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Thieves stole data on 100,000 taxpayers via IRS app

They first dug up Social Security data, dates of birth and street addresses through other sources.

Large-scale attack uses browsers to hijack routers

Cybercriminals have devised a Web-based attack tool to hijack routers when users visit compromised websites or view malicious advertisements.

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Full Adult Friend Finder database offered up for $17k worth of bitcoins

An unredacted version of a database that may have been stolen from Adult Friend Finder is being offered for sale for 70 bitcoins, or around $17,000.


Health insurer CareFirst says 2014 cyberattack affected 1.1M

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has disclosed it fell victim to a cyberattack last year that affected about 1.1 million people.

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Researchers create app to stop RIG attacks on Android and Android-based IoT devices

Researchers, who said there is an urgent need to mitigate runtime-information-gathering (RIG) attacks on Android mobile and Android-controlled Internet of Things devices, presented 'Leave Me Alone: App-level Protection Against Runtime...

Critical flaw in NetUSB driver leaves millions of routers vulnerable

Millions of routers and other embedded devices are affected by a serious vulnerability in a service called NetUSB that could allow hackers to compromise them.

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In desperation, many ransomware victims plead with attackers

The shamelessness of ransomware pushers knows no bounds. After encrypting people's files and then holding them to ransom, they portray themselves as service providers offering technical support and discounts to their "customers."

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Update: Malware-infected home routers used to launch DDoS attacks

Tens of thousands of home routers infected with malware are being used by hackers to launch DDoS attacks.

Russian cybergroup eyes bank attacks

A group of Russian hackers known for targeting military, government and media organizations is now preparing to attack banks in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Superfish injects ads in 4% of Google page views

More than 5% of browser visits to Google-owned websites, including Google Search, are altered by computer programs that inject ads.

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Android cellular voice channel used as new covert channel to leak info, spread malware

Researchers bypass Android security mechanisms and exploit smartphone cellular voice channel to act as a new covert channel which can potentially be used to leak information and to spread malware.


Cybercriminals borrow from APT playbook in attacking PoS vendors

Cybercriminals are increasingly copying cyberespionage groups in using targeted attacks against their victims.

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Grooveshark bites the big one

Music streaming service Grooveshark has just shuttered its doors, never to open again. Today, all that remains is a contrite...

House panel OKs bill to end NSA phone records program

Now the bill goes to the House floor for a vote

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RSA president questions government role in cybersecurity

RSA President Amit Yoran is skeptical that a stronger government role in cyberdefense will slow the growing number of attacks.

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SendGrid resets passwords as investigation reveals deeper breach

SendGrid is resetting the passwords for all of its customers after an investigation showed a cyberattack it sustained earlier this month was more extensive than first realized.

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Researchers hijack teleoperated surgical robot: Remote surgery hacking threats

Security researchers launched cyberattacks against a teleoperated surgical robot; they easily hijacked the Raven II robot during surgery and launched a denial-of-service attack that stopped the robot and made it impossible for a...


With ransomware on the rise, cryptographers take it personally

Some of the world's leading cryptographers are concerned about the growing number of malicious programs that hold computers and mobile phones ransom.

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Sony hackers targeted employees with fake Apple ID emails

Hackers probably gained access to Sony's network last year after a series of phishing emails aimed at system engineers, network administrators and others who were asked to verify their Apple IDs.

House okays cyberthreat sharing bill despite privacy concerns

The House voted 307 to 116 on Wednesday to approve the Protecting Cyber Networks Act.

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