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June 2013

FTC issues record $7.5m fine for calls to U.S. veterans on Do Not Call Registry

A telemarketing company has been hit with a $7.5m fine for repeatedly contacting people on the Do Not Call Registry – the largest civil penalty ever issued in a Do Not Call case.

Man of Steel movie streams used as bait for Slideshare spam pages

Hit movies such as Man of Steel and World War Z have been used as bait to lure victims to spam pages on sharing site Slideshare, according to a report in The Register this week.

Carberp source code leak “could lead to new wave of attacks”

The source code for banking malware Carberp has been released online – raising the possibility a new wave of attacks using variants of the sophisticated Trojan.

Google identifies 10,000 phishing and malware sites every day

Google’s Safe Browsing program is now flagging 10,000 suspect websites per day, the search giant announced in a blog post

Social Engineering, Management, and Security

A BYOD dissonance between economic imperative and loss of central control? Discontented staff susceptible to social engineering? David Harley reflects on aspects of Business Reimagined, a new book by Dave Coplin, chief envisioning officer at Microsoft UK, interivewed by Ross McGuinness in Metro.

Security never takes a holiday: 5 tips for cybersecurity on vacation

More people will be enjoying more digital devices on holiday trips this year than ever before, so we’ve rounded up the top tips for protecting your technology on the road, so you can enjoy a safer, less stressful vacation.

Tips for securing your household’s multiple digital devices

Summer is here and school is out, what better time to take a look at improving the cyber protection on all of your household’s many digital devices?

Blizzard issues World of Warcraft security alert over auction house scams

Blizzard, makers of the hit online game World of Warcraft, issued a security alert today after a spate of unauthorized logins and player reports of “money laundering” scams.

Facebook privacy row as hacker uses Graph Search to list thousands of phone numbers

A hacker has used Facebook’s Graph Search to find and list telephone numbers for thousands of Facebook users without their knowledge.

Fake BBM app fools 100,000 Android users by targeting rumored release date

Cybercriminals cashed in on an internet rumor to fool 100,000 Android users into downloading a fake BlackBerry Messenger app for Android.

Facebook security breach exposed personal data for six million users

Facebook has admitted to a security breach which exposed details such as emails and phone numbers for six million site users.

“I can make money from it, so why not”: The criminals who hack webcams to spy on young girls

An investigation by a British talk radio station has shone light on the hackers who spy on young girls via webcams on compromised PCs.

Support Scams: we don’t really write all the viruses…

…and nor are we responsible for fake AV/scareware and (more recently) ransomware, though I did suggest in a paper I presented at EICAR a couple of years ago that the bad guys who do peddle that stuff are all too proficient at stealing our clothes, and that maybe some security companies were making it easier

Needles and haystacks – the art of threat attribution

ESET researchers explain the difficulties in attribution of targeted attacks; evidence is often circumstantial and the source never positively identified.

Many companies “not prepared” for data breaches, says consulting firm

Many companies are unprepared for data breaches and hacking incidents – and the percentage of companies without any form of crisis response plan has actually grown in the past year, says consulting firm Protiviti.

Yahoo defends plan to recycle user IDs amid identity theft fears

Yahoo defended its plan to recycle inactive user IDs this week, saying that it had put in place safeguards to prevent the recycled usernames being used for identity theft.

Quantum Dawn 2 cyber war game to test defenses of U.S. banks

A simulated cyber attack with the Hollywood-esque title Quantum Dawn 2 will bombard the defenses of American banks on June 28 – in an exercise designed to test how Wall Street would endure a sustained hi-tech assault.

Britain launches £4m campaign to protect against small business cyber crime

The British government has launched the first stage of a £4 million ($6.1 million) campaign to educate consumers and small businesses about the dangers of cyber crime.

Hackers “could take over” surveillance cameras in banks and prisons, says ex-NSA man

Hackers could remotely attack security cameras commonly used in banks and prisons – and either spy on secure facilities or replace “real” video feeds with fakes, according to a U.S. security expert.

Microsoft liberates two million PCs from $500m cybercrime botnet

Microsoft has said that it has “liberated” two million PCs worldwide from Citadel botnets after an action on June 5 which targeted 1,400 networks.

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