Supermarket security breach puts 2.4 million credit cards at risk

Up to 2.4 million credit cards may have been compromised after St. Louis grocery chain Schnucks was targeted with malware, the chain revealed this week.

Beware scammers preying on Boston Marathon tragedy

In the wake of the cowardly and despicable bombings in Boston today, people who want to help need to be wary of appeals for money for victims or schemes like retweeting and “Likes” on Facebook.

Nine out of ten employees knowingly ignore cyber safety policies

The biggest cyber security problem large companies face could be employees – a survey reveals that nine out of ten employees knowingly ignore or violate their company’s data policies.

U.S. and China plan to “work together” on cybersecurity

China and the U.S. have agreed to work together on cyber security, with the two countries setting up a working group to deal with the issue, U.S Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday in Beijing.

Oregon farm company sues its bank over $223,500 cyber-heist

An Oregon farm products company is suing its own bank to recover losses after a phishing attack saw $223,500 transferred to accounts in the Ukraine over a period of three days in 2010.

Tech manufacturers fight back against supply chain “cyber spies”

Technology companies including Cisco and IBM are backing an Open Group programme to protect computer hardware from threats such as spyware added to components in the supply chain.

Obama increases spending to defend U.S. computer networks from cyber attacks

President Barack Obama proposed to increase Defense Department spending on cyber security to $4.7 billion this week – a rise of $800 million. This budget increase stands out against a background of broader Pentagon budget cuts.

Android app store has serious clean-up with 60,000 apps removed

60,000 Android apps were removed from Google’s Play app store this February. Categories such as personalization (ringtone apps) were targeted heavily, with 12,277 deletions.

Global Cyber Security research hub to be set up at Oxford University

A new Global Center for Cyber Security at the University of Oxford will coordinate international work on cyber threats and cyber security. The Center will receive £500,000 ($766,000) in UK government funding every year.

Warning over “too much information” after power company targeted with spear-phishing campaign

Utility companies have been warned not to share information such as email addresses on company websites, after a spear-phishing attack on an American electricity company.

Security warning for firms still using Windows XP as deadline looms

More than half of British companies could be at risk of cyber attack, after a survey found that IT departments had not begun the process of migrating from Windows XP- with just a year left before Microsoft stops offering support for the ageing OS.

Could we ‘think’ the passwords of the future? Study finds brain-reading tech is cheap, accurate and secure

The idea that we might ‘think’ passwords instead of typing them sounds like science fiction – but a team of UC Berkeley School of Information researchers has proved that it can work, using existing ‘mind reading’ headsets.

Is Gapz the most complex bootkit yet?

Introducing a detailed analysis of Win32/Gapz malware in a new white paper titled: Mind the Gapz: The most complex bootkit ever analyzed?

Even IT security professionals reuse passwords – with 81% admitting to risky habit

Up to 81% of computer security professionals reuse passwords across multiple applications, violating security best practice

PayPal warns of security crisis over new domain names

PayPal has warned of a looming security crisis if new top-level domains such as .bank are brought into use later this year.

Call for new cyber laws after major U.S. banks knocked offline for 249 hours in six weeks

Representative Mike Rogers, Chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said that Congress needs to act quickly, in an interview with NBC this week. The websites of major U.S. banks have been offline for 249 hours in the past six weeks, due to a series of sustained cyber attacks by an unknown foreign group.

Up to 600,000 gamers at risk as emails and other details stolen from online zombie game

Up to 600,000 gamers at risk as emails and other details stolen from online zombie game

Cybercrime a growing concern for businesses, security spending up at 40% of UK firms

Fears of cybercrime have become a major concern for many businesses – with security spending rising at four out of ten firms, a UK survey has found.

Army faces “enemy within” as 14,000 BYOD devices pose cybersecurity headache

Employees bringing their own devices to work is a security headache for most companies – even, it seems, the U.S. military. A report issued by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Inspector General last week pinpointed serious security failings around 14,000 commercial devices used by soldiers and civilians.

Security – or censorship? AT&T bans “obscene” passwords

Most security professionals have enough to deal with thanks to insecure passwords – but AT&T seems to want its users to keep them clean, too. The “password restrictions” page for AT&T users says, “The password can’t contain the words “password”, “admin”, “pa$$w0rd” or other common words. The password can’t contain obscene language.”

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