Anonymous hacker sentenced to 10 years in prison

Zeljka Zorz

http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=15965

Excerpt:

“Jeremy Hammond (aka "Anarchaos"), the Anonymous hacker that earlier this year pleaded guilty to conspiracy and hacking charges regarding the much publicized breach of Strategic Forecasting (“Stratfor”), has been sentenced to spend 10 years in jail.”

 


90% of workers in Britain cannot resist clicking on a web link

 

http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=15979

Excerpt:

“90% of UK workers surveyed have clicked on a web link embedded in an email with two-thirds (66%) admitting they very rarely first check to ensure the link is genuine, according to Sourcefire”

 


Ruling that authorized NSA bulk email data collection is disclosed

 

Zeljka Zorz

http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=15985

Excerpt:

“A new batch of declassified documents released by the Obama administration include one ruling made by the then chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, with which she authorized the NSA to massively collect e-mail metadata and data regarding other Internet communications under the provisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.”

 


$1M lost in attack against Bitcoin Internet Payment Services

 

Zeljka Zorz

http://www.net-security.org/secworld.php?id=16015

Excerpt:

“Copenhagen-based Bitcoin Internet Payment Services (BIPS) has been hit with a DDoS attack and has had 1,295 BTC stolen (a little over $1M) mostly from the company’s own holdings, but some from their customers’ wallets.”

 


Unwrapping holiday gift card fraud

 

Carmen Honacker

http://www.net-security.org/article.php?id=1924

Excerpt:

“Spending on gift cards is expected to hit new highs this holiday season – the National Retail Federation predicts that gift card sales will reach almost $30 billion. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are finding way to cash in as well. This leaves merchants with the pressing issue – how to capitalize on gift card revenue without increasing the risk for fraud?”

 


Experts predict widespread attacks on online banking users

 

http://www.net-security.org/malware_news.php?id=2638

Excerpt:

“Kaspersky Lab has recorded several thousand attempts to infect computers used for online banking with a malicious program that its creators claim can attack "any bank in any country".”

 


UK Cyber Security Standards

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/261681/bis-13-1294-uk-cyber-security-standards-research-report.pdf

Excerpt:

“BIS commissioned a research project into the availability and adoption of cyber security standards across the UK private sector. This report combines the responses to an extensive and wide-ranging online survey, the findings of a series of in-depth one-to-one interviews with a broad range of UK business leaders, and an analysis of the current cyber security standards landscape in order to provide an insight into the current levels of both supply and demand in this area. It also, and perhaps more importantly, aims to identify the prevailing motivators and constraining factors for organisation’s adoption of cyber security standards in order to inform the Government’s efforts in coordinating and ensuring the nation’s collective cyber security.”

 


Cyberespionage – Chinese Hackers targeting US Cloud service providers

 

Paganinip

http://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/19978/security/china-spy-on-cloud.html

Excerpt:

“U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission reported for the first time that cloud computing “represents a potential espionage threat.” , Chinese hackers are a persistent collector of sensitive information, their action is incessant and represent a serious threat for principal internet services.”

 


Why Nigerian Banks Will Keep Losing Money to e-Fraud

 

Ogor Umukoro

http://www.thisdaylive.com/articles/why-nigerian-banks-will-keep-losing-money-to-e-fraud/164810/

Excerpt:

“The recent loss of money recorded by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has not only given researchers a case study but has shown that the acclaimed tools and techniques currently used by Nigerian banks are not sufficient. This is regardless of the source of the tool or technique used. As technology growth is in parallel with the time it is also essential for every organisation and nation to improve themselves. It is not enough to get involved with the technology by purchasing gadgets but it is paramount to keep abreast of all and sundry regarding technology- that is, in this case- security.”


NSA infected 50,000 computer networks with malicious software

Floor Boon, Steven Derix and Huib Modderkolk

http://www.nrc.nl/nieuws/2013/11/23/nsa-infected-50000-computer-networks-with-malicious-software/

Excerpt:

“The American intelligence service - NSA - infected more than 50,000 computer networks worldwide with malicious software designed to steal sensitive information. Documents provided by former NSA-employee Edward Snowden”


EU Parliament investigating hacking of MEPs’ personal email

http://www.euractiv.com/specialreport-cybersecurity/eu-parliament-investigating-hack-news-531877?

