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UK boffins get £3.8m pot to probe 'science of cyber-security'

GCHQ, the UK's nerve-centre for eavesdropping spooks, has established what's billed as Blighty's first academic research institute to investigate the "science of cyber security". The lab - which was set up with the Research Councils' Global Uncertainties Programme and the government's Department for Business, Innovation and …
John Leyden, 14 Sep 2012
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Saudi oil giant seals off network after mystery malware attack

Saudi Arabian Oil Co (Saudi Aramco) shut down its computer network on Wednesday in response to a serious computer virus infection. The state-owned firm said the computer security incident is having no effect on oil production. "On Wednesday, August 15, 2012, an official at Saudi Aramco confirmed that the company has isolated …
John Leyden, 16 Aug 2012
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Fannie Mae logic-bomb saboteur convicted

A computer contractor has been convicted of planting a logic bomb on the servers of Fannie Mae, the financially troubled US housing and mortgage giant. Rajendrasinh Babubhai Makwana, 36, responded to the termination of his two-year-long spell as a software development contractor at Fannie Mae in October 2008 by planting a …
John Leyden, 8 Oct 2010
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1 in 10 Americans prefer colonoscopies to PC security

A third of Americans see nothing wrong with being connected to the web while on honeymoon, but would balk at hooking up during a wedding, a security firm has claimed. The survey, sponsored by PCTools, also found that more than one in 10 Americans would rather get a colonoscopy that spend time cleaning up their computer. The …
Team Register, 16 Sep 2010
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Masked thieves storm into Chicago colocation (again!)

The recent armed robbery of a Chicago-based co-location facility has customers hopping mad after learning it was at least the fourth forced intrusion in two years. They want to know how C I Host, an operator that vaunts the security of its data centers, could allow the same one to be penetrated so many times. "I can't believe …
Dan Goodin, 2 Nov 2007

'Fiendish' Trojan pickpockets eBay users

Miscreants have unleashed a new strain of a sophisticated Trojan that targets eBay users by feeding them spoofed web pages containing fraudulent information about high-ticket purchases, The Register has learned. It has already contributed to an $8,600 loss by one eBay member. The Trojan installs a scaled-down webserver on an …
Dan Goodin, 19 Oct 2007

Oracle readies mega-update patching 51 security holes

Oracle is to release updates on Tuesday that patches 51 security vulnerabilities across hundreds of products. The update will fix 27 bugs in the Oracle database, the company's flagship product. Five of them can be exploited over a network without the need for a username and password. None of the fixes are applicable to client- …
Dan Goodin, 13 Oct 2007
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BT home router wide open to hijackers

Updated If you rely on BT for high-speed internet or VoIP, there's a good chance a pair of UK-based researchers know how to enable a backdoor in your router that leaves you wide open to eavesdropping, caller spoofing and other nasty attacks. The vulnerability resides in the BT Home Hub, one of the UK's most popular home routers, …
Dan Goodin, 9 Oct 2007
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Hackers infiltrate TD Ameritrade client database

TD Ameritrade Holding, an online brokerage that manages more than 6.3 million accounts, said hackers broke into a database containing detailed information about clients. While the thieves had access to social security numbers, birth dates and account numbers, Ameritrade said it has no evidence such information was ever retrieved …
Dan Goodin, 15 Sep 2007
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Security maven: QuickTime flaw threatens PCs, Macs

A researcher has demonstrated how a security bug in Apple's QuickTime media player that was disclosed a year ago can cause Firefox to install backdoors and other malware on a fully patched computer. He said both Windows and Mac systems are vulnerable. The researcher, Petko D. Petkov, on Wednesday posted proof-of-concept code …
Dan Goodin, 12 Sep 2007
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Yahoo feeds Trojan-laced ads to MySpace and PhotoBucket users

A Yahoo-owned advertising network became the unwitting ally of cyber crooks after it spewed millions of Trojan-laced banner ads on MySpace, PhotoBucket and other websites. The banner ads, which were brokered by Right Media, were served an estimated 12 million times over a three-week period starting in early August, according …
Dan Goodin, 11 Sep 2007
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Tor at heart of embassy passwords leak

Tor advertises itself as a means for people and groups to improve their privacy. And when used properly, the distributed, anonymous network does just that. But a Swedish security consultant has used the very same system to gain access to login credentials for a thousand or so individual email addresses, including those of at …
Dan Goodin, 10 Sep 2007
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ISPs turn blind eye to million-machine malware monster

Several weeks ago, security researcher Lawrence Baldwin dispatched an urgent email to abuse handlers at OptimumOnline, the broadband provider owned by Cablevision, warning that one of its customers stood to lose more than $60,000 to cyber crooks. "He's got a keylogger on his system . . . below is a log of the miscreant …
Dan Goodin, 10 Sep 2007
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A US CERT reminder: The net is an insecure place

If you use Gmail, eBay, MySpace, or any one of dozens of other web-based services, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team wants you to know you're vulnerable to a simple attack that could give an attacker complete control over your account. Five weeks after we reported this sad reality, US CERT on Friday warned …
Dan Goodin, 8 Sep 2007
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Fidelity employee steals 2.3 million consumer records

Fidelity National Information Services, the major US financial processing company, said today a senior level database administrator at one of its subsidiaries stole 2.3 million consumer records containing bank account and credit card information as well as other personal information. The data was commandeered by an unnamed, now …
Austin Modine, 4 Jul 2007
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Rival malware gangs wage turf war

Security researchers have uncovered evidence of a turf war between rival criminal enterprises connected to two of the most sophisticated malware toolkits in current use. Like competing gangs in the Mafia - for those who followed the HBO series The Sopranos, think the New York-based Lupertazzi crime family and its sometimes …
Dan Goodin, 1 Jul 2007
Vogon

A glitch in the Matrix, or a hungry exploit?

Sûnnet Beskerming researchers observed an interesting deviation in global network traffic over the last 24 hours, particularly for South American, Asian, and Australian networks. Normally, global Internet traffic (as observed by the Internet Traffic Report) oscillates around nine per cent packet loss, with global response times …
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Symantec offer sticks in craw of some Chinese users

We were skeptical on Monday when Symantec said it would atone for a bug that crippled the PCs of tens of thousands Chinese users by giving them free software. "Cockroach in your salad, sir? Have some free salad," was how we put it. Sure enough, critics in China's electronics industry are pouncing on the compensation offer, …
Dan Goodin, 26 Jun 2007

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