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Android Smartphone Hackers Building Malware in Russia

Android Smartphone Hackers Building Malware in Russia

Antone Gonsalves CSO   The malware business growing around Google Android — now the leading smartphone operating system — is still in its infancy. Today, many of the apps built to steal money from Android users originate from Russia and China, so criminal gangs there have become cyber-trailblazers. Sophos and Symantec on Wednesday released their latest Android malware discoveries written …

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Cyber Spies Are Exploiting Your Mac and Windows Computers

Cyber Spies Are Exploiting Your Mac and Windows Computers

Antone Gonsalves CSO   Cyber spies have planted Java- and Flash-exploiting malware on Web sites focused on human rights, defense and foreign policy. Over the last two weeks, the Shadowserver Foundation, a nonprofit group that tracks Internet threats, has discovered several such compromised Web sites that download the malware through visitors’ browsers. The malware, which exploits known flaws in Adobe …

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Man Gets 12 Months For Hacking Facebook Account

Man Gets 12 Months For Hacking Facebook Account

Steve McCaskill TechWeek Europe   Man from Sussex tracked down by Met Police’s e-Crime Unit for Facebook account hack A man from Sussex has been handed a 12 month sentence for hacking into a private Facebook account. Gareth Crosskey will spend the next year in jail after committing two offences under the Computer Misuse Act. In January last year, Crosskey gained …

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10 Hacking Incidents That Made History

10 Hacking Incidents That Made History

Joan Goodchild PC Advisor – UK   Hacking has been around for decades. Today’s crimes are often financially-motivated fraud. Here are ten hacking incidents that made history In our first Rogues Gallery, we looked at ten infamous social engineers — con men who exploited human weaknesses rather than technical vulnerabilities. But there have been computer and network hacks for, well, pretty much as …

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Anonymous ‘Might Well Be the Most Powerful Organization on Earth’

Anonymous ‘Might Well Be the Most Powerful Organization on Earth’

Catherine Solyom NationalPost   Christopher Doyon, a.k.a. Commander X, sits atop a hillside in an undisclosed location in Canada, watching a reporter and photographer make their way along a narrow path to join him, away from the prying eyes of law enforcement. It’s been a few weeks of encrypted emails back and forth, working out the security protocol to follow …

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Hackers Bring Down ‘Britain’s FBI’ with Cyber Attack

Hackers bring down website of 'Britain's FBI' with cyber attack

Rick Dewsbury MailOnline   The Serious Organised Crime Agency’s website was temporarily shut down today after a cyber attack. It was the victim of a scam known as distributed denial of service (DDOS) whereby an internet address is flooded with bogus traffic, effectively making it unreachable. The actions can also jam other websites hosted by the same provider which is …

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Android Malware Posing as ‘Angry Birds Space’

Android Malware Posing as 'Angry Birds Space'

Matthew Hawkins Technolog @ MSNBC   Android smartphone users and “Angry Birds” fans need to watch out for more than crafty pigs — there’s malware going around that targets Android users by posing as Rovio’s hit game “Angry Birds Space,” warnsSophosLabs. The infected version can be found in unofficial app stores and uses an Android Trojan known as Andr/KongFu-L. It contains …

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‘The Unknowns’ Hacking Group Hits NASA and U.S. Air Force

'The Unknown' Hacking Group Hits NASA and Air Force

Liz Klimas TheBlaze NHGRHJJUWQGP A new hacking group with the name “The Unknowns” has targeted NASA, the European Space Agency, the U.S. Air Force, Harvard University and others but not as an outright malicious attack. The group has said it released information it hacked from these organizations to show them just how vulnerable their systems are. Space.com reports the hack dates …

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Could ‘Bullet Time’ Stop a Cyberattack?

Could 'Bullet Time' Stop a Cyberattack?

Taylor Armerding ITWorld    Is a cyberattack by Iran against the U.S. a realistic threat? And if so, could it be defeated by a technique called “bullet time,” that slows Internet traffic just enough to give critical infrastructure defense systems time to respond? There is considerable disagreement over that, with some experts saying both that an attack is likely and …

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DoD Using Cyber Teams Like Aircraft – For Offense and Defense

DoD Using Cyber Teams Like Aircraft - For Offense and Defense

Jason Miller FederalNewsRadio   The Defense Department for the first time is using cyber teams like they use aircraft — to attack and to defend. Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, said in a letter to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) that DoD is employing cyber teams to execute offensive and defensive missions. Previously, …

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