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Flurry of cyberattacks causes concern for Davos elites at World Economic Forum

Cybercrime was the focus of everyone’s attention at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos.

Private cybersecurity school set to open in London

A school entirely focussed on teaching cybersecurity skills has launched in the UK, reports Computer Business Review.

Blackhat: Lessons from the Michael Mann, Chris Hemsworth movie?

Blackhat, the hacker movie directed by Michael Mann and starring Chris Hemsworth, could spread awareness of digital threats. If it is a learning opportunity, what are the lessons?

Madonna hacking suspect arrested by Israeli police

Police have arrested a man who allegedly hacked into computer systems and stole unfinished versions of songs from Madonna’s upcoming “Rebel Heart” album.

Le Monde’s Twitter account hacked to say “Je ne suis pas Charlie”

The Syrian Electronic Army strikes again. Are you using two-factor authentication? You should be.

Cybercrime deterrence: 6 important steps

Cybercrime: there’s too much of it, and we need to do more to deter it. With the President of the United States now making frequent references to “doing more about cybercrime” now is a good time to look at what steps must be taken.

Lizard Squad DDoS-for-hire service hacked – users’ details revealed

Lizard Squad failed to encrypt its database of LizardStresser’s registered users – storing details of their usernames and passwords in plaintext. A schoolboy error if ever I heard one.

Cybersecurity and commitment: issues in the fight against cybercrime

Cybersecurity and cybercrime are a hot political topic in America these days, but a history of ignoring warning signs suggests a lack of commitment to acting on the rhetoric.

Obama to call for longer hacking prison sentences with revised Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

President Barack Obama intends to persuade Congress to increase the sentence for hackers, as well as widen the definition of what hacking means, according to Ars Technica.

Google puts a stop to Adsense malvertising campaign

A ‘widespread’ malicious advertising campaign that sent web browsers to immitation websites has been stopped by Google

Swiss bank data released by hackers

The Swiss state owned Banque Cantonale de Geneve has confirmed that hackers have released confidential customer correspondences after the bank refused to pay the ransom demanded by the attackers

2015: The cybersecurity threatscape for the year ahead

Presenting a recorded webinar that seeks to answer this question: How is the landscape changing for cybersecurity and what do businesses need to know to protect themselves?

Hacked routers used for paid DDoS attacks

The rent-a-DDoS service that knocked out Xbox Live and Playstation Network is powered by thousands of hacked residential internet routers.

US military’s CENTCOM Twitter account hacked – were they not using 2FA?

Twitter and YouTube accounts run by the US military’s Central Command are hijacked by hackers claiming to back Islamic State.

Obama calls for 30 day data breach notification and greater student privacy

President Barack Obama is today to propose legislation that would ensure companies inform customers of any leaks within 30 days of a data breach, reports Physorg.

ATM hijacked via smartphone and USB port

Thieves have managed to extract money from an ATM with just a Samsung Galaxy S4, a circuit board and the machine’s USB based circuitboard reports Krebs on Security.

Companies to spend more on cybersecurity in 2015

In the wake of several high profile hacks in 2014, companies are set to spend more on cybersecurity this year, according to a survey by Piper Jaffray.

Holiday hacks down despite record-breaking shopping numbers

Retail cybercrime across the holiday season dropped, despite record business for companies across Black Friday and Cyber Monday, according to research from IBM, reported by Tech Week Europe.

5 reasons not to “hack back”

Are hacking victims “hacking back”? That question was recently posed in headlines like this one from Bloomberg: FBI Investigating Whether Companies Are Engaged in Revenge Hacking. The Marketplace reporter, Ben Johnson, speculated that 2015 might be the year of “hacking back” when he asked me about revenge hacking. As I told Ben, there are several good

Bitstamp hacked for $5 million in Bitcoin

19,000 Bitcoin – valued at around $275 each, so $5 million together – have been stolen from a majour European Bitcoin exchange, reports RT.

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