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September 2013

“One click, then boom”: Spear-phishing could “black out” energy companies, expert warns

Spear-phishing attacks on energy companies are becoming increasingly sophisticated, an expert has warned – and all it takes is one lucky strike to cause devastating damage to the power grid, or to companies which supply oil and gas.

New British Cyber defense force will protect industry – and “if needed, strike in cyberspace”

A new cyber defense force is being set up in the UK to protect critical private and government computer networks from attack – “if necessary, to strike in cyberspace,” Britain’s Defense Secretary Philip Hammond has said.

Spear-phishing is “super-strain” of bacteria threatening business, investor warns

Spear-phishing is creating a new era of cybercrime, according to Chris Dixon, a partner at venture capital firm Andreesen Horowitz – and in terms of its threat to enterprise, it’s comparable to a “super strain of bacteria.”

Walk this way! Forget fingerprints – could our daily habits be the passwords of the future?

One day, your smartphone might “recognise” you by the way you walk, the way your fingers tap on a touchscreen – or even simply where you go during the day. Habits such as your walk can be as distinctive as a fingerprint, researchers claim.

Help for the little guys: Small businesses offered “cyber insurance” – starting at $800

Small businesses will be able to buy “cyber assurance” packages to protect against possible losses from cyber attacks – with a British insurance firm offering packages starting at £500 ($800).

Millions of ID records on sale as five big data firms hacked “for months”

An “identity theft service” which specialises in selling personal details gained access to some of the biggest consumer data firms, including Lexis Nexis and Kroll – and has had access to their computer systems “for months”. Stars such as Beyonce (pictured) had personal details leaked.

Win32/Napolar – A new bot on the block

There is a new bot on the block. ESET identifies it as Win32/Napolar while its author calls it solarbot. This piece of malware came to our attention mid-August because of its interesting anti-debugging and code injection techniques.

“I was invited to their friend’s wedding!” Recycled Yahoo! IDs leak VERY private information

Yahoo! recently began recycling “inactive” user accounts, in an effort to woo new customers – but some customers who have acquired these “second-hand” email addresses say they are receiving a “bonus” of personal information relating to the old owners.

Future cyber attacks could attack medical implants – or wage “psychological war” in virtual reality, Europol warns

New hi-tech cyber attacks could threaten energy supplies, “wearable” computers – and even medical implants, according to a study conducted by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and the International Cyber Security Protection Alliance (ICSPA).

BYO-Doh! How not to be the “bring your own disaster” guy

Many workplaces allow wokers to bring their own smartphones, tablets and PCs to work – a practise described as “Bring Your Own Disaster” by IT wags for years. Disasters, of course, DO happen – our tips should help you avoid being the guy who brings one.

Keep your Droid on a leash: Google lets users change passwords remotely

Android users will now be able to remotely add a password to a lost device, even if it’s locked, or already being used. Android police describe the new feature as “incredibly robust.”

Filecoder: Holding your data to ransom

Trojans that encrypt user files and try to extort a ransom from the victim in exchange for a decryptor utility are nothing new. We’ve noted a significant increase in Filecoder activity over the past few summer months – in this blog post we address the questions we’re getting about this issue.

Known unknowns – detecting rootkits under OS X

We think that there could be rootkits targeting the OS X platform, but we have very limited visibility into that threat right now. We know that we don’t know. Today, ESET is releasing a simple tool to detect rootkits on OS X.

“Do not keep sensitive data on iPhone,” group warns after latex-fingerprint hack

Germany’s Chaos Computer Club released a video showing how a “fake fingerprint” made from latex could be used to fool the sensor, allowing any attacker access to the handset.

Grand Theft Android: Gamers warned to avoid fake “iFruit” GTA app

Android gamers have been warned to be wary of Grand Theft Auto V’s official “partner” app – Grand Theft Auto iFruit – after a slew of fake, malicious apps appeared online in advance of the real version. The app, available now on iPhone, allows gamers to customise cars, and interact with a virtual pet –

Cybercriminals trying new tactics, security body warns – and attacks could have “large impact”

Cybercriminals are switching tactics, a leading security body has warned – and the combination of anonymisation technologies, mobile devices, and social media attacks could lead to cyberattacks with a “large impact”.

Can’t keep a bad man down: “Shylock” Trojan returns to attack U.S. banks

A stealthy banking Trojan known as Caphaw or Shylock has resurfaced – and is attacking customers of 24 American banks. It’s armed with defensive abilities including the power to “restore” itself during shutdown.

HIPAA 9/23 compliance deadline looms as breaches continue

This is a quick reminder that the September 23 deadline for compliance with the new HIPAA regulations is rapidly approaching. Organizations that handle protected health information (PHI) need to be sure they are up to speed on the changes and ready to withstand scrutiny. In general, you will need new NPPs and BAAs (Notices of

Live fast, die old: Pro browsing tips to enjoy the Web at full speed (and safely too)

Malware, phishing and ID thieves are everywhere – but you don’t have to be paranoid, or hang back, or stop yourself enjoying the best the web has to offer. Our tips should help you browse with confidence.

Poison Apple? “Kissing” picture spreads Trojan to Mac users

A picture of a smooching couple actually delivers a kiss of death to Mac OS X users – it’s a new Mac Trojan which opens a backdoor on users’ machines. It’s the second piece of Mac malware detected in a week.

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