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CIC News for 20-12-2013 contains 65 articles

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Sources: Target Investigating Data Breach (EN) | krebsonsecurity.com
| 18-12-2013 | Nationwide retail giant Target is investigating a data breach potentially involving millions of customer credit and debit card records, multiple reliable sources tell KrebsOnSecurity. The sources said the breach appears to have begun on or around Black Friday 2013 â€" by far the busie...
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Cybercrime will take back seat to privacy jitters in new year (EN) | www.vancouversun.com
| 18-12-2013 | MONTREAL â€" Cyber criminals will still be out in force in 2014, but privacy is expected to come to the forefront of digital concerns.Along with scams, cyber security firms see a continued risk to citizens’ privacy with basic activities such as posting on social media sites, downloa...
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Banking Trojan 'Qadars' now targets users in Netherlands (EN) | www.ehackingnews.com
| 18-12-2013 | A New Banking Trojan called 'Qadars' that has been infecting users across the globe in recent days, is now appeared to be targeting users mainly from Netherlands, according to ESET. It was first publicly discussed by researchers from LEXSI. At the time, the malware was said to be targ...
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How to Select a DDoS Mitigation Provider (EN) | www.prolexic.com
| 18-12-2013 | As more and more distributed denial of service (DDoS) providers enter the marketplace, it’s becoming harder to choose between them â€" especially when they all make similar claims. Use this DDoS mitigation infographic to cut through the hype and evaluate providers on the most critic...
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Data Breaches and NSA Backdoors: A Legal Primer (EN) | www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.com
| 18-12-2013 | Thanks to Edward Snowden, it is now common knowledge that the NSA and the UK's GCHQ managed to get their own backdoors and other workarounds into various systems internationally, from US tech goliaths like Google and Yahoo to overseas telecoms like Belgacom. Consequently, concern rage...
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Instagram spam account manages to dupe over 100,000 (EN) | www.fz.com
| 19-12-2013 | AS SOCIAL media users, more often than not we will â€" at some points â€" stumble upon spam messages and hoaxes. But, despite a variety of indications showing that certain messages are hoaxes, many still fall for it.Over the recent weekend, over 100,000 users reposted a bogus account ...
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Protect yourself from identity theft this Christmas (EN) | dailysunnews.com
| 18-12-2013 | With the holiday season upon us, Central Washingtonians are flocking to stores and websites to purchase gifts for family and friends. Unfortunately, cases of identity theft in our community are on the rise and can spoil this season of goodwill.The most common complaint from consumers ...
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Dar prepares cyber security law (EN) | dailynews.co.tz
| 19-12-2013 | THE state is drafting the cyber security bill which if enacted will prohibit, detect and deal with cyber crimes currently affecting at least 18 people every second according to available records.If enacted into law presumably by April, next year, criminals will be hunted w...
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SEATTLE POLICE OFFICER DISCOVERS CYBER STALKING IS A CRIME IN WASH. STATEPleads guilty to stalking woman on Internet (EN) | www.skyvalleychronicle.com
| 18-12-2013 | (SEATTLE, WA) -- A Seattle Police Officers has discovered that Cyber Stalking is a crime in Washington State (RCW 9.61.260) and that the crime has consequences.Officer David N. Blackmer, a 17 year veteran of the force pleaded guilty Tuesday in Snohomish County to cyber sta...
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India sees 253 percent increase in online banking malware infections in Q3 over Q2: Trend Micro (EN) | www.informationweek.in
| 17-12-2013 | The online banking malware volume surged this quarter, with 253 percent increase in Online Banking Malware Infections in India in Q3 as compared to Q2, according to Trend Micro Q3 Security Round-up Report. As per the report, banking malware infection count reached 200,000 mark globall...
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Family of Malware Returns (EN) | www.itbusinessedge.com
| 18-12-2013 | During the holiday season, it isn’t unusual to have visits with family members you haven’t seen for a while. You may not especially like all of these relatives, but at this time of the year, it just wouldn’t seem like the holidays without some rogue family members darkening our ...
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How Azure helps Microsoft take down cyber criminals (EN) | www.itworld.com
| 18-12-2013 | In mid-November, Microsoft unveiled a facility on its Redmond, Wash., campus that had become the new home for its Digital Crimes Unit. It took the opportunity to offer up new details about the multi-agency initiative that disrupted the huge Citadel botnet earlier this year. What Micro...
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Interview: ESET's Juraj Malcho on malware attack trends (EN) | www.thinkdigit.com
| 18-12-2013 | "Malware has advanced, become more complex."Not our words. This is what Juraj Malcho, Chief Research Officer at ESET claims to have observed. And his word counts. Why? Because he’s been a virus researcher for 10 years now, and loves every bit of it. Excerpts from our exclusive inter...
