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Dutch University unveils ‘fraud proof’ credit card concept

A Dutch university has reportedly made great steps towards making the dream of a ‘fraud-proof’ credit card a reality by utilizing quantum physics.

Delta Airlines security flaw exposes passengers’ boarding passes

A vulnerability at Delta Airlines which allowed customers to view any other passengers’ electronic boarding passes has been fixed, reports Ubergizmo.

2014 Security Lessons: Making 2015 More Secure

A few days ago, I gave a webinar titled Make 2015 More Secure: Lessons from 2014, which was a follow-up to the 2014 Mid-Year Threat Report webinar from this summer.

TorrentLocker — Ransomware in a country near you

Today, we are publishing research on ransomware that emerged in 2014. We have posted blog articles about this threat before, to raise awareness when we realized the criminals were targeting the United Kingdom and Spain.

Facebook scam: You won’t get a car for liking posts…

A new Facebook scam is doing the rounds promising users of the social network the chance to win a brand new car, if they only like and share a photo of the car tied up with a stylish gift ribbon.

TorrentLocker: Racketeering ransomware disassembled by ESET experts

Security experts at ESET have released their latest research into the notorious TorrentLocker malware, which has infected thousands of computer systems around the world, taking data hostage and demanding a ransom be paid to ensure its safe return.

Hypercom payment terminals bricked… but not by malware

When ‘several thousand’ payment terminals across the country stopped working last week, it would be easy to jump to the conclusion that some malicious malware was on the loose, but the truth had nothing to do with cybercriminals, Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security explains.

FBI warns hacker groups are targeting US energy firms

The FBI has issued a warning to American businesses, encouraging them to be on high alert for Iranian hacking groups targeting energy and defense firms as well as educational institutions.

FBI outlines proposals for dealing with cybercrime to Congress

Joseph Demarest, assistant director at the FBI, has been testifying on the threats of cybercrime to a Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Network World reports that the agency has three specific recommendations of how Congress could assist with the ever-evolving problem.

POODLE vulnerability found to also bite TLS encryption

When it was first uncovered back in October, researchers believed that only sites using SSL 3.0 were vulnerable to the POODLE, but now it appears certain implementations of TLS could be compromised using a similar exploit, according to ZDNet.

Facebook hoax – how to tell instantly if a story is fake

Two-thirds of young people first learn about major news events via Facebook – but as cybercriminals cash in with hoax stories and links, it can be difficult to tell ‘real’ content from fake. Our tips can help.

Charge Anywhere warns of payment data leak

Mobile payment platform Charge Anywhere has revealed an exploit in its software that means that five year’s worth of credit card data could be at risk.

Android scam: Firms fined over $500,000 for malicious apps’ hidden subscriptions

Three UK firms have been fined over $500,000 for a scam that involved Android apps signing up to a subscription service, and suppressing notifications informing the victim they were being charged, according to The Guardian.

Privacy focused Blackphone app store in development

Blackphone – the Android smartphone that pushes privacy and security above all else – is to open an app store set to rival the Google Play marketplace.

Advertising fraud: a quarter of digital ads stolen by cybercriminals’ bots

Nearly a quarter of digital advert impressions are faked, according to a new study. This advertising fraud is set to cost advertisers $6.3 billion in the next year, reports Channel Eye.

Trust, Truth and Hoaxes in Social Media

Social networks are fun, but can also spread misinformation and worse. We discuss myths about your contract with Facebook, and whether British politicians are interested only in their own salaries.

Company data at risk by widespread employee access

A large number of companies are leaving their confidential files at risk by over-sharing with employees, according to a new survey by the Ponemon Institute.

Bebe clothing store suffers payment card breach

The clothing chain Bebe has been the latest company to suffer a breach of payment card information to hackers, reports PC World.

Sony Pictures hacking traced to Thai hotel as North Korea denies involvement

The identity of the Sony Pictures hackers who attacked last week remains a mystery, but we have an alleged location where the attack was masterminded from, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Tor a major source of bank fraud, says US Treasury Dept.

Tor has been used to mask the identities of cybercriminals in a significant number of bank frauds for over a decade, according to a US Treasury Department report obtained by Brian Krebs on his Krebs on Security website.

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