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Twitter blames spear-phishing for recent hacks – and warns news companies to expect more

Twitter has warned media companies that attacks on their official Twitter accounts are liable to continue, after Britain’s Guardian newspaper became the latest high-profile news site to fall victim.

Password warning after details for 50 million users leak in LivingSocial hack

Daily deals site LivingSocial has become the latest high-profile site to fall victim to hackers, after an attack accessed information for 50 million accounts last week.

Linux/Cdorked.A: New Apache backdoor being used in the wild to serve Blackhole

Analysis of a malicious backdoor serving Blackhole exploit pack found on Linux Apache webserver compromised by malware dubbed Linux/Cdorked.A, together with remediation tool and techniques.

Twitter security under spotlight after phishing blamed for disastrous AP Tweet

Twitter is said to be testing new security systems in the wake of a false Tweet from an official Associated Press account which sent stock markets tumbling in America.

Preventable errors are behind most security breaches, says Verizon report

Most cyber attacks are simple and predictable, relying on basic tactics and preventable employee errors, according to Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report. The problem is made worse by the fact that companies often take months or even years to detect such breaches.

Hacked CBS Twitter accounts present followers with malware-tainted “news”

Twitter accounts used by CBS News were compromised on Saturday – and began serving up bogus news stories with links to malware.

U.S. Air Force team wins virtual “cyber war” against veteran hackers

A three-day “cyber war” ended in victory for a team from the U.S. Air Force Academy, who beat off attacks from hackers from the National Security AGency in the 13th annual Cyber Defense Exercise (CDX).

Cybersecurity bill passed by House despite privacy concerns

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passes the U.S. House despite privacy concerns and the threat of presidential veto.

Online PC Support scam: from cold calling to malware

Here’s a brazen fake antivirus program that falsely declares you are infected, then locks your screen and asks you call a toll free number for Support, which then asks you to pay to remove the fake infection.

A quarter of all PCs have no malware protection, says Microsoft

A quarter of PCs around the world have no antimalware software, according to Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report.

Supermarket security breach puts 2.4 million credit cards at risk

Up to 2.4 million credit cards may have been compromised after St. Louis grocery chain Schnucks was targeted with malware, the chain revealed this week.

U.S. and China plan to “work together” on cybersecurity

China and the U.S. have agreed to work together on cyber security, with the two countries setting up a working group to deal with the issue, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday in Beijing.

Oregon farm company sues its bank over $223,500 cyber-heist

An Oregon farm products company is suing its own bank to recover losses after a phishing attack saw $223,500 transferred to accounts in the Ukraine over a period of three days in 2010.

Tech manufacturers fight back against supply chain “cyber spies”

Technology companies including Cisco and IBM are backing an Open Group programme to protect computer hardware from threats such as spyware added to components in the supply chain.

Android app store has serious clean-up with 60,000 apps removed

60,000 Android apps were removed from Google’s Play app store this February. Categories such as personalization (ringtone apps) were targeted heavily, with 12,277 deletions.

Global Cyber Security research hub to be set up at Oxford University

A new Global Center for Cyber Security at the University of Oxford will coordinate international work on cyber threats and cyber security. The Center will receive £500,000 ($766,000) in UK government funding every year.

Warning over “too much information” after power company targeted with spear-phishing campaign

Utility companies have been warned not to share information such as email addresses on company websites, after a spear-phishing attack on an American electricity company.

Is Gapz the most complex bootkit yet?

Introducing a detailed analysis of Win32/Gapz malware in a new white paper titled: Mind the Gapz: The most complex bootkit ever analyzed?

Pirated software use triples – leaving PC users at risk of infection

Use of pirated and counterfeit Windows software has tripled since 2006, according to analysts IDC – creating a fertile breeding ground for malware. For the report, entitled ‘The Dangerous World of Pirated and Counterfeit Software’, IDC analysts conducted 533 tests on counterfeit software from P2P and web sources.

Gamers warned of risks of “always online” games such as SimCity and Diablo

The new trend for “always online” games such as SimCity and Blizzard’s Diablo 3 may be putting gamers at risk, experts warn. The games, which require an internet connection even for single-player gaming, are designed to protect game companies from piracy.

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