Excerpt:

“Using only his laptop, a hacker succeeded in hacking personal and confidential emails of 14 randomly selected MEPs, parliamentary assistants and employees, French online media Mediapart revealed.”


How UK banks contain threats from cybercriminals

Mark Ward

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24568134

Excerpt:

“The UK's banks are regularly being caught out by cybercriminals, BBC research suggests. Data from three sources indicates that spam, viruses and other malicious messages regularly emerge from machines sitting on banks' corporate networks.”


Hackers target AFP, Reserve Bank sites

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/technology/hackers-target-afp-reserve-bank-sites/story-e6frgakx-1226765345975

Excerpt:

“THE websites of the Australian Federal Police and the Reserve Bank of Australia have been the victims of an apparent cyber attack, with Indonesian hackers claiming responsibility.”

 

 


Anonymous claims Parliament Wi-Fi hack during London protest

 

Jasper Hamill

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/12/anonymous_hacked_government_sites_using_parliament_wifi/

Excerpt:

“Anonymous hacktivists have claimed they used laptops to launch cyber attacks against the British government whilst attending a protest in Parliament Square last week, The Register has learned.”


Cyber Attack on Finland is a Warning for the EU

Keir Giles

http://www.chathamhouse.org/media/comment/view/195392?

Excerpt:

“Finland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) has been subjected to a sophisticated and successful cyber attack aimed at extracting political intelligence over several years, which is likely also to have affected other EU states. The breach of the MFA's data network was already under investigation following its discovery earlier this year, but a leak to Finnish media forced the government to go public on the extent of the security violations earlier than intended. The nature of the attack suggests that, while Finland is the first to make such a public announcement, government agencies and corporations across the EU and beyond may follow suit.”


Scotland Yard cyber crime unit to dramatically expand

Martin Evans

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/crime/10437237/Scotland-Yard-cyber-crime-unit-to-dramatically-expand.html

Excerpt:

“Scotland Yard is to dramatically expand its specialist E-Crime unit which could see 500 dedicated officers drafted in to tackle the ever growing problem of cyber attacks and internet fraud, the Daily Telegraph can disclose.”


Cybercrime's bottom line: $500 billion

Eric Openshaw and Irfan Saif

http://www.usatoday.com/story/cybertruth/2013/11/08/cybercrimes-bottom-line-500-billion/3478235/

Excerpt:

“No one knows the true cost of cybercrime. Annual loss estimates for U.S. corporations range from $70-140 billion in a recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to $400 billion quoted by U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee leaders who introduced the Rogers-Ruppersberger Cybersecurity Bill.”


NSA workers reportedly shared their passwords with Snowden

Lance Whitney

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57611528-83/nsa-workers-reportedly-shared-their-passwords-with-snowden/

Excerpt:

“Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reportedly gained access to classified data after persuading several co-workers to reveal their passwords. As many as 20 to 25 workers at a National Security Agency base in Hawaii revealed their login credentials to Snowden, allowing him to obtain some of the documents that he eventually leaked to the media, Reuters reported on Friday.”


Hackers Take Limo Service Firm for a Ride

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/11/hackers-take-limo-service-firm-for-a-ride/

Excerpt:

“A hacker break in at a U.S. company that brokers reservations for limousine and Town Car services nationwide has exposed the personal and financial information on more than 850,000 well-heeled customers, including Fortune 500 CEOs, lawmakers, and A-list celebrities.”


Cyber dragnet: Five new HACKERS join FBI's 'most wanted' list

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/06/fbi_cyber_most_wanted

Neil McAllister

Excerpt:

“The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has added five new names to its "Cyber's Most Wanted" list, bringing the total number of fugitives urgently wanted in relation to computer and data-related crimes to 17.”


The ten-year-old girl called 'Sweetie' who has caught more than a THOUSAND sexual predators including 110 Britons

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2487397/Terre-des-Hommes-creates-CGI-girl-called-Sweetie-entice-child-porn-predators.html

Excerpt:

“More than 100 Britons were among 1,000 sexual predators identified by a Dutch organisation for children's rights, which created a computer-generated Filipino girl named 'Sweetie' to entice them to ask for child porn”


Europe's spies work together on mass surveillance: Guardian

Estelle Shirbon

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/europes-spies-together-mass-surveillance-guardian-105831239.html

Excerpt:

“Spy agencies across Western Europe are working together on mass surveillance of Internet and phone traffic comparable to programs run by their U.S. counterpart denounced by European governments, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on Saturday.”