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Blackshades Malware Is Still Being Actively Sold And Used, Reveals Symantec

Blackshades Malware Is Still Being Actively Sold And Used, Reveals Symantec

For the last few years, Blackshades has been known as a notorious malware program. The source code of the malware was leaked three years ago but it continues to be sold in underground hacking forums, a Symantec engineer has now revealed.

By On November 26, 2013 Respond
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Cryptolocker Ransomware Spam Campaign Targets 10 Million UK Users

Cryptolocker Ransomware Spam Campaign Targets 10 Million UK Users

Ransomware are a particularly nefarious form of malware. These software lock or encrypt the victim’s files and then demand ransom to resume access to it. UK’s National Crime Agency has now revealed that a mass ransomware spam campaign has been launched to target 10 million UK users with the Cryptolocker malware.

By On November 20, 2013 Respond
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Open URL Redirection Vulnerability Discovered In Facebook

Open URL Redirection Vulnerability Discovered In Facebook

Security researcher Dan Melamed recently discovered a new vulnerability in Facebook. The open URL redirection vulnerability essentially allows a potential hacker to have facebook.com redirected to any other URL of his choice.

By On November 17, 2013 Respond
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Anonymous Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond Handed Down 10-Year Prison Sentence

Anonymous Hacktivist Jeremy Hammond Handed Down 10-Year Prison Sentence

Back in 2011, the hacktivist group Anonymous hacked Stratfor and leaked a treasure-trove of documents and emails showing the often-illicit and extensive work of Stratfor. Being a big fish, Stratfor has pulled all the strings it could and now, Anonymous hacktivist Jeremy Hammond has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for being a part of the hack.

By On November 16, 2013 1 Response
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How Incapsula Dealt With DDoS Attacks From Headless-Browser Botnets

How Incapsula Dealt With DDoS Attacks From Headless-Browser Botnets

Incapsula is a notable online service which offers to ramp up the security, speed and overall protection of client websites. The service recently came under a heavy barrage of DDoS attacks. Unlike common DDoS attacks, this attack made use of headless-browsers. Narrated below is how Incapsula dealt with this seemingly disastrous problem.

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‘Pinkie Pie’ Hacks Into Chrome For Nexus 4 And Samsung Galaxy S4

‘Pinkie Pie’ Hacks Into Chrome For Nexus 4 And Samsung Galaxy S4

A number of companies keep holding hackathons so that they can find vulnerabilities in popularly used software and hardware. Recently, in such a hacking contest, a hacker by the nick of ‘Pinkie Pie’ was able to hack into Chrome browser for Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy S4.

By On November 15, 2013 Respond
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MacRumors Forum Hacked, 860,000 Accounts Compromised, Hacker Speaks Up

MacRumors Forum Hacked, 860,000 Accounts Compromised, Hacker Speaks Up

MacRumors is among some of the really popular Mac news sites which also has user forums for related discussions. This Monday, a group of hackers was able to breach the site’s security and gain access to the passwords of 860,000 forum accounts. Now, the hacker behind the attack has spoken up, assuring that he meant no harm.

By On November 14, 2013 Respond
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Singapore Prime Minister’s & President’s Websites Hacked, Police Arrest 6

Singapore Prime Minister’s & President’s Websites Hacked, Police Arrest 6

Singapore police has arrested 6 men for hacking the country’s Prime Minister’s and President’s websites. If they are found guilty, they’d be sent to jail for up to 3 years and fined S$10,000 (US$2,000).

By On November 14, 2013 Respond
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TorGuard: The Site That Fought Off Spammers, Botnets And Fake Pizza Deliveries

TorGuard: The Site That Fought Off Spammers, Botnets And Fake Pizza Deliveries

If you want to compromise a website’s security, there are virtually countless ways to go about it. But if the person taking care of that site’s security is good enough, he’ll know how to tackle each of them. Something along these lines happened to the VPN service, TorGuard, which had to fight off large botnets, spammers and fake pizza deliveries.

By On November 14, 2013 Respond
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Brazil Orders Google To Hand Over Street View Data

Brazil Orders Google To Hand Over Street View Data

In some country, Google’s Street View is much popular. But the very interesting thing is Brazil has ordered Google to hand over the Street View data that it has collected within the country till now by next Saturday.

By On November 11, 2013 Respond
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Mozilla’s Lightbeam For Firefox Lets You Visualize The Websites Tracking You

Mozilla’s Lightbeam For Firefox Lets You Visualize The Websites Tracking You

Online privacy is becoming an increasingly hot point of contest in the tech world. Companies want more of the user’s data while users want greater privacy. An excellent new tool that lets you keep track of all such sites which collect your data is Mozilla’s Lightbeam for Firefox.

By On November 11, 2013 Respond
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Stuxnet Also Infected A Russian Nuclear Plant’s Internal Network

Stuxnet Also Infected A Russian Nuclear Plant’s Internal Network

Stuxnet is a rather well-known malware that has been used for advanced cyber espionage by certain governments. In the past, it was found out that Iran was targeted using the malware. Now, security giant Kaspersky giant has revealed that a Russian nuclear plant’s internal network was also infected by Stuxnet.

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CIA Pays $10 Million To AT&T For Access To International Calling Records

CIA Pays $10 Million To AT&T For Access To International Calling Records

Lately, the New York Times has reported that CIA pays more than $10 million a year to AT&T for access to international calling records. AT&T has confirmed that it works with CIA but refused to divulge the nature of this partnership.

By On November 8, 2013 1 Response
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FBI Adds 5 Hackers To ‘Cyber Most Wanted List’, Offers Huge Rewards For Info

FBI Adds 5 Hackers To ‘Cyber Most Wanted List’, Offers Huge Rewards For Info

FBI maintains a ‘Cyber Most Wanted’ list which usually comprises of hackers and such individuals who have perpetuated online fraud. The agency has now added five individuals to this list, announcing rewards to the tune of $100,000 to anyone who provides information leading to their arrests.

By On November 7, 2013 Respond
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iPads Banned From UK Government’s Closed-Door Meetings

iPads Banned From UK Government’s Closed-Door Meetings

The fears of being spied on and foreign espionage have become increasingly real in recent times. UK government had been very interested in equipping its officials, parliamentarians and others with iPad tablets. But now, the government has informally banned iPads from closed-door meetings over fears that hackers may eavesdrop on important conversations.

By On November 4, 2013 Respond
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