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UK takes aim at serious hacking offenses with planned life sentences

Law makers in Britain are discussing a dramatic increase in sentencing for serious hacking offences, according to The Register. Currently in discussion in the country’s upper house, The House of Lords, the move looks to overhaul the Computer Misuse Act 1990, and includes a possible life sentence for serious hackers.

Google now offers USB key authentication

Google has added an extra layer of security to its browser, by introducing USB authentication to Chrome, the company has announced in an official blog post.

Proof-of-concept worm can attack network attached storage

A proof-of-concept worm that can hunt network attached storage (or NAS) devices has been created by a security researcher. According to Tech World, the worm can target devices created by three different manufacturers.

Staples the latest to be hit by credit card breach?

Stationary and office supply store Staples is the latest company to be dealing with a credit and debit card breach, according to Brian Krebs at Krebs on Security.

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.

Vulnerable web cams and printers 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.

A brief history of malware 28 years later

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.

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.

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.

$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.

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.

Week in security: Dubai Police use Google Glass facial recognition, Bugzilla gets bugged and ‘Unpatchable’ USB exploit lands on GitHub

This week in security, we covered a full range of privacy and malware, with controversial plans to equip police officers with facial recognition packed Google Glass in Dubai, and the BadUSB malware finding its way on to GitHub.

Dairy Queen hit by card data stealing malware

Dairy Queen has become the latest company to be hit by payment card stealing malware, reports the Wall Street Journal. The breach is said to have affected 395 of its 4,500 American locations.

Future malware might offer real functions to avoid detection

Malware may begin to offer genuinely helpful functionality in the future, in order to “fly under the radar” and fake legitimacy before striking, according to Professor Giovanni Vigna from the University of California.

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