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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.

FBI outlines proposals for dealing with cybercrime to Congress

Joseph Demarest, assistant director at the FBI, has been testifying on the threats of cybercrime to a Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Network World reports that the agency has three specific recommendations of how Congress could assist with the ever-evolving problem.

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.

Facebook hoax – how to tell instantly if a story is fake

Two-thirds of young people first learn about major news events via Facebook – but as cybercriminals cash in with hoax stories and links, it can be difficult to tell ‘real’ content from fake. Our tips can help.

Charge Anywhere warns of payment data leak

Mobile payment platform Charge Anywhere has revealed an exploit in its software that means that five year’s worth of credit card data could be at risk.

Android scam: Firms fined over $500,000 for malicious apps’ hidden subscriptions

Three UK firms have been fined over $500,000 for a scam that involved Android apps signing up to a subscription service, and suppressing notifications informing the victim they were being charged, according to The Guardian.

Privacy focused Blackphone app store in development

Blackphone – the Android smartphone that pushes privacy and security above all else – is to open an app store set to rival the Google Play marketplace.

Advertising fraud: a quarter of digital ads stolen by cybercriminals’ bots

Nearly a quarter of digital advert impressions are faked, according to a new study. This advertising fraud is set to cost advertisers $6.3 billion in the next year, reports Channel Eye.

Trust, Truth and Hoaxes in Social Media

Social networks are fun, but can also spread misinformation and worse. We discuss myths about your contract with Facebook, and whether British politicians are interested only in their own salaries.

Company data at risk by widespread employee access

A large number of companies are leaving their confidential files at risk by over-sharing with employees, according to a new survey by the Ponemon Institute.

Bebe clothing store suffers payment card breach

The clothing chain Bebe has been the latest company to suffer a breach of payment card information to hackers, reports PC World.

Sony Pictures hacking traced to Thai hotel as North Korea denies involvement

The identity of the Sony Pictures hackers who attacked last week remains a mystery, but we have an alleged location where the attack was masterminded from, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Tor a major source of bank fraud, says US Treasury Dept.

Tor has been used to mask the identities of cybercriminals in a significant number of bank frauds for over a decade, according to a US Treasury Department report obtained by Brian Krebs on his Krebs on Security website.

Identity theft – six tips to help keep yours safe

Private data such as addresses and social security numbers can be just as valuable to cybercriminals as valid credit card details can be to thieves – if not more so. Lock yours down with our tips.

US announces new cybersecurity unit with a focus on prevention

The Department of Justice has announced that it is creating a dedicated cybersecurity unit, with an eye on prevention rather, reports Gizmodo.

Sony Pictures hacking exposed Hollywood stars’ personal data

The fallout from Sony Pictures’ hacking continued today, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that 47,000 sets of personal details have been posted online.

How to delete yourself from Google Search

Deleting yourself from Google is not quite as simple as pressing a button, but you can manage your digital footprint by following these 5 simple steps.

PayPal bug bounty catches account-hijacking vulnerability

Popular internet payment provider PayPal has fixed an exploit that would have allowed hackers to take over an account with a single click, reports The Register.

Firefox 34 disables SSL 3.0 and tackles eight security fixes

Firefox 34, the latest version of the Mozilla’s popular web browser has disabled support for SSL 3.0 in reaction to the POODLE exploit, reported by We Live Security back in October.

How to spot a Kickstarter scam

Crowd funding sites are full of great ideas, but can also be a hot bed of scams. Stay safe with these top 5 tips.

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