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First Arrests in HeartBleed Attack on Canadian Site

A 19-year old man has been charged for allegedly exploiting the HeartBleed vulnerability to steal information about Canadian taxpayers, according to a press release of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Google Scans Your Emails, New Terms of Service Say

Amid accusations of spying on users’ private content, Google has amended its Terms of Service to explain the issue of accessing users’ private information to display tailored advertising and other custom features.

German Aerospace Center Systems Found Infected with Spying Malware

The computers used by scientists and administrators from the German Aerospace Center were found infected with spying malware in an apparent cyber attack, according to German Magazine, Der Spiegel.

Nine Accused of Distributing Zeus Malware

The US Department of Justice charged nine people on allegations of intentionally spreading malicious software to steal millions of dollars from several high-profile US Banks, according to recently disclosed official documents.

OpenSSL Developer Expresses Regrets over Heartbleed Oversight

The OpenSSL developer who created the Heartbeat function – and, inadvertently, the Heartbleed vulnerability - has expressed his regrets for omitting it, according to The Guardian.

Facebook Accused of Snooping on Private Messages

Facebook is being sued in a class action by some 18 million Canadian users for violating their privacy rights after allegedly intercepting their private Facebook messages, according to PCWorld.

Open SSL Vulnerability Patched to Safeguard Encrypted Data Transfer

A weakness in the popular Open SSL cryptographic library allowed third parties to zoom in on encrypted communications, according to heartbleed.com.

US Banks Told to Counter Risk of DDoS Attacks

US banks and financial institutions must now survey their networks for denial-of-service attacks to counter operational and reputation risks, announced the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC).

Hacker Claims to Have Developed a Method to Get Free Flights

A Greek hacker claims to have developed a method to get free flights by creating a fake boarding pass for Apple’s Passbook, according to ITNews.

Yahoo to Extend Encryption to All Services

Yahoo plans to implement encryption across all their services by the end of Q1 of 2014, including a new privacy-friendly Yahoo messenger, according to a recent blog post.

Home Routers Increasingly Vulnerable to DDOS Attacks

Around 24 million home routers can expose ISP networks to DNS-based DDOS amplification attacks according to a new study by DNS providers Nominium, says threatpost.com.

Russian Hacktivists Breach Chinese Embassy in Moscow; Leak Documents Related to Russia’s Spying on Ukraine

The Russian Cyber Command (Rucyborg) hacker group breached the China’s Embassy in Moscow and leaked documents related to Chinese-made hardware with backdoors allegedly used in Russian spying on Ukraine, according to Softpedia News.

US Department of Justice Wins First-Ever Convictions of Mobile App Pirates

Two Florida website owners became the first-ever suspects in the US convicted of pirating mobile apps after authorities caught them selling more than a million copies of copyrighted Android applications worth $700,000.

Microsoft Warns of Word 2010 Vulnerability

Microsoft is warning users of an unpatched remote code vulnerability that leaves Microsoft Word 2010 vulnerable to cyber-attacks.