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.

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.

JPMorgan Servers Breached, Jewelry Store Employees Become Collateral Damage

A number of servers belonging to the JPMorgan Chase Bank were compromised this month, exposing a vast amount of customer information. Among them are employees of high-end jewelry maker Tiffany & Co, but the bank believes these details have not been exploited yet.

Pre-teen, Teen Girls under Arrest for Online Impersonation

Two girls, aged 12 and 13, were arrested and face charges of third-degree felony after creating a fake Facebook account impersonating a classmate with clear intent of harming her.

Twitter Spoofer Hits Back with Legal Action

The man accused of spoofing Northcliffe Chief Executive Steve Auckland on Twitter hit back with legal action against the micro-blogging platform that plans to reveal his identity, according to Guido Fawkes blog. A pro bono attorney has already agreed to represent the spoofer, who is also accused of fraud, defamation, libel and hacking computers of the media company owned by the Daily Mail.

Biometric Security Scanners Defeated at BlackHat

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.

Phishing Websites Skyrocket despite Major Botnet Takedowns

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.

One Million Users Exposed after Android Forum Hack

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.

Loan-Fraud Scheme Claims $2.7 million; More Than 2,000 Loan Applicants Lured with Fake Ads

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.

Shady Mobile Banking App Plays Man-in-the-Mobile

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.

GameReplays to Collaborate with Hackers after Data Breach

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.

Citadel Malware Steals Money Through Reveton Ransomware

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.

Google Fined $25,000, but “Not Guilty,” in Street View Data Collection Case

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.

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