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Mr Cameron goes to Washington for PESKY HACKERS chinwag with Pres Obama

U.S. President Barak Obama will end his week of lobbying for more powers to fight hackers online, by hosting Britain's Prime Minster David Cameron on Thursday and Friday, when the two leaders will discuss internet security. Thwarting malefactors who attack companies' computer systems, such as the recent, devastating assault on …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Jan 2015
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Sony post-mortem: Obama lobbies for new legal powers to thwart hackers

In the aftermath of the massive hack attack on Sony Pictures – which the US government continues to insist was carried out by North Korea – President Barak Obama is expected to lobby hard for legislative overhauls to battle online threats. He will reveal those proposals early next week, an unnamed White House spokesperson told …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Jan 2015
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Hawking: RISE of the MACHINES could DESTROY HUMANITY

Professor Stephen Hawking has given his new voice box a workout by once again predicting that artificial intelligence will spell humanity's doom. In a chat with the BBC, Hawking said “the primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have have proved very useful, but the I think the development of true artificial …
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DoC calls for security standards, co-operation

The US Department of Commerce is broadening its attention beyond the critical infrastructure sector, proposing security codes of conduct for the rest of the Internet economy. Its new report, Cybersecurity, Innovation and the Internet Economy, has a wide scope, from the small business with a Website through to social networks …
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Vodafone Aus web portal credentials escape, media panic

Australian media has fallen into a bout of panic following the discovery that, in addition to cat pictures, newspaper paywall gateways, pornography and illegally-copied music and movies, the Internet is used as a business communications medium. The victim of this revelation is Vodafone, which uses a Web portal to provide …
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Webroot snares UK security firm Prevx

Internet security firm Webroot has acquired UK-based anti-malware firm Prevx. Financial terms of the deal, announced Monday, were undisclosed. Webroot said it will use the deal to integrate Prevx’s technology into its cloud security services portfolio. Prevx was founded in 2001 and initially focused on intrusion prevention …
John Leyden, 1 Nov 2010
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Windows malware dwarfs other viral threats

The vast majority of malware - more than 99 per cent - targets Windows PCs, according to a new survey by German anti-virus firm G-Data. G-Data reckons 99.4 per cent of all new malware of the first half of 2010 targeted Microsoft’s operating system. Just 0.6 per cent of the 1,017,208 new malware programs discovered in 1H2010 …
John Leyden, 13 Sep 2010
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Monster botnet held 800,000 people's details

The Mariposa botnet had the power to dwarf Georgia and Estonia cyberattacks if it had been used to launch denial of service attacks, say Spanish police. Months of investigations by the Guardia Civil in Spain, the FBI and security firm Panda Security and Defence Intelligence led to the takedown of the 12.7 million strong zombie …
John Leyden, 4 Mar 2010
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South Korea sets up cyberwarfare unit to repel NORK hackers

South Korea has launched a cyberwarfare command centre designed to fight against possible hacking attacks blamed on North Korea and China. The division boasts a reported 200 techies, who will be tasked with tackling a reported 95,000 hacking attacks the country's military networks face every day. North Korea was blamed for a …
John Leyden, 12 Jan 2010
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Dodgy Avast update classifies multiple legit files as malign

Popular free of charge anti-virus scanner Avast went berserk late last week and began classifying legitimate files as infected. Legitimate products were wrongly classified as harbouring the Dell-MZG Trojan or other strains of malware and whisked off to quarantine following the publication of a dodgy update. Avast has published …
John Leyden, 7 Dec 2009
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Virus arms race primes malware numbers surge

Half (52 per cent) of new malware strains only stick around for 24 hours or less. The prevalence of short lived variants reflects a tactic by miscreants aimed at overloading security firms so that more damaging strains of malware remain undetected for longer, according to a study by Panda Security. The security firm, based in …
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2009
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Oz runs Romero-themed zombie awareness week

Australia is running a national zombie awareness week in a bid to educate users about how to stop hackers from taking over control of their PCs. The event, which runs until 8 March, is a variant on the internet security awareness weeks run in other countries. Windows PCs compromised by malware are routinely used to distribute …
John Leyden, 3 Mar 2009
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Chinese internet surveillance boss arrested for bungs

A top Chinese censor has been arrested over suspicions he took millions in bribes to help a local anti-virus firm to crush a competitor. Yu Bing, head of the internet monitoring department of Beijing's Municipal Public Security Bureau, allegedly took RMB 40m ($5.8m) in backhanders from Rising to frame criminal charges against …
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2009
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BNP membership list leaks online

The British National Party has lost its membership list - the whole thing has been published online. The list includes names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of all members up to September 2008. It also includes some people's ages, especially those under 18 - the BNP offers family membership for £40. Many entries …
John Oates, 18 Nov 2008
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Lords to attack UK.gov failings on internet security

Members of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee will this Friday call on ministers to do more to battle security threats online. The House will debate the government's response to the well-regarded personal internet security recommendations produced by the Committee last year. Lords and security experts have …
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Admins accuse Microsoft of Draconian Hotmail cap

Life can be tough when you're one of the globe's biggest email providers. Just ask Hotmail. Users get upset enough when come-ons for Viagra slip through the cracks of the Microsoft-owned service. But there's just as much hell to pay when its war on spam snuffs out legitimate emails. In May, we reported on a proprietary …
Dan Goodin, 9 Oct 2007
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Chinese internet security response team under attack

A recent post by the team at the Chinese Internet Security Response Team to their English-language site indicates that some of the site visitors are experiencing an attack from the CISRT.org site as a result of an injected IFRAME tag. Injected IFRAME tags are not a new means of using legitimate sites to launch attacks on …
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Yahoo! fixes bug that gave free rein to user accounts

Yahoo! has plugged a site-wide coding error that made it possible for miscreants to gain complete access to a user's account simply by convincing the holder to click on a booby-trapped link. The security defect is the latest to affect a large website, which consumers and businesses are increasingly entrusting with a plethora …
Dan Goodin, 15 Jun 2007

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