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Week in Security: Game over in Korea, cellphone snoops and phishy Bitcoins

Gamers and cellphone users were targeted by criminal groups around the world this week – while retailers continued to suffer at the hands of POS malware, and a phishing campaign highlighted just how hot Bitcoin is right now.

Google dorks – FBI warning about dangerous ‘new’ search tool

The FBI has issued a warning to police and other emergency response personnel about a lethal new tool which ‘malicious actors’ have been using to deadly effect against American government institutions – Google dorks.

Data breach in South Korea hits 27 million – half the population

A data breach of staggering proportions has hit South Korea – involving 27 million people and 220 million private records – all bought from hackers with the goal of stealing money from online games.

PIN number: Police want codes on ALL devices

Police hope to work with leading mobile phone manufacturers such as Samsung to build in the requirement for a password or PIN number into ALL handsets to ‘target-harden’ devices.

Banking security – new apps ‘know’ your touch

Everyone hates passwords – even the guy who invented them – but some bank app users in the Nordic region are experiencing a taste of a future where they might not be necessary.

Twitter hacked – Cricket legend ‘Beefy’ Botham exposed

One of England’s greatest-ever cricketers, Sir Ian Botham, appeared to have been the victim of a Twitter hack yesterday as an obscene picture unexpectedly appeared on the sportsman’s feed.

Russian PM has his Twitter account hacked, announces “I resign”

There may be red faces in Red Square, after Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev had his Twitter account hacked.

‘Biometric’ earbuds invisibly prove it’s you, with no need for passwords

Biometrics are touted as a replacement for the passwords and PINs we all know and hate – and Intel’s new earbuds could be the most discreet way of authenticating a user ever.

2FA – are big banks failing America?

The Target breach caused real damage to millions of American card users – but big financial institutions are doing little to remedy security issues by offering extra security such as 2FA.

Wi-Fi security – routers “like fish in a barrel”

Researchers flexed their hacking muscles at DefCon 22 to hunt the technology world’s most defenceless beasts – routers. More than a dozen new vulnerabilities were found.

CyberVor hacking gang steals 1.2 billion usernames and passwords

Somewhere in a small city in south central Russia, a group of men in their twenties have got away with what some are describing as one of the biggest cyber-heists in history.

Dark web II: Tor’s markets ramp up security – and business booms

Since a recent claim researchers could “uncloak” Tor users for less than $3,000, there has been a flurry of activity in the “anonymous” online service – but in the form of new adverts, new markets, and new security.

Sony hacked: Victims to get $15m in ‘quality’ games – some day

Victims of the notorious attack against Sony’s online gaming service and associated websites in 2011, which exposed details for up to 77 million subscribers, are to be offered $15m in digital goods as compensation.

Accounts hacked: Stubhub $1m cyber fraud ticket scam busted

Ebay’s online ticket resale service Stubhub fell victim to a cyber-scam where a “global gang” used 1,600 hacked accounts on the service and bought and resold tickets, laundering $1m through European banks.

World of Warcraft account hacked – should thieves face jail?

Account hackers and thieves who loot magic weapons, armor and hard-won game currency from players in massively multiplayer titles such as World of Warcraft should face the same sentences as real-world thieves, a politician has suggested.

Shaggy Dogma: Passwords and Social Over-Engineering

Given the ‘nightmare’ that is password management, is Microsoft right to say that it’s sometimes OK to re-use the same memorable password on several sites?

Wi-Fi security – the new ‘bulletproof’ router (and how to toughen yours)

A new project aims to protect homes and small businesses from the security failings of Wi-Fi routers, a problem which has repeatedly hit the headlines over the past year.

Wi-Fi security alert on Chromecast as ‘Rickmote’ hijacks nearby boxes

A security researcher has built a remote control which hijacks any nearby Chromecast highlighting a Wi-Fi security issue, which allows an attacker to play a ‘surprise’ video on nearby gadgets.

CNET ‘database leak’ – are your details safe?

Popular technology news and review website CNET faced the threat of having a million users’ data exposed this week, with an unknown attacker posting screenshots of data from a CNET server, and demanding a surprisingly small ransom…

Retina scanner for Samsung Galaxy Note 4?

A Tweet from an official Samsung Galaxy Note 4 account has dropped a very unsubtle hint that its upcoming Galaxy Note 4 handheld may feature a retina scanner – offering a significantly higher level of password security.

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