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A hoax known as "swatting" initially targeting celebrities has now become a way for players of combat-themed video games to retaliate against opponents while thousands of spectators watch. The perpetrators can watch their hijinks unfold minute by minute i

Gamers Use Police Hoax to Lash Out at Opponents

September 17, 2014 12:10 pm | by Sadie Gurman, Associated Press | Comments

A hoax known as "swatting" initially targeting celebrities has now become a way for players of combat-themed video games to retaliate against opponents while thousands of spectators watch. The perpetrators can watch their hijinks unfold minute by minute in a window that shows a live video image of other players.

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As U.S. military leaders outlined their strategy before Congress to fight Islamic State militants on the battlefield, the National Security Agency chief said he was watching the media-savvy group's cyber capabilities.

NSA Monitoring Tech-savvy Islamic State

September 17, 2014 11:41 am | by Donna Chiacu, Reuters | Comments

As U.S. military leaders outlined their strategy before Congress to fight Islamic State militants on the battlefield, the National Security Agency chief said on Tuesday he was watching the media-savvy group's cyber capabilities.      

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A federal appeals court said the US Navy's scanning of the public's computers for images of child pornography constituted "a profound lack of regard for the important limitations on the role of the military in our civilian society."

Court Reprimands US Navy for Scanning Civilian Computers for Child Porn

September 17, 2014 11:28 am | by David Kravets, Ars Technica | Comments

A federal appeals court said the US Navy's scanning of the public's computers for images of child pornography constituted "a profound lack of regard for the important limitations on the role of the military in our civilian society."     

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Security of IT networks is continually being improved to protect against   malicious hackers. Yet when IT networks interface with infrastructures such   as water and electric systems to provide monitoring and control capabilities,   they often introduce n

Protecting Infrastructure with Smarter Cyber-Physical Systems

September 16, 2014 11:23 am | by Eric Brown, MIT | Comments

Security of IT networks is continually being improved to protect against malicious hackers. Yet when IT networks interface with infrastructures such as water and electric systems to provide monitoring and control capabilities, they often introduce new vulnerabilities that increase the risks of service disruptions.

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The Nigerian authorities are looking for a missing IT admin at an unnamed bank who is suspected of helping cybercriminals make off with 6.28 billion Naira ($38.6m).

Nigerian Bank IT Worker Missing after Multi-billion Naira Heist

September 16, 2014 10:43 am | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

The Nigerian authorities are looking for a missing IT admin at an unnamed bank who is suspected of helping cybercriminals make off with 6.28 billion Naira ($38.6m).                         

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A small cybersecurity firm claimed this summer to have uncovered a scam by Russian Internet thieves to amass a mountain of stolen information from420,000 Web and FTP sites. Although a New York Times story lent credibility to the claims, some observers que

Crime Ring Revelation Exposes Cybersecurity Conflict of Interest

September 16, 2014 8:26 am | by Erik Schechter, Scientific American | Comments

A small cybersecurity firm claimed this summer to have uncovered a scam by Russian Internet thieves to amass a mountain of stolen information from 420,000 Web and FTP sites. Although a New York Times story lent credibility to the claims, some observers question whether the cybersecurity vendor’s big reveal was more of a publicity stunt than a public service. 

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Even Biometric Locks Can be Picked

September 16, 2014 8:26 am | by Andrew Smith, The Conversation | Comments

How can we ensure that someone is who they say they are? How can be sure that the person in our system, both digitally speaking or physically in front of us, is who whom they claim to be? You may think that a good password is the answer, but with so many ways to break into a computer system these methods are clearly not always effective.

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There are many ways bad guys attack systems, disrupt infrastructures and steal data, but one of the most common uses an entry point that is vital to Internet communications and yet, it seems, carelessly disregarded: the humble, but crucial, SSL.

SSL Remains Security Weakness Despite Latest Reinforcements

September 15, 2014 11:01 am | by Brian Robinson | Comments

There are many ways bad guys attack systems, disrupt infrastructures and steal data, but one of the most common uses an entry point that is vital to Internet communications and yet, it seems, carelessly disregarded: the humble, but crucial, SSL.

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Matt Weeks, one of the developers who contributes code to the open source Metasploit Project, has published a long report detailing how he was able to reverse-engineer the encrypted communications protocol used by Ammyy Admin, one of the most popular remo

Turning the Tables on Tech Support Scammers

September 15, 2014 10:43 am | by Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica | Comments

Matt Weeks, one of the developers who contributes code to the open source Metasploit Project, has published a long report detailing how he was able to reverse-engineer the encrypted communications protocol used by Ammyy Admin, one of the most popular remote control apps used by tech support scammers, and then use that knowledge to ferret out a vulnerability in the Ammyy Admin application.

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The NSA has allegedly infiltrated the internal networks of two German telcos as part of an ambitious project to map the entire internet in real-time, according to the latest revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden.

NSA Maps the Internet with German Telecoms

September 15, 2014 10:25 am | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

The NSA has allegedly infiltrated the internal networks of two German telcos as part of an ambitious project to map the entire internet in real-time, according to the latest revelations from whistleblower Edward Snowden.         

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The headache caused by the attack on JPMorgan Chase’s computer network this summer may not go away anytime soon. Over two months, hackers gained entry to dozens of the bank’s servers, potentially giving the hackers a window into how the bank’s individual

JPMorgan Still Investigating Attack

September 15, 2014 10:13 am | by Nicole Perlroth and Matthew Goldstein, The New York Times | Comments

The headache caused by the attack on JPMorgan Chase’s computer network this summer may not go away anytime soon. Over two months, hackers gained entry to dozens of the bank’s servers, potentially giving the hackers a window into how the bank’s individual computers work.

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Silent Shield has sponsored the first Digital Crime Scene Challenge at the 26th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference (CACC). Internationally recognized, the CACC is the premier conference of its kind providing practical and interactive instruction to

Silent Shield Sponsors First Digital Crime Scene Challenge at 26th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference

September 12, 2014 5:00 pm | by Silent Shield | Comments

Silent Shield has sponsored the first Digital Crime Scene Challenge at the 26th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference (CACC). Internationally recognized, the CACC is the premier conference of its kind providing practical and interactive instruction to those fighting crimes against children and helping children heal.

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Every sector of the United States government has likely been hacked at some point, according to the FBI, which has lent to “unprecedented” partnerships with private industry to protect financial interests targeted by “a wide range of cyber adversaries.”

FBI: Relentless Hacking behind Govt-industry Collaboration

September 12, 2014 12:20 pm | by RT | Comments

Every sector of the United States government has likely been hacked at some point, according to the FBI, which has lent to “unprecedented” partnerships with private industry to protect financial interests targeted by “a wide range of cyber adversaries.”

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US government requests for access to Dropbox user content and account details rose in line with subscriber numbers over the first half of 2014, but several of the accounts requested didn’t actually exist, according to the firm.

US Government Requests Access to Non-existent Dropbox Accounts

September 12, 2014 11:52 am | by Phil Muncaster, Infosecurity Magazine | Comments

US government requests for access to Dropbox user content and account details rose in line with subscriber numbers over the first half of 2014, but several of the accounts requested didn’t actually exist, according to the firm.       

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Yahoo says the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering online information, a step the company regarded as unconstitutional. The outlines

Yahoo Threatened with $250,000-a-day Fine for Withholding Info

September 12, 2014 10:52 am | Comments

Yahoo says the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering online information, a step the company regarded as unconstitutional. The outlines of Yahoo's secret and ultimately unsuccessful court fight against government surveillance emerged when a federal judge ordered the unsealing of some material about Yahoo's court challenge.

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