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Social Engineering as a Technical Tool

Social Engineering as a Technical Tool

Chris Hadnagy EthicalHacker   When we speak about social engineering the normal conversation steers away from the technical and more to the psychological.  This month we are going to change it up a bit and steer head on into the technical arena for a discussion about penetration testing. There seems …

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Five Week Financial Cyber Attack Against Largest US Banks Continues

Five Week Cyber Attack Against Largest US Banks Continues

Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   For five weeks now some of the largest banks in the United States, including HSBC, Capitol One and BB&T, have been under a sustained cyber attack from unidentified hackers. The attackers are using denial of service (DOS) attacks to cripple access to the banks’ …

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Be Warned: Your Computer May Be Stealing Your Money

Be Warned: Your Computer May Be Stealing Your Money

Jerome Taylor The Independent   Stealing your money? Cyber-security experts sound alarm over growing prevalence of sophisticated malware. Almost a third of all fraudulent banking transactions now originate from the customer’s own computer, as cyber criminals use increasingly sophisticated malware to hijack accounts, online security specialists warned yesterday. To combat …

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Hackers May Be Able To Manipulate Election Results

Hackers May Be Able To Manipulate Election Results

Ericka Chickowski DarkReading   Hackers May Be Able To Manipulate Election Results.  As the rest of the nation’s citizens sit on on pins and needles about who will win the presidential election — Barack Obama or Mitt Romney — information security pros are even more anxious in their wait to …

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Hacked Pacemaker Used For Anonymous Assassination

Hacked Pacemaker Used For Anonymous Assassination

Jeremy Kirk ComputerWorld   IDG News Service –  A hacked pacemaker or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator could be manipulated for an anonymous assassination.  Pacemakers from several manufacturers can be commanded to deliver a deadly, 830-volt shock from someone on a laptop up to 50 feet away, the result of poor software programming …

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Hacked Iranian Nuclear Plants Play Heavy Metal Music by AC/DC

Hacked Iranian Nuclear Computers Play AC/DC Thunderstruck

Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   Hacked Iranian Nuclear Plants Play Heavy Metal Music by AC/DC. It seems the Iranian government has been busy retaliating after a barrage of recent cyber attacks targeting the computers within the country’s nuclear program.  First there was Stuxnet, a malicious piece of malware that …

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Russian Hackers Plan U.S. Cyber Bank Heist

Russian Hackers Plan U.S. Cyber Bank Heist

Matt Egan Fox News – Business   Security professionals have recently learned that a cartel of Russian hackers is planning to launch a separate attack aimed at stealing money from about 30 U.S. financial institutions, an apparent attempt to piggyback and capitalize on the ongoing cyber attacks on U.S. banks. …

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6 Real Hacker Attacks Straight Out of the Movies

Danny Vittore Cracked.com   Hacker attacks: Hollywood thinks that computers run on black magic and hackers are wizards. In movies, computers can blow up houses, shut down highways, release plagues and make Matthew Lillard appealing to women. However, our collective groaning about how laughably unrealistic these movies are may have been …

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Iran Cyberattacks Target Persian Gulf Gas and Oil Companies

Iran Cyberattacks Target Persian Gulf Gas and Oil Companies

CBS News   Iran Cyberattacks Target Persian Gulf . A former U.S. government official says American authorities firmly believe that Iranian hackers, likely supported by the Tehran government, were responsible for recent cyberattacks against oil and gas companies in the Persian Gulf and that they appeared to be in retaliation for …

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Estonian Government Threatened With Anonymous Cyber Attack

Anonymous Threatened Estonian Government With Possible Cyber Attack

Mohit Kumar The Hacker News   Anonymous Hackers AnonSwedenOp posted a video on YouTube on October 8 where it threatened the Estonian government with a possible Anonymous cyber attack. “Estonian government had sacrificed its own people instead of helping its own people, Estonian government has channelled money to helping Greece that is …

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