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June 2014

Bitcoin extortion letters threaten pizza restaurants

Extorted for Bitcoin? Some U.S. pizza restaurant owners have been receiving letters threatening them with bad reviews, fake pizza orders, food contamination and, in extreme cases, even bombs.

A clever fix for Android L passwords issue

Handing out Wi-Fi passwords to Android L users just got easier, thanks to a secure NFC method of password sharing, meaning the user never physically sees the Wi-Fi password – it’s decrypted by their device.

Google Glass privacy – hack lets attackers ‘see through victim’s eyes’

A hack shown off by Dutch security researchers allows an attacker to ‘take over’ Google’s new Glass headset, and send pictures and videos from the frames’ built in camera, to another computer – in effect, seeing through their victim’s eyes

PayPal 2FA bug: what you need to know

A flaw in PayPal’s two-factor authentication could allow attackers to gain access to up to 143 million PayPal accounts. The vulnerability affected users logging into PayPal via an app on their Android or iOS device, according to the Financial Times’ report.

Android L: your next password?

Google’s upcoming Android L update will do away with passwords – at least for dedicated Google fans, with Google devices such as Android Wear watches used to authenticate users instead of PIN codes or passwords.

Montana medical breach may have leaked private data on 1.3 million people

Personal information on 1.3 million people including bank details, medical records and home addresses may have leaked after a security incident where attackers gained entry to a server owned by Montana’s Public Health and Human Services department.

World Cup security center Wi-Fi password leaked by newspaper

The Wi-Fi network name and password for the security center at the World Cup were accidentally leaked online by a newspaper, and rapidly spread on social media, being retweeted more than 2,000 times.

Dozens of car washes leak card details in U.S. money-laundering scam

Dozens of car washes across Connecticut have leaked “countless” credit and debit card details to cybercriminals, according to a new investigation by security blogger Brian Krebs.

Google’s Nest security warning after researchers show off 60-second hack

Google’s Nest thermostat can be hacked in under a minute, according to a blog post and video posted by GTV Hacker. The hack would allow attackers complete control over the device and access to the user’s home network.

UPDATED: Simplocker ransomware: New variants spread by Android downloader apps

ESET LiveGrid® telemetry has indicated several new infection vectors used by Android/Simplocker. The “typical” ones revolve around internet porn, or popular games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

F1 star Michael Schumacher dead? It’s the latest sick Facebook scam

Scammers and fraudsters think nothing of scraping the barrel of taste, if they believe it will help them earn a few dollars.

Free Wi-Fi offered by smartphone networks poses “serious threat” new report warns

Smartphone users are at risk from bogus hotspots set up to harvest login details on networks such as AT&T – and the fake hotspots can easily be created on devices as small as an Android phone, a new report warns.

World Cup scams: an early kick-off

Amazingly, it was way back in 2011 that I came across my very first World Cup 2014 scam. Surely that merits a prize, or at least a pay-rise?

Internet firm goes out of business after DDoS extortion attack

Blackmailers force internet site Code Spaces out of business, leaving customers in the lurch.

Interactive exploit kit redirection technique

The usual pattern we see when dealing with exploit kits starts with a legitimate website that gets compromised and used to automatically redirect its visitors to the actual malicious content.

California company sues bank over cybercrime, wins $350,000 settlement

A California oil company that lost thousands after being attacked by hackers has won $350,000 in a legal settlement after suing its bank.

World Cup Phishing Scam hits FIFA 14 players through Instagram, Twitter

As the World Cup heads into its third week, there’s a new phishing scam to be aware of. EA Games’ FIFA 14 Ultimate Team has been targeted – not for the first time – by scammers offering new downloadable players.

Targeted attack against Vietnamese government: right on the MONRE

ESET researchers recently came across a targeted attack against the Vietnamese government’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE).

Catch the ESET 2014 Mid-Year Threat Report broadcast

With the first half of the year almost over, it’s time for the ESET 2014 Mid-Year Threat Review. Presented as a webinar, this one hour event will look at some of the more interesting pieces of malware and Internet security threats that have occurred during the first six months of the year.

Ancestry.com brought down by DDOS attack, but says user data is safe

Ancestry.com has become the latest site to be taken down by a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack. The genealogy website was shut down from Monday-Tuesday this week, along with its sister site, Findagrave.com.

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