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Malware steals payment card data from PoS

Eddie Bauer is latest retailer to be hit by point-of-sale malware

Sportswear retailer Eddie Bauer informed customers that point-of-sale systems at its stores were hit by malware, enabling the theft of payment card information.

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The NSA's hoard of cyber weapons makes some experts nervous

The disclosure this week of a cache of files supposedly stolen from the National Security Agency has put a spotlight on secret cyber weapons the NSA has been holding -- and whether they should be disclosed.

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Alleged NSA data dump contains hacking tools rarely seen

A stolen cache of files that may belong to the National Security Agency contains genuine hacking tools that not only work, but show a level of sophistication rarely seen.

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1.4 billion Android devices vulnerable to hijacking thanks to Linux TCP bug

8 out of 10 Android devices vulnerable to spying since they are vulnerable to the Linux TCP bug.

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Cerber ransomware rakes in cash by recruiting unskilled hackers

A ransomware strain has been making a pretty penny by opening its doors to unskilled hackers and then sharing the profits.


Hacking group purportedly hacked NSA-linked Equation Group, auctioning cyber weapons

A group going by the Shadow Brokers claim to have hacked the Equation Group, which is believed to be linked to the NSA, and is auctioning off the 'best' cyber weapons.

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Respect: Windows 10's security impresses hackers

Windows is a popular attack target for criminals and researchers alike, but Microsoft has done a good job of making it harder to target security flaws in the OS

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HEI Hotels reports point-of-sale terminals breach

HEI Hotels & Resorts has reported a possible compromise of payment card information at its point-of-sale terminals, the latest in a string of attacks on such systems at hotels, hospitals and retailers.

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Thugs developing cat-themed ransomware for Androids and Hitler ransomware for PCs

Cat-themed ransomware targeting Androids can encrypt files and silently steal text messages; Hitler ransomware targeting PCs demands payment via a gift card; after one hour, the user's files are deleted.

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Adware can turn a profit for those who sneak it into downloads

If you've ever downloaded software, chances are you've experienced an all-too-common surprise: ads or other unwanted programs that tagged along for the ride, only to pop up on your PC uninvited. Turns out there's a highly lucrative...

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Hackers demonstrated first ransomware for IoT thermostats at DEF CON

Ransomware-infected smart thermostats, it's no longer hypothetical. An attacker could crank up the heat and lock the IoT device until a ransom was paid to unlock it.

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Researcher hides stealthy malware inside legitimate digitally signed files

A new technique allows attackers to hide malicious code inside digitally signed files without breaking their signatures, and then to load that code directly into the memory of another process.

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$6 device can break into hotel rooms and infect PoS systems

At DEF CON, a researcher will unveil a small $6 device which can be used to duplicate every keycard in a hotel, so an attacker could break into every room, as well as to infect point-of-sale systems.

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Stealing payment card data and PINs from POS systems is easy

The communications between card readers and point-of-sale systems is not secure and attackers can tap them to steal payment card data and even PIN numbers.

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Almost half of US businesses hit by ransomware, says study

The threat of ransomware is becoming widespread among corporations, with almost half of U.S. businesses suffering an attack from the nasty form of malware, according to a new survey.

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This tiny device can infect point-of-sale systems and unlock hotel rooms

Millions of point-of-sale systems and hotel room locks can be hacked by temporarily placing a small, inexpensive device several inches away from their card readers.

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Interpol arrests Nigerian email scammer who allegedly swindled $60M

Interpol has arrested a top Nigerian email scammer who allegedly stole more than $60 million by tricking businesses into handing over funds.

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Russia: Hey, don’t blame us, 20 of our government organizations were hacked too

As the FBI starts investigating a cyberattack on the DCCC, Russia claims 20 of its government organizations were hacked too.

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