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February
12
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Experts Reveal Ongoing Malware Campaign Called The Mask

Kaspersky Lab researchers recently released a paper which revealed a five year “cyber espionage operation that used highly sophisticated multi-platform malware” to compromise hundreds of “government and private organizations in more than 30 countries“, according to an article published by PC World. This operation – which Kaspersky has referred to as  “The Mask” (English translation for the Spanish word Careto) in their report, went on “undetected“, according to PC World. The article quotes the Kaspersky researchers to have written in the report, “When active in a victim system, The Mask can intercept network traffic, keystrokes, Skype conversations, PGP keys, analyze WiFi traffic, fetch all information from Nokia devices, screen captures and monitor all file operations.” The article continues to quote the researchers by saying, “The malware collects a…

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February
11
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Industry Insight: Malware Redefined

Aviv Raff, Co-Founder, Chief Technology Officer, and core-technologist at Seculert, shares useful insight – outlining how the enterprise marketplace must accept the changed “nature of malware” – in a recent article published on the Security Week web site. In this informative article, Raff reveals, “I’ve often noticed that despite all of the major changes that the business world has experienced over the past few years — many of which could be classified as transformational innovations and total reinventions — we’re often stuck using the same old terms to describe completely new things.” In the article, Raff clarifies his view of the term “malware” and as an example shows how in today’s business world “there are situations where failing to grasp…

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February
10
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Japan Hosts Global Security Event in February

Japan will host the Code Blue Conference on February 17 and 18 – attracting “computer security experts” from around the globe to examine and “discuss cutting-edge measures against cyberattacks“, according to an article published on the Stuff website. The article indicates that “world-class computer security experts” or “white hat hackers” will be in attendance at this timely event. This will be the first time that Japan will host an “international” event dealing with this subject matter, according to the article. The article states that due to “growing concern over a rapid increase in cyberattacks“, a group of Japanese experts decided to plan this event where they can “present and share information on computer and information security.” Japanese security professionals expect…

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February
07
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Microsoft Fights Hard Against Cybercrime

In an attempt to accelerate the current battle against the world-wide cyber crime issue, technology giant Microsoft has announced the launch of a “new state of the art Cybercrime Center specifically designed to battle botnets, malware and other various forms of internet crime“, according to a recent article published by Entrepreneur magazine. The article indicates that this “center“, the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), is currently active in the disruption “of the most serious cybercrime threats currently facing modern society.” According to reports, security company McAfee estimates that the total cost of cyber crime was approximately “$300 billion” in 2013. The article states that “one in five small businesses have now been on the receiving end of an attack and every day one million…

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February
07
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Target Breach Traced to Stolen HVAC Vendor Credentials

A recent report claims that the initial attack launched in November against the retail giant Target was traced back to network credentials stolen from “a refrigeration, heating and air conditioning subcontractor.” This subcontractor performed service at a number of Target locations and those of “other top retailers“, according to an article published on the KrebsOnSecurity web site. The article indicates that the “network credentials” were stolen from a Pennsylvania-based “provider of refrigeration and HVAC systems” called Fazio Mechanical Services. According to the article, the subcontractor has serviced other retail outlets including “Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and BJ’s Wholesale Club” in the states of “Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia“. The article confirmed that agents from the United States Secret Service visited the Fazio headquarter…

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February
06
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SEA Hackers Launch Dull Attack on Facebook

The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a well-known hacker group, announced on Wednesday, February 5th, that they had “hacked the domain name registration information for social networking giant Facebook” which had “no effect” on them or their members, according to an article published by independent tech news agency Re/code. The article indicates that the effect of the attack on the site’s user base was “nonexistent”  due to Facebook’s implementation of “registrar locks” which exist to “prevent changes to domain names from being carried out without manual checks with real live humans.” The article states that the SEA claimed the hack by posting “screen grab images of Facebook’s domain registry information listing contact addresses in the Syrian capital city of Damascus” on their…

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February
06
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Expert Declares Cyber Criminals Immune from Punishment

A renowned and respected security researcher made a controversial declaration that “eastern European cyber criminal gangs” –  who recently breached security and attacked Target and other retailers – are “relatively safe from arrest and prosecution“, according to an article published by SC Magazine. The article indicates that Nart Villeneuve, the reported researcher, what quoted in the article to say, that “eastern Europe is clearly a trouble spot” and revealed that “cyber crime gangs are even joining together in networks known as ‘Partnerkas’, with little risk of prosecution”. Former Met Police Computer Crime Unit detective Adrian Culley – currently a global security consultant with Damballa – is an advocate for Villeneuve’s viewpoint and has said that “the industry is rife with rumours that Russian…

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February
05
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Hackers Warn of Attacks on Olympic Supporters

The hacking group Anonymous Caucasus has posted warnings that “cyber attacks” could be used to act against “any company that finances or supports the Sochi Olympics“, according to a recent article published on the NBC News website. The article stated that the group declared it’s position on Twitter by confirming that “it had called on its members to take action against Sochi-related sites, using the hashtags #paybackforsochi and #opsochi.” According to the NBC article, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a section of Homeland Security, has released a security bulletin warning that “the winter games could be used by ‘hacktivists’ seeking to take advantage of the large audience to spread their own message.” The article indicates that those in attendance…

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February
04
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Tech Firms Share New Data About NSA Spying

A group of major technology firms have released new data regarding how often requests were made by “secret national security” investigators to surrender “customer information“, according to an article published on the Boston.com web site. The article indicates that this data includes “figures that show that the government collected data on thousands of Americans.” Large technology companies including Google, Microsoft and Facebook have provided documentation with “expanded details“, according to the report. The article states that “some vented criticism about the government’s handling of customers’ Internet data in counter-terrorism and other intelligence-related probes.” Data from the years 2012 and 2013 indicated that Google and Microsoft were “compelled by the government to provide information on as many as 10,000 customer accounts in a six-month period“, as the article reports….

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February
04
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Hackers File Complaint Against German Government

A recent announcement has confirmed that a large european-based group of hackers have submitted a formal “criminal complaint” against Germany due to their reported involvement in “foreign spying by NSA and GCHQ” and for also “violating the right to citizens’ privacy“, according to an article published by RT (formerly Russia Today), the international, multilingual Russian-based television network’s website. The article indicates that the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), the largest association of hackers in Europe, worked in “cooperation with the International League for Human Rights (ILMR)” to formally file a complaint on Monday, February 3rd with the “German Federal Prosecutor General’s office.” The organization’s complaint is based on the recent controversy surrounding “former NSA contractor” and  “whistleblower” Edward Snowden, according to the article. A segment…

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