Blackberry rolls out picture passwords for handsets and bolsters Enterprise security system

The Blackberry 10 operating system has been updated to include a ‘photo password’ mechanism, as well as stronger message filtering capabilities.

FBI makes arrests in global email-hacking ring

The FBI has announced several arrests in a worldwide coordinated effort to break up a gang of email ‘hackers for hire’.

Facebook pays record sum to hacker who exposed login bug

Facebook has given out a record fee for bug discovery, after a Brazilian security researcher exposed a vulnerability that could have been used to deliver malware to millions of Facebook users.

January 28 is Data Privacy Day 2014

We want to make sure everyone takes note of Data Privacy Day 2014 (Twitter hashtag #DPD14). It is the perfect time to take a moment to consider the challenges and rewards of data privacy.

Microsoft has law enforcement documents stolen in phishing attack

Hackers have stolen documents relating to law enforcement inquiries, through phishing attacks on employee emails, Microsoft has announced.

Art store Michaels is latest retailer hit by credit card hackers

Arts and crafts retail chain Michaels has revealed that it may have been the victim of a “data security attack”, similar to those at Target and Neiman Marcus in recent weeks.

Rob Slade: The truth about quantum cryptography – and what it means for privacy

‘The first thing you need to know about quantum cryptography is that it isn’t cryptography. At least, not the quantum part,’ writes Rob Slade, information security researcher, author and malware expert.

Neiman Marcus breach even worse than first thought – million cards hit over several months

Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus has revealed that a breach which led to customer payment cards being used for fraud after shopping in its stores was far worse than first revealed – with 1.1 million cards affected over several months.

Social Media and Online Predators

The serious subject of online predators is discussed by ESET security researcher Lysa Myers with information and advice for folks who want to protect kids online.

‘Password’ no longer weakest choice as ‘123456’ surges into first place

Password security company Splashdata has released a new version of its annual list of the world’s worst passwords – and ‘password’, last year’s number one, has been unseated by ‘123456’, thanks largely to passwords revealed in the recent Adobe breach.

Interview: ‘Fully encrypted’ Android Blackphone – will it allow for spy-proof communication?

Speaking via email, Silent Circle’s Toby Weir-Jones said of the Android device built to offer secure communication, “It’s obvious there is tremendous interest in the goals we’ve set for Blackphone, even though we have released so little concrete detail so far.”

Why are so many kids still not receiving computer science education?

The city of Chicago recently announced a change to the curriculum for schools in their district that would introduce children as young as primary school to computer science concepts. It would also allow students to count computer science as a core subject that fulfills graduation requirements. What does this say about the current state of computer-related education?

Giant snake swallows zookeeper! Facebook scam spreads via offer of gruesome video

A video purportedly showing a gigantic snake swallowing a zookeeper is the latest viral scam on Facebook – tricking thousands of users into sharing a video which instead takes victims outside Facebook to a scam site.

Make it stop! How to cleanse your PC of unwanted adware (and ‘badware’)

‘Adware’, software which delivers unwanted adverts, isn’t as scary as some malware, but ESET’s analysis of Win32/Boaxxe shows that ‘malicious’ adware is becoming increasingly hi-tech and stealthy. Our guide will help you clean your machine – and see fewer unwanted ads.

Cash crash ahead? ‘Death’ of Windows XP could leave 95% of world’s ATMs vulnerable

Banks around the world face a looming deadline to upgrade their ATMS – 95% of machines worldwide run Windows XP, which Microsoft will cease to support on April 8. Just 15% of America’s ATMs are expected to upgrade by that point.

Vietnamese malware : ‘Single post’ enough to trigger spyware attacks against U.S. bloggers, EFF claims

A Californian blogger was among victims of a malware attack which targeted critics of the communist state in Vietnam, as well as staff at U.S. privacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Push to replace “hugely insecure” credit card system in U.S after rash of retailer breaches

The ‘magnetic stripe’ credit cards used by American banks should be replaced with the more secure chip-and-PIN systems standard in Europe and around the world to prevent further attacks, according to Visa, Mastercard, JP Morgan and government officials.

Target Breach Updated

ESET security researcher Lysa Myers provides further information and advice folks concerned that their credit or debit card was compromised in the Target breach.

Boaxxe adware: ‘A good advert sells the product without drawing attention to itself’ Part 2

In this post, we examine the complex it fits into a larger click fraud ecosystem, where users can be redirected either automatically, or through search engines browsing, to advertisement websites.

Huge shortage of cyber-defenders as threat levels ‘highest since records began’, Cisco report warns

Cisco claims in its report that cybercrime is now a global, professional industry – and there is a worldwide shortage of professionals able to defend against such attacks, with new technologies in malware meaning that there is a shortfall of a million IT professionals.

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