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Citadel Malware Steals Money Through Reveton Ransomware

A new Citadel malware platform steals money by luring people to a drive-by download website, said a recent Internet Crime Complaint Center report. Once Reveton ransomware is installed, it freezes the computer. A screen then warns users they have violated United States law.

Seagate BlackArmor Storage Device Pierced with Password Reset Bug

A security vulnerability discovered in the BlackArmor line of network-attached storage devices from Seagate may lead to sensitive information theft, according to a vulnerability note by US-CERT.

Researchers Claim to Have Found World's First Secret Features in Military Chips

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Quo Vadis Labs allegedly found a back door in a commercial field-programmable gate array (FPGA) marketed as a secure tool for military applications. This would be a world premiere.

Software Piracy Declining, Chinese Government Claims

Software piracy in China dropped to 38% of all installed software in 2011, according to China Labs, a local consulting and research company contracted by the People’s Republic to conduct such surveys for nearly a decade. Compared to 2009 and 2010, last year recorded the greatest decline in software piracy in the past years.

China Thwarts Transnational Telecom Fraud, 482 Arrested

Chinese and Taiwanese law enforcement officials in cooperation with six other countries’ police forces took into custody 482 suspects in a major transnational telecom scam, according to a xinhuanet.com report. Estimates of the suspects’ fraudulent gains point to more than 11.5 million USD presumably collected in 510 separate incidents.

Windows 8 to Come With Pre-Installed Flash in Metro Browser

The upcoming version of the Windows operating system will reportedly come pre-installed with Internet Explorer 10 and the Adobe Flash Player plugin. While browsers hardly ever come with pre-installed plugins, the Redmond-based software vendor has decided to integrate the Flash technology in the Metro version of Internet Explorer 10 to let its users enjoy multimedia content out-of-the-box.

Google to Notify Users of DNS Changer Infections

The DNS Changer Trojan currently affecting more than 500,000 users worldwide will leave its victims without internet connectivity as of July 9. Since many computer users have no clue that their machines have been compromised and that they will lose connectivity Google has started delivering infection notifications to affected parties whenever they query the search engine for results.

Microsoft Security Updates Now in CVRF Format

Microsoft re-released a set of monthly security updates in CVRF format and submitted it to users’ review, according to a blog post published on the Microsoft Security Response Center. The IT giant takes this step as part of its commitment to address today’s cyber security challenges as a founding member of the Industry Consortium for Advancement of Security in the Internet (ICASI).

AntiS3curityOPS Claim Credit for Hacking into Chicago Police Website

Hacktivists supposedly affiliated with the notorious group Anonymous claim to have taken down the Chicago police website in response to alleged police brutality in a confrontation that took place Saturday in Chicago during protests against the NATO summit.

China Mobile’s IIS License Concerns U.S. Security Officials

China Mobile’s application for licensing an international information service on United States territory is facing scrutiny from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Justice Department, as alien infrastructure on US ground could pose a security issue.

Information Commissioner Website Hacked in DDoS Hit

The website of the Information Commissioner's Office, the privacy watchdog, was taken down in a distributed denial of service attack allegedly by hacktivist group Anonymous, which accused the office of corruption. No important information was stolen, according to the office.

Bot-Generated Web Traffic Poses Security Risk to Web Servers

More than 50 percent of the overall traffic sustained by small and mid-size websites is generated by bots and automated scripts, according to a study by traffic monitoring company Incapsula.

US Officials Turn Computers Into Bricks Before CEOs

"Enduring Security Framework" public-private partnership matches top technology to top defense, real-time sharing of classified web threat info on the wish list.

California Bans Employers From Collecting Employees’ Passwords

California joins Maryland in prohibiting employers from demanding their current or potential employees to reveal their social media account authentication data. Introduced February 22, the bill has just received 73 votes in the House of Representatives which allow it to pass onto the Senate.