Police close in on Bitcoin fraudsters who stole $370m in Mt Gox collapse

Police are closing in on thieves who stole Bitcoin valued at $370 million during the collapse of popular exchange Mt Gox – and just 1% of the theft is believed to be the work of outside hackers.

Sony execs turned to old BlackBerries from basement in wake of attack

Sony executives turned to old BlackBerries found in a basement in the firm’s California headquarters in, using SMS text messages and a ‘phone tree’ to communicate in the wake of the attack.

Nvidia breach – employee information leaks

Graphics card company Nvidia suffered a data breach in which private employee information was leaked, the company has revealed.

XBox and PSN attacks were “marketing scheme” for Lizard Squad’s DDoS service

The attack which knocked the PlayStation Network (PSN) and Xbox Live offline over Christmas appears to have been a publicity stunt, designed to gain notoriety and draw attention to the hacking group which has claimed responsibility – Lizard Squad.

Facebook privacy – network faces court for ‘reading user messages’

Facebook is to face a class action lawsuit over ‘reading’ its user’s messages, a U.S. judge has ruled.

Hobbit-inspired sword can help you find unsecured WiFi hotspots

Like many others, I was enchanted by The Hobbit (and later Lord of the Rings) at a young age – long before Peter Jackson turned J R R Tolkien’s middle-earth fantasy books into a series of blockbuster movies.

Biometrics – can your fingerprint be ‘copied’ from a normal photo?

Fingerprint biometrics are entering the mainstream as a security measure, with both Apple and Samsung relying on readers to secure their flagship phones – but biometrics may not be as secure as many believe.

Amazon, Xbox Live, PSN and more: Hackers leak 13,000 passwords

13,000 login details including payment card numbers an expiry dates have leaked from online services including Amazon, Xbox Live, Playstation Network and more, according to Tech Crunch.

Spyware abuse – partner tracking reaching “epidemic proportions”

Realtime call-monitoring and GPS tracking of partners by domestic abusers is on the rise, both via dedicated electronic listening devices or using sophisticated spyware software.

Playstation Network and Xbox Live offline for Xmas

Malicious DDoS attack blamed for taking major gaming networks Xbox Live and Playstation Network offline for Christmas…

Hackers damage German factory

An online attack on a German steelworks caused massive damage to the infrastructure, according to reports.

Rackspace knocked offline by huge DDoS attack

Hosting and managed cloud provider Rackspace has been taken offline for more than 12 hours by a massive DDoS attack.

Tor Network warns of potential attack

Is the Tor Network about to be knocked offline? Insiders certainly seem to think so as intelligence of a credible threat against the network’s relays has been received. Is this a genuine threat to the Tor Network’s ability to function?

Yik Yak – what security-conscious users need to know

It’s billed as the hottest new messaging app on the planet, and it’s rocketed into the top ten in the U.S. in just a year. But how safe are you on Yik Yak?

North Korea falls off the internet – is the United States to blame?

Barack Obama promises that the United States will respond to the Sony hack, and North Korea drops off the internet. Is there a connection?

The Sony Pictures Hack: 5 short sharp lessons we all can learn

The recent hacking of Sony Pictures offers valuable lessons in cybersecurity from which every company and consumer can learn.

UK Broadband ISPs hijacking browsers to push porn blocks

A host of UK broadband providers are hijacking people’s browsers mid-session to force them into making decisions on adult content filters.

Virlock: First Self-Reproducing Ransomware is also a Shape Shifter

Win32/VirLock is ransomware that locks victims’ screens but also acts as parasitic virus, infecting existing files on their computers. The virus is also polymorphic, which makes it an interesting piece of malware to analyze. This is the first time such combination of malware features has been observed.

Madonna thinks her computer was hacked

Turns out that the Material Girl has had her material stolen, and she’s blaming hackers!

Even skateboards can be hacked

It seems even the humble skateboard isn’t immune to hacking, as The Register reports that the ‘Boosted’ brand of electric skateboards has been hacked by a pair of hackers.

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