Spy agencies working on cyberweapon “more powerful than Stuxnet”, claims Iran

An Iranian news agency has said that “malware worse than Stuxnet” may soon be unleashed, to “spy on and destroy the software structure of Iran’s nuclear program”.

Millions in Bitcoin stolen from Sheep dark market as user flees

One of the ‘dark marketplaces’ offering illegal and semi-legal services via the anonymized web browser Tor has shut down, according to reports – with a user fleeing with millions of dollars worth of Bitcoin.

Death message: Google Nexus phones can be remote-crashed by SMS, researcher warns

At least two recent models of Google’s flagship Nexus Android handsets can be crashed remotely – simply by sending them a flurry of SMS text messages, a Dutch researcher has warned.

Malware attack on Seattle hospital leaves 90,000 patients’ details exposed

Systems at Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center were infected with malware in October after an employee opened an infected email. This put thousands of patients’ data at risk.

When malware goes bad: an historical sampler

A look back at malware failures, malicious code that did not work out as well as the folks behind it had hoped. Can malware spread to quickly for its own good? Can malware authors ever test their wares well enough to work perfectly?

Who’s Responsible For Social Media Safety?

According to a Harris Interactive survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults commissioned by ESET, almost two thirds of respondents said that online safety (privacy and security) was the responsibility of the individual, not service providers or the government. ESET security researcher Stephen Cobb discusses this and other findings in the Malware Report.

Social media safety: top five tips

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are great, but use them with caution. We Live Security has five tips to keep you safe.

Cash – or crash? Tips and tricks for using Bitcoin safely

Despite the heists against Bitcoin sites, plus high-profile law-enforcement actions against ‘dark market’ sites such as Silk Road, which conducted transactions in Bitcoin, the currency is soaring. We asked ESET experts, and finance advisors, for tips on how to stay safe.

Kickstarter, Urbanspoon and Warner Bros among 2,000 sites at risk from “impersonators”

Major websites such as Kickstarter, WarnerBros.com and the online photography community 500px.com are among 2,000 at risk from a vulnerability that could allow attackers to impersonate real users and access their sites, according to a researcher.

Twitter: two-factor logins explained

Twitter’s two-factor login is the best way to keep your account secure — We Live Security explains how it works.

Secure passwords: top five tips

Passwords are the first line of defence for staying safe online — here are We Live Security’s top five tips for picking a secure password.

Top five Facebook scams

Facebook is perfect for keeping friends close, but be cautious. We Live Security highlights five Facebook scams to look out for.

Cloud storage: top five tips

Cloud storage is convenient, but is it safe? We Live Security brings you a rundown of the top five tips for cloud storage safety.

YouTube comment channels now even angrier after ‘forced marriage’ to Google Plus

YouTube comments channels are widely known as a toxic and hostile environment – but Google has admitted that YouTube’s recent integration with Google Plus has made things even worse.

Filecoder epidemic goes global as Australians among “millions” of victims worldwide

Filecoder, an unpleasant and virulent strain of ransomware is now spreading globally, with experts estimating that the gang behind it must be earning “millions”. The surging value of Bitcoin may be helping the criminals, experts say.

How do we protect kids from online predators?

The Internet is a vast source of information for all of us, and naturally some people use that information for good, and some for ill, like grooming and stalking children. So what things can you as a parent, teacher, or other concerned adult do to protect kids against online predators and solicitation?

Most big businesses “still failing” to recognize cyber risks, survey finds

The survey found that just 14% of top firms even took cyber risks into account at board level, according to a survey from the UK’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. Only a quarter see cybersecurity as a top priority.

European Parliament switches off Wi-Fi after hacker breaks into politicians’ emails

The European Parliament has switched off its public Wi-Fi system after an anonymous hacker broke into the personal emails of several Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from outside the building, using only a laptop.

Phish to phry: The Thoughtful Phisher Revisited…

[A much shorter version of this article appeared in the October 2013 Threat Radar Report as 'The Thoughtful Phisher'. As these particular scam/spam campaigns don’t seem to be diminishing, however – indeed, some of the phishing techniques seem to be getting more sophisticated – I thought perhaps it was worth updating and expanding for a

Bitcoin heist nets cybercriminals $1 million after huge DDoS “smokescreen”

A large-scale “heist” targeting Bitcoin site BIPS led to the theft of $1 million in Bitcoin – the second such major attack this month. BIPS was blasted with a massive DDoS attack two days before the theft on November 15.

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