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Cellphone-sized $20 gadget can remote-control car electronics, researchers claim

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.

Target attackers ‘broke in using log-in from air-con contractor’

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 ancient software left U.S. Government data vulnerable, DHS report finds

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.

California students expelled for using a keylogger to hack teachers’ computers

Eleven high school students have been expelled after being caught bugging their teachers’ computers with a key logger device to change their grades.

Hotel franchise hit by credit card hack

White Lodging, a hotel management firm that works under brands including Hilton and Marriott, has suffered a credit card hack revealing customers’ details.

Myths of the Target Breach

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.

Russian creator of ‘SpyEye’ malware pleads guilty to bank fraud

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.

FBI makes arrests in global email-hacking ring

The FBI has announced several arrests in a worldwide coordinated effort to break up a gang of email ‘hackers for hire’.

Microsoft has law enforcement documents stolen in phishing attack

Hackers have stolen documents relating to law enforcement inquiries, through phishing attacks on employee emails, Microsoft has announced.

Art store Michaels is latest retailer hit by credit card hackers

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.

Neiman Marcus breach even worse than first thought – million cards hit over several months

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.

Cash crash ahead? ‘Death’ of Windows XP could leave 95% of world’s ATMs vulnerable

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.

Vietnamese malware : ‘Single post’ enough to trigger spyware attacks against U.S. bloggers, EFF claims

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.

Push to replace “hugely insecure” credit card system in U.S after rash of retailer breaches

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.

Huge shortage of cyber-defenders as threat levels ‘highest since records began’, Cisco report warns

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.

Microsoft offers brief reprieve to Windows XP users – with antimalware updates until July 2015

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 under attack as Google Maps and Google+ listings hijacked

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.

Secret radio technology allowed NSA to spy on PCs disconnected from the Internet

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.

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.

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