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Even skateboards can be hacked

It seems even the humble skateboard isn’t immune to hacking, as The Register reports that the ‘Boosted’ brand of electric skateboards has been hacked by a pair of hackers.

Delta Airlines security flaw exposes passengers’ boarding passes

A vulnerability at Delta Airlines which allowed customers to view any other passengers’ electronic boarding passes has been fixed, reports Ubergizmo.

FBI warns hacker groups are targeting US energy firms

The FBI has issued a warning to American businesses, encouraging them to be on high alert for Iranian hacking groups targeting energy and defense firms as well as educational institutions.

POODLE vulnerability found to also bite TLS encryption

When it was first uncovered back in October, researchers believed that only sites using SSL 3.0 were vulnerable to the POODLE, but now it appears certain implementations of TLS could be compromised using a similar exploit, according to ZDNet.

Healthcare security needs investment to stave off cyberattacks, says report

A new report from IDC Health Insights claims that healthcare firms need to invest to ensure protections from cyberattacks, according to the Computing website.

Infographic: Cyber Monday – Everything you need to know

Cyber Monday is one of the biggest shopping days in the year, and in 2013 a massive $2.3bn was spent on shoppers getting their Christmas bargains in. Where this kind of money is flowing, cybercriminals are also around though, as this infographic shows.

Pirated website themes contain ‘CryptoPHP backdoor’

Pirate themes and plugins for websites running on WordPress, Drupal and Joomla contain a nasty bit of malware that supports the attackers’ Search Engine Optimization efforts, CRN reports.

Driverless cars ‘could be hacked’ warns Institute of Engineering and Technology

Self-driving cars are just around the corner, with the UK government putting up £10 million (around $15.6 million) for cities to pilot trials as soon as next year, but the country’s Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) today issued stern warnings about the security of the technology.

First exploitation of Internet Explorer ‘Unicorn bug’ in-the-wild

Microsoft released a patch last week for a critical vulnerability allowing remote code execution in Internet Explorer. This vulnerability is significant because it exploits an old bug present in Internet Explorer versions 3 through 11.

Microsoft discovers vulnerability in all versions of Windows – patch available

Microsoft has uncovered a flaw in all supported versions of Microsoft Windows that could allow hundreds of millions of computers to be taken over by a remote attacker, International Business Times reports.

Home Depot breach: hackers took 53 million email addresses

September’s breach of Home Depot that saw 56 million sets of credit and debit card data stolen was not the only thing lost in the leak, the company has revealed.

Global cybersecurity skills shortage incoming, committee warns Britain’s House of Lords

A special Parliamentary Select Committee has told peers in the United Kingdom’s House of Lords that there will be a global shortage of ” no less than two million cyber security professionals” by the year 2017, IT Pro Portal reports.

Rise of free Wi-Fi hotspots ‘presents serious security risks’

The BBC reports that there is currently one Wi-Fi hotspot for every 150 people in the world, but these unmonitored hotspots can potentially cause problems, experts have warned.

Proof-of-concept worm can attack network attached storage

A proof-of-concept worm that can hunt network attached storage (or NAS) devices has been created by a security researcher. According to Tech World, the worm can target devices created by three different manufacturers.

Previously undiscovered Bugzilla exploit patched

Bugzilla, the open source bug reporting and tracking tool used by Mozilla and many popular Linux distributions, has had a potentially damaging security flaw patched, reports Brian Krebs on his Krebs on Security website.

How to resolve Shellshock on Mac OS X, web servers and more

The “Bash Bug” or “Shellshock” vulnerability means a wide range of devices, servers and computers, including Mac OS X, will need to be patched to prevent abuse by malicious persons. Here’s advice about what to do and links to more in-depth resources.

Virus Bulletin review: 2 eBooks offering security guidance

An article for Virus Bulletin by David Harley reviews two eBooks offering security advice to consumers.

A look back at 2013 from some folks who live security

A look back at security research highlights from 2013. ESET researchers examined everything from Java exploits to rootkits, bootkits, worms, viruses, Trojans, targeted attacks, and security initiatives. Read about malware from Hesperbot to Cryptolocker and headline security breaches like Target, all in one report.

A buffet of 2014 security and privacy predictions

Have you been wondering what trends in security and privacy ESET researchers are predicting for 2014? The following is a sampling, a year-end snack plate if you will, featuring predictions from Aryeh Goretsky, Righard Zwienenberg, David Harley, Cameron Camp, Lysa Myers, and more.

3D guns, copyright nastiness, and printers gone wild

Did you see the recent story about police in England seizing a 3D printer suspected of producing parts for a weapon – a pistol in this case? Yes, the Greater Manchester Police Department was swiftly nipping hi-tech crime in the bud. The only problem: The poor unsuspecting “criminal” was printing out spare parts for a

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