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Bitcoin Hit By Gameover Malware, Chinese Crackdown (EN) | www.informationweek.com
| 18-12-2013 | China gets tough with exchanges trading Bitcoins, while new malware variant targets Bitcoin customers.Bitcoin aficionados were hit with a double whammy Wednesday, after China's largest Bitcoin exchange, BTC China Exchange, stopped accepting Chinese Yuan. The same day, secu...
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Third-Party Data Breach Exposes 32,755 California Patients' Data (EN) | www.esecurityplanet.com
| 18-12-2013 | California's Cottage Health System recently began notifying 32,755 patients that their personal information may have been exposed when a third-party vendor mistakenly removed electronic security protections from one of its servers, exposing some of the data stored on the server (h/t H...
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ZeroAccess criminals wave white flag: The impact of partnerships on cybercrime (EN) | blogs.technet.com
| 19-12-2013 | Two weeks after Microsoft filed its civil case in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas against the notorious Sirefef botnet, also known ZeroAccess, I am pleased to report that our disruption effort has been successful, and it appears that the criminals have abando...
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USB-stick detecteert en verwijdert malware (BE) | datanews.knack.be
| 18-12-2013 | Het FixMeStick Pro USB-geheugenstaafje kan virussen, malware, spyware, trojans en rootkits detecteren en verwijderen zonder Windows op te starten.Het FixMeStick Pro geheugenstaafje is een hardwareoplossing met eigen besturingssysteem om malware te detecteren en te verwijde...
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Surinaams ministerie verspreidde malware via website (EN) | tweakers.net
| 19-12-2013 | Het Surinaamse ministerie van financiën heeft per ongeluk malware geserveerd, evenals enkele honderden andere grote websites. Dat blijkt uit onderzoek van beveiligingsbedrijf Fox-IT. De malware werd alleen in bepaalde gevallen geserveerd, via een .htaccess-bestand.Fox-IT ...
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Hacker threatens Israeli banks (EN) | www.jns.org
| 19-12-2013 | A hacker has threatened three Israeli banksâ€"Discount, Yahav and the First International Bank of Israelâ€"that if they do not hand over a certain sum in Bitcoins by the end of next week, details of their customers will be sold to criminal organizations, Israel Hayom reported.The hack...
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DDoS blackmailers branded 'playground bullies' for attack on casino firm (EN) | mobile.techworld.com
| 19-12-2013 | Two “sinister playground bullies” have been jailed for a brazen attempt to extort a 50 percent share of a Manchester-based online casino using the threat of DDoS attacks capable of taking the business offline.Polish nationals Piotr Smirnow, 31, and Patryk Surmacki, 35, met the own...
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Hackers ‘shopped’ for millions of credit cards at Target on Black Friday [Update] (EN) | bgr.com
| 19-12-2013 | UPDATE: Target on Thursday confirmed that40 million credit and debit cards were breached between November 27 and December 15, ZDNet reports, with hackers stealing personal data including customer name, credit/debit card number, expiration date and the three-digit security code.Million...
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Tanzania drafts cybersecurity laws (EN) | www.humanipo.com
| 19-12-2013 | The government of Tanzania is currently preparing three cybersecurity bills hoped to be passed into law by April next year, allowing for cybercriminals to be hunted within and outside the country. The bills are set to prohibit, detect and deal with cybercrime, and Patrick Makungu, per...
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Target stores hit by data breach affecting 40 million cards (EN) | www.cbc.ca
| 19-12-2013 | Target says about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach linked to recent purchases in its U.S. stores.The chain said Thursday that the accounts may have been impacted between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.The datesincludethe busy Black Friday shopping...
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Blue Coat snaps up anti-malware firm Norman Shark (EN) | www.cbronline.com
| 19-12-2013 | The company will integrate its malware analysis solution with Norman Shark's sandboxing solution. WAN optimisation applications provider Blue Coat Systems has agreed to buy Norman Shark, a provider malware analysis solutions, for an undisclosed amount.The deal will see the Sunnyvale-b...
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Police arrest new suspect in 2011 'student loans' phishing attack (EN) | news.idg.no
| 19-12-2013 | Police have made an unexpected new arrest in connection with the long-running investigation into a phishing gang that stole £1.5 million ($2.5 million) from the banks accounts of UK-based students in 2011.Police have made an unexpected new arrest in connection with the lo...
