome to the world of international corporate espionage, where USB sticks are a favored tools for spies and bribable hotel workers are a dime a dozen. The problem is rampant, particularly in China, where the secrets in laptops of U.S. officials and businessmen can reshape an industry or change the

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04 Sep 2012

Secrecy surrounding ‘zero-day exploits’ industry spurs calls for government oversight

“Deep in Iran’s nuclear facilities, gas centrifuges used to enrich uranium began spinning erratically: fast, then slow, then fast, until they failed. First dozens, then hundreds, then an estimated 1,000 centrifuges were disabled that way, delaying Iran’s nuclear program by up to 18 months. The cause of the failures —

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04 Sep 2012

Swedish government sites hit by cyber attacks

“Several official Swedish websites were knocked offline for several hours on Monday, although no group has claimed responsibility for the attacks. The websites of the Swedish government, Armed Forces and the Swedish Institute were among those experiencing problems.” Source: Swedish government sites hit by cyber attacks – Europe – Al

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04 Sep 2012

Iran, North Korea Team Up to Fight Malware Like Stuxnet, Flame

“Iran and North Korea have been in bed together for a long time, but recently they threw off the covers for the whole world to see. At least one security expert thinks there is a malware angle here that is worth underlining. At the start of this month, news broke

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04 Sep 2012

AntiSec claims to have snatched 12M Apple device IDs from FBI

“An online hacker group associated with Anonymous claims to have posted 1 million Apple Unique Device Identifiers (UDIDs) by breaching FBI security. A UDID is the unique string of numbers that identifies each iOS device, formerly used by developers to track their app installations across Apple’s user base.” Source: AntiSec

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