Although college students are constantly on the internet, Prospectus News said that many still have not learned to close their Facebook page in a public place, let alone secure their own computer with an anitvirus program.
A fake Facebook application called "If I Die" is supposed to allow users to record a video message to be played after their death, but really harbors a payload, including a keylogger than can steal passwords, email and other sensitive information, according to Security News Daily.
East Maine School District in Morton Grove, Illinois was recently attacked by malware causing a district-wide shutdown of network traffic, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
With the influx of smartphone and tablet use among Americans, cyber criminals are bound to try to find ways to hack sensitive information, says InformationWeek.
Recent research from CPPGroup Plc, a life assistance company, 13 percent admit to have accessed someone else's online account details without their permission.
A recently proposed bill by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal called the Personal Data Protection and Breach Accountability Act of 2011 will aim to protect United States citizens from online breaches and make data companies responsible for securing data, according the New York Times.
Computer hackers are using the Direct Message function on Twitter to phish passwords for the site. The DM comes from a friend along with the message, "when did you make this video? its hilarious, cant stop laughing lol," according to Sophos.
The thoughts of terrorist attacks loom large around early September early year. Experts say cyber terrorism is a real threat that people need to take as seriously physical terrorism.
Earlier this year, Sony was a victim to an embarrassing online breach at its Playstation Network. Responding to the breach, Sony recently hired Philip Reitinger, a former U.S. Homeland Security official in charge of cyber security, as its chief information security officer.
A recent scam in Tauranga, New Zealand, involved cold calls, which told computer users they have a virus on their computer. The scammer then directs people to let them access their computer remotely and take a credit card payment, according to the New Zealand Police.
During a presentation by security researcher Deral Heiland at this summer's DefCon 19 conference, he said internet-ready, consumer-grade multifunction printers could expose sensitive documents to a hacker, according to ComputerWorld.
A police officer in Madison, Wisconsin, was recently suspended for six days after he reportedly downloaded a virus on the laptop computer in his squad car, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
A malicious email is circulating that claims to be from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and is leaving computers affected with malware, according to Mashable.
The Rorpian worm virus has been the source of complaints from students and faculty at Arkansas State University.