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Attackers Exploit ColdFusion Bug (EN) | www.isssource.com
| 19-12-2013 | By exploiting a patched remote authentication bypass vulnerability in Adobe’s ColdFusion, attackers are installing data stealing malware in Microsoft’s Internet Information Services (IIS) Web server software.IIS (Internet Information Server) Web servers are suffering infection wit...
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Online fraud in UAE: How cybercriminals are getting sophisticated (EN) | gulfnews.com
| 18-12-2013 | Abu Dhabi: UAE residents lost more than Dh1 billion to online fraud last year, an expert has warned. Now, a centralised committee is being established to create information security awareness. The committee, which will comprise government departments, educational institutions and priv...
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SMS stealing Android botnet discovered (EN) | www.techienews.co.uk
| 19-12-2013 | Security researchers have found a new and advanced malware, MisoSMS, which is being used to recruit Android zombies into a large SMS-stealing botnet going by the same name.Folks over at FireEye have claimed that the newly discovered botnet is being used in as many as 64 spyware campai...
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Nigeria: EFCC, Western Australia Police to fight cybercrime (EN) | www.thepaypers.com
| 18-12-2013 | The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has teamed with the Western Australia Police to combat internet fraud and money laundering.According to Ibrahim Lamorde, chairman of the EFCC, the alliance became imperative as financial and economic crimes remained a “monster” l...
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China's central bank hit by DDoS after Bitcoin blitz (EN) | www.theregister.co.uk
| 19-12-2013 | Angry Bitcoin users are suspected of DDoS-ing the website of China’s central bank following tough new restrictions it levied this week which appear to have forced the world’s biggest Bitcoin exchange into meltdown.Chinese news site 163.com (via The Diplomat) claimed that the Peopl...
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2014 is the Tipping Point Year of Mobile Malware: RSA Chief (EN) | www.computerworld.in
| 19-12-2013 | With Big Data touching on everything we do, the attack surface will be altered and expanded and our risks magnified in ways we couldn't have imagined, says RSA chief Art Coviello. RSA executive chairman Art Coviello sees 2014 as the tipping point year of mobile malware, as businesses ...
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REPORT: Target Hit By A Major Black Friday Data Breach Involving Customers' Credit Card Information (EN) | www.businessinsider.com.au
| 19-12-2013 | Target is investigating a possible data breach that could involve of millions of customers’ credit and debit card information, journalist Brian Krebs is reporting.Citing “multiple reliable sources,” Krebs says the breach appears to have affected Target stores nationwide and may ...
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Need to update laws on cyber crime annually highlighted (EN) | www.thehindu.com
| 19-12-2013 | Laws on cyber crime must be updated annually to keep pace with the fast-developing technology, according to Amaresh Pujari, Inspector General of Police (Intelligence).Information technology, a sector that drove rapid economic growth, is vulnerable to hacking as several measures are st...
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UPDATE: What You Should do if You Shopped at Target (EN) | www.wsaw.com
| 19-12-2013 | NEW YORK (AP) -- With less than a week until Christmas, a real-life Grinch has stolen the credit and debit card information of about 40 million Target shoppers. Target says anyone who made purchases by swiping cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have ...
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Online shopping credit card fraud up to $200 million (EN) | mozo.com.au
| 19-12-2013 | Just under $280 million was stolen from Australians through credit card crime last year, with online shoppers the hardest hit by fraudsters.The largest growth in fraud occurred in online shopping sites where almost $200 million was stolen. Despite a big drop in 'skimming' or counterfe...
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DATA BREACH: 40 million Target shoppers affected since Black Friday (EN) | www.myfoxtwincities.com
| 19-12-2013 | MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) - Target Corp. confirmed Thursday it has identified and solved a data breach that may have affected 40 million credit and debit card accounts used in stores nationwide between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013. The compromised data involves the type stored on the magnetic s...
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New kind of malware called "ransomware" (EN) | www.beaufortobserver.net
| 19-12-2013 | It is being called the perfect crime and it has law enforcement around the globe baffled.It all starts with a simple email."They are scared and they are angry. It is a real terrible experience for them."Joe Ruthaford is talking about computer users ...
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DDoS trojan ferrets SMB data (EN) | www.scmagazine.com.au
| 20-12-2013 | A new distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) bot has been discovered targeting real estate companies and other small and medium-sized businesses. Arbor Networks researcher Dennis Schwarz found the malware after receiving a tip-off from a Twitter user. A relatively small number of unique...
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7 Reasons Why Bitcoin Attacks Will Continue (EN) | www.informationweek.com
| 19-12-2013 | Cryptographic currency's rising value makes it an appealing target for cybercrime gangs and crimeware toolkit developers.Bitcoins: Currency of the future, or perpetual plaything of Ponzi-schemers and money launderers?Regardless of your views on the virtual currency or value system, ju...
