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Most SMS Phishing Targets US Owners of Prepaid Debit cards

Some 54 per cent of SMS phishing campaigns in January, 2014 targeted US owners of prepaid debit cards, according to a report by Cloudmark, a messaging security provider. At the same time, reports of phishing jumped 78 percent in January from a month earlier.

Syrian Electronic Army Denies Second Attack on NY Times

The Syrian Electronic Army denied responsibility for a second attack on the New York Times after hacking the newspaper once.

Chinese Google Hack Targeted Classified Information; Suspects under Surveillance

A major security incident targeting Google servers in 2009 seems to have been triggered by counter-intelligence, new information reveals.

Jailed Hacker Invents Anti-Skimming ATM Device

An imprisoned hacker designed an anti-skimming ATM device together with two other inventors, according to Reuters. Romanian 33-year-old Valentin Boanta developed the Secure Revolving System to change the way ATMs read bank cards and prevent hidden skimming devices from stealing clients’ personal information. The Romanian has been serving a five-year jail sentence for bank card fraud since 2009.

Data of 4,000 Bank Executives Leaked by Anonymous in Government Hacking

Over 4,000 bank executives saw their personal data leaked after Anonymous hacked a new governmental website was hacked, according to ZDNet.

New Phishing Scam Steals Apple IDs

New phishing campaign informs Apple users that their Apple ID has been cancelled after an attempt to access their account from an unauthorized IP address.

Cyber Crooks Steal Bank Employees’ Credentials for Wire Transfer Fraud

Cyber criminals are targeting bank employees to steal their credentials for wire transfer fraud, according to the FBI. Authorities discovered cyber criminals are using spam and phishing e-mails, keystroke loggers, and remote access trojans to compromise financial institutions’ networks.

HOSTS File Hijacking Becomes Impossible in Windows 8

The upcoming operating system from Redmond-based Microsoft takes system protection one step further with the introduction of a technology to detect illegal changes to the HOSTS file.

Criminals Lure Companies with Counterfeit Notification E-mails from Payroll Service Firms

Several payroll service providers, including US-based ADP, are used in phishing campaigns to redirect users towards malware-laden websites to steal their credentials and compromise their systems with malware.

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.

Chinese E-Shoppers under Heavy Trojan and Phishing Fire; Hackers Expected

As China prepares to take over the role of e-commerce super power, its cyber-challenges are skyrocketing. A 30 percent increase in phishing sites – with a staggering 3 million fake banking and shopping websites now active - and 740 million users under Trojan attack are among the disturbing findings of a Beijing Rising Information (BRI) technology report quoted by China Daily.

U.K. Trading Standards organization warns against computer scammers

Trading Standards North West, a collective of 22 Trading Standards services within the northwest region of England, has warned residents in Cheshire, England to be aware of a scam phone call going around right now. Those who have given information to the scammers or who are wary should install security software or antivirus software.

Online scam targeting Canadian city

An online scam known as Ammyy is going around in Summerside, Canada, and the Journal Pioneer and officials said residents should be on the look out. Antiphishing software can be used to help recognize such scams.