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Hackers “could take over” surveillance cameras in banks and prisons, says ex-NSA man

Hackers could remotely attack security cameras commonly used in banks and prisons – and either spy on secure facilities or replace “real” video feeds with fakes, according to a U.S. security expert.

FDA issues cyber attack warning over 300 medical devices

Medical devices including heart defibrillators, patient monitors and anaesthesia devices include a dangerous password vulnerability which could be exploited by cyber attackers, according to the FDA.

Evernote and LinkedIn boost security with two-factor authentication

Evernote and LinkedIn have both added an option for two-factor authentication in the past few days – days after Twitter announced its optional two-factor security system.

Motorola predicts passwords could be replaced by arm tattoos and “authentication pills”

Motorola has revealed plans for hi-tech authentication systems that could make accessing data faster and easier – including a “tattoo” with embedded sensors and antenna, and an “authentication pill” which turns the human body into a giant authentication token.

Advanced U.S. weapons system designs are “compromised by hackers”

Designs for more than two dozen advanced weapons systems have been compromised by hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon. The hackers are said to be Chinese.

“Stronger action” urged in face of IP theft from American companies

American companies are facing an “unprecedented” onslaught of data theft, costing “hundreds of billions”, according to a report by a private group headed by high-ranking ex-government officials.

Twitter beefs up security after wave of attacks on media sites

Twitter has introduced a new two-factor security system – an optional “extra layer” of security which should help to prevent unauthorised access to accounts.

Xbox One Kinect microphone “always on” security fears

The Xbox One Kinect microphone – one of the hi-tech new features of Microsoft’s new Xbox One console – has raised security concerns since it “listens” to users even when the console is turned off.

Government regulation poses challenges for bank security, says Australian banker

Government regulation of IT security poses challenges for bank security teams, a leading Australian bank IT security expert has claimed.

Worldwide $45m ATM cyber-heist highlights vulnerabilities in card security

An international gang of cyber thieves stole $45 million using bank ATMs in a heist spread across 27 countries.

Passwords “are starting to fail us”, says PayPal security chief

“Passwords are starting to fail us when used everywhere at internet scale,” said PayPal’s Chief Information Security Officer Michael Barrett at this week’s Interop expo in Las Vegas.

Name.com resets passwords after security breach

Domain name registrar and web hosting company Name.com has been hit by a security breach.

Group of senators propose new law to battle cyber theft

A proposed new law, the Deter Cyber Theft Act, would help defend U.S. companies against data theft and computer espionage by foreign interests, a bipartisan group of senators said this week.

New “Trusted Contacts” feature will let hacked Facebook users back in

The new feature allows users to log in even if they have also lost access to their email account and cannot initiate a password reset.

More than 90% of passwords are vulnerable to hacks, warns Deloitte – even “strong” ones

Even passwords considered “strong” by IT departments are often now vulnerable to hacking, according to professional services firm Deloitte. The firm predicts that 90% of user generated passwords will be vulnerable to hacking this year.

Wireless carriers put customers at risk by failing to patch Android, says civil liberties group

Wireless carriers Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile are putting customers at risk by failing to fix well-known security vulnerabilities on Android phones, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

Half of British adults use the same password across all websites

Half of British adults use the same password across all the websites they access, according to telecoms regulator Ofcom. The data comes from a survey of 1805 adults aged 16 and up. The report, Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes Report 2013, found that 55% of adult internet users admitted they used the same password for

Cybersecurity bill passed by House despite privacy concerns

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passes the U.S. House despite privacy concerns and the threat of presidential veto.

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.

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