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Trojan attached in fake emails regarding license key from Adobe (EN) | blog.mxlab.eu
| 19-12-2013 | MX Lab, http://www.mxlab.eu, started to intercept a new trojan distribution campaign by email with the following subjects:Download your adobe software Download your license key Thank you for your order Your order is processedThis email is send from the spoofed address “Adobe Softwar...
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New cybercrime superheist: Target breach may affect 40+ million holiday shoppers (EN) | www.examiner.com
| 19-12-2013 | Cybercriminals timed their lastest superheist well. The Target Corporation announced on December 19 that data from more than 40 million credit and debit cards might have been stolen from holiday shoppers at its stores. It appears that the hacker’s software started redirecting inform...
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A rare look inside Homeland Security's cyber crimes lab (EN) | www.myfoxhouston.com
| 20-12-2013 | HOUSTON (FOX 26) - For the last 16 years Michael Franklin says he has been selling his body on the streets of Houston as a male prostitute for other men. Franklin says, "Later on in life, I thought it was cool but that wasn't my sexuality. That's what I felt in my heart anyway." Micha...
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ZeroAccess bot-herders abandon click-fraud network (EN) | www.networkworld.com
| 19-12-2013 | Microsoft is claiming a total victory â€" at least for this round â€" over the ZeroAccess bot-herders whose criminal network was the target of a joint effort among Microsoft, the FBI, Europol and a group of security vendors.“I am pleased to report that our disruption effort has been...
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Target data theft fuels new worries on cybersecurity (EN) | www.latimes.com
| 19-12-2013 | As millions of bargain-crazed customers swarmed through Target stores on Black Friday, one of the most audacious heists in retail history was quietly underway.A band of cyberthieves pilfered credit and debit card information from the giant retailer's customers with pinpoin...
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Converging physical and cybersecurity (EN) | fcw.com
| 19-12-2013 | President Barack Obama's Executive Order on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and his Presidential Policy Directive on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience are two of the first official acknowledgments of the inextricable link between physical and cybersecurit...
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DDoS-malware voor Linux gesignaleerd (EN) | www.automatiseringgids.nl
| 19-12-2013 | Poolse onderzoekers van CERT Polska hebben malware ontdekt die DDoS-aanvallen moet uitvoeren vanaf zowel Linux- als Windowscomputers. De malware lijkt verschillende functies te hebben, waaronder DNS amplification: het gebruik van slecht geconfigureerde DNS-servers om antwoorden van ve...
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CYBERSECURITY: DE ACHTERDEUR STAAT OPEN (NL) | www.binnenlandsbestuur.nl
| 19-12-2013 | In Nederland ligt de nadruk binnen cybersecurity veelal op de beveiliging tegen onder andere DDoS-aanvallen en identiteitsdiefstal. Dat is natuurlijk goed, maar er bestaat een veel groter risico: de beveiliging van de vitale infrastructuur. Volgens Jaap Schekkerman, Director Global Cy...
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Active Stuxnet Infections Spotted in Iran (EN) | news.softpedia.com
| 19-12-2013 | Security researchers from Kleissner&Associates have been able to monitor global active Stuxnet infections because the company owns part of the threat’s command and control (C&C) infrastructure. Apparently, there still are some computers infected with Stuxnet, including in Ir...
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Your Webcam May Be Spying On You With No Warning (EN) | www.redorbit.com
| 20-12-2013 | Researchers at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) have demonstrated a unique type of malware that forces iSight cameras in older MacBook and iMac models to capture images â€" without ever turning on the camera’s warning light.While most webcams have an LED indicator light that turns on ...
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School moet wegens DDoS geschorste leerling direct toelaten (NL) | www.security.nl
| 20-12-2013 | De rechter in Breda heeft bepaald dat een 16-jarige jongen die wegens een DDoS-aanval op het netwerk van het ROC West Brabant werd geschorst direct weer moet worden toegelaten. Door verschillende DDoS-aanvallen kon met name het Radiuscollege het schoolnetwerk enkele weken niet gebruik...
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Three men arrested in west Stirlingshire bank skimming probe (EN) | www.dailyrecord.co.uk
| 19-12-2013 | Police probing ATM fraud in Stirlingshire have this week made arrests.Three Lithuanian men were taken into custody following a police operation in East Kilbride. They were due to appear at Stirling Sheriff Court yesterday (Thursday).Policein Stirlingshire have been investigating a spa...
