Cybercrime

Target breach optioned as Sony feature film

The Target breach, and in particular the role of respected security blogger Brian Krebs in breaking the story, has been optioned as a feature film by Sony. The studio bought the rights to the New York Times article, “Reporting From the Web’s Underbelly,” with a view to creating a “cyber thriller.”

Over 500,000 PCs attacked every day after 25,000 UNIX servers hijacked by Operation Windigo

Malware researchers at ESET have uncovered a widespread cybercriminal operation that has seized control of tens of thousands of Unix servers. Learn more about how to check your systems for compromise, and prevent innocent computer users from being attacked.

More than 80% of business leaders feel “unprepared” for cyber incidents

More than 80% of business leaders do not feel fully prepared for the effects of a major cyber incident, according to a new survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit – despite 77% of companies having faced such incidents in the past two years.

Fake video of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 rescue is ‘callous’ cyber scam

A post promising a video of a plane landing on water has been circulating on Facebook, with a title suggesting that it contains news footage of the rescue of passengers on board the missing flight MH370 – but there is no video, and it’s a criminal scam.

Fridge attacks “raise big questions” says Microsoft security chief

The emerging ‘internet of things’ raises big security questions, and vulnerabilities in connected devices such as ‘smart’ fridges may force companies to work together in a way never previously seen, according to Microsoft’s Jan Neutze.

Google Glass app offers new level of security for ATM users

A futuristic app uses Google Glass to add an extra layer of privacy for users withdrawing cash from ATM machines – by displaying a one-time personal identification number (PIN) which only the Glass user can see.

Financial files from Mt Gox supposedly ‘leak online’ after CEO targeted

A file of material purporting to include detailed information on trades at the Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, has surfaced online, after attackers targeted the personal blog and Reddit account of CEO Mark Karpeles.

Justin Bieber is the latest celebrity to have his Twitter account hacked

Maybe it’s time to think twice before rushing to click on a link, next time your favourite celebrity says something bizarre on Twitter.

WWF warns of ‘arms race’ with ‘cyberpoachers’ targeting endangered species

Criminals seeking to kill endangered species and sell trophies online are turning to increasingly hi-tech methods to target their prey – including cyber attacks built to steal information on where animals patrol, according to the World Wildlife Fund’s Wildlife Crime division.

Bitcoin bank Flexcoin shuts down after attackers loot $570,000 from “hot wallet”

The attackers were able to steal all the bitcoins stored in the bank’s “hot wallet” – the portion of its funds on computers accessible via the internet – due to a transaction flaw in its code.

More than 300,000 wireless routers hijacked by criminals in global attack

More than 300,000 wireless routers worldwide are under the control of an unknown group of cybercriminals, who have made malicious changes to the devices’ settings – and the attack is part of a “growing trend”, researchers claim.

Mt Gox site code “posted online” as exchange admits $500m in bitcoin is lost

Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox has admitted that nearly $500 million in bitcoin has “disappeared”, in a new statement posted online – as chunks of computer code have appeared on Pastebin which appear to be part of the backend for the site.

Cisco offers $300,000 for “visionary” solutions to defend ‘Internet of Things’

Networking giant Cisco has launched a “grand challenge” to invent a security solution for the “internet of things” – a broad term used to describe connected devices from industrial equipment to cars to smart home appliances.

CIA chief says internet-connected appliances are ‘worrisome’ new threat

CIA Director John Brennan says that connected appliances and networked vehicles will make the agency’s job harder – with more systems to protect, and more platforms which could be used to launch attacks.

Corkow: Analysis of a business-oriented banking Trojan

Win32/Corkow is banking malware with a focus on corporate banking users. We can confirm that several thousand users, mostly in Russia and Ukraine, were victims of the Trojan in 2013. In this post, we expand on its unique functionality.

Mark Brooks: How to spot an online dating scammer – and why it’s getting tougher

Mark Brooks of OnlinePersonalsWatch works with many online dating sites – and says that all of them are plagued by fake profiles, scammers and criminals looking for money, not love. A few simple steps can help ensure you don’t fall for a fake…

Mastercard trials fraud-busting GPS app to end misery of blocked payments on vacation

Mastercard is piloting a scheme where smartphone GPS systems are used to authenticate purchases for travellers – which could spell an end to the frustrating and common experience where cards are blocked instantly when used abroad.

U.S. businesses boost cyber defenses as they brace for more Target-style attacks

Businesses in America have increased security spending after the wave of high-profile cyber attacks late last year, including the Target breach – and most U.S. companies expect such attacks to increase over the next two years.

Mt Gox exchange ‘disappears’ amid rumors of $350m Bitcoin heist – biggest in history

Trading has been suspended on the Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox and its website has closed, amid rumors that the exchange has lost 744,000 Bitcoins in an online theft – worth around $350 million at Monday’s trading prices, according to Wired

Most small-office routers have ‘critical’ vulnerabilities as mysterious ‘Moon’ worm spreads

A large majority of routers used in small offices are plagued with security vulnerabilities – with up to 80% of small office/home office models having critical security weaknesses, according to a survey by Tripwire.

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