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3 Ways Facebook Hackers Target Your Account

Chris Dougherty Virtual Threat Contributing Writer   Facebook accounts are an often overlooked gateway into an individual’s personal life.   We, as social networking users, have few reservations about posting our photos, location, plans to travel, private outbursts, and information regarding friends, family and work.  We include names, phone numbers, email addresses, GPS coordinates and the list goes on and …

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Operation “Red October” is Spying on Governments Worldwide

Operation "Red October" is Spying on Governments Worldwide

  Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat.com, Contributing Writer   Kaspersky Lab has uncovered a cyber espionage campaign that is targeting diplomatic and government agencies around the world.  The campaign has been dubbed “Rocra”, short for “Red October”. As of this writing the malware at the heart of the attack is actively sending data to several command and control (C&C) servers.  According to domain registration …

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M.I.T. Hackers Pay Tribute to Reddit Co-Founder Aaron Swartz

M.I.T. Hackers Pay Tribute to Reddit Co-Founder Aaron Swartz

Nicole Perlroth NYTimes Bits Blog   Anonymous, the loose collective of hackers, attacked the Web site of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Sunday, in a tribute to Aaron Swartz, the 26-year-old technology programmer who killed himself on Friday. Mr. Swartz, a passionate advocate for the freedom of information, helped create Reddit and RSS technology, and was something of an “Internet …

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Hackers Pay Big Money to Use New Exploit Kit

Hackers Pay Big Money to Use New Exploit Kit

John Lister InfoPackets   The group behind a collection of ‘premium’ hacking tools is apparently charging hackers $10,000 a month for permission to use their exploit kit. The proceeds are helping fund rewards for anyone who shares information with the hackers about previously unknown software vulnerabilities. According to security firm Sophos, the ‘premium’ hacking kit is the work of a …

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Al-Qaeda Linked to New York Phone Hacking Scams

Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   Hackers with ties to Al-Qaeda terrorist cells in Somalia and the Philippines are targeting New York small businesses using international phone hacking scams.  The scams are costing the companies hundreds of thousands of dollars in phone charges each month. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) said that the hacker group has a connection to Syracuse and it …

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Hacked Phones Could Be Listening To Everything You Say

Hacked Phones Could Be Listening To Everything You Say

  Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   Most people believe their phone conversations are private.  Well, they may not be as private as you think if your office or home is filled with hacked phones. Researchers at Columbia University have discovered a flaw in  telephones that allows a hacker to turn a phone’s microphone into a sophisticated recording device.  Using …

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Evade Government Surveillance Stay Anonymous Online

Evade Government Censorship and Remain Anonymous Online

  Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   Why stay anonymous online?  In today’s society there are people and automated devices that are recording your deepest, most private thoughts and activities. Each day we voluntarily divulge the most intimate details of our lives through social networking accounts, email, banking apps, online games and more. In addition, governments and corporations can censor …

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Top 6 Cyber Security Predictions for 2013

Top 6 Cyber Security Predictions for 2013

Chiranjeev Bordoloi VentureBeat   If there is any weakness in security, you can guarantee the criminals will try to exploit it. And if a cyber criminal discovers a weakness in one community, it won’t be long before that isolated crime turns into a trend. The commercialization of malware is rapidly becoming a well-organized and highly lucrative business. So what can …

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FBI Warns Public About Smartphone Malware Attacks

FBI Warns Public About Smartphone Malware Attacks

Michelle Lowry KJRH Channel 2 News   TULSA – Smartphone malware attacks.  The Internet Crime Complaint Center says there is malware attacking operating systems for mobile devices. Just two examples of this malware according to the FBI are Loozfon and FinFisher. Information-stealing malware could come in as a work-from-home opportunity that promises big bucks for just sending out emails. The …

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Hacking Medical Records Next Target for Criminals in 2013

Hacking Medical Records Next Target for Criminals in 2013

Arik Hesseldahl AllThingsD.com   The next great target for criminals and digital troublemakers in 2013 is hacking medical records. According to a long report in the Washington Post and based in part on research by the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University, despite numerous technology standards written into federal regulations, the many ways that health care professionals access health …

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