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Almost one-fourth of video ads and 11 percent of display ads are viewed by fake consumers created by cybercrime networks seeking to take a chunk of the billions of dollars spent on digital advertising, according to a new research report.

Robots Watching Ads: Billions Lost

December 9, 2014 12:05 pm | by Jennifer Saba, Reuters | Comments

Almost one-fourth of video ads and 11 percent of display ads are viewed by fake consumers created by cybercrime networks seeking to take a chunk of the billions of dollars spent on digital advertising, according to a new research report released.

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A newly published guidebook provides correctional administrators with a brief, yet comprehensive and informative, view of cell phone forensic technologies.

Guide Details Cell Phone Forensic Technologies for Corrections

December 9, 2014 10:00 am | by NIJ | Comments

A newly published guidebook provides correctional administrators with a brief, yet comprehensive and informative, view of cell phone forensic technologies.                           

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The Pyongyang government's state-run media said the cyber attack on Sony's Hollywood studio may have been the work of pro-North Korean supporters in a report that dismissed charges that the country itself was to blame as "wild rumor."

North Korea Says Supporters Could be behind Sony Attack

December 8, 2014 11:40 am | by Kahyun Yang and Jim Finkle, Reuters | Comments

The Pyongyang government's state-run media said the cyber attack on Sony's Hollywood studio may have been the work of pro-North Korean supporters in a report that dismissed charges that the country itself was to blame as "wild rumor."     

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Sony's online PlayStation store was inaccessible to users for part of Monday in the latest possible cyber attack on the electronics and entertainment company.

Sony's PlayStation Store Hacked

December 8, 2014 11:23 am | by Yuri Kageyama, Associated Press | Comments

Sony's online PlayStation store was inaccessible to users for part of Monday in the latest possible cyber attack on the electronics and entertainment company.                          

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US-based NGO Freedom House has published its fifth annual Freedom of the Net study and the results are upsetting: internet users in nearly half of the 65 countries assessed in the report have experienced tightening of internet freedom.

Internet Freedom Around the World Declines since NSA Exposure

December 8, 2014 11:03 am | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

US-based NGO Freedom House has published its fifth annual Freedom of the Net study and the results are upsetting: internet users in nearly half of the 65 countries assessed in the report have experienced tightening of internet freedom.    

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Dozens of Chinese Held in Kenyan Cybercrime Investigation

December 8, 2014 10:29 am | by Reuters | Comments

More than 70 Chinese nationals have been detained by Kenyan police investigating allegations of cyber crime, operating private radio services and being in the country illegally, their lawyers have said.             

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UK Panel OKs GCHQ Surveillance Practices

December 5, 2014 11:36 am | by Associated Press | Comments

The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has ruled that intelligence gathering practices used by Britain's GCHQ eavesdropping agency do not constitute a privacy violation.                         

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Health insurance—it’s a political football in the United States—and an important industry vertical. When it comes to online threats to customers of health insurance providers, it turns out that websites hosted by external providers, excessive mobile app p

Health Insurers Face Third-party Online Threats

December 5, 2014 11:34 am | by Tara Seals, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

Health insurance — it’s a political football in the United States — and an important industry vertical. When it comes to online threats to customers of health insurance providers, it turns out that websites hosted by external providers, excessive mobile app permissions and third party code libraries represent the biggest risks.

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Certified Sites Often Less Secure

December 5, 2014 11:19 am | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

Seals certifying the security of e-commerce sites and other online destinations have long aroused suspicions that they're not worth the bits they're made of—much less the hundreds or thousands of dollars they cost in yearly fees. Now, computer scientists have presented evidence that not only supports those doubts but also shows how such seals can in many cases make sites more vulnerable to hacks.

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Despite its poverty and isolation, North Korea has poured resources into a sophisticated cyberwarfare cell called Bureau 121, defectors from the secretive state said as Pyongyang came under the microscope for a crippling hack into computers at Sony Pictur

North Korean Hackers are Cyberspy Elite

December 5, 2014 10:58 am | by Ju-Min Park and James Pearson, Reuters | Comments

Despite its poverty and isolation, North Korea has poured resources into a sophisticated cyberwarfare cell called Bureau 121, defectors from the secretive state said as Pyongyang came under the microscope for a crippling hack into computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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The "wiper" malware attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment has numerous commonalities with previous wiper attacks in Saudi Arabia and South Korea, anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab reports.

Sony Hack Similar to Past 'Wiper' Attacks

December 5, 2014 10:01 am | by Mathew J. Schwartz, Gov Info Security | Comments

The "wiper" malware attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment has numerous commonalities with previous wiper attacks in Saudi Arabia and South Korea, anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab reports.                 

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The leader of the Justice Department's criminal division is expected to announce the creation of a new unit to prevent cybercrime and work alongside law enforcement, private sector companies and Congress.

Justice Department Plans New Cybercrime Team

December 4, 2014 12:55 pm | by Carrie Johnson, NPR | Comments

The leader of the Justice Department's criminal division is expected to announce the creation of a new unit to prevent cybercrime and work alongside law enforcement, private sector companies and Congress.             

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A Turlock, California man who was the subject of a Homeland Security investigation involving a child pornography ring will be spending the next three decades behind bars.

Child Pornographer Gets 30-year Sentence

December 4, 2014 12:47 pm | by Sabra Stafford, Turlock Journal | Comments

A Turlock, California man who was the subject of a Homeland Security investigation involving a child pornography ring will be spending the next three decades behind bars.                       

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North Korea Denies Sony Cyber Attack Involvement

December 4, 2014 12:36 pm | by Reuters | Comments

A North Korean diplomat denied Pyongyang was behind a crippling cyber attack on Sony Pictures, which is about to release a comic movie about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.               

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Some cybersecurity experts say they've found striking similarities between the code used in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and attacks blamed on North Korea which targeted South Korean companies and government agencies last year. Sony is working

Some Experts See Korean Parallels in Sony Hack

December 4, 2014 12:27 pm | by Brandon Bailey and Youkyung Lee, Associated Press | Comments

Some cybersecurity experts say they've found striking similarities between the code used in the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment and attacks blamed on North Korea which targeted South Korean companies and government agencies last year. Sony is working with the FBI and a Silicon Valley security firm to investigate the attacks that gave access to unreleased movies as well as personnel records, technical documents and other material.

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