Nefarious Donbot spews URL-shortened spam

A report published by Symantec's MessageLabs indicates that shortened-URL spam continues to be a popular medium for criminal elements attempting to sell drugs online. According to Matt Sergeant, spammers are taking advantage of the heightened interest in health-related issues such as swine flu to disseminate large volumes of spam using the powerful Donbot botnet.

Japanese break wi-fi security in 60 seconds

Japanese scientists took just sixty seconds to break the WPA encryption used in wireless routers. The previous record stood at 15 minutes.

Social media users invite burglars in

Twitter amounts to 'internet shopping for burglars', according to a UK insurance agency.

IBM: Malicious web links up by 508 percent

A report published by IBM's X-Force says there has been a staggering 508 percent increase in the number of malicious Web links. X-Force Director Kris Lamb told TG Daily that web client, server, and content threats have converged to create an 'untenable risk landscape.'

Jessica Biel friskier than Brad Pitt, Obama

Anti-virus software firm McAfee has a fresh bit of nonsense to proffer to the world today.

Police hacker informer stole 130 million credit card details

A US hacker who once informed on the criminal underworld for the secret service has been working with Russian criminals to carry out a series of digital burglaries, prosecutors say.

Hapless Twitter hijacked by insidious botnet

An insidious botnet has breached Twitter's cyber defenses and is exploiting the social networking site to further its command-and-control operations. According to Symantec, 'obfuscated' Twitter status messages are being used to send out new download links to malware software known as "Downloader.Sninfs."

Firefox security problem affects OS X, Windows, Linux

A site claims that there is a "fundamental problem" with Firefox updates using the OS X operating system.

Team hacks voting machine to steal votes

A group of computer scientists has shown just how easy it is to hack an electronic voting machine and steal votes.

Twitter attack aimed at Georgian blogger

Twitter has confirmed that a recent wave of fatal DDoS attacks were 'geopolitical in motivation.' However, the company refused to engage in 'speculative discussion' about the massive cyber offensive.

US Marine Corps bans access to social networking sites

The US Marine Corps has officially banned access to all social networking sites. However, the seemingly draconian ban applies only to military personnel using Marine equipment, such as NIPRNET (Nonsecure Internet Protocol Router Network) and internal VPNs.

Journalists flunk online security 101

A recent survey commissioned by AVG found that 80 percent of media staff "rarely or never" informed their network administrator of online security concerns. In addition, more than half refused to change their passwords, even though 13 percent experienced critical data loss or system failure due to hostile malware.

Scientists get a million Linux kernels to run at once

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, have run more than a million Linux kernels as virtual machines.

Bank robbers stuff up placement of fake ATM

A bunch of would be bank robbers had an epic fail when they came to install a fake ATM machine in Las Vegas.

Researchers identify critical iPhone security flaw

Researchers have identified a critical iPhone security flaw that could allow hackers to take control of the shiny device. Although Club Cupertino was warned of the vulnerability in July, it has yet to issue a patch or even comment on the issue.

Claim: P2P "jeopardizes" national security

The US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has claimed that P2P network sharing is responsible for "jeopardizing" national security. According to Chairman Edolphus Towns, most people who use P2P are "totally unaware" that they may expose some of the most private files on their computers to being downloaded by others.

Microsoft releases emergency IE patch

Microsoft has released an emergency "out of band" security update to eliminate multiple Internet Explorer (IE) vulnerabilities identified in Bulletin MS09-035. According to Microsoft, the vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a "specially crafted Web page" with Internet Explorer.

Australian police set up Nigerian scam portal

Australian police are trialing a new tie-in with their opposite numbers in Nigeria to crush Internet scams which originate from that country.

Half million credit card details stolen from Network Solutions

Red-faced Network Solutions has admitted that its secure credit card payment system was hacked for more than three months before they noticed and that more than 43 percent of stores who use the service will have had their customers' credit card details compromised.

AT&T denies censorship charges over 4chan block

AT&T has admitted to blocking the adult-oriented 4chan.org website. According to AT&T, the block was implemented to "protect" customers from malicious traffic and "was in no way" related to 4chan's controversial content.