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Week in security: Nuclear attack, scareware back and traffic-light hack

This week saw two of the scariest targets for hacks ever – nuclear plants and city-wide traffic systems. Tthe traffic-light hack could basically have paralyzedany one of 40 American cities, and America’s Nuclear Regulatory Commission was successfully attacked three times within the past three years.

Traffic light – ‘easy’ to hack whole city’s systems

The most famous traffic light ‘hack’ in history is in the classic film, The Italian Job (1969), where the heist involves paralyzing Turin via its traffic control system – but the reality is much easier.

Gamescom: How gaming grew up into a target for crime

Video games have gone since the late 1970s and early 1980s from being a small offshoot of the “traditional” computing industry to becoming a full-fledged multi-billion dollar industry – with its own brand of criminal.

Week in security: Blackphone unmasked, RATs vs Androids, and browsers kill cars

Blackphone, billed as a privacy tool to keep the puplic safe ruled the headlines when it was is hacked in five minutes, Meanwhile, Wi-Fi routers were also shown up – and Android users face a toothy new threat,

Robin Williams’ last phone call? Sick Facebook video scam exploits celebrity suicide

Sick-hearted scammers have proven themselves to have no morals once again, exploiting the death of Robin Williams with their latest Facebook scam.

Gamescom 2014: World of Malware?

The gaming industry keeps growing, and the crowds at Cologne’s Gamescom 2014, show why big game titles are rapidly becoming a target for cybercrime. Our tips will help you enjoy the latest games – without hackers declaring ‘Game Over’.

Phone scams: card fraud with that steak, Sir?

A new telephone scam in upscale restaurants in London, has “convincing” scammers calling restaurant staff and tricking them into believing there’s a problem with the card system – and insisting customers call a bogus phone line.

Week in Security: Tor in turmoil, USB ports in a storm, Android app attack

This week in security news saw the world’s researchers discover a whole new range of Achilles Heels for PCs, the online privacy service Tor, and even ‘connected’ gadgets such as internet fridges.

Cloud security – fears as zombie army finds gold in heavens

Using free cloud application hosting can allow an attacker to create a “free supercomputer” according to The Register’s report – used to mine cryptocurrency, researcher Oscar Salazar warns.

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.

Facebook scams target grieving families of Flight MH17

Callous cybercriminals have used the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy as a lure for Facebook scams – creating fake profiles for victims of the crash.

Copyright emails ‘poisoned with Trojan’

Emails warning internet users that they have violated copyright and owe companies such as Sony and Paramount a cash settlement have been circulating widely in Germany – but the shock tactic is a scam.

Nigerian scams expand to Malaysia – fraud doubles

Nigeria’s notorious fraud industry has expanded overseas – with Nigerian conmen entering Malaysia on student visas to perpetrate fraud using the country’s fast connections and advanced banking system, and raking in millions of dollars.

Silk Road Bitcoin auction bidders targeted in phishing scam

A leaked list of people who had enquired about the auction for bitcoins from the “dark market” Silk Road provided a target for phishing scammers – and at least one site fell for the scam emails.

iPhone 6 launch used as bait in scam emails

Eager Apple fans waiting for the latest update on the iPhone 6 launch and the rumored iWatch have been targeted with a scam email supposedly offering information on both gadgets – entitled “The wait is over. Proudly introducing the new iPhone.”

F1 star Michael Schumacher dead? It’s the latest sick Facebook scam

Scammers and fraudsters think nothing of scraping the barrel of taste, if they believe it will help them earn a few dollars.

World Cup scams: an early kick-off

Amazingly, it was way back in 2011 that I came across my very first World Cup 2014 scam. Surely that merits a prize, or at least a pay-rise?

World Cup Phishing Scam hits FIFA 14 players through Instagram, Twitter

As the World Cup heads into its third week, there’s a new phishing scam to be aware of. EA Games’ FIFA 14 Ultimate Team has been targeted – not for the first time – by scammers offering new downloadable players.

TweetDeck flaw uncovered “by accident”

A vulnerability in the official Twitter client Tweetdeck left users vulnerable to attack, forcing thousands of users to retweet cryptic lines of code to other users. Twitter repeatedly shut down the service, despite assurances the flaw had been ‘fixed’.

World Cup scams: team tactics to keep you safe

With the World Cup in Brazil poised to begin, the whole world is watching – and that includes cybercriminals. Here’s the latest on scam sites, phishing and how to enjoy surfing safely during the competition.

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