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Can e-cigarettes give you malware?

The long-term health effects of electronic cigarettes – or E-cigarettes – are still open for discussion – but the devices could harm your computer, at least if one report is to be believed.

Week in Security: Grief for gamers, Unicorn spotted – and America wakes up

Cybercriminals once again had gamers in their sights this week, with leaks of multiple account details and a new Steam scam – but there was good news in the form of upgraded security on Whatsapp, and dawning awareness on privacy.

More than half of British firms ‘would consider hiring hackers’

More than half of British firms would consider hiring computer hackers in the face of a severe skills shortage – and more than 50% of executives said that they would consider hiring an expert even if they had a criminal record

U.S. State Department shuts down entire email system after suspected attack

The U.S. State Department has shut down its entire unclassified email system after a suspected intrusion – and technicians are now working to beef up email security systems.

Sednit Espionage Group Attacking Air-Gapped Networks

The Sednit espionage group, also known as the Sofacy group, APT28 or “Fancy Bear”, has been targeting various institutions for many years. We recently discovered a component the group employed to reach physically isolated computer networks — “air-gapped” networks — and exfiltrate sensitive files from them through removable drives.

Dark Web drug trade site Silk Road 2.0 shut down

A year ago, Silk Road 2 appeared on the dark web, after the original Silk Road site’s illegal drug trade was shut down by the FBI. Now, Wired reports Silk Road 2 has met a similar fate to its predecessor.

White House hit by “sustained” cyber attack, hackers breach unclassified network

IT security staff have spent the last few weeks fighting hackers in the White House, after a computer network was breached. But can we tell who was behind the attack?

42% of Americans hit by regular online attacks

A study by Microsoft has revealed that 42 percent of Americans face ‘weekly or daily’ attacks by cybercriminals trying to access their computers, Network World reports.

Internet trolls – how to deal with online abuse

Most internet users have faced some kind of problems with internet trolls – and a new study has thrown light on who they are. We discuss how best to deal with the online pests.

Could hackers give you a heart attack or drugs overdose?

There is growing concern that in the rush to embrace technology to save and improve the lives of patients, medical scientists may have forgotten something important: security.

iCloud users in China under attack. But who could be after their passwords?

Make sure you are running a half-decent browser, don’t ignore browser security warnings, and enable two-factor authentication.

That appears to be the lesson to learn from the latest attack on Chinese internet users.

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.

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.

Cybercrime statistics offer a glimpse into the underworld

A crime-reporting survey in Canada has offered a unique insight into how cybercrime affects a large population – and an insight into a grim underworld dominated by fraud, violence and sexual abuse.

Chase breach: Stolen personal info brings headaches too

On the one hand, the breach of JP Morgan Chase is not as bad as it could have been. But how do you measure relative “badness” of a breach?

CVE-2014-4114: Details on August BlackEnergy PowerPoint Campaigns

In this post we provide additional information on how a specially crafted PowerPoint slideshow file (.PPSX) led to the execution of a BlackEnergy dropper.

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.

Yahoo told to “pull your pants up” after Shellshock hack claims

Yesterday, security researcher Jonathan Hall, of a company called Future South Technologies, accused Yahoo of having suffered a serious security breach via the recently discovered Shellshock vulnerability in Bash.

Celebgate: Nude photo hack continues as first male celebrity targeted

The son of American wrestler Hulk Hogan has been the latest celebrity to fall victim to theft and publication of naked pictures on the internet, according to The Huffington Post.

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