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Cybercrime group steals millions from Russian banks, targets US and European retailers

The group compromised computer networks and ATMs operated by financial institutions, as well as point-of-sale terminals

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Trojan program based on ZeuS targets 150 banks, can hijack webcams

The new Chthonic Trojan borrows features from ZeuS and several of its spinoffs, researchers from Kaspersky Lab said

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Questions remain after FBI charges North Korea with attack on Sony Pictures

The FBI formally accused North Korea of attacking Sony Pictures on Friday, citing three levels of evidence that has led to this conclusion. But does the FBI have it right, or are they missing the obvious?

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What we know about North Korea's cyberarmy

Snippets of information about the secretive regime's cyberops have leaked out over the years

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Microsoft files suit against alleged tech support scammers

Over one-third of U.S. citizens contacted by scammers fall for the scam, according to Microsoft


Major Chinese smartphone manufacturer installed backdoor on up to 10 million devices

Coolpad, the world's sixth largest smartphone manufacturer, installed a back door that allows the company to install applications, send alerts, and monitor communications without user knowledge or approval

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Organized criminals targeting individual iPhone, Android users

A well organized criminal group is targeting both iOS and Android users with highly targeted man-in-the-middle attacks, according to a new threat advisory from Akamai Technologies

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Heartbleed, Shellshock, Tor and more: The 13 biggest security stories of 2014

The security of the web itself was tested in unprecedented ways in 2014--but the news isn't all bad.

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Setting the wrong precedent: Top theater chains drop Sony's 'The Interview' after threats

On Tuesday, the group responsible for the attacks on Sony Pictures made threats against the studio, and the theaters planning to show Sony's film, The Interview. Reacting to the message, Sony canceled press engagements with the film's...

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New ransomware avoids hitting the same victim twice

A new strain of ransomware, OphionLocker, generates a unique hardware identifier for each new infected machine so that it can avoid hitting the same victim twice

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Top malware families turn point-of-sale into point-of-theft

'Tis the season to be jolly, but it won't be a time to celebrate if consumers and organizations alike are not hyper-vigilant about the security of their purchases. While the American credit card system will become more secure in the...

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New England security group shares threat intelligence, strives to bolster region as cybersecurity mecca

Core members of the Advanced Cyber Security Center meet twice monthly to discuss the latest threats

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Hackers hint at terror attacks, release more data from Sony Pictures

The group responsible for the attack on Sony Pictures, the GOP (Guardians of Peace), has moved away from their normal rhetoric, issuing a thinly veiled threat of terror attacks on Christmas Day.


A brief history of Mac malware

A run-down of Apple’s complicated history with malware.

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This Linux grinch could put a hole in your security stocking

A potential flaw in how Linux handles access rights could give attackers entry, a security firm charges

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Phishing spam gets 'Big Box Retailer' holiday makeover

Spam phishing emails have been updated for the holidays, with new themed emails pretending to update users on their order status from Costco, Target, Walmart, Walgreens, and Home Depot

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Sony Pictures admits HIPAA data might have been compromised during breach

In a breach notification letter sent to employees this week, Sony Pictures outlines the full scope of data that was compromised by attackers shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday.

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ICANN: data breaches not due to new top-level domains

An ICANN spokesman dismissed accusations that the recent growth in the number of generic top-level domains has caused data breaches, on Thursday.

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