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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

We are impressed by five prisoners in the US who built two personal computers from parts, hid them behind a plywood board in the ceiling of a closet, and then connected those computers to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction's (ODRC) network to engage in cybershenanigans. Compliments are less forthcoming from …
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Raytheon borgs Websense to create cybersecurity behemoth

Defence giant Raytheon has agreed a deal with Vista Equity Partners to form a new company combining Websense with Raytheon Cyber Products. The new joint venture (Raysense? Webtheon?) will combine Raytheon Cyber Products with Websense's TRITON line of web filtering and other enterprise security products. Raytheon – known for …
John Leyden, 20 Apr 2015

Raytheon suspected of readying for Websense slurp

The biz-wires are abuzz with industry talk that enterprise net-filter outfit Websense will be slurped by Raytheon for a cool $US1.9 billion. Now an e-mail and Web security company with deployment options from the desktop to the cloud, Websense had long lived under the wing of private equity company Vista Equity Partners (VEP …

Bad news everyone: Cybercrime is getting even easier

The volume of malware threats is actually on the decline despite the increase in breaches, according to a study from Websense Security Labs. Websense Security Labs logged 3.96 billion security threats in 2014, which was 5.1 per cent less than 2013. Despite this, the number of high-profile breaches increased. Hackers have …
John Leyden, 9 Apr 2015

Spear phish your boss to win more security cash

Despite weekly news of successful and nasty online attacks damaging organisations of every stripe, executive types remain blasé about security and don't pay it enough attention, says Jason Clark, chief security officer at Websense, who recommends fighting back by phishing CEOs and board members. Clark's suggested attacks are …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2013

Private equity firm coughs £1bn for Websense

NASDAQ-listed web content filtering player Websense is going private again after the board approved a deal with venture capitalist Vista Equity Partners (VEP). Under the terms of the transaction, VEP will cough $24.75 per share valuing the online security business at close to $1bn. This equates to a 29 per cent premium on the …
Paul Kunert, 21 May 2013
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Are you in charge of a lot of biz computers? Got Java on them?

Java security vulnerabilities - exploited to hack Apple and Facebook this month - are rife across business computers worldwide, according to new research. The overwhelming majority (94 per cent) of PCs and other endpoints running Java software and surveyed by Websense are vulnerable to at least one Java runtime exploit, …
John Leyden, 26 Mar 2013
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Crooks inject malicious Java applet into FOREX trading website

A FOREX trading website has been contaminated with a malicious Java applet that is designed to install malware on the systems of visiting surfers. The targeted website is a popular FOREX (foreign exchange market) website called "Trading Forex" ( The website remains contaminated as of Thursday lunchtime …
John Leyden, 30 Nov 2012
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Websense boosts defenses against spear-phishing, data theft

Websense has added a slew of new defenses with the launched of Triton v7.7, which it says are designed to prevent the advanced data-theft attacks that have emerged as spear-phishing becomes more sophisticated. Of particular interest to security managers will be a focus on detecting the more patient attacks (in industry …
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Amnesty International UK site flung Gh0st RAT at surfers after hack

Amnesty International UK's website was hacked early this week in an assault ultimately geared towards planting malware onto the PCs of visiting surfers. Malicious Java code was planted on the site in a bid to push the Gh0st RAT Trojan onto vulnerable Windows machines. If successful, the attack plants malware onto machines that …
John Leyden, 11 May 2012
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Zombie PCs exploit hookup site in 4Square-for-malware scam

Security researchers have discovered a strain of malware that uses the geolocation service offered by an adult dating website as an easy way to determine the location of infected machines. Thousands of infected machines in a zombie network all phoned home to the URL at the adult hookup site …
John Leyden, 8 May 2012
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Spammers hit mobes with QR code junkmail jump pads

Security researchers have spotted spam emails that point at URLs featuring embedded Quick Response codes (QR codes). QR codes are a two-dimensional matrix barcode that can be scanned by a camera phone to link users directly to a website that can host any type of content, malicious or otherwise. By using QR codes (rather than …
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2012
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The top five spam subjects sullying inboxes

Security biz Websense has drawn up a list of the five most common spam subject lines. The nuisance list, based on the subject lines of the millions of spam messages blocked by the firm every day, highlights the danger of opening attachments or clicking dodgy links. The most commonly seen subject lines fall into the one of the …
John Leyden, 22 Nov 2011
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Facebook denies malware risk from message bug

Facebook has fixed a flaw that may have allowed users to attach executables to messages sent to other punters on the social network. Security blogger Nathan Power notified Facebook after finding the bug, which involved fiddling with messages sent between users who were not necessarily contacts. Facebook normally blocks the …
John Leyden, 4 Nov 2011
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Facebook to scrub itself clean of filthy malware links

Facebook has recruited Websense to scan its vast social network for links to malicious sites. Scammers are increasing using Facebook as a means to drive traffic towards malware and exploit portals or internet scam sites. In response, Facebook is tapping Websense for technology that will soon analyse the jump off points to …
John Leyden, 4 Oct 2011
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Scareware scammers now phishing for punters

Scareware scammers are targeting credit card users with a new run of spam emails falsely warning recipients that their plastic has been blocked. The fraudulent emails, which resemble those more commonly seen in phishing or banking Trojan attacks, are fairly detailed and attempt to trick prospective marks into opening an …
John Leyden, 2 Aug 2011
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Websense sharpens the axe as sales fall

Web filtering firm Websense is reportedly planning to lay off 5 per cent of its workforce to cut costs. The move is a response to a slowdown in security spending during the recession. PC World reports that Websense plans to lay off 70 people from its worldwide workforce of 1,400. In a statement, Websense confirmed it was …
John Leyden, 6 Aug 2009
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Websense blocks Bing in IM snafu

Websense users were temporarily blocked from enjoying the launch of Microsoft's Bing search engine on Monday. Similarities between the Bing domain and that used by a Microsoft IM app - rather than the ready availability of porn through the new search decision engine - were behind the temporary roadblock. Bada Bing block …
John Leyden, 2 Jun 2009

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