Hackers arrested after Russia Central Bank cyberheist

Hackers arrested after Russia Central Bank cyberheist

by Alexandra GHEORGHE, from HotForSecurity , on 08.12.2016

Several suspects have been arrested in connection with the cyber-robbery that left the Russian Central Bank without $19 million, according to Reuters. The Federal Security Service (FSB) and the Interior Ministry have arrested “a large number of people” after an operation conducted in May, however, they declined to provide names or other details. The FSB […] read more

In-flight communication monitored for years by US, UK secret services

In-flight communication monitored for years by US, UK secret services

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 08.12.2016

From as early as 2012, mobile phone activity on commercial airlines has been monitored by the intelligence agencies NSA (US) and GCHQ (UK) with Air France being a top target as of 2005, Le Monde announced yesterday, based on additional information from Edward Snowden’s leaked information. “In 2009, in an internal document, the NSA emphasizes […] read more

Cybercriminal gets 5 years in prison for hacking celebrities

Cybercriminal gets 5 years in prison for hacking celebrities

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 08.12.2016

24-year-old Alonzo Knowles from Bahamas, also known as Jeff Moxey, was sentenced to five years in a US prison, following his confession and guilty plea to criminal copyright infringement and identity theft in May, announced the US Department of Justice, Southern District of New York. After hacking the email accounts of some 130 entertainment, sports […] read more

Three in four IT managers in the UK fear having to pay financial compensation in case of a security breach

Three in four IT managers in the UK fear having to pay financial compensation in case of a security breach

by Razvan Muresan, from Business Insights , on 08.12.2016

A Bitdefender study on large UK companies revealed that 75 percent of IT decision makers fear having to pay financial compensation in case of a security breach, while 69 percent even fear their own job safety. Moreover, 53 percent of IT decision makers are concerned regarding the security management of hybrid infrastructures. read more

A third of wearable device owners quit using them, Gartner says

A third of wearable device owners quit using them, Gartner says

by Răzvan MUREȘAN, from HotForSecurity , on 08.12.2016

Almost one in three smartwatch and fitness tracker users quit using them, as people do not find them useful, they get bored of them or they break, according to a survey by advisory company Gartner. Some 29 percent of smartwatches and 30 percent of fitness trackers are abandoned. According to the survey, smartwatches are still […] read more

SMS Two-Factor Authentication is unreliable but still in use

SMS Two-Factor Authentication is unreliable but still in use

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 07.12.2016

Two-factor authentication (2FA), also known as multi-factor authentication, might not be enough, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has repeatedly warned us this year. Meant to provide an extra layer of security by sending a code to a token generator or an SMS to a phone only the user has access to, […] read more

Desktops are the most popular corporate devices among businesses, corporate mobile devices still not widespread, Gartner says

Desktops are the most popular corporate devices among businesses, corporate mobile devices still not widespread, Gartner says

by Razvan Muresan, from Business Insights , on 07.12.2016

Mobile device adoption in the workplace is not yet mature, found a recent survey from the advisory company Gartner. Four in five of workers surveyed by Gartner received one or more corporate-issued devices, but desktops are still the most popular corporate device among businesses, with more than half of workers receiving corporate-issued desktop PCs. read more

Ransomware forced hospitals to cancel 2,800 operations and shut down systems

Ransomware forced hospitals to cancel 2,800 operations and shut down systems

by Graham CLULEY, from HotForSecurity , on 06.12.2016

Ransomware is a serious enough threat for most organisations, but just imagine if you’re in the business of keeping people healthy and saving lives. At the end of October, three British hospitals suffered a “major incident”, as a malware attack infected the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLAG), forcing the almost complete shutdown […] read more

DailyMotion hack exposes 87 million user accounts

DailyMotion hack exposes 87 million user accounts

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 06.12.2016

Over 87 million user accounts with unique emails were leaked following a breach of popular French video-sharing website DailyMotion in October, announced LeakedSource. Some 20 to 30 hacks are further to be revealed by the end of the year. The search engine claims to have gained access to a database that contains usernames, email addresses […] read more

Connected toys spy on kids, expose them to predators

Connected toys spy on kids, expose them to predators

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 06.12.2016

Almost everything around us is connected – cameras, cars, fridges, and even city infrastructures. Some 24 billion IoT devices are expected to be connected by 2020, but that doesn’t automatically mean manufacturers will develop better security. It feels like we’re going in circles with this discussion about IoT privacy and lax security. Let’s face it, […] read more

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