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YTech’s Civic Voice Curriculum Wins

Posted: January 8th, 2013 - Community Technology, News  
The YTech’s Civic Voice Curriculum is a winner! On November 15, six youth programs will be receiving the first Colleen Willoughby Youth Civic Education Awards from the Seattle City Club. The curriculum helps develop the ability of youth to learn to produce digital media, and participate online to connect, collaborate and take action. The [More]

Bank Warns of Potential Cyber Attack

Posted: January 8th, 2013 - Information Security  
By Eric Dutkiewicz Customers of PNC Financial Services are being warned of a potential cyber attack. PNC officials says the company's website is seeing heavier volumes of online traffic, which is often a sign of cyber attacks. The cyber attack can lock customers out of their services, slow down online banking or [More]

Smartphone Cyber Attacks to Grow This Year

Posted: January 8th, 2013 - Information Security  
By David Goldman A significant rise in smartphone attacks is predicted every year, and it hasn’t happened yet. But that isn’t stopping major security firms from saying this will be the year that phones will finally emerge as a major target for cybercriminals. There are many reasons why smartphones are vulnerable. For [More]

New twists to previously-existing cyber scams

Posted: January 8th, 2013 - Information Security  
FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released a report detailing recent cyber crime trends and new twists to previously-existing cyber scams. Among them is a new approach used by pay day loan phone scammers, who have been targeting individuals for the last three years: The scam involves victims being relentlessly contacted [More]

Schumer: Al Qaeda-linked phone hackers costing NY businesses

Posted: January 8th, 2013 - Information Security  
By Mark Rockwell A phone hacking ring with ties to Al Qaeda-related groups in the Philippines and Somalia have targeted small businesses in New York, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of overseas long distance calls, alleges a New York senator. Sen. Charles Schumer said in a press conference on Jan. [More]

Samsung Pushes Exynos Flaw Fix On Galaxy Phones

Posted: January 8th, 2013 - Information Security  
By Christopher Brook Samsung has started to push software updates to some users of its Galaxy branded phones this week, fixing a flaw that was found affecting devices containing Exynos processors shortly before Christmas. The update addresses a root exploit developed by XDA Developers forum member Alephzain two and a half weeks [More]

Microsoft to issue seven security patches in first 2013 update

Posted: January 8th, 2013 - Information Security  
By Dan Worth Microsoft has announced it intends to launch seven patches in its first Patch Tuesday update of 2013 to address a number of issues across several major products. The seven updates are based on two critical fixes and five important updates to address a total of 12 vulnerabilities. The critical [More]

Adobe to Patch Reader, Acrobat; Warns of ColdFusion Exploit

Posted: January 8th, 2013 - Information Security  
By Michael Mimoso Adobe will release a round of patches on Tuesday for its Reader and Acrobat products, and also has issued a separate advisory that it is working on a update for a vulnerability in ColdFusion that the company said is currently being exploited. "We are currently evaluating the reports and [More]

Elite hacker gang pulls out another IE zero-day from bottomless pocket

Posted: January 8th, 2013 - Information Security  
By Gregg Keizer An elite hacker group credited last year with having an inexhaustible supply of zero-day vulnerabilities was responsible for digging up and first using the newest unpatched bug in Internet Explorer (IE), a Symantec manager today. The gang, dubbed "Elderwood" after a source code variable regularly used by the hackers, [More]

UNC cancer center computers hacked

Posted: January 8th, 2013 - Information Security  
By Jane Stancill Some 3,500 people had their personal information exposed when hackers hit two servers of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The attack was discovered by UNC-Chapel Hill's information technology employees in May, yet potential victims were not informed until last week when they received letters from center director Dr. [More]