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NYC mayor pins crime rate spike on iPhone, iPad theft: If it weren’t for Apple kit, crime would be down

Posted: December 31st, 2012 - Information Security  
By Neil McAllister Major crime is on the rise in New York City, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the increase is due entirely to thefts of Apple's iPhone and iPad devices, which he says are inordinately attractive to thieves. As reported by The New York Times, Bloomberg raised the issue during Friday's

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Database hacking: The year that was

Posted: December 31st, 2012 - Information Security  
By David Maman Have you ever been to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse site?  It tallies all the data breaches that have occurred in United States since 2005. What you read there is really scary... I decided only to look at the past 12 months – 651 breaches, an average of 2 per

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Judge Refuses to Step Down from Stratfor Hacker’s Case

Posted: December 31st, 2012 - Information Security  
By Eduard Kovaks After alleged Stratfor hacker Jeremy Hammond was denied bail, Anonymous hacktivists and his supporters have asked the judge assigned to oversee the case to step down because of a “direct conflict of interest.” The judge has refused to do so. Anonymous argued that Judge Loretta Preska’s husband was working

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Sites of CitiBank and Bank of America Disrupted by al-Qassam Cyber Fighters

Posted: December 31st, 2012 - Information Security  
By Eduard Kovaks The websites of a couple of United States financial institutions have fallen victim to the distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks launched by Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters. The hacktivists’ latest targets appear to be CitiBank and Bank of America – the sites of both companies experiencing temporary interruptions. On Thursday,

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‘Shake to charge’, similar crapps foul up Amazon Android store

Posted: December 28th, 2012 - Information Security  
By John Leyden Security researchers have sniffed out dodgy apps floating around the Amazon App Store for Android-powered devices. Roel Schouwenberg, a Kaspersky Lab Expert, ran into the "malware" while looking for benchmarking apps for his Kindle Fire HD on the online shop. The "Internet Accelerator Speed Up" program, for example, is

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New WordPress vulnerability emerges

Posted: December 28th, 2012 - Information Security  
By Richard Chirgwin Sorry to spoil the day for any sysadmins that thought today would be a slow day, but a security researcher has announced a serious vulnerability in the default configuration of a popular WordPress plugin. W3 Total Cache, which boasts high-traffic sites like Mashable and Lockergnome among its users, has

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Health-care sector vulnerable to hackers, researchers say

Posted: December 28th, 2012 - Information Security  
By Robert O'Harrow Jr. As the health-care industry rushed onto the Internet in search of efficiencies and improved care in recent years, it has exposed a wide array of vulnerable hospital computers and medical devices to hacking, according to documents and interviews. Security researchers warn that intruders could exploit known gaps to

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Flaw in Facebook Camera for iOS Allowed Hackers to Hijack Accounts

Posted: December 28th, 2012 - Information Security  
By Eduard Kovaks On December 21, Facebook released the 1.1.2 version of the Facebook Camera app for iOS to address a vulnerability that allowed cybercriminals to hijack user accounts by launching man-in-the-middle attacks. Egyptian security researcher and CEO of Attack-Secure Mohamed Ramadan – the one who identified and reported the flaw to

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Spammers Using Fake YouTube Notifications to Peddle Drugs

Posted: December 27th, 2012 - Information Security  
By Christopher Brook Spammers are attempting to deceive unsuspecting users into clicking on fake YouTube links that lead to a counterfeit drug website, according to a report yesterday from security firm Webroot. Dancho Danchev writes that pharmaceutical scammers are circulating emails that mimic legitimate Youtube notifications. The emails claim someone from Youtube

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New DDoS Attacks Slam US Banks, Attackers Say Worst Is Yet To Come

Posted: December 27th, 2012 - Information Security  
By Fahmida Y. Rashid In a Pastebin message posted on Monday, a hacker group called Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters warned it would launch a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against U.S. financial institutions this week, and named U.S. Bancorp, JPMorgan Chase,Bank of America, PNC, and SunTrust as its

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