Computer viruses “are making a comeback”, says Microsoft

Computer viruses are making a comeback, according to Microsoft’s Director of Trustworthy Computing – with numbers rising globally in 2012. Tim Rains says that for several years, viruses have been “out of favour with attackers”, but points to statistics showing that they have made a comeback in 2012, at least in certain territories.

FBI shares information on cyber attacks with US banks

The FBI has offered temporary security clearances to security officers from U.S. banks in order to share information into repeated cyber attacks which have disrupted online banking websites in recent months.

Mainstream media only offer a “snapshot” of scope of cybercrime, says British intelligence head

Mainstream media reports offer a mere “snapshot” of the scope of cyber-crime, according to the head of British intelligence agency GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters).

Financial Times becomes latest victim of Syrian Twitter hackers

The Financial Times has become the latest victim of Twitter hackers, after activists hacked accounts belonging to the newspaper, and also defaced areas of the FT site.

Targeted information stealing attacks in South Asia use email, signed binaries

Detailed analysis of a targeted campaign that tries to steal sensitive information from different organizations throughout the world, but particularly in Pakistan.

ESET Mobile Security scores full marks in banking Trojan test

ESET Mobile Security has scored full marks for detecting mobile banking threats in a group test conducted by Germany’s AV-TEST magazine, focused on detecting dangerous new banking Trojans.

Government regulation poses challenges for bank security, says Australian banker

Government regulation of IT security poses challenges for bank security teams, a leading Australian bank IT security expert has claimed.

Internet Explorer 10 beats Chrome and Firefox for blocking malware, says analyst report

Internet Explorer 10 beats both Google’s Chrome and Firefox when it comes to blocking downloads of malware, according to analysts NSS Labs.

Cyber security road map for businesses

Basic advice on cyber security survival for businesses is presented as a 6-step roadmap, along with links to free resources that can be useful in your efforts to defend your business.

Cybersecurity is “as important” as nuclear deterrent, says top U.S. admiral

Cybersecurity is among the top defense priorities of the United States, the U.S. Navy’s top admiral said this week – on the same level as strategic nuclear weapons.

Worldwide $45m ATM cyber-heist highlights vulnerabilities in card security

An international gang of cyber thieves stole $45 million using bank ATMs in a heist spread across 27 countries.

Passwords “are starting to fail us”, says PayPal security chief

“Passwords are starting to fail us when used everywhere at internet scale,” said PayPal’s Chief Information Security Officer Michael Barrett at this week’s Interop expo in Las Vegas.

Name.com resets passwords after security breach

Domain name registrar and web hosting company Name.com has been hit by a security breach.

Group of senators propose new law to battle cyber theft

A proposed new law, the Deter Cyber Theft Act, would help defend U.S. companies against data theft and computer espionage by foreign interests, a bipartisan group of senators said this week.

China accuses U.S. of being “the real hacking empire” after Pentagon report

China has accused the United States of being, “the real hacking empire” after a Pentagon report which said for the first time that cyber attacks on the U.S. were “directly attributable” to Beijing.

Watering hole attack on Dept. of Labor site “exploited new IE8 vulnerability”

A “watering hole” attack on pages within the U.S. Department of Labor site exploited a “zero-day” vulnerability in Internet Explorer 8 to deliver malware to visitors, according to reports.

Linux/Cdorked.A malware: Lighttpd and nginx web servers also affected

Some 400 web servers found infected with Linux/Cdorked.A. including 50 in Alexa’s top 100,000 websites. And this backdoor has been applied to Lighttpd and nginx binaries in addition to Apache.

China is behind “numerous” attacks on U.S. computer systems, says Pentagon

The Chinese government and military are behind large numbers of cyberespionage attacks directed at U.S. government computer systems, according to a Pentagon report released this week.

Support scam cold-calling: the next generation

Stop me if you’ve heard this before… While I was in London recently for the InfoSec exhibition and some other meetings, my wife received a call from a lady with a heavy Indian accent, who told her that she had errors on her computer caused by viruses, and offering to remove them for her. For a fee, of course…

ESET Smart Security wins Product of the Year from Poland’s CHIP magazine

Poland’s influential CHIP technology magazine has awarded ESET Smart Security the top prize in its antivirus products category this year.

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