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How Cyber Criminals Are Exploiting Our Swipe-n-Go Society

Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   Curtis Abernathy, a small business owner in Arizona, never expected to be caught up as the victim of an international ring of cyber criminals stealing identities online.  But that’s exactly what happened last week when he received a call from Bank of America’s security office. The bank’s security team took notice after Abernathy used …

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Hacked Security Cameras Are Wide Open To Attackers

Hacked Security Cameras Are Wide Open To Attackers

Kyle Wagner Gizmodo.com   Hacked Security Cameras Are Wide Open To Attackers.  Apparently security cameras are even less secure than we thought. Eighteen popular brands of cameras have been found to have serious flaws in their own security, leaving at least 58,000 unsecured, open-to-basically-anyone security cams out there. Security firm Rapid7 discovered how the widespread flaw is after reading a …

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Experts Say Facebook Hackers May Be Infecting Your Computer

Experts Say Facebook Hackers May Be Infecting Your Computer

John Brandon Fox News   Sadie Ouse, a high school senior, never saw it coming. Recently, Facebook hackers commandeered her Facebook account. Using a common malware tactic, the hacker sent a message to all of her friends with a link to the site homeincomenow3.com, operated by “Zhang Lei” in Beijing, China. A Norton security scan of the site revealed a …

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‘Red October’ Spy Network Goes Dark Hours After Being Exposed

'Red October' Spy Network Goes Dark Hours After Being Exposed

Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   The command and control servers behind the ‘Red October’ espionage network started shutting down only hours after the campaign was exposed by Kapersky Lab last week. The Red October malware campaign targeted governments, embassies and scientific organizations around the world. According to researchers at Kapersky Lab, the spy network had been gathering data and …

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Fatal Cyber-Attacks ‘are Possible and Plausible’

Fatal Cyber-Attacks 'are Possible and Plausible'

James Hayes The Institute of Engineering and Technology   2013 could be the first year in which cyber-attacks lead to human deaths, a Web security expert has warned. Corey Nachreiner, director of security strategy at security management firm WatchGuard Technologies, argues that the accelerated proliferation of both networked devices and online threats over the next 12 months will create a …

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Chinese Hackers To Blame For One Third of Global Cyberattacks

China To Blame For One Third of Global Cyberattacks

Michelle Florcruz International Business Times   Though the story of computer network attacks by Communist spies sounds like a plot line from a Hollywood action film, a new report has found that one-third of cyberattacks actually originate in China. According to Akamai Technologies (NASDAQ: AKAM), a digital technology platform developer, China accounted for 33 percent of cyberattack traffic all over the …

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Feds Say Cyber Crime Ring Targeted U.S. Bank Accounts

Feds Say Cyber Crime Ring Targeted U.S. Bank Accounts

Andrew Tangel LA Times   A cyber crime case brought by U.S. prosecutors in New York may add to the fears of anyone who banks online. The charges against three foreign nationals — a Russian, a Latvian and a Romanian — allege they were involved in creating and distributing a computer virus that infected more than 40,000 computers in the United States …

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Hacked ‘iPhone Sexting App’: Why Texting Naked Photos is a Bad Idea

Hacked 'iPhone Sexting App': Texting Naked Photos is a Bad Idea

Dominique Mosbergen The Huffington Post   iPhone Sexting App May Not Be Secure As You Think… There are a few good reasons why sending incriminating pictures, naked or otherwise, over the photo and video app Snapchat may not be such a great idea. Other than concerns about bullying and underage sexting, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Snapchat messages, once thought to be super secure because of their …

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Anonymous Hackers Have Access to U.S. Government Classified Databases

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

Catherine Solyom NationalPost Anonymous hackers have keys to the kingdom … The world needs to be concerned. 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 …

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U.S. Cyber Command Plans To Increase Workforce By 15%

U.S. Cyber Command Plans To Increase Workforce By 15%

Amber Corrin FCW.com   The Air Force plans to increase its Cyber Command workforce by 15 percent in 2014, according to the Defense Department. Gen. William Shelton, commander of Air Force Space Command, said he expects to receive orders next year from U.S. Cyber Command’s leadership to hire roughly 1,000 cyber specialists, mostly civilians. They would be added to the …

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