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A class of coding vulnerabilities could allow attackers to fool Windows system administrators into running malicious code because of a simple omission: quotation marks.

Poor Punctuation Leads to Windows Shell Vulnerability

October 13, 2014 11:46 am | by Robert Lemos, Ars Technica | Comments

A class of coding vulnerabilities could allow attackers to fool Windows system administrators into running malicious code because of a simple omission: quotation marks.                       

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Snapchat Blames Third-party Apps for Leaked Photos

October 13, 2014 11:39 am | by Alexei Oreskovic, Reuters | Comments

Mobile messaging company Snapchat blamed third-party software apps for possible security lapses that may have led to its users' private photos being at risk of online publication by hackers.                 

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First via a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and then via a press release, Sears Holding Corporation has confirmed a month-old breach that affected POS systems at its Kmart stores.

Kmart Confirms Month-old Data Breach

October 13, 2014 11:32 am | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

First via a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and then via a press release, Sears Holding Corporation has confirmed a month-old breach that affected POS systems at its Kmart stores.             

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There are only "around 100" cybercriminal kingpins behind global cyber crime, according to the head of Europol's Cybercrime Centre. Law enforcers needed to target the "rather limited group of good programmers."

Only 100 Cybercrime Brains Worldwide Says Europol Boss

October 13, 2014 11:22 am | by BBC | Comments

There are only "around 100" cybercriminal kingpins behind global cyber crime, according to the head of Europol's Cybercrime Centre. Law enforcers needed to target the "rather limited group of good programmers."           

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Locked Shields is among the world’s preeminent cyberattack simulations. For two days, international teams of hackers and system admins play both sides of a war game, simultaneously attacking and defending critical infrastructure. The details are realistic

Hackers Gather for Cyberwar in an International Simulation

October 10, 2014 11:27 am | by Kim Zetter and Pete Brook, Wired | Comments

Locked Shields is among the world’s preeminent cyberattack simulations. For two days, international teams of hackers and system admins play both sides of a war game, simultaneously attacking and defending critical infrastructure. The details are realistic, and the exercises reflect real-world geopolitics.

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Inside the Homeland Security Investigations Computer Forensics Lab

October 10, 2014 10:57 am | by Vince Lattanzio, NBC Philidelphia | Comments

Nearly every case Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) opens has some sort of digital evidence to be collected and analyzed. But the work can’t be done by just anyone. The data must be meticulously cared for by agents trained to preserve the integrity of the material, who can also combat suspects’ attempts to erase their digital dealings — even from afar.

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China accused the United States on Thursday of faking facts, after the head of the FBI said that Chinese hacking likely cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars every year.

China Doesn't Like FBI Head Saying Chinese Hacking Costs Billions

October 10, 2014 9:51 am | by Reuters | Comments

China accused the United States on Thursday of faking facts, after the head of the FBI said that Chinese hacking likely cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars every year.                     

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Calling him "a leader in the marketplace for stolen credit card numbers," federal prosecutors added 11 new charges against a Russian man they say hacked into U.S. businesses to steal information that he allegedly sold on Internet "carding" sites.

Russian Hacker Gets More Charges Added to Indictment

October 10, 2014 9:37 am | by Martha Bellisle, Associated Press | Comments

Calling him "a leader in the marketplace for stolen credit card numbers," federal prosecutors added 11 new charges against a Russian man they say hacked into U.S. businesses to steal information that he allegedly sold on Internet "carding" sites.

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NTP reflection attacks may be on the wane when it comes to distributed denial of service (DDoS) campaigns, but they’ve been replaced by a surge in Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) attack, according to new data from Arbor Networks.

SSDP DDoS Attacks on the Rise as NTP Amplification Fades

October 9, 2014 12:52 pm | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

NTP reflection attacks may be on the wane when it comes to distributed denial of service (DDoS) campaigns, but they’ve been replaced by a surge in Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) attack, according to new data from Arbor Networks.   

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The National Security Agency is refusing to release a list of classified information that was deliberately leaked to the media.

NSA: List of Official Leaks to the Media is Classified

October 9, 2014 12:45 pm | by Julian Hattem, The Hill | Comments

The National Security Agency is refusing to release a list of classified information that was deliberately leaked to the media.                                   

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President Obama and his top national security advisers began receiving   periodic briefings on the huge cyber attack at JPMorgan Chase and other   financial institutions this summer, part of a new effort to keep security   officials as updated on major cy

Obama Had Security Fears on JPMorgan Data Breach

October 9, 2014 12:04 pm | by Michael Corkery, Jessica Silver-Greenberg, and David Sanger, Dealbook | Comments

President Obama and his top national security advisers began receiving periodic briefings on the huge cyber attack at JPMorgan Chase and other financial institutions this summer, part of a new effort to keep security officials as updated on major cyber attacks as they are on Russian incursions into Ukraine or attacks by the Islamic State.

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Windows XP Flaws Help Russian 'Qbot' Gang Build 500,000 PC Botnet

Windows XP Flaws Help Russian 'Qbot' Gang Build 500,000 PC Botnet

October 9, 2014 11:21 am | by John Dunn, PC World.in | Comments

The Russian gang behind the obscure Qbot botnet have quietly built an impressive empire of 500,000 infected PCs by exploiting unpatched flaws in mainly US-based Windows XP and Windows 7 computers, researchers at security firm Proofpoint have discovered.

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A two-stage financial attack has been discovered that targets multiple ATMs around the world, including Latin America, Europe and Asia, allowing attackers to remove money via direct manipulation and steal millions of dollars.

Malware Attack on Global ATMs Has Stolen Millions

October 8, 2014 8:44 am | by Tara Seals, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

A two-stage financial attack has been discovered that targets multiple ATMs around the world, including Latin America, Europe and Asia, allowing attackers to remove money via direct manipulation and steal millions of dollars.

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Network-connected electricity meters installed in millions of homes across Spain lack essential security controls, according to two researchers who say the vulnerabilities leave room for hackers to carry out billing fraud or even cause blackouts.

Popular Electricity Smart Meters in Spain Can be Hacked

October 8, 2014 8:44 am | by Eric Auchard, Reuters | Comments

Network-connected electricity meters installed in millions of homes across Spain lack essential security controls, according to two researchers who say the vulnerabilities leave room for hackers to carry out billing fraud or even cause blackouts.

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Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users. Twitter Inc. filed a lawsuit in a California federal court to publish its full "transparency report," which documents

Twitter Sues FBI, DOJ to Release NSA Request Info

October 8, 2014 8:43 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users. Twitter Inc. filed a lawsuit in a California federal court to publish its full "transparency report," which documents government requests for user information.

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