Online attacks aimed at Vietnamese activists, says Google

Google says it's detected cyberattacks targeting opponents of a Chinese-backed bauxite mining project in Vietnam.

iPhone 2.0 hacked for the first time

A pair of security researchers hijacked the entire SMS database of an iPhone in 20 seconds flat at the CanSecWest Pwn2Own hacking contest in Vancouver yesterday.

US Secret Service funded convicted hacker

A convicted hacker was reportedly paid $75,000 a year by the US Secret Service to operate undercover and inform on bank card thieves.

Want to avoid cybercrime? Live in Detroit

They're a tech-savvy bunch in Seattle, but they're still more at risk of cybercrime than anywhere else in the US, according to a report from Symantec.

Immunet: anti-virus in the clouds

Free is always a good price. How about free anti-virus software? How about free anti-virus software that works in the cloud?!

Google launches web security scanner

Google has launched an open source scanner that allows web app developers to probe nascent applications for security vulnerabilities.

IRS still failing to keep taxpayer information secure

Despite warnings, the IRS is continuing to put taxpayer information at risk, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Secpoint cracks WPA keys with Portable Penetrator

Secpoint has introduced a new "portable penetrator" that offers browser-based wireless vulnerability scanning of large networks across hundreds of IP addresses simultaneously.

New phishing scam targets Facebook users

There's a new phishing scam targeting Facebook users, potentially giving the scammers access to all of a user's usernames and passwords.

Cybercriminals' profits surge

In times of economic hardship, it's good to know one sector of the economy is booming. So hats off to American cybercriminals, who apparently doubled their takings in 2009.

Report: Apple to support iPhone multitasking

Apple will reportedly offer a multitasking "solution" for third-party apps with the release of its long-awaited iPhone OS 4.0.

Twitter fights back against phishing scams

Well, you can't say there isn't a need for it. After scam after scam, Twitter is introducing a service to foil the phishers.

Feds issue warning over Energizer backdoor

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has identified a "backdoor" in Energizer's DUO USB battery charger software that allows unauthorized remote system access.

Domestic spying to protect against cyber warfare

Big Brother really is watching you, and checking your emails for evidence you may be plotting a cyber attack on the US government, according to a declassified summary of project Einstein, the US National Security Association’s program to protect the States from cyber warfare.

Severe vulnerability found in RSA encryption

The most widely used software encryption technique has a major weakness, University of Michigan computer scientists have discovered.

Homeland Security wants to pick your brains

In a move which surely smacks of just a touch of desperation, the Department of Homeland Security is asking Joe Public how to best raise awareness of the importance of cybersecurity.

ATM skimmer swallows Kingston flash drive

An accused ATM skimmer swallowed a Kingston flash drive during a federal raid in a desperate attempt to destroy potentially incriminating evidence.

Spanish police stamp out butterfly botnet

Another day, another botnet. This time, it has the rather pretty name of Mariposa - it means butterfly - and is believed to be one of the world's largest.

Device uses nose shape to sniff out terrorists

You can tell this idea came from a country where they're not big on plastic surgery. Scientists at the UK's University of Bath reckon that noses are a better way of identifying people than iris or fingerprint scans.

Google botnet attack was 'amateurish'

The Aurora attacks on Google which prompted it to threaten to pull out of China were carried out by a bunch of amateurs, according to security firm Damballa.