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Computer attacks that target undisclosed vulnerabilities are more common and last longer than many security researchers previously thought.
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Apple has a message for texters: Don't trust SMS. The consumer electronics heavyweight has advised iPhone users concerned about secure messaging to use the company's iMessage service instead of their carrier's SMS network. While SMS is a relatively mature technology, in recent years it has attracted the interest of security researchers as an attack vector for smartphones . Apple made its recommendation in a statement Saturday after a well-known iPhone jailbreaking artist explained in a posting on the Internet how a "flaw" in Apple's implementation of SMS in its mobile operating system, iOS, could be used to spoof SMS messages . The flaw is in all versions of iOS, including the latest beta of the next release of the operating system, version 6.0, beta 4, according to the security researcher known as pod2g. "Apple takes security very seriously," the company says in its statement.
Malware is just a step-away when children click on games, free shoes, Justin Bieber videos or gift cards offered on social networks. Hackers use social engineering techniques to exploit kids’ curiosity and easily convince them to click on appealing surveys and videos. These may expose computers to malware, which grabs sensitive information and sends it to a remote machine controlled by cyber criminals. Kids could also be lured to click on a malware-infected link if they try to install applications to check out their profile or photo visitors. With children keeping in touch with friends they rarely see over the school holidays, activity on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks increases.
In the last few days we have seen reports in the media we believe are inaccurate and could mislead the Skype community about our approach to user security and privacy.
I Know What You Tweeted Last Summer... And All the Way Back to 2008 We have mentioned before that Twitter will send every tweet to the National Archives and the Library of Congress, so watch what you tweet. But now the access to past tweets is just a few clicks away and you don’t have to get out of your pajamas to access it. New tools are popping up and they can unleash a treasure trove of data in moments.
If you’re a LinkedIn user, do yourself a favor and change your password right now — according to a new report from Dagens IT , nearly 6.5 million encrypted LinkedIn passwords were recently dumped onto a Russian hacker forum. The news comes right on the heels of yet another user security kerfuffle, as the