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The 'Backoff' malware linked to data breaches is spreading

A rising number of devices are connecting to Backoff-related infrastructure, Damballa says

Your business can’t afford the cost of cyber crime

A new report from HP and Ponemon Institute finds that the costs of cyber attacks, and cleaning up after them continues to increase dramatically.

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Akamai sees record-setting spikes in size and volume of DDoS attacks

The cloud services company detected 17 DDoS attacks in the third quarter that generated traffic of more than 100 Gbps

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Abandoned subdomains pose security risk for businesses

Attackers could hijack subdomains pointed by companies at external services they no longer use, researchers say

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Chipmaker deliberately cripples user devices with driver update

FTDI, creator of a popular line of USB-to-Serial chips used by hardware hackers and embedded in a number of consumer devices the world over, is using a driver update to crush counterfeiters by rendering the fake chips useless once...

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Microsoft misses Windows bug, hackers slip past patch

Microsoft patched one bug in Windows last week, but missed another that hackers continue to exploit.

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Apple to stop SSL 3.0 support for push notifications soon

Apple is one of many companies moving to shut down SSL 3.0 for good

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Maybe there really is an Ebola (malware) outbreak

Most of the news about Ebola is more hype than reality, and malware developers are preying on that paranoia to spread new attacks.

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Massive malvertising campaign on Yahoo, AOL and other sites delivers ransomware

The malicious ads exploited vulnerabilities to install the CryptoWall ransomware on computers, researchers from Proofpoint said

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Ransomware takes malware from bad to worse

To thwart attacks like CryptLocker, you need a multipronged defense; new technology doesn't hurt either

PCI compliance under scrutiny following Big Data breaches

In the wake of numerous high-profile data breaches, some security experts question the effectiveness of PCI compliance. Should PCI standards do more than set a baseline for security -- and should they be given teeth for when companies...

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Symantec sees rise in high-traffic DDoS attacks

The most common targets are gaming, software and media companies

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Microsoft warns of new Zero-Day attack

On Tuesday, Microsoft issued an advisory warning of a new Zero-Day vulnerability that impacts all supported versions of their Windows operating system, except Windows Server 2003. The software giant also confirmed targeted attacks...

One week after patch, Flash vulnerability already exploited in large-scale attacks

The Fiesta exploit kit bundles an exploit for the CVE-2014-0569 vulnerability in Flash Player, researchers found

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Fraudulent activity is first hint of a Staples data breach

Banks have identified a pattern of fraudulent activity that points to Staples, but the news seems to be a surprise to Staples.

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USB is now UEC (use with extreme caution)

USB is an acronym for Universal Serial Bus; at least that is what it has stood for since 1999 when it was patented. But now it may take on a new meaning and instead stand for Ultimate Security Breakdown.

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If attackers only need to be lucky once, we need better guidance

Under the guise that attackers only need to be “lucky” one time, we offer too much guidance and get too few results. It is time to change.

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Apple's Yosemite OS shares Spotlight search terms by default

An engineer who's studied the new OS criticized its privacy settings

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