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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

British cyber intelligence agency admits to basic password security errors

Britain’s hi-tech government intelligence agency GCHQ should know better than to send passwords in plain text via email – but has been doing so due to “legacy systems”, it admitted in a statement this week.

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