Cybercrime & Hacking

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Average business spends $15 million battling cybercrime

The average U.S. company of 1,000 employees or more spends $15 million a year battling cybercrime, up 20 percent compared to last year.

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5 tips for better enterprise security

Do your security policies and procedures actually promote better security, or is your company only looking for known malware and ignoring the human factor? It’s a tricky balancing act that trips up many organizations.

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Anonymous insiders reveal real hacking risks to nuclear power plants, report

There is a growing risk that nuclear power plants will be hacked as a report quotes anonymous insiders who reveal a lack of cybersecurity awareness, design flaws, threat actors, cyber-attack scenarios and backbiting among personnel.


11 famous hackers and their handles

On the Internet, nobody knows you're not in the mafia.

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Critical flaw puts 500 million WinRAR users at risk of being pwned by unzipping a file

The creators of WinRAR basically shrugged off a critical remote code execution vulnerability that puts 500 million WinRAR users at risk of pwned if they unzip an infected file.

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Does security awareness training even work?

If even well-educated security experts mess up when it comes to security, can we really educate average employees to be more security aware?

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Identity theft hit 7% of U.S. population last year

A total of 17.6 million people were victims of identity theft in the United States in 2014, the majority of it aimed at credit cards and bank accounts, the Department of Justice said Sunday.

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U.S., China reach cyberespionage deal

The U.S. and China have reached their first ever cybercrime and cyberespionage agreement, but the deal is quite general and how it will translate into actions is still unclear.

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Just what would a US-China cybertreaty mean?

After weeks of meetings, the U.S. and China appear to be on the verge of an historic first agreement on hacking and cyberespionage, but what might a deal actually accomplish?

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New malware infects ATMs, dispenses cash on command

A new malware program called GreenDispenser infects automated teller machines (ATMs) and allows attackers to extract cash on command.

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Cook, Bezos, Nadella to meet today with Chinese President Xi in Seattle

The top executives of five of the biggest tech companies in the U.S. will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Seattle.

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OPM underestimated the number of stolen fingerprints by 4.5 million

The fingerprints of 5.6 million people have been stolen as a result of hackers who penetrated he computer systems of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year.

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Hacker exploited Imgur flaw to secretly load over 450 background images and attack 8chan

An attacker could have pulled off massive pwnage by abusing Imgur, which is often featured on Reddit’s “front page” of the Internet, but instead targeted users 8chan via images; as servers were overwhelmed, 4chan and 8chan experienced...

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Security experts: Cyber sharing isn't enough

Most experts at a Johns Hopkins University conference on cyber threat sharing said that while it's a useful tool, government officials should focus on stronger online security.

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US, China appear close on cyber economic espionage deal

China and the U.S. appear close to a ground-breaking agreement on cyber espionage that could be signed later this week when President Xi and President Obama meet in Washington.

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China 'must stop' cyberespionage, warns national security adviser

China's government must halt economic espionage in cyberspace, U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice warned on Monday, days before Chinese President Xi Jinping is due in Washington on an official visit.

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Under DDoS attack? It could be just a distraction

When businesses are hit by noticeable DDoS attacks, three-quarters of the time those attacks are accompanied by another security incident, according to Kaspersky Lab.


Obama advisers: Encryption backdoors would hurt cybersecurity, net infrastructure vendors

Making encryption backdoors available to law enforcement would be bad for cybersecurity in general and hurt vendors that make encryption gear, a presidential advisory group says.

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