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Adobe breach reveals really terrible passwords are still popular – 2 million used “123456″

Adobe’s security breach laid bare 38 million passwords to the world – and a security researcher claims that 1.9 million of these are the simple “123456”. Half a million craftier customers chose “123456789”

Tom Hanks and Donald Trump among 850,000 victims as limo firm hack leaks addresses and AmEx numbers

Tom Hanks and Donald Trump are among a client list of 850,000 users of limousines and town cars to become the latest “trophy” claimed by hackers, after a breach at a nationwide limousine firm – which netted addresses and credit card details.

Sunrise “smart calendar” app warns of iCloud on the horizon after hack

Smart calendar app Sunrise has revealed it fell victim to the same cyberattack which saw social sharing app Buffer sending out thousands of weight-loss spam posts – and has warned users who link their Sunrise account to iCloud that they may be at risk. In an update released on the company blog, CEO Pierre Valade

Untrained staff and low budgets leave 96% of businesses feeling “unprepared” for cyberattack

A survey of 1,900 executives at clients of the accountancy firm Ernst and Young found that almost all (96%) felt “unprepared” for a cyberattack – due to budget cuts and lack of skilled staff.

Smartphone “contactless” payment systems may be at risk from snooper devices, researchers warn

Phones such as Samsung’s Galaxy S4 ship with Near Field Communication chips built in – and many companies hope to use these for payment systems. But snooper devices may be able to “listen in” as payment apps are used, researchers warn.

Big companies still fall for social engineering “hacks” by phone – and it’s not getting better

Major companies such as Disney, Boeing and General Electric are still handing out information to “hackers” using the most basic tool of all – the human voice, according to a report on a competition at DefCon.

Adobe breach far bigger than thought – 38 million records, Photoshop code leaked in attack

Previously, it had been estimated that around three million users had data accessed, but a new report by Brian Krebs of KrebsonSecurity revealed the true scale of the breach may have been far larger than thought – and that source code for software such as Photoshop may also have leaked.

President Obama’s Twitter and Facebook accounts hijacked by hacktivist group

President Obama’s Twitter and Facebook accounts were briefly compromised this week – with two Tweets and one post altered to send links to video montages of terrorist attacks.

Rogue’s gallery? New app aims to “out” cybercriminals who prey on online daters

A new app, Truly.am, aims to put a stop to a fast-growing area of online fraud – online dating scams – by forcing cybercriminals to prove they are who they say they are.

Rebuffed! Social site Buffer fights off onslaught of fruity weight-loss spam

An invasion of fruity posts offering miraculous weight loss flooded Facebook and Twitter accounts linked to the social sharing app Buffer – appearing on official accounts for companies such as Brussels Airlines and Startup Genome.

Cyberattack in Israel “shuts down” road for hours

Attackers used a Trojan program to target a security camera system in the Carmel Tunnels toll road in Haifa, shutting down the road for hours, and causing “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in damage.

PHP site WAS serving malicious code, owners admit after Google raises red flag

When Google’s Safe Browsing service said that programming site PHP.net was hosting and serving malware, it sparked furious discussion – but the site investigated, and has since admitted a Javascript attack, and moved to “clean” servers.

Millions at risk as guest information from hotel Wi-Fi provider “goes on sale” in China

A huge amount of private information harvested via hotel Wi-Fi networks is on sale in China – including phone numbers, dates of birth and addresses from hotel guests who logged in to networks in their rooms.

Cyberattacks against major firms “double in one year”, report warns

Cyber attacks have doubled in the year 2012-2013, according to a fraud report released by investigators Kroll – and the target is often information, rather than cash.

Adobe hackers behind breach at PR Newswire – but company claims “no fake releases” have gone out

The global press release distribution firm PR Newswire has admitted to a large-scale breach, in which usernames and passwords were stolen – but claims hackers have not sent out “fake” releases, which can be used to manipulate financial markets.

Indonesia overtakes China as leading source of cyberattacks, Akamai reports

Cyberattacks seem to be a growth industry in Indonesia, with the region having pushed China off the top spot as the leading source of attack traffic in the last quarter, according to internet services provider Akamai.

Law “may need longer arm” to tackle international cyber gangs, British police chief admits

Bringing the international gang lords of cybercrime to justice is a “challenge”, the interim head of Britain’s new National Cyber Crime Unit has admitted – and says he will discuss the issue with government if necessary.

The wrong cable guys: Card skimmers install bogus wires into cash registers in Nordstrom store

A trio of men plugged keyloggers disguised as ordinary connectors into cash registers in a Nordstrom department store in Florida, and returned to collect days later, according to security blogger Brian Krebs.

EU cyber agency warns of “outdated” systems in power plants – and suggests new safety measures

Cyber attacks against Industrial Control Systems pose a risk to power plants and other critical infrastructure – and action is needed to ensure nations stay safe, the EU’s cyber security agency ENISA said today.

Ponemon study shows costs of cybercrime still rising – each attack now costs $1 million

The costs of cybercrime have continued to rise for victims, for the fourth consecutive year, according to a survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute. Each cyberattack now costs companies nearly $1 million to resolve, on average – and the annualized cost to a sample of U.S. organizations was $11.56 million.

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