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Cybercrime

4 million government employees’ personal data stolen in OPM hack

Four million federal employees have had their personal data stolen from the Office of Personnel Management, according to a statement on its website.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Cybercrime Justice?

The fight against cybercrime could use some superheroes, but who would do a better job: Batman or Superman?

Home Depot calls on court to dismiss consumer data breach case

The Home Depot has called upon a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit brought about by consumers claiming they were hurt by last year’s data breach.

Online threats only illegal if intentional, rules Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has reversed the decision to convict a Pennsylvania man who directed violent online threats at his ex-wife, citing intent as necessary legal grounds for conviction.

IRS hacker attack puts US tax payers at risk

The IRS has admitted that for more than two months malicious hackers targeted its systems, and managed to gain access to information about more than 100,000 tax payers.

Moose – the router worm with an appetite for social networks

A new worm is infecting routers in order to commit social networking fraud, hijacking victims’ internet connections in order to “like” posts and pages, “view” videos and “follow” other accounts.

5 hackers who came over from the dark side

Five reformed hackers who turned their lives around to help in the fight against cybercrime, leaving their blackhat past behind.

The wider world of security research output: webinars

Security research is published in many forms. For example, there are live and recorded webinars that cover a range of cybersecurity topics.

CareFirst data breach leaves 1.1m health insurance customers vulnerable

More than 1.1 million health insurance customers have been left vulnerable by a vast data breach, after criminals gained access to a CareFirst database in a “sophisticated cyberattack.”

Russian hacking group APT28 planned attacks against global banks

A Russian hacking group planned on launching cyberattacks against several banks around the world, according to SC Magazine.

The surprising fees hackers charge for their services

Hackers advertise their nefarious services to potential customers for as little as $90 for Gmail and $350 to access a target’s Facebook account, reports The Daily Mail.

Whistleblower claims cybersecurity firm extorted clients

A cybersecurity firm is accused of deceiving potential clients in order to extort business, according to whistle blower testimony to the FTC.

The big small business security challenge: mobile and BYOD

In this recorded webinar the security challenge that mobile devices and BYOD bring to the businesses, notably smaller businesses, is reviewed; then defensive strategies are presented.

Australian game hacker flees to Europe before trial

An Australian man facing 25 hacking charges has fled to Europe, ahead of being trialled for attacks which targeted major computer firms.

Online democracy by 2020? University reveals e-voting security breakthrough

A breakthrough in e-voting from the University of Birmingham suggests that the old ballot box tradition may come to an end in time for future votes across the UK.

The world’s most wanted hackers

The FBI is taking cybercrime seriously. Here are some of the most wanted hackers in the world, and what they’re wanted for…

Ryanair hack: $5 million stolen from low-cost airline

Budget airline Ryanair has been the victim of a major banking hack, with more than $5 million stolen from its business account last week.

5 signs you’re in hackers’ sights

“It won’t happen to me” is often uttered by citizens and businesses who are adamant that they won’t become a victim of cybercrime. But this confidence is often misplaced, with even the most basic security errors exploited by hackers.

OFAC! An acronym that cybersecurity professionals need to know

OFAC will soon be enforcing economic and trade sanctions against individuals and groups outside the United States that use cyber attacks to threaten U.S. foreign policy, national security or economic stability.

The curious case of the ex-hacker “banned from the internet”

What kind of punishment best fits a convicted hacker? Jail time for serious computer crimes is almost a certainty, but for one ex-hacker, Higinio Ochoa, the terms of his parole also include being “banned from the internet”.

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