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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Facebook Mobile Camera App Allows Hackers To Hijack Accounts

Facebook Mobile Camera App Allows Hackers To Hijack Accounts

Ingrid Lunden Techcrunch   PSA to all Facebook Camera users on iOS: If you haven’t updated your app in the past few days, update it now. The older version of the app, pre-1.1.2 and released before December 21, has a security loophole. When used over WiFi networks, malicious hackers can tap the …

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Anonymous Hackers Target Ohio Football Team Over Gang Rape

Anonymous Hackers Target Ohio Football Team Over Gang Rape

Natasha Lennard Salon.com   “KnightSec,” an arm of the Anonymous hackers, attacked the website of an Ohio high school football team to demand a public apology for the gang rape of a 16-year-old girl reportedly perpetrated by players. Last weekend, the website of the locally celebrated Steubenville High School Big …

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Android Malware Steals Bank Data From Your Phone

Android Malware Steals Bank Data From Your Phone

Lucian Constantin PC World   Several malicious Android apps designed to steal mobile transaction authentication numbers (mTANs) sent by banks to their customers over SMS (Short Message Service) were found on Google Play by researchers from antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab. The Android malware apps were created by a gang that …

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Criminals Targeting Holiday Shoppers With Dexter Malware

Criminals Targeting Holiday Shoppers With Dexter Malware

Chris Dougherty Virtual Threat Contributing Writer   As the Christmas season and holiday shopping hits full swing, cyber criminals are using sophisticated attacks to steal your money and credit card data. The latest scheme infects cash register machines with a malicious piece of software called Dexter malware. Seculert, an Israeli …

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