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Chinese Hackers Target Bloomberg Journalists in Latest Media Attack

Chinese Hackers Target Bloomberg Journalists in Latest Media Attack

Adam Taylor Business Insider   In next week’s Businessweek cover story, investigative reporters Dune Lawrence and Michael Riley take a deep dive on Chinese hackers, coming up with some fascinating details. It’s a big story given the recent accusations about Chinese hackers that have come from the New York Times and other news outlets, and Lawrence and Riley provide perhaps the most detailed …

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Chinese Hackers Attack NY Times Over Wen Investigation

Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   Over the past four months, Chinese hackers have penetrated computers belonging to the New York Times and its staff. The hackers appeared to be intent on hunting down and identifying newspaper sources involved in the investigation of a top Chinese leader. China’s Defense Ministry is denying any involvement in the attacks. Fox News: “Chinese …

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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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‘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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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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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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