A tiny, cheap gadget which can ‘hack’ into the network of modern cars to receive radio commands ranging from controlling steering and brakes to switching off headlights is to be shown off at the Black Hat Asia security conference in Singapore next month.
Attackers involved in the Target breach, which led to the theft of 40 million debit and credit card details late last year, broke into the retailer’s network via a heating and air-conditioning contractor, according to a new report.
Weak passwords and rarely updated software are a recurring theme behind the 48,000 cyber incidents reported to the Department of Homeland Security – including the theft of data on the nation’s weakest dams by a “malicious intruder”, a DHS report has found.
Eleven high school students have been expelled after being caught bugging their teachers’ computers with a key logger device to change their grades.
One of the realities of news that happens at Internet-speed is that it may not be wholly accurate. Much of what has come out about the Target breach contains factual errors that may not seem obvious, especially as they are repeated by many news outlets. So let us take a moment to examine some of the more common myths that have been flying around.
The FBI has announced the arrest and charge of Alexsandr Panin, 24, a Russian hacker who developed the SpyEye trojan and used it to steal financial information and money from around the world.
Hackers have stolen documents relating to law enforcement inquiries, through phishing attacks on employee emails, Microsoft has announced.
Arts and crafts retail chain Michaels has revealed that it may have been the victim of a “data security attack”, similar to those at Target and Neiman Marcus in recent weeks.
Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus has revealed that a breach which led to customer payment cards being used for fraud after shopping in its stores was far worse than first revealed – with 1.1 million cards affected over several months.
Banks around the world face a looming deadline to upgrade their ATMS – 95% of machines worldwide run Windows XP, which Microsoft will cease to support on April 8. Just 15% of America’s ATMs are expected to upgrade by that point.
A Californian blogger was among victims of a malware attack which targeted critics of the communist state in Vietnam, as well as staff at U.S. privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The ‘magnetic stripe’ credit cards used by American banks should be replaced with the more secure chip-and-PIN systems standard in Europe and around the world to prevent further attacks, according to Visa, Mastercard, JP Morgan and government officials.
Cisco claims in its report that cybercrime is now a global, professional industry – and there is a worldwide shortage of professionals able to defend against such attacks, with new technologies in malware meaning that there is a shortfall of a million IT professionals.
The computer giant announced the change of policy in an official blog post in which it said that although XP was no longer “a supported operating system”, security updates would continue until July 2015.
Thousands of hotels have found that their listings on Google Maps and Google+ have been ‘hijacked’ – pointing instead to different sites, rather than the hotel’s own. At least 4,000 sites have been affected.
A secret technology which relied on radio transmissions has allowed the National Security Agency to spy on computers disconnected from the internet – a security measure known as an ‘air gap’, and commonly used to protect machines containing highly sensitive data.
Computer users often feel bombarded by warnings about malware – particularly in internet browsers, which often repeatedly warn about risky sites – but tricks used by cybercriminals can help stop this, a new paper claims.
Major international cyber attacks follow a pattern – and attacks such as Stuxnet, which targeted Iran’s nuclear plant can be predicted by a mathematical model, University of Michigan researchers have claimed.