For many years, biometric authentication has been regarded as the most effective means of securing assets. The king of biometrics, the iris scanner, has just been defeated by a group of scientists at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, who presented a replica of the human eye that can bypass iris-scanning security systems.
The first quarter of 2012 saw a significant increase of phishing websites, even though some major players in the spam-sending industry, such as Kelihos, have been taken down.
More than one million records of forum users have been stolen after the successful breach of Phandroid's Android Forums web site. According to the note posted online, the breach revealed user data including e-mail addresses, hashed passwords, as well as registration IP addresses and last log-in date.
Some $2.7 million filled the pockets of a cybercrime ring in a massive online loan-fraud operation that started in 2005, according to a networkworld.com report.
Mobile banking users from Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Germany have been hit by a wave of Man-in-the-Mobile attacks that seek to move funds from one account to another.
Anonymous member Ececus exposed 10,000 member accounts, but GameReplays’ owner continues to give credit to ethical hackers probing the site. Jon LeMaitre, co-owner and General Manager of the online gamer company, confessed in a blog post that he still supports Anonymous' mission and will collaborate with hackers in the future, inviting them to help track vulnerabilities in the web site, but in a responsible manner.
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.
The US Federal Communications Commission has fined Google with a $25,000 (£15,300) fine for interfering with the company’s investigation in the Street View Wi-Fi data collection case.
Microsoft has fixed the Hotmail password reset vulnerability that was reported as exploited in the wild for days. The company was notified on April 20 of the flaw that was known to be spreading rapidly in the hacking community.
The British Pregnancy Advisory Service, which provides about 53,000 abortions in the UK each year, was attacked around 2.500 times since the hacker who stole women’s abortion records was arrested, the BBC reports.
A Russian national living in New York has been charged in the US with stealing $1 million by hacking into online brokerage accounts. Petr Murmylyuk, 31, could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to the US Justice Dept.
More than 181,604 Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Plan records were stolen, including 25,096 social security numbers, after hackers broke into the Utah Department of Health files, according to a department press release.
While many businesses do a great job with having internet security and antivirus software to help protect themselves and customers against dangerous viruses, botnets and malware, many don't do so well. The Online Trust Association released its annual "Top Ten Ways Businesses Can Protect Consumers from Being Fooled" list and said updating the web browser is the first level of defense against security breaches.
While many people go to a credit report website to make sure they are finally well, MSNBC reports that hackers may have turned some of these websites into internet security pitfalls. The news source said many of these websites are being "brazenly used by hackers to steal victims' information."