The Twitter account for USA Today was hacked this weekend by new hacking group the Script Kiddies. A security professional said in a blog post that Twitter should increase its internet security to help avoid future occurrences of hackings such as these.
In an effort to help defend U.S defense contractors, The Associated Press reports that the Pentagon is extending a pilot program to help protect the country's prime suppliers' internet security. The AP said the report could eventually serve as a model for other government agencies.
Donna Goddard, a resident of New Brunswick, Canada, recently received a scam phone call with an attempt to hack into her computer by having her install a harmful fake firewall. She said had she not thought twice, she wouldn't have thought the scam was trying to sell her a fake internet security program, according to the Telegraph-Journal.
The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office has warned citizens about an internet security scam that has been reported in other areas of Florida, according to WINK-News.
The FBI has arrested two alleged members of online hacking collectives LulzSec and Anonymous this week in San Francisco and Phoenix, Arizona. Search warrants are also being executed in New Jersey, Minnesota and Montana for those who have breached internet security on a personal, corporate and government level.
Three Japanese computers were part of a large cyber attack on South Korean government websites' internet security earlier this year, according to a National Police Agency investigation, news sources say.
Jeff Gelles, a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, writes that in order to stay away from virus, worm, phisher, bot and Trojan free, people must install antivirus programs and be vigilant about internet security.
The Massachusetts Attorney General's office said the personal information of about 2 million Boston residents, or one of every three people that live in the state, have been compromised through electronic data and internet security breaches over the past 20 months, news sources say.
Heightened business security software and antivirus programs may be needed in Oakdale, California, as news sources report that a virus was used to steal $118,000 from a city bank account.
An increase in security software may be needed after attacks on Japan's top defense contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries took place this week. U.S. government officials say these cyber attacks need to be taken very seriously.
Two companies may be asked by the U.S. federal government to set an industry standard for fighting against computer viruses known as botnets, according to a proposal by U.S. regulators, Reuters reports. Currently, individual users must decide what kind of antivirus software they want to use for their computer.
A scammer contacted multiple Skype users with automated messages and tried to get them to purchase fake antivrius software, according to news sources.
With more hackers and computer criminals online everyday, the average person has a lot to defend against when going online, Dennis O'Reilly of CNET writes. O'Reilly said if users keep up with the latest version of the antivirus software they use and be aware, that should keep away malicious programs, such as malware and adware.
Trading Standards North West, a collective of 22 Trading Standards services within the northwest region of England, has warned residents in Cheshire, England to be aware of a scam phone call going around right now. Those who have given information to the scammers or who are wary should install security software or antivirus software.