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Georgia Tricks Anti-Government Russian Hacker to Grab His Pictures

The Georgian government published pictures of a Russian hacker who allegedly stole data from the country’s web sites, according to a Cyber Espionage report. The authorities managed to grab two webcam images of the Russian after luring him with a bogus “Georgian-Nato Agreement” ZIP archive. The bait was set up by the country’s Computer Emergency Response Team, and actually contained the hacker’s own secret spying program.

Pakistan Blocked Mobile Networks during Muslim Festival

Pakistan authorities blocked mobile phone networks during the Muslim Festival on Saturday to prevent terrorist attacks, according to the AFP.

DMCA Ruling: It’s OK to Jailbreak Phones, But Tablet Jailbreakers Technically go to Jail

The Library of Congress announced on Thursday the last batch of exemptions to the circumvention of copyright protection systems in a document that will become effective on Oct. 28.

PlayStation 3 Level 0 Security Hack Marks Homebrew Milestone

A hacker group that calls itself "The Three Musketeers" released a set of LV0 codes that render PlayStation 3’s Level 0 security access useless.

Sony Playstation Lawsuit Dismissed in Court

Sony’s PSN hacking lawsuit was dismissed by a California district judge, who ruled „there is no such thing as perfect security,” according to Courthouse News.

SSL Flaws Make Android Apps Vulnerable to Attack

More than 17 per cent of Android apps are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks because of their insecure SSL/TLS code, according to a paper from Leibniz University in Hannover.

EU on Google privacy policies

The European Union is concerned about how Google will protect customer data now that the company announced plans to follow activities of users across services such as YouTube, Google Docs or Gmail.

Blacole exploit kit is menace of the hour, Microsoft says

Microsoft published its Security Intelligence Report Volume 13 last week with details on the malware landscape, focusing mostly on the connection between malware and illegal software downloads.

NASA Hacker to Hear US Extradition Fate Tomorrow

NASA hacker Gary McKinnon will hear on Tuesday afternoon if his 10-year legal battle to avoid extradition from the UK to the US has been successful, according to zdnet.com. Home Secretary Theresa May is the one to reveal the news that may lead the London resident to as US court on charges of attacking military computers.

Confidential information on thousands of students in Florida stolen

A Florida college suffered a massive security breach leading to exposure of private data of thousands of students and faculty staffers.

New Firefox 16 Pulled by Mozilla to Fix Vulnerability

Firefox 16 was temporarily pulled from Mozilla’s installer page to fix a security flaw discovered a day after the official release, according to the company’s blog. The new browser version is scheduled for an update to patch the vulnerability. Mozilla representatives said Firefox version 15 is unaffected.

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.