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Warning: Massive Bank Cyber Attacks Are Being Planned

Warning: Massive Bank Cyber Attacks Are Being Planned

David Goldman CNN Money   Security firm McAfee on Thursday released a report warning that massive bank cyber attacks on 30 U.S. banks has been planned, with the goal of stealing millions of dollars from consumers’ bank accounts. McAfee’s research upheld an October report from RSA, the security wing of …

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Facebook Hackers Busted in $850 Million Theft

Facebook Hackers Busted in $850 Million Theft

Fernando Alfonso III Daily Dot   Facebook has worked with the FBI to take down 10 Facebook hackers responsible for stealing $850 million over the last two years. The hackers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, New Zealand, Peru, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. were responsible for “more than …

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Silent Attackers Are Hacking Smart TVs

Silent Attackers Are Hacking Smart TVs

Darlene Storm Computerworld   Hacking Smart TVs? Can you imagine your “smart” TV being targeted by a zero-day exploit, becoming part of a botnet, or being used to conduct espionage? How about if the TV manufacturer, an attacker, or even the CIA were to hijack the video camera in the TV? Suddenly, …

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What To Do When Your Phone Gets Hacked

What To Do When Your Phone Gets Hacked

Elise Ackerman Forbes   What To Do When Your Phone Gets Hacked … My friend Mike’s Android phone had been acting strangely for awhile. In the middle of the night, the phone would come alive. It would meander down various menu paths, send texts that were gibberish and start playing …

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US to Scan Facebook and Twitter for Evidence of Bioterrorism

US to Scan Facebook and Twitter for Evidence of Bioterrorism

Liat Clark Wired Magazine – UK     The US department of Homeland Security has commissioned a one-year contract to investigate the efficacy of using social networks to identify instances of bioterrorism, pandemics and other health and security risks. It is paying Accenture Federal Services $3 million (£1.8 million) to scan the …

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5 Tips for Protecting Your Identity

5 Tips for Protecting Your Identity

  Mark Walker VirtualThreat Guest Writer   Protecting your identity is important. Once your identity is stolen, it can be difficult to restore. After theft, you may find that you have multiple credit cards and loans under your name, property that you do not own or other financial obligations that …

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Hacked Android Apps Trick You into Revealing Personal Data

Hacked Android Apps Trick You into Revealing Personal Data

  BBC   Millions of people are using hacked Android apps that can be tricked into revealing personal data, research indicates. Scientists tested 13,500 Android apps and found almost 8% failed to protect bank account and social media logins. These apps failed to implement standard scrambling systems, allowing “man-in-the-middle” attacks to reveal …

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Chinese Hackers Target Sony Playstation 3 Firmware

Chinese Hackers Target Sony Playstation 3 Firmware

Ellyne Phneah ZDNet     A Chinese hacking group says it has released a custom Sony PlayStation 3 firmware which can circumvent the firmware on the game console. BlueDiskCFW released the custom firmware CFW which contains the LVO encryption keys to enable users to bypass the current PlayStation Network (PSN) passphrase …

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Top 25 Most Common Passwords List for 2012

Top 25 Most Common Passwords List for 2012

Chris Dougherty VirtualThreat Contributing Writer   Have you ever wondered why so many people are easy targets for hackers?  The top reason is due to the use of weak, common passwords. According to SplashData, a California password management company, the word ‘password’ is the #1 most common password on the …

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