Iran Cyber Defense Counters Critical Infrastructure Attacks

Iranian authorities announced that some of their key oil platform systems were subject to massive cyber attacks jointly launched by Israeli and Chinese forces, reports the Register.

Microsoft Rushes IE 10 Flash Bug in No Time

Microsoft released a patch for 25 security vulnerabilities in the Adobe Flash Player component of Internet Explorer 10 right after Adobe issued its own fix for the flaws in the Flash Player plug-in.

Close to $9 Million Average Cleanup Costs for US Organizations Targeted in Cyber Attacks

Corporate and government organizations’ costs incurred due to cyber attacks rose 6 percent this year compared to last year, with an average cleanup bill amounting to $8.9 million for 2012, according to a Ponemone Institute study, reports cio.com.

Malnets Responsible for Two-Thirds of Malware Distribution

Malnets or malware delivering networks are responsible for two thirds of malware distribution and cyber-attacks worldwide, according to security company Blue Coat.

Internet Access in Iran Disrupted Amid Cyber Attacks

Cyber attackers targeting Iran’s infrastructure and communications companies have disrupted internet access, according to media reports.

TeamGhostShell Behind Massive Academic Hack; Top World Universities See Student Records Leaked

TeamGhostShell, a hacktivist group affiliated to Anonymous, attacked the servers of the top 100 universities of the world and exposed massive amounts of student data, reports The Register.

$10 Packet Monitoring Application Gives Hackers Passwords

Firesheep, the little addon for Firefox that allowed an attacker to steal cookies from people browsing the web from public hotspots, now has a scarier, meaner successor called Cookie Cadger. Development on the Firesheep project has stopped after the vast majority of social network services defaulted user traffic to SSL/TLS, but users who need a real-live demonstration on the dangers of unencrypted Wi-Fi can now tinker with a new open-source pen-testing tool: Cookie Cadger.

Japan Users Face Jail for Illegal Downloads

Japan-based Internet users face up to two years in prison and fines up to two million yen ($25,700) for illegal downloads after a copyright law change in the country, according to the BBC. The measures can be enforced even if a user has copied a single pirated file.

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