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Global Bug Bounty Scheme Urged To Tackle Cyber Crime (EN) | www.techweekeurope.co.uk
| 20-12-2013 | A new report from security-information firm NSS Labs is campaigning for a global vulnerability purchasing (or bug bounty) program.It claims that the current tepid approach from software firms has failed to staunch the flow of reports of new software flaws.Increasing RiskIn 2012, the n...
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Fake Adobe "licence key delivery" emails carry malware (EN) | www.net-security.org
| 20-12-2013 | A clever malware distribution campaign is currently doing rounds, taking the form of emails purportedly delivering licence keys for a number of Adobe's software offerings, warns MX Lab. Sent from one of many spoofed addresses used to trick victims into believing that the s...
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Hacker mag terug naar ROC (NL) | nos.nl
| 20-12-2013 | Het ROC West-Brabant moet een geschorste leerling die een computeraanval uitvoerde op het netwerk van de school weer toelaten. Dat heeft de rechter bepaald in een kort geding dat de moeder van de jongen had aangespannen tegen de school.In september werd het computernetwerk van het ROC...
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Android botnet poses as Google app, pilfers email and SMS (EN) | www.zdnet.com
| 19-12-2013 | Security researchers have fingered Chinese cybercriminals as the source of newly-discovered Android malware that poses as a Google app to steal messages from victims.The malware, dubbed MisoSMS, is being distributed through SMS phishing, which sees users tempted to click on a link tha...
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Populaire Chrome-extensie verwijdert "malware-script" (NL) | www.security.nl
| 19-12-2013 | Een populaire extensie voor Google Chrome heeft een update uitgebracht nadat gebruikers een script in de software hadden ontdekt dat gegevens zou stelen, maar volgens de ontwikkelaar is er niets aan de hand. Het gaat om HoverZoom voor Chrome, een uitbreiding die thumbnails op websites...
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Target: 40M card accounts may be breached (Update 2) (EN) | phys.org
| 19-12-2013 | U.S. retail chain Target says about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may be affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear. The chain said customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in its U...
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Target data breach: what you need to know about identity theft (EN) | www.theguardian.com
| 19-12-2013 | When Target told its customers to "Expect more, pay less," it probably didn't intend to attract identity thieves.But an apparently sophisticated ring of credit card fraudsters are in possession of the financial data of a good chunk of the country. About 40m Target credit and debit car...
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Target data breach: 3 things you can do (EN) | www.oregonlive.com
| 19-12-2013 | Target is grappling with a data security nightmare that threatens to drive off holiday shoppers during the company's busiest time of year.The nation's second largest discounter said Thursday that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a...
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Hagens Berman Investigates Credit Card Data Breach at Target Stores (EN) | online.wsj.com
| 19-12-2013 | SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--December 19, 2013-- Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, a consumer-rights law firm, today announced it is investigating a massive breach of customer data from Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT), following the retail chain's announcement of unauthorized access to mill...
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Spotted New keylogging malware steals Tumblr login credentials (EN) | www.scmagazineuk.com
| 20-12-2013 | A new piece of malware is targeting regular users of Yahoo-owned microblogging website Tumblr.Cyber criminals continue to turn their attentions to social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn in search of user data.Once of the latest social platforms to be sub...
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Android-botnet vermomt zich als Google-app (NL) | www.zdnet.nl
| 20-12-2013 | Volgens veiligheidsonderzoekers zitten Chinese cybercriminelen achter een recent ontdekte Android-malware. Het programma doet zich voor als een app van Google, maar steelt berichtjes van de slachtoffers.De malware, ‘MisoSMS’, wordt verspreid door SMS-phising, waarbij m...
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N.S.A. Dragnet Included Allies, Aid Groups and Business Elite (EN) | mobile.nytimes.com
| 20-12-2013 | Secret documents reveal more than 1,000 targets of American and British surveillance in recent years, including the office of an Israeli prime minister, heads of international aid organizations, foreign energy companies and a European Union official involved in antitrust battles with ...
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ZeroAccess botnet down for good? (EN) | www.net-security.org
| 20-12-2013 | When Microsoft and various law enforcement agencies around the world disrupted the ZeroAccess botnet at the beginning of December, they did not expect to fully eliminate it. After all, the botnet had been targeted two months earlier by Symantec researchers, who managed to sinkhole a l...
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Microsoft Krijgt Beheerders Botnet Op De Knieën (NL) | nutech.nl
| 20-12-2013 | Microsoft zegt dat de beheerders van het ZeroAccess-botnet hun leiding hebben opgegeven. Begin december haalde Microsoft al een aantal servers van het botnet offline. Het zogenoemde ZeroAccess-botnet bestond uit een aantal servers die geautomatiseerd op advertenties van netwerken als ...
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