Syrian Electronic Army hacker faces 5 years in US prison

Syrian Electronic Army hacker faces 5 years in US prison

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 29.09.2016

A Syrian cybercriminal faces 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to extortion conspiracy and computer hacking. 37 year-old Peter Romar together with Firas Dardar, also known as “The Shadow”, went after critics of Syrian President Assad’s regime, many of which are humanitarian groups, the US and foreign governments and western media agencies. “Today’s guilty […] read more

Cybercriminals getting better at hacking; use more sophisticated attacks, says Europol

Cybercriminals getting better at hacking; use more sophisticated attacks, says Europol

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 28.09.2016

Cybercriminals have improved their hacking methods and are deploying more sophisticated techniques, ensuring that cybercrime “remains a real and significant threat,” says Europol Director Rob Wainwright. Based on input from EU countries and security experts, the 2016 Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) discusses the cybercrime threat landscape in terms of key developments and emerging […] read more

Retailers Aim to Bolster Security By Sharing Threat Information

Retailers Aim to Bolster Security By Sharing Threat Information

by Razvan Muresan, from Business Insights , on 28.09.2016

In August 2016, Eddie Bauer became one of the latest well-known retailers to get hit with a security breach. According to a statement by the company’s CEO Mike Egeck, Eddie Bauer learned that the point-of-sale systems at its retail stores were affected by malware. read more

Brad Pitt death hoax leads to clickbait site

Brad Pitt death hoax leads to clickbait site

by Alexandra GHEORGHE, from HotForSecurity , on 28.09.2016

A new scam leveraging Brad Pitt’s name and popularity is making the rounds on Facebook, according to news reports. The fake news story claims Brad Pitt took his life after the announcement that he was divorcing Angelina Jolie went public. A banner allegedly from Fox News announces the breaking news. The banner opens a click-bait website […] read more

TheDarkOverlord holds investment bank to ransom, or else hacked files will be released

TheDarkOverlord holds investment bank to ransom, or else hacked files will be released

by Graham CLULEY, from HotForSecurity , on 28.09.2016

No-one knows who TheDarkOverlord is. No-one even knows if he or she is one lone hacker, or a group of hackers. But one thing is certain, TheDarkOverlord must be giving some companies sleepless nights as they struggle to work out the best way to respond. You see, TheDarkOverlord has embraced the next era of online […] read more

US Democrats’ cell phones hacked by Russians, sources say

US Democrats’ cell phones hacked by Russians, sources say

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 28.09.2016

In the past month, some Democratic Party officials have allegedly been targets of hackers who tried to break into their cell phones, according to Reuters. US officials once again link the phone attacks to the Russian government, as more and more high-profile politicians have fallen victim to cyber-attacks. Following the Clinton email leak, the hacks […] read more

APT28 is back, delivers Mac OS X Trojan to aerospace employees

APT28 is back, delivers Mac OS X Trojan to aerospace employees

by Alexandra GHEORGHE, from HotForSecurity , on 27.09.2016

The infamous APT28 group is targeting users running OS X on their computers to install spying Trojans, according to Unit 42 researchers. APT28, also known as Sofacy, is a Russian cyber-criminal group known to target high-profile government, military and security organizations using sophisticated tools and capabilities. In December 2015, Bitdefender uncovered a massive global intelligence-gathering […] read more

Will IoT Networks Impact Operators?

Will IoT Networks Impact Operators?

by Liviu Arsene, from Business Insights , on 27.09.2016

The proliferation of IoT devices for both consumers and business has opened up a new market that’s estimated to reach a whopping $661.74 billion by 2021, from $157.05 billion in 2016. Considering the obvious business opportunities, security researchers have expressed concerns regarding the security mechanisms – or lack of – bundled with “smart things”. read more

Music industry declares war on stream-ripping

Music industry declares war on stream-ripping

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 27.09.2016

Stream-ripping is a process that allows users to turn a YouTube video into a downloadable MP3. Registering a 50 percent increase in only two years, it is a massive threat to the music industry, which is now taking legal measures to avoid further financial losses. YouTube-mp3 (YTMP3), one of the largest stream-ripping websites, has been […] read more

Plaintext Passwords to Some 5.5 Million Teens Exposed via SQL Injection

Plaintext Passwords to Some 5.5 Million Teens Exposed via SQL Injection

by Liviu ARSENE, from HotForSecurity , on 27.09.2016

An alleged SQL vulnerability in I-Dresup’s website could allow an attacker to download more than 5.5 million user accounts, including their plaintext passwords. With currently more than 2.2 million user accounts already exposed, the attacker claims he can download the full database, as the vulnerability has yet to be patched even though it was reported […] read more

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