helix2301 writes: "The U.S. government is expanding a cybersecurity program that scans Internet traffic headed into and out of defense contractors to include far more of the country's private, civilian-run infrastructure. As a result, more private sector employees than ever before, including those at big banks, utilities and key transportation companies, will have their emails and Web surfing scanned as a precaution against cyber attacks."
helix2301 writes: "On the back of widespread public interest RT has decided to publish in their entirety a series of memos which were allegedly sent from a one-time White House aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The emails, which were allegedly sent by former political adviser Sidney Blumenthal to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were forwarded to RT by a hacker using the alias “Guccifer.” Guccifer was credited with hacking the AOL email account of Blumenthal last week, though the authenticity of the emails has not been verified."
helix2301 writes: "The hacker who has spent the past several months breaking into the e-mail accounts of family, friends, and political allies of the Bush family has crossed party lines and illegally accessed the AOL account of a former senior White House adviser to President Bill Clinton. The intrusion into Sidney Blumenthal’s e-mail account apparently occurred this week, days after the hacker--who uses the alias “Guccifer”--defaced Colin Powell’s Facebook page and breached the former Secretary of State’s AOL account."
helix2301 writes: "Speaking to Wired’s Michael V. Copeland at the TED 2013 conference currently taking place in Long Beach, Hillis argues that because so many interconnected systems are now reliant on the world wide web, “We’re setting ourselves up for disaster, like we did with the financial system.” Pointing to examples like the Stuxnet virus, US military data being routed through China, and the threat of a massive denial of service attack targeting the entire web, Hillis advocates building a second backbone that would kick in like a back-up generator “when the internet is in trouble.”"
helix2301 writes: "Facebook’s popular photo sharing app for iOS, Instagram has a vulnerability that could make your account susceptible to be compromised. A security researcher Carlos Reventlov published on Friday another attack on Facebook's Instagram photo-sharing service that could allow a hacker to seize control of a victim's account."
helix2301 writes: "Every two months, AV-Test takes a look at popular antivirus software and security suites and tests them in several ways. In their latest test which was performed on Windows 7 during September and October, Microsoft Security Essentials didn't pass the test to achieve certification. Although that may not sound that impressive, Microsoft's program was the only one which didn't receive AV-Test's certificate. For comparison, the other free antivirus software, including Avast, AVG and Panda Cloud did."
helix2301 writes: "The United Nations and a wide swath of its autocratic member regimes were drafting a plan to give a little-known UN agency control over the online world. Among the most contentious schemes: a plot to hand the International Telecommunications Union a so-called “kill switch” for the Internet that critics say would be used to smash free speech."
helix2301 writes: "The Anonymous hacktivist community has released a new video to reveal the initiation of TYLER, an operation part of Project Mayhem 2012. Designed to be a WikiLeaks competitor the new project is scheduled to be done December 21 of this year."
helix2301 writes: "Hackers broke into keypads at more than 60 Barnes & Noble bookstores and made off with the credit card information for customers who shopped at the stores in the last month. At least one point-of-sale terminal in 63 different stores was compromised recording card details. Since discovering the breach, the company has uninstalled all 7,000 point-of-sale terminals from its hundreds of stores for examination."
helix2301 writes: "Anonymous has leaked a copy of the Symantec’s Norton Utilities 2006 source code on to peer-to-peer site The Pirate Bay. If you remember around March of this year Symantec Norton Antivirus 2006 souce code was released onto The Pirate Bay. The security vendor has admitted its servers had been compromised, but said was unlikely its customers were affected by the leak. Which since both leaks were for 2006 software I would think most customers have upgraded."
helix2301 writes: "Project HellFire by the hacktivist group GhostShell claims to have released one million account details from websites, in a project under the alias "Hellfire". GhostShell a hacker group linked with the Activist group Anonymous is claiming that they have hacked some major U.S. institutions including major banking institutions, accounts of politicians and has posted those details online."
helix2301 writes: "Apple support mistakenly gave a hacker access to reports iCloud account. Which in turn gave hacker access to Gmail account, Twitter account and the Twitter account of his former employer Gizmodo."
helix2301 writes: "Listing the 15 worst data security breaches in history. Out of all these I think the most brutal security breach was AOL because they got domain hijacked. But I think the VeriSign and Playstation hack effected more people and on a much larger scale. The Playstation network I remember took a VERY long time to recover from the hack and then was hacked again. Security is so important but no matter how much you secure something someone can almost always fine a back door especially if they have the time, resources and money."
helix2301 writes: "The Sony got hacked again this time only 8,500 accounts got compromised. Sony's Music Entertainment Greece website got hacked this information comes less then 2 weeks after Sony just restored there network from a bad outage that cost the company 171 million."