Utilities Are Now In the Business Of Protecting National Security

Last month, federal agents arrested a man for destruction of three different power lines and a terroristic attack against a railroad carrier. Next Next week, a key organization that helps maintain the grid and its physical and cyber security will perform a series of exercises to defend those ...

Cybercrime's bottom line: $500 billion

(Editor\\'s note: In this guest essay, Deloitte consultants Eric Openshaw and Irfan Saif assemble the best available estimates for the economic clout of the cybercrime industry.)No one knows the true cost of cybercrime. Annual loss estimates for U.S. corporations range from $70-140 billion in a recent report from ...

Facebook users surprised at info revealed in Graph Search

More than five billion people have Facebook accounts, and every single one of them is affected by Facebook\\'s new way to search the social network. The company rolled it out over the summer. It\\'s called Graph Search. It can help you find new friends, new businesses, but as ...

British lawmakers to quiz Snowden leaks newspaper editor

British lawmakers will question the editor of the Guardian newspaper next month over publishing intelligence files from U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden after warnings from security chiefs that the leaks damaged UK national security.Alan Rusbridger will appear before the House of Commons home affairs select committee, the ...

The Adobe Hack: are 150 million people really impacted?

Adobe has  a lot to answer for. We've gone from 3 million to 130 million to 150 million possible accounts hacked. It's all out there for everyone to see on the interwebs. Were it not twee software applications, we'd probably sense more outrage. Right now, it's hard to fathom what the deal is and how far this travesty goes.

Power Plants and Other Vital Systems Are Totally Exposed on the Internet

Researcher Paul McMillan thinks the pharmacy may have been monitoring the computer activity of employees using the remote access program TeamViewer, but then failed to secure the application, allowing anyone else on the internet to view the employee computer screen as well. Contacted by WIRED, the customer said ...

Developers need to start thinking about security now

It’s broken because security teams drive security, and development teams let them. There needs to be a re-balancing of this relationship, driven by an awakening in the developer community.Development teams abdicate security because they don’t understand it. They abdicate because they are too busy building features. They abdicate ...

America Spies On Nigerian State Security Services, SSS Daily Via Computer Hacking & Telephonic Interceptions

US Spies On Nigerian State Security Services, SSS Daily Via Computer Hacking & Telephonic Interceptions There is an authoritative hint that the United States of America (USA) is spying on Nigeria’s security agencies, especially the State Security Services (SSS). This was revealed by the American newspaper, New York ...

Porn-viewing bosses infect corporate networks

A surprising number of IT professionals say they have to clean up corporate devices infected by executives who went to porn sites. According to a recent survey by software firm ThreatTrack Security, 40% of tech support employees admit they\\'ve had to clean an executive\\'s corporate device after the ...

Are retailers the new NSA?

Smartphones and tablets have not just changed the way we shop online, they are also having an impact in brick-and-mortar shops, as many shoppers are using them to compare prices and read product reviews. But shoppers aren’t the only ones doing a bit of intelligence work on the ground, the retailers are responding in kind.

Chinese hackers: we're back!

The Chinese hackers who went quiet after the US made a big noise about their operations, appear to be back in business again.

Malware that gives people a second chance

A group of malware writers who hoped that people could be blackmailed into paying up for their data apparently have been shocked that people would be happier to scrap their hard drive rather than pay up.

Adobe hack update: Not 3 million. Not 38 million. 130 million accounts.

You remember that story about Adobe getting a security breach that resulted in 3 million accounts being compromised? Well, it is actually 130 million accounts. And, if that wasn't bad enough, it appears that someone has published a Top 100 Adobe Passwords hit list. 123456 is the winner. Yes, 123456. No, we are sure. 123456 is the most used password in Adobe accounts that were recently hacked.

Is BadBIOS the mother of all malware?

The unfolding story surrounding BadBIOS has security experts at odds as to what is really happening and whether it even exists. If it does, it's a doozy.

Edward Snowden: job in Russia, witness for Germany. WTF?!

This may be a classic case of narcissism now. The whistleblower who has unravelled the secret policies of the NSA has got a job in Russia, where he has temporary asylum, and is offering to provide witness to the Germany government. You can kick NSA ass for what it does in America, but really, opening up the door for Russians and Europeans? Is this a legitimate act of a guy who cares about his own country or someone who's gone cat lady crazy with paranoia?

Google Play In-App Billing Library Hacked

I successfully exploited two bugs in Google Play In-App Billing Library, which allow to impersonate the Google Play billing service and circumvent the signature verification. I was able to retrieve unlimited amounts of in-app items in games like Temple Run 2, which uses this library.This blog post was ...

Anonymity is the ENEMY of PRIVACY, says RSA grande fromage

Being prepared allows your brand to greatly improve your advertising infrastructure performance and reliability that, in the end, will boost confidence in your brand.Protecting your company to survive unexpected disruptions: use the flowchart to find the unprotected gaps in your core business applications.While HPC is not new, it ...

CyberCrime & Doing Time: A Prominent American Express Phish

The spam messages started flowing shortly before 9 AM, and by 10:30 we had received 548 copies of a spam email that looked like this: But the highlighted link that claims it will take you to https://www.americanexpress.com/ actually goes to one of 419 URLs on one of 57 ...

Cryptolocker Holds Your Files For Ransom

A new piece of ransomware is giving Internet users one more reason to think twice before they click a link in an email. A virus known as Cryptolocker has been infecting PCs around the world and effectively holding the files within for ransom. Users who have their files ...

Hacking from below: Subcontractors can leave big companies vulnerable

While the largest companies in the energy industry have taken steps to protect themselves from intruders, they\\'ve failed to insist on the same vigilance from their subcontractors, said Stephen Coty, director of threat research for Houston-based security firm Alert Logic. Coty said the gaps in...HOUSTON — Hackers are ...