15 Sep 2014

In Wake of Confirmed Breach at Home Depot, Banks See Spike in PIN Debit Card Fraud

Nearly a week after this blog first reported signs that Home Depot was battling a major security incident, the company has acknowledged that it suffered a credit and debit card breach involving its U.S. and Canadian stores dating back to April 2014. Home Depot was quick to assure customers and banks that no

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15 Sep 2014

US and UK spy agencies ‘have access to German telecoms’

US and British intelligence services are able to secretly access information from German telecoms operators, according to a German newspaper report. via BBC News – US and UK spy agencies ‘have access to German telecoms’.

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15 Sep 2014

Twitch malware spends users’ money

Malicious software spread via chat forums on the video games streaming site Twitch can spend users’ money without authorisation, it has emerged. via BBC News – Twitch malware spends users’ money.

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12 Sep 2014

15 Million Devices Infected With Mobile Malware

Fifteen million mobile devices are infected with malware, and most of those run Android, according to a new report by Alcatel-Lucent’s Kindsight Security Labs. via Study: 15 Million Devices Infected With Mobile Malware.

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12 Sep 2014

ISIS, Al Qaeda To Launch Cyber Attacks To Set Up Digital Caliphate

Extremist groups in the Middle East are reportedly preparing to launch a massive cyber attack against the United States. According to a Fox News report, leaders of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Al Qaeda are stepping up efforts to seek a digital caliphate. One of the jihadist leaders had

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11 Sep 2014

Popular Android apps fail basic security tests, putting privacy at risk

Instagram, Grindr, OkCupid and many other Android applications fail to take basic precautions to protect their users’ data, putting their privacy at risk, according to new study. via Popular Android apps fail basic security tests, putting privacy at risk | Computerworld.

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11 Sep 2014

USIS contracts for federal background security checks won’t be renewed

The Office of Personnel Management will not renew any of its contracts with USIS, the major Falls Church, Va., contractor that provides the bulk of background checks for federal security clearances and was the victim of a recent cyberattack, officials confirmed Tuesday evening. via USIS contracts for federal background security

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11 Sep 2014

5 Million Online Passwords Leaked

According to the Daily Dot, nearly 5 million usernames and passwords associated with Gmail accounts have been leaked on a Russian Bitcoin forum. Here’s what you should know. The list has since been taken down, and there’s no evidence that Gmail itself was hacked—just that these passwords have been leaked.

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10 Sep 2014

Kelihos Botnet Used for Apple ID Phishing

Spam emails claiming to report an iTunes Store purchase from a device that had not been tied to the Apple ID contain links to phishing websites that ask for Apple credentials. via Kelihos Botnet Used for Apple ID Phishing.

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10 Sep 2014

Malicious ads hit Amazon, YouTube and Yahoo, Cisco says

Malicious advertisements have popped up on websites such as YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo, part of a sophisticated campaign to spread malware, Cisco said Monday. When encountered, the malicious advertisements cause a person to be redirected to a different website, which triggers a download based on whether the computer is running

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