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05
2011

Symantec: Targeted computer attacks almost doubled in 2010

Antivirus software maker Symantec said Tuesday that attacks increased some 93 percent from 2009 to 2010, with a staggering 286 million new threats reported last year alone. An increase in the number of attacks on enterprise systems was noted, as well as the use of social networks as an attack vector. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Jan
    26
    2011

    Zuckerberg’s Facebook page hacked

    In what can only be described as irony on a high level, Mark Zuckerberg – owner of Facebook – had his own Facebook page hacked on Tuesday, to promote an alternative business plan for the social network site.

    Unknown pranksters defaced the page with a message suggesting that Facebook ought to allow ordinary users to invest in the site in a “social way”, rather than getting its financing from the banks. The message suggested the idea of using “micro-payments”, which is a system that allows people to make small regular payments to a service, which can add up to a substantial amount when others join in. The post, which was appended with the hacker tag #hackercup2011, gained the thumbs up (“like”) of more than 1800 people before the social network restored the boy-droid page to normal.

    It’s unclear how the hack took place, but weak password security by the team of minions maintaining the page is the most likely explanation – and suggestions that this may have been the case have caused mass ridicule and laughter all across the internet. Screenshots of the Zuckerberg hack can be found in a blog post by net security firm Sophos here.

    The incident follows a similar hack on the profile of French President Nicolas Sarkozy earlier this week. A badly worded update posted by miscreants falsely suggested Mr Carla Bruni would not seek re-election next year.

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    Jan
    01
    2011

    New virus threatens Android devices

    A new virus, apparently originating from China, has recently been discovered in the wild, and can allow a hacker to gain access to personal data and force the details to be saved to remote servers. But this virus doesn’t affect Windows, Mac OS, or any similar operating system. Instead, this is a virus that targets Google Android platforms!

    A report this week from Lookout Mobile Security said the new Trojan affecting Android devices has been dubbed “Geinimi” and “can compromise a significant amount of personal data on a user’s phone and send it to remote servers.” The firm Read the rest of this entry »

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    Dec
    31
    2010

    Hackers expected to focus on Google and Apple in 2011

    As it assesses the forthcoming threat vectors for 2011, IT security giant McAfee is predicting that Internet TV platforms, in particular Google TV and Apple TV, will be high among the list of targets for emerging threats in 2011. In fact, McAfee say that its list comprises 2010’s most talked about platforms and services, including not just Apple TV and Google TV but also Google’s Android, Apple’s iPhone, foursquare, and the Mac OS X platform. These are all expected to become major targets for cybercriminals as they get more popular.

    Focusing on potential privacy leaks from TVs, McAfee says that new Internet TV platforms were among some of the most highly-anticipated devices in 2010. Due to the growing popularity among users and “rush to market” thinking by developers, McAfee expects an increasing number of suspicious and malicious apps for the most widely deployed media platforms, such as Google TV. McAfee believes that these apps will likely target or expose privacy and identity data, and will allow cybercriminals to manipulate a variety of physical devices through compromised or controlled apps, eventually raising the effectiveness of botnets. With Internet-enabled TVs getting close to matching smartphones or low-powered computers in their technical abilities, it’s only a matter of time before they are exploited in some way, and many of the possible vulnerabilities of connected TV and IPTV services have only just begun to emerge. It is likely we’ll learn more about the risks as time progresses.

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    Dec
    12
    2010

    It’s a cyber war, and WikiLeaks is the cause

    Folks, we could be at the verge of the very first global war on technology. Or at least, that’s what the hackers want us to think.

    The battle centres on Washington’s fierce attempts to close down WikiLeaks and shut off the supply of confidential US government cables. For those of you who haven’t kept up with the latest news, WikiLeaks is a well-known whistleblower site that encourages people to post secret documents they’ve managed to get their hands on, so they can be made public and the information contained within made known to everyone – and the people responsible are kept completely anonymous. Lately, WikiLeaks is responsible for leaking the content of a long chain of confidential documents and communications between the US government. Naturally, the US are a little pissed off about it. Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, said those who passed the secrets to WikiLeaks should be executed. Sarah Palin demanded the founder of WikiLeaks be hunted in the same way an al-Qaeda operative would be pursued.

    Recently, the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, was arrested in Britain, after British authorities received an arrest warrant from Swedish prosecutors eager to question him on unrelated allegations of rape. News of his arrest, even on unrelated charges, pleased the US authorities. “That sounds like good news to me,” said Robert Gates, US secretary of defence. The US now want Assange to answer to the actions of those using his website to leak the government cables, and his role in helping the leaks get widespread, and have made calls for Assange to be extradited to the US to face charges of espionage.

    Yet even as Assange prepared to appear in a London court last week, an unlikely alliance of defenders had begun plotting to turn on the forces circling WikiLeaks. They were beginning to attack Amazon, which had been persuaded to sever links with WikiLeaks by Joe Lieberman, who heads the US Senate’s homeland security committee; they also hit every domain name system (DNS) that broke WikiLeaks.org’s domain name: Mastercard, Visa and Paypal, which stopped facilitating donations to the site, and the Swiss post office which froze WikiLeaks’ bank account. Read the rest of this entry »

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