Cybercrime

Google offers refunds for buyers of fake Virus Shield app

Google is offering full refunds to buyers of the Virus Shield app which briefly topped the Android charts last week – but turned out to offer no protection whatsoever.

Lack of cyber risk insurance could lead to “global financial shock”

The financial damage caused by a large data breach or malicious employee activity can be enormous, but the lack of financial protection in place could lead to a “global” shock, a report by a leading insurer has warned.

How do you know if your child’s ID has been stolen?

When it comes to identity theft, the most successful attack is on the person least likely to be aware of activity being carried out in his or her name. That being the case, it is hard to imagine anyone who better fits the bill than a child.

Hacking predictions gone wild from the ‘internet of things’

A new, terrifying weapon is in the hands of hackers – the ability to stop a toilet flush working. We look at 2014’s silliest hacking predictions of gadget doom.

Canadian teenager is first to be arrrested for Heartbleed bug attack

A 19-year-old teenager in London, Ontario, Canada has become the first criminal to be arrested for exploiting the ‘Heartbleed’ bug to steal information – in this case, private information on Canadian taxpayers.

LaCie breach leaks passwords and emails – for a whole YEAR

Hard drive specialist LaCie has admitted a data breach that exposed customer emails and passwords – and the attack went undetected for an entire YEAR. Potential victims have been notified, but the scale and damage of the attack are yet to be assessed.

Samsung Galaxy S5 is vulnerable to crude “fake fingerprint” hack

A crude fake fingerprint molded using wood glue, and based on a photo taken by a smartphone was enough to fool the much-hyped fingerprint sensor in Samsung’s new flagship S5. Worryingly, the sensor can be used to authenticate financial transactions.

Heartbleed claims British mums and Canadian tax payers as victims

The critical security vulnerability in OpenSSL known commonly as “Heartbleed” continues to raise alarms, with websites now warning that hackers have breached their systems by exploiting the bug, and stolen personal information about users.

All eyes on Heartbleed bug: worse than feared and could affect “billions”

The full scope of the Heartbleed bug came to light in a series of reports by researchers and white-hat hackers, with some claiming a billion smartphones may be at risk, as well as a statement allegedly from the US government over its use of the bug.

German security agency warns botnet ‘army’ has harvested 18 million emails and passwords

Scans of a huge botnet have revealed that it has harvested at least 16 million usernames and passwords for email sites and other online services, according to a report released by German security agency, the Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (BSI).

Heartbleed encryption flaw leaves millions of sites at risk

The Heartbleed bug – a flaw in an encryption technology used to protect major websites including Yahoo – has left a huge amount of private data at risk – and internet giants are scrambling to find fixes for a problem which could leave customer data exposed to criminals.

“New weapon” against malware intrusion designed by American student

A new technique for spotting cyber attacks has been designed by a young American student – and could prevent attacks against planes and power plants, by looking for abnormal communications within computers, rather than sifting for malicious software.

Swooping robot attack which felled triathlete “may be work of hackers”

A competitor in an Australian triathlon was hospitalized with injuries and “pieces of propeller in her head” after a drone plunged from the sky, causing head injuries. The competitor, Raija Ogden was treated by paramedics at the scene after the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) suddenly plunged from the sky, hitting her on the head. The

“Virus Shield” app is top-selling hit – but does absolutely nothing

Armed with an impressive-looking shield logo, security app Virus Shield shot to the top of the sales charts on Android last week. There was one, tiny, problem: the app was a fake.

What is EMV, and why is it such a hot topic?

You may know it by one of many names: EMV, Integrated Chip Cards, or more simply Chip & Pin or Smart Cards… but whatever you call it: it is a hot topic for debate on the subject of credit card fraud. In this post we will explain the difference between these and traditional credit cards, and why it is being discussed so heatedly in the wake of the Target breach.

“Domestic spyware” apps increasingly precursor to violence – or murder

Apps designed to ‘report’ on handset users’ communications while remaining undetected have increasingly become a factor in cases of domestic violence and even murder.

Surveillance cameras hijacked to mine Bitcoin while watching you

Malware written specifically for DVR recorders used for the output of surveillance cameras has forced some machines to mine Bitcoin – although the low-powered machines are ‘very bad’ miners, Wired points out.

Attack on Samsung’s Boxee TV service leaks 158,000 passwords and emails

An attack on the forums for the Boxee internet-TV service has yielded 158,000 customer passwords – and what appears to be email addresses and full messaging histories for the victims.

The Internet of Things isn’t a malware-laced game of cyber-Cluedo… yet

Will the future be a murderous game of ‘smart device’ Cluedo, where Colonel Mustard meets his death at the hands of a Wi-Fi pacemaker, and Miss Scarlett is consumed in a Smart Home-ignited blaze. Not likely, says David Harley – where’s the profit motive?

Channel Cybercrime: Bug allows hackers to hijack screen of Philips TVs

Hackers could take control of Philips ‘smart TVs’ and broadcast their own ‘shows’ to watching famlies, thanks to a ‘fixed’ password which allows nearby attackers easy access to the set’s Wi-Fi adapter.

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