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Hacktivists try tampering with facebook.com domain

The group of hackers that calls itself the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) briefly claimed control of the facebook.com domain via an attack on MarkMonitor. It appears normal Facebook service has been resumed, but here’s what you need to know.

Warning over “risky” behavior of under-12s online – and parents need to take action, safety group says

Children indulge in highly risky behavior online – with nearly one in five 9-11 year olds having physically met strangers they encountered online. Others use false identities – with some under-10s pretending to be 25.

Android malware attacks skyrocket in China

Mobile malware is growing at an extraordinary rate in China – with 25 times more detections of malicious programs last year than in 2011, according to official data released this week.

Charges against cybercrime’s “bank of choice” for laundering $6 billion

U.S. prosecutors allege that virtual currency company Liberty Reserve processed 55 million transactions since 2006, becoming “the bank of choice” for cyber criminals.

Mass malware attacks “could be triggered by music”, researchers claim

Future malware attacks could be triggered by music or even lighting – allowing cybercriminals to command and control large numbers of infected devices in the same area, according to Alabama researchers.

Advanced U.S. weapons system designs are “compromised by hackers”

Designs for more than two dozen advanced weapons systems have been compromised by hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon. The hackers are said to be Chinese.

“Stronger action” urged in face of IP theft from American companies

American companies are facing an “unprecedented” onslaught of data theft, costing “hundreds of billions”, according to a report by a private group headed by high-ranking ex-government officials.

Mainstream media only offer a “snapshot” of scope of cybercrime, says British intelligence head

Mainstream media reports offer a mere “snapshot” of the scope of cyber-crime, according to the head of British intelligence agency GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters).

Financial Times becomes latest victim of Syrian Twitter hackers

The Financial Times has become the latest victim of Twitter hackers, after activists hacked accounts belonging to the newspaper, and also defaced areas of the FT site.

ESET Mobile Security scores full marks in banking Trojan test

ESET Mobile Security has scored full marks for detecting mobile banking threats in a group test conducted by Germany’s AV-TEST magazine, focused on detecting dangerous new banking Trojans.

Government regulation poses challenges for bank security, says Australian banker

Government regulation of IT security poses challenges for bank security teams, a leading Australian bank IT security expert has claimed.

Internet Explorer 10 beats Chrome and Firefox for blocking malware, says analyst report

Internet Explorer 10 beats both Google’s Chrome and Firefox when it comes to blocking downloads of malware, according to analysts NSS Labs.

Cybersecurity is “as important” as nuclear deterrent, says top U.S. admiral

Cybersecurity is among the top defense priorities of the United States, the U.S. Navy’s top admiral said this week – on the same level as strategic nuclear weapons.

Worldwide $45m ATM cyber-heist highlights vulnerabilities in card security

An international gang of cyber thieves stole $45 million using bank ATMs in a heist spread across 27 countries.

Passwords “are starting to fail us”, says PayPal security chief

“Passwords are starting to fail us when used everywhere at internet scale,” said PayPal’s Chief Information Security Officer Michael Barrett at this week’s Interop expo in Las Vegas.

Group of senators propose new law to battle cyber theft

A proposed new law, the Deter Cyber Theft Act, would help defend U.S. companies against data theft and computer espionage by foreign interests, a bipartisan group of senators said this week.

China is behind “numerous” attacks on U.S. computer systems, says Pentagon

The Chinese government and military are behind large numbers of cyberespionage attacks directed at U.S. government computer systems, according to a Pentagon report released this week.

ESET Smart Security wins Product of the Year from Poland’s CHIP magazine

Poland’s influential CHIP technology magazine has awarded ESET Smart Security the top prize in its antivirus products category this year.

PC game service admits to serving up Bitcoin-mining malware

Users of popular PC gaming service ESEA have discovered that their PCs have been hijacked to mine Bitcoins by malware served up alongside the company’s client. A hidden Bitcoin-mining process caused users’ graphics cards to overheat as it worked in the background.

Wireless carriers put customers at risk by failing to patch Android, says civil liberties group

Wireless carriers Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are putting customers at risk by failing to fix well-known security vulnerabilities on Android phones, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

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