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US suspends background checks system after flaw found

An entire US department program is to be suspended in order to fix vulnerabilities discovered during a security audit.

Polish airline LOT grounded by ‘first attack of its kind’

Hackers are being blamed for an attack which grounded 1,400 passengers set to fly on Polish airline LOT.

Top US baseball team accused of hacking rival

The St. Louis Cardinals, one the United States’s top major league baseball teams, is being investigated for allegedly hacking into the computer systems of sporting rivals.

FBI trace celebrity iCloud hacks to Chicago home

The FBI has seized a computer, cellphones and storage devices belonging to a Chicago man thought to be responsible for last year’s iCloud hacks.

Europol shuts down cybercrime ring with 49 arrests

Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre has arrested 49 suspects in a joint international operation targeting the takedown of a major cybercrime ring.

Credit Unions and the Data Security Act of 2015

Credit Unions lost a lot of money due to recent breaches, so financial institutions are eager to see merchants held to higher standards for data security.

British businesses spend £34bn a year defending cyberattacks, limiting growth

A new survey has estimated that British businesses spend around £34bn a year ($52.5bn) protecting the country from cyberattacks,

IT security budgets will continue to rise, finds Dell report

Around half of IT security leaders said that budgets will significantly increase (19%) or increase (31%) over the next two years, finds a new report.

US Army website defaced by Syrian Electronic Army hackers

Hackers, supportive of the Assad regime in Syria, have successfully compromised content displayed on the US Army’s website, popping up messages to visitors

4 million government employees’ personal data stolen in OPM hack

Four million federal employees have had their personal data stolen from the Office of Personnel Management, according to a statement on its website.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Cybercrime Justice?

The fight against cybercrime could use some superheroes, but who would do a better job: Batman or Superman?

Home Depot calls on court to dismiss consumer data breach case

The Home Depot has called upon a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit brought about by consumers claiming they were hurt by last year’s data breach.

Online threats only illegal if intentional, rules Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has reversed the decision to convict a Pennsylvania man who directed violent online threats at his ex-wife, citing intent as necessary legal grounds for conviction.

IRS hacker attack puts US tax payers at risk

The IRS has admitted that for more than two months malicious hackers targeted its systems, and managed to gain access to information about more than 100,000 tax payers.

Moose – the router worm with an appetite for social networks

A new worm is infecting routers in order to commit social networking fraud, hijacking victims’ internet connections in order to “like” posts and pages, “view” videos and “follow” other accounts.

5 hackers who came over from the dark side

Five reformed hackers who turned their lives around to help in the fight against cybercrime, leaving their blackhat past behind.

The wider world of security research output: webinars

Security research is published in many forms. For example, there are live and recorded webinars that cover a range of cybersecurity topics.

CareFirst data breach leaves 1.1m health insurance customers vulnerable

More than 1.1 million health insurance customers have been left vulnerable by a vast data breach, after criminals gained access to a CareFirst database in a “sophisticated cyberattack.”

Russian hacking group APT28 planned attacks against global banks

A Russian hacking group planned on launching cyberattacks against several banks around the world, according to SC Magazine.

The surprising fees hackers charge for their services

Hackers advertise their nefarious services to potential customers for as little as $90 for Gmail and $350 to access a target’s Facebook account, reports The Daily Mail.

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