Cybercrime & Hacking

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FBI director calls for greater police access to communications

Apple and Google should reconsider plans to enable encryption by default on their smartphones, and the U.S. Congress should pass a law requiring that all communication tools allow police access to user data, FBI Director James Comey...

All-in-one printers can be used to control air-gapped systems

Isolating computers from the Internet, which is known as "air gapping," is considered one of the best ways to defend critical systems and their sensitive data from cyberattacks. But researchers have found that system can be undermined...

FBI warns of cyberattacks linked to China

The FBI and security companies say they have observed 'recent intrusions.'

Facebook doubles reward for bug reports in ad code

Facebook is doubling the rewards it will pay for security vulnerabilities related to code that runs its advertising system.

Insider Threats – how dangerous are insiders to your organization?

Insider Threats – is your organization safe?

In the previous post of this blog series, we discussed highly publicized whistleblower cases such as Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden. While government agencies are ramping up their protections of data and infrastructure against...

Fish meets phish. Guess who wins?

This university's IT department regularly sends out warnings about scammers and phishing, since some students and faculty fall prey every semester. But not everyone gets the idea.

YouTube served malicious ads

Malicious advertisements, some of which were displayed on YouTube, redirected more than 113,000 people in the U.S. to harmful websites in just a month, Trend Micro said Tuesday.

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Dropbox dismisses claims of hack affecting 7M accounts

Hackers claim to have stolen a database of almost 7 million Dropbox log-in credentials, but the company says its service was not hacked.

Russian hackers use Windows zero-day to attack Ukraine, U.S. organizations

A cyberespionage group operating in Russia has launched malware attacks against the Ukrainian government and at least one U.S.-based organization through a previously unknown vulnerability that affects most versions of Windows.

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Researcher builds system to protect against malicious insiders

When an employee turns on his own company, the results -- damaged networks, data theft and even work stoppage -- could be devastating. Virginia Tech's Daphne Yao hopes the algorithms she's working on can stop that kind of attack.

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Fallout from the JPMorgan Chase breach

What's the fallout from the Chase bank breach? Phishing of course, but phone calls and snail mail can also be abused. I was targeted by a snail mail billing scam. Most website rating systems fail to warn about the site involved in the...

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Kmart hacked, customers' card numbers exposed

Sears Holding Corp. said the payment systems at its Kmart retail chain had been breached as a result of malware, compromising shoppers' credit and debit card numbers.

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Snapchat denies it was hacked

After Snapchat accounts were used for spam and hackers said they'd stolen thousands of photos and videos, the photo messaging site released a statement saying the incident was due to user credentials found on other sites.

Dairy Queen stores hit by 'Backoff,' payment card data stolen

Dairy Queen said Thursday the "Backoff" point-of-sale malware infected systems at 395 of its stores, stealing payment card data.

Russian faces new charges in point-of-sale hacking case

A Russian man accused of hacking point-of-sale systems in the U.S. faces more charges following a revised indictment returned by a grand jury on Thursday.

Naked celeb photo added to Jennifer Lawrence Wikipedia page

Sock puppets post nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence on Wikipedia

Sock puppets posted nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence on her Wikipedia page after the actress called stolen sexting photos 'a sex crime.'

Insiders - threat or blessing?

Insiders – threat or blessing?

Insiders leaking secret government information have had their impact on public opinion in recent years. Edward Snowden received the alternative Nobel prize in September 2014. This might be great, if you look at it from the perspective...

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Criminals used malware program to steal millions from ATMs

Criminals have stolen millions of dollars from ATMs worldwide using a specialized malware program that forces the machines to dispense cash on command.

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