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Facebook scans ‘paste sites’ for leaked usernames and passwords

Facebook has a system in place to scan public ‘paste’ sites for email address and password combinations to stay one step ahead of possible leaks, according to The Register.

Obama signs federal credit cards security order

President Barack Obama has signed an executive order to increase security on federal credit cards, and has urged retailers and banks to do similar to combat identify fraud, reports Reuters.

Botnets: remote controls for cybercriminals

As promised in our post about the European Cyber Security Month during October, we are publishing about Botnets and Exploits this week. Even though we had the Poodle flaw in the web encryption standard a few days ago, we are using this week to explain what are botnets and exploits and how they work.

Vulnerable web cams, printers and cable modems have become DDoS launch platforms

Over 4 million UPnP devices could be used to assist in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, Akamai has warned.

Infographic: a brief history of malware

Malware has come a long way since its earliest days, and aided by the rapid development of the internet it’s certainly faster spreading than the weeks it took in the days of floppy disk transfer.

Android Lollipop offers password protection against factory resets

The latest version of Android, nicknamed Lollipop, will offer a new feature that could make stolen phones a whole lot less valuable to thieves: the ability to only allow factory resets when entering a password.

Privacy online – what you can do (and what you can’t)

Many of us have moments when we need, or want, to be more private online – when searching for a new job, for instance, or when having a private business conversation.

Facebook ‘Safety Check’ allows travelers to alert family

Facebook is introducing a new feature targeted at users it believes are in or near a disaster zone to let their loved ones know they are okay, according to The Independent.

iPad Air 2 – fingerprint security is here to stay

The latest version of the Apple iPad is due to be announced at an event later today, and according to Gizmodo, the Californian tech company are planning on bringing the fingerprint security system implemented in recent iPhones to its tablet market for the first time.

Cybercrime statistics offer a glimpse into the underworld

A crime-reporting survey in Canada has offered a unique insight into how cybercrime affects a large population – and an insight into a grim underworld dominated by fraud, violence and sexual abuse.

Chase breach: Stolen personal info brings headaches too

On the one hand, the breach of JP Morgan Chase is not as bad as it could have been. But how do you measure relative “badness” of a breach?

Hungarian soccer fans protest against stadium’s new biometric security

Fans of Hungarian soccer team Ferencvaros have come “en masse to their home stadium in Budapest” to protest the club’s new biometric ID equipment, which controls turnstile entry to the stadium, according to Biometric Update.

POODLE Attack – Google uncovers major flaw in SSL 3.0

In an announcement eerily reminiscent of the early phases of the Heartbleed flaw that took internet security by storm earlier in the year, Google has uncovered an exploit that could allow attackers to decode the plaintext traffic of a secure connection.

October is the Cyber Security Month: stats, events and advice

Since October 2012, the European Cyber Security Month is going live as a pilot plan across Europe. Inspired by the concept of other similar projects that were successfully implemented around the globe. One of them is the Stop. Thinking. Connect campaign supported by the National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the United States.

Operation Windigo: “Good job, ESET!” says malware author

Following the recognition at Virus Bulletin 2014 of ESET’s research on Operation Windigo, I took the opportunity to ask Marc-Etienne Léveillé – who worked directly on the Operation Windigo report a few questions. Marc-Etienne is a malware researcher at ESET.

$50 Anonabox provides portable privacy via Tor

A portable network device that sits between computer and router to offer anonymized browsing from any computer via the Tor network has smashed its Kickstarter fundraising goal just days after hitting the crowdfunding platform.

CVE-2014-4114: Details on August BlackEnergy PowerPoint Campaigns

In this post we provide additional information on how a specially crafted PowerPoint slideshow file (.PPSX) led to the execution of a BlackEnergy dropper.

Dropbox denies server hack as nearly 7 million account details leak

A hacking group has claimed that it has access to 6,937,081 Dropbox accounts with usernames and passwords, according to ZDNet. The first 400 log-in combinations were posted to Pastebin, with more to follow in return for payment in Bitcoin.

Kmart hit by malware credit card breach

Sears Holding Co. is the latest high profile name to announce the discovery of malicious credit and debit card stealing malware in its point of sale registers at its Kmart stores, writes Brian Krebs on his Krebs on Security website.

200,000 ‘deleted’ Snapchat images leaked from third party website

A breach of a third-party Snapchat site that allows users to bypass the app’s privacy has led to the leaking of some 200,000 images to the internet, The Guardian reports.

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