Cybercrime

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.

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.

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