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Borrowing tricks from cybercriminals can ‘scare’ web users into safe browsing, Cambridge researchers claim

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 cyber attacks ‘can be predicted’ using computer model, researchers claim

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.

Malware in Target’s registers harvested millions of card details for weeks, chain admits

Malicious software was installed in tills in Target stores across the U.S. and went undetected for weeks, the chain has admitted, harvesting information from the magnetic stripes on customer cards during transactions.

Less than half of consumers take ANY steps to stay safe online, UK government survey finds

A survey of 22,762 consumers conducted by the British government found that less than half took the most basic steps to protect themselves online, the government revealed as part of a new campaign aimed at consumers and small businesses.

Luxury store Neiman Marcus joins growing list of card theft targets

High-end retailer Neiman Marcus has admitted that thieves had accessed its systems and made unauthorized charges on customers’ credit cards over the holiday period.

Target announces scale of credit-card leak was even bigger: 70 million victims or more

Retailer Target has announced that the breach affecting the company was even bigger than thought – and 70 million credit card details may have leaked.

Pat Garratt: PC gamers will always be easy prey for cyber gangs – but it’s not ALL our fault, says industry veteran

Patrick Garratt is a 15-year veteran of the gaming industry, having been behind the launches of major news sites such as Eurogamer and VG247 – but in the DIY, anything-goes world of PC gaming, even he still falls for a scam or two. Is it REALLY his fault, though?

Gamers warned after hi-tech malware leapfrogs World of Warcraft’s security with fake website

Players of the hit game have been targeted with a Trojan disguised as a semi-official add-on client for the game, made by Curse – but it is fake, laced with a Trojan which steals passwords, account emails and authenticator information at once, Blizzard said.

Wi-Fi woes: Linksys and Netgear router models at risk from backdoor that offers access to ‘controls’

Many popular models of wireless router from brands such as Linksys and Netgear are vulnerable to a ‘backdoor’, which could allow attackers access to the router’s admin controls, according to a report by Ars Technica.

Discreet messaging site Snapchat leaks 4.6 million phone numbers, names – after ‘ignoring warnings’

Hackers have published what they claim is a database of 4.6 million Snapchat users, with phone numbers matched to usernames, which is searchable online now. The hack could be a huge blow to the ‘discreet’ photo-message service.

Could new malware steal data from INSIDE your SD card? Researchers claim even solid-state PC drives could be at risk

Two researchers have demonstrated an attack that could alter and steal data direct from MicroSD cards, using tiny microcontrollers on the cards themselves. The attack could be used to copy or steal data – and even modify sensitive data such as encryption keys.

Internet rallies round dog-themed cryptocurrency after holiday heists hit two Dogecoin sites

Dog-themed cryptocurrency Dogecoin fell victim to two robberies over the holiday season, as hackers hit two sites which traded in the cult currency – but the goodwill of the internet could see the Shiba-themed virtual coins bouncing back.

The ‘Digital Guardian': IBM’s security expert explains why ‘Steve’ might watch your eating habits to keep you secure

Here, J.R. Rao, IBM Director for Security Research, explains why the idea of a digital guardian who watches for unusual behavior is not science fiction – but very close to reality.

Clubbed to death? Bitcoin-only poker site Seals With Clubs leaks 42,000 passwords in attack

An online poker site which did all its cash-ins and cash-outs in Bitcoin has admitted to a data breach in which 42,000 user passwords were stolen – and is instituting emergency measures to prevent the attackers gaining access to the cryptocurrency.

Target down? “Biggest data breach ever” leaks 40 million credit and debit cards from retailer at height of shopping season

Details of 40 million customer debit and credit cards may have leaked in a data breach at American retailer Target – which began on November 27 and ended on December 15, affecting stores at the height of shopping season.

Holiday shoppers turning to mobile to bag bargains – but ignoring security risk, survey finds

This holiday season, shoppers are turning to mobile as a new way to hunt bargains, with purchases via mobile platforms nearly doubling year-on-year – but nearly one third of shoppers polled admitted to serious security errors, such as storing card details in smartphones.

ESET’s Threat Trends Predictions 2014: The next battle for internet privacy, a new assault on Androids, and a new wave of hi-tech malware

The 2014 threat trends report from ESET’s global network of cybersecurity experts centers on three key trends, the first and foremost being digital privacy, the others being threats to mobile devices, and new, hi-tech malware targeting PCs and other devices in the home.

Malicious Firefox add-on turns thousands of PCs into botnet which “hunts” weak websites

A Firefox add-on has turned 12,500 users of the browser into a botnet which scours every page visited by infected users for vulnerabilities. The ‘Advanced Power’ add-on ensnared 12,500 PCs – and found 1,800 vulnerable websites for its unknown creators.

Small businesses are new target for criminals as attacks double, report warns

The assault by cybercriminals against big businesses continued this year -78% were attacked by outsiders, according to a report by Price Waterhouse Cooper. But small businesses – those with less than 50 employees – are rapidly becoming a target.

NSA saves world from plot to “remotely destroy” PCs, claims NSA director

An international plot which would have turned huge numbers of PCs into “bricks” by using deeply buried malware was foiled by the NSA, according to an interview given to CBS by NSA director Keith Alexander. The attack could have “taken down the U.S. economy”, an NSA official claimed.

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