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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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