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Tor Anonymity and Hidden Services Attracts Cyber Criminals

March 7, 2014 9:58 am | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

Initially created to help political dissidents bypass traffic restrictions and hide their online activity from authoritarian governments, the Tor anonymity network has long since become a great tool for cyber crooks to hide their criminal activities and infrastructure.

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Man Said to Create Bitcoin Denies It

March 7, 2014 9:44 am | by Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press | Comments

Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto said Thursday that he is not the creator of bitcoin, adding further mystery to the story of how the world's most popular digital currency came to be.                   

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Scientist-devised Crypto Attack Could One Day Steal Secret Bitcoin Keys

March 6, 2014 4:54 pm | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

Exposing a previously unknown weakness in the cryptographic system securing bitcoins, scientists have devised an attack that can steal large amounts of the digital currency when hackers run even unprivileged software on the same computer processing the coins.

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American Career Aspirations Do Not Include Cybersecurity

March 6, 2014 10:44 am | by Infosecurity | Comments

The worldwide cybersecurity skills shortage is well-documented; and many countries have developed programs to fill the gap. These programs usually try to instill interest in schools, or tempt IT professionals into a career in security.    

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China's Burgeoning Mobile Cybercriminal Underground

March 6, 2014 9:53 am | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

Every country’s cybercriminal underground market has distinct characteristics, and with 500 million national mobile Internet users and the number continuously rising, the Chinese underground market is awash with cyber crooks buying and selling services and devices aimed at taking advantage of them.

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CEO of Bitcoin Exchange Found Dead in Singapore

March 6, 2014 9:38 am | by Satich Cheney, Associated Press | Comments

The CEO of a virtual currency exchange was found dead near her home in Singapore. A police spokesman says that initial investigations indicated there was no suspicion of "foul play."                   

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Online Sleuthing by Mt Gox Dispossessed Throws up Few Clues

March 6, 2014 9:33 am | by Jeremy Wagstaff, Reuters | Comments

Some of those who have lost bitcoins in the collapse of Mt. Gox have turned to internet sleuthing to find out where their money has gone — but they're unlikely to have much luck.                 

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Belkasoft Becomes Guidance Software Partner of the Month

March 5, 2014 3:00 pm | by Belkasoft | Comments

Belkasoft, manufacturer of digital forensic software, becomes Guidance Software’s Partner of the Month.                                         

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Targeting C Code to Thwart Malware Attacks

March 5, 2014 2:48 pm | by Matt Shipman, North Cartolina State Univ. | Comments

Researchers have developed a new tool to detect and contain malware that attempts root exploits in Android devices. The tool improves on previous techniques by targeting code written in the C programming language.           

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Cryptocat Now Available for iPhone

March 5, 2014 9:27 am | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

Cryptocat, the popular open source application that enables users to chat online easily and securely, is now available for iPhone users (on Apple's App Store), as well.                       

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Crypto Bug Leaves Linux, Apps Open to Eavesdropping

March 5, 2014 9:20 am | by Dan Goodin, Ars Technica | Comments

Hundreds of open source packages, including the Red Hat, Ubuntu, and Debian distributions of Linux, are susceptible to attacks that circumvent the most widely used technology to prevent eavesdropping on the Internet, thanks to an extremely critical vulnerability in a widely used cryptographic code library.

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Bitcoin Bank Flexcoin Closes after Hack

March 5, 2014 9:05 am | by Alex Hern, the Guardian | Comments

A bitcoin bank has been forced to close after hackers stole 896 bitcoin, worth £365,000, in an attack on Sunday. The company shut its website and posted a statement on Tuesday morning detailing the loss.             

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Less than Half of RSA Conference Attendees Think NSA Surveillance is Wrong

March 5, 2014 8:58 am | by Infosecurity | Comments

Even though Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA mass surveillance programs have dominated headlines since last year and sparked an ongoing trend toward “transparency” on the part of the tech giants, it turns out that infosecurity professionals aren’t quite as concerned as the general public or some politicians.

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The Most Dangerous Man in Bitcoin isn't a Criminal

March 4, 2014 10:58 am | by Max Chafkin, Fast Company | Comments

Preet Bharara and his staff are learning how to think about prosecutions in a whole new way. What's in question are the real-life identities of cloaked criminals.                         

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Zeus Retrieves Attack Info Hidden in Sunset and Cat Pictures

March 4, 2014 10:18 am | by Zeljka Zorz, Help Net Security | Comments

Malware peddlers employing a new Zeus banking Trojan variant have resorted to hiding the malware's configuration file into innocuous-looking sunset and cat photos.                         

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