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Google’s Nest security warning after researchers show off 60-second hack

Google’s Nest thermostat can be hacked in under a minute, according to a blog post and video posted by GTV Hacker. The hack would allow attackers complete control over the device and access to the user’s home network.

Would you allow cybercriminals onto your computer for money?

Cybercriminals could buy their way into your computer for less than a dollar, a new study has found. The study, led by Nicolas Christin at Carnegie Mellon University, examined how much money they would have to offer home users to install software onto their computers or other devices.

P F Chang’s chain suffers breach – thousands of cards for sale online

Newly stolen credit and debit card details, from cards used in P F Chang’s China Bistro, a nationwide American chain of restaurants, went on sale on an underground website this week at a site best-known for selling off the details of victims of the Target data breach.

Bank of England “fends off” eight cyber attacks per week, says CISO

The Bank of England weathers an average of eight cyber attacks including malware-laced “spear phishing” campaigns per week, according to Chief Information Security Officer Don Randall.

Banks to work with UK government experts to ‘predict’ cyber attacks

A new intelligence-sharing network aims to protect financial institutions by sharing information between government, security firms and financial institutions to “predict” vulnerabilities.

“Hacking” cars on the road wirelessly is easy, claims expert

It is perfectly possible to “hack” a car while it is driving on the road, seize control, and force the vehicle into a fatal crash, says a car security specialist – saying that the 100-or-so computers in “connected” cars are vulnerable to attack.

Watch Dogs: How realistic is PS4 city-hack thriller?

In Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs, a man out for vengeance chooses an odd weapon – a smartphone. Loaded with deadly apps, he blows up power stations, wrecks cars and stops trains. But how close to reality is it?

Watch Dogs pirates hit by scurvy Bitcoin-mining malware

Pirates who have downloaded one of the most popular torrent files of this week’s big game release Watch Dogs – ironically, themed around computer hacking – found malware pilfering their virtual gold (well, Bitcoins).

Activision Blizzard attacks hidden market in game “cheats”

Activision Blizzard – makers of game hits such as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft – have taken “aggressive” legal moves against gamers who use illegal software to cheat in games – in particular, the hit strategy title Starcraft 2.

eBay breach news: Posted data dump not valid, password reset issues

As the 145 million people affected by the security breach at online giant eBay get used to the idea that their personal information may be “out there” and their passwords need to be changed, we wanted to update yesterday’s coverage of the story.

Nuclear aircraft carrier hacker pleads guilty

The leader of a gang who attacked 24 websites in search of personally identifiable information – from the unlikely confines of an aircraft carrier – has pleaded guilty.

Think cybercriminals are “evil geniuses”? Wrong – and these idiots show why

Many cybercriminals are not exactly Bond villain material – in fact, some are criminals with a level of weapons-grade stupidity that Bond villains wouldn’t even employ as henchmen.

FBI plans worldwide crackdown on cybercrime

The FBI is gearing up for a major crackdown on cybercrime, and says that arrests of major criminals will follow in weeks. Criminals in foreign countries will not be safe, a top FBI official said.

Dogecoin vault vanishes after attack – and “mysterious withdrawals”

The popular online wallet site Dogevault is offline after attackers destroyed data on the site. The impact on user funds is unknown – although site users have reported withdrawals from their accounts, some as large as 950,000 Dogecoin.

Smart TVs can be infected with spyware – just like smartphones

‘Smart’ televisions with built-in microphones could be used as bugging devices by corrupting the devices with malware, according to software specialists NCC Group, as reported by The Register.

Miami teenager charged with hacking school computers in “crazy” grade-changing scheme

A Miami high school student who hacked into his school’s website to change grades is facing “years” in custody, after Jose Bautista, 18, handed a written confession to police, according to ABC News’s report.

Cyber defense: businesses need to “spy on” cybercriminals to survive

The key to a good cyber defense strategy is to improve knowledge of current threats, and risks to businesses, according to law enforcement professionals speaking at London’s Infosecurity Europe 2014 conference in London.

Network structure must change to resist cyber attacks, warns Dr. Eric Cole

Infosecurity expert Dr Eric Cole is to urge companies to take a close look at their network structure, and change it to make attacks difficult for cyber gangs, in a speech given as he is inducted into the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame on May 1.

Bad business: ALL major companies are hosting malware – Cisco

Every single one of 30 major companies tested by Cisco over the course of 2013 had malicious traffic on their networks, according to an annual report released by the company. Spyware and other malware was also growing rapidly on mobile devices.

Lack of cyber risk insurance could lead to “global financial shock”

The financial damage caused by a large data breach or malicious employee activity can be enormous, but the lack of financial protection in place could lead to a “global” shock, a report by a leading insurer has warned.

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