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At this year's edition of the Black Hat security conference, a group of researchers has shown how extremely easy is to hack into the smart thermostats manufactured by Nest.

Spies Can Turn Smart Nest Thermostat

August 11, 2014 10:29 am | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

At this year's edition of the Black Hat security conference, a group of researchers has shown how extremely easy is to hack into the smart thermostats manufactured by Nest.                      

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Alarmed by mounting cyber threats around the world and across industries, a growing number of security experts see aggressive government action as the best hope for averting disaster.

Security Experts Call for Government Action against Cyber Threats

August 11, 2014 10:12 am | by Joseph Menn, Reuters | Comments

Alarmed by mounting cyber threats around the world and across industries, a growing number of security experts see aggressive government action as the best hope for averting disaster.                   

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Network breaches are inevitable. It’s what happens next that really matters, said renowned cryptographic expert Bruce Schneier during the Black Hat security conference.

Incident Response Best Practice and Automation

August 11, 2014 10:00 am | by Fahmida Rashid, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

Network breaches are inevitable. It’s what happens next that really matters, said renowned cryptographic expert Bruce Schneier during the Black Hat security conference.                       

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Software created by the controversial U.K. based Gamma Group International was used to spy on computers that appear to be located in the United States, the U.K., Germany, Russia, Iran and Bahrain, according to a leaked trove of documents. It's not clear w

Leaked Docs Show Spyware Used to Snoop on US Computers

August 11, 2014 9:52 am | by Jeff Larson and Mike Tigas, ProPublica | Comments

Software created by the controversial U.K. based Gamma Group International was used to spy on computers that appear to be located in the United States, the U.K., Germany, Russia, Iran and Bahrain, according to a leaked trove of documents. It's not clear whether the surveillance was conducted by governments or private entities.

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Hackers Are Waging Cyberwar Against Israel and Palestine

August 8, 2014 10:03 am | Comments

Fighting in the Gaza Strip hit a lull this week as a 72-hour cease-fire ends its third and final day Thursday — but a digital war has still been raging as hackers pay little mind to the temporary truce. Cyberattacks directed against Israel have increased dramatically since it invaded Gaza in early July, intensifying last month as the violence peaked.

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The World’s Top 5 Cybercrime Hotspots

August 8, 2014 9:55 am | Comments

“It appears more cybercriminals are entering into the game at a quicker pace than quite honestly we can keep up with [in the US] to defend our networks from these malicious hackers,” says JD Sherry, the vice president of technology and solutions at Trend Micro, a Tokyo-based cyber-security firm. Here’s a look at the global hotspots for these cyber criminals.

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To Solve Cybercrime, Some In Silicon Valley Ditch The Data

August 8, 2014 9:51 am | Comments

Collecting data about people has become $1 trillion industry, but keeping this information safe is proving near impossible. So, a small group of entrepreneurs and developers are building new technologies that don't rely on data as a digital currency.

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Aaron's Law Doomed

August 7, 2014 9:40 am | Comments

A bill named after the late internet activist Aaron Swartz that was supposed to update much-criticized US hacking law is almost certain to be left to wither in Congress, according to various sources with knowledge of the matter. 

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BYU Student Hacked into School Computers

August 7, 2014 9:34 am | Comments

A 26-year-old Brigham Young University student, Gabriel Camacho, has been arrested on charges of hacking into the school's computer system after an investigation by the BYU and Lindon police departments that began in January 2014. Police reported BYU Information Technology employees discovered a breach in Internet security that they were able to trace back to an office in the Wilkinson Student Center. 

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Wireless Hack Pops a Car’s Locks in Minutes

August 7, 2014 9:27 am | Comments

As part of a talk on the insecurity of wireless devices at the Black Hat security conference later this week, Cesare plans to reveal a technique that could allow anyone to spoof the signal from a wireless key fob and unlock a car with no physical trace, using a codebreaking attack that takes as little as a few minutes to perform. 

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Bill Would Allow Warrants to Be Issued by Telephone

August 7, 2014 9:16 am | Comments

Tennessee prosecutors want to move the way search warrants are issued out of the 20th century. At issue is a bill that would allow a magistrate or judge to issue a search warrant by telephone or “other reliable electronic means.”  

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) has become the most patched software   product, receiving more security patches in the first six months of this year   than Adobe or Oracle software, a report by Bromium Labs has found.

Tool to Thwart Cyber-Attacks

August 6, 2014 11:27 am | Comments

Cybersecurity researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute are developing a tool that amasses information from the Internet to give organizations an early warning of a pending cyber-attack. The system, known as BlackForest, scrapes and analyzes information culled from a variety of online sources to detect potential attacks. 

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FBI Employs Drive-by Download

August 6, 2014 11:20 am | Comments

Security experts call it a “drive-by download”: a hacker infiltrates a high-traffic website and then subverts it to deliver malware to every single visitor. It’s one of the most powerful tools in the black hat arsenal, capable of delivering thousands of fresh victims into a hackers’ clutches within minutes. Now the technique is being adopted by a different kind of a hacker—the kind with a badge.

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Hacking Voice Mail Systems Presents New Threat

August 6, 2014 11:08 am | Comments

Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Nebraska, South Dakota, The Kansas Plains and Southwest Iowa is warning about a relatively new kind of voice mail fraud that allows hackers to use a voice mail system and the default password to accept calls without the knowledge or permission of the business or the consumer.

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Russian Hackers Amass Over a Billion Internet Passwords

August 6, 2014 11:04 am | Comments

A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say.              

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