Weak passwords and ancient software left U.S. Government data vulnerable, DHS report finds

Weak passwords and rarely updated software are a recurring theme behind the 48,000 cyber incidents reported to the Department of Homeland Security – including the theft of data on the nation’s weakest dams by a “malicious intruder”, a DHS report has found.

Government committee to set facial recognition guidelines

A Department of Commerce committee will meet for the first time this Thursday to begin discussions on a standard of guidelines for facial recognition software.

Browser security gets a boost with updates to Chrome and Firefox for Android

It is now possible to enable HTTPS secure browsing on every website using Firefox for Android, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has announced.

California students expelled for using a keylogger to hack teachers’ computers

Eleven high school students have been expelled after being caught bugging their teachers’ computers with a key logger device to change their grades.

Hotel franchise hit by credit card hack

White Lodging, a hotel management firm that works under brands including Hilton and Marriott, has suffered a credit card hack revealing customers’ details.

Yahoo Mail falls victim to password hack

Yahoo has announced that its email system has recently been subject to a “coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access”.

‘Honey Encryption’ foils hackers with false positive data

The key to beating hackers might not just lie in stronger security measures and ‘unbreakable’ passwords. Now, it seems like an element of trickery is required – almost beating hackers at their own game. Two independent security researchers have developed a system which they call ‘Honey Encryption’, which promises to make it harder for hackers

3G and 4G USB modems give hackers access for phishing scams

Independent security research has revealed that several 3G and 4G USB modems have security flaws which allow hackers access for phishing scams.

Android 4.4 revealed to have VPN security flaw

Researchers as Ben Gurion university in Israel have discovered a vulnerability in Android 4.4 KitKat that allows an attacker to intercept and divert secure virtual private network (VPN) traffic.

Protecting Kids on Social Media

More tips from ESET security researcher Lysa Myers on protecting kids who use social media, with information and advice for folks who want to protect kids online.

Myths of the Target Breach

One of the realities of news that happens at Internet-speed is that it may not be wholly accurate. Much of what has come out about the Target breach contains factual errors that may not seem obvious, especially as they are repeated by many news outlets. So let us take a moment to examine some of the more common myths that have been flying around.

Russian creator of ‘SpyEye’ malware pleads guilty to bank fraud

The FBI has announced the arrest and charge of Alexsandr Panin, 24, a Russian hacker who developed the SpyEye trojan and used it to steal financial information and money from around the world.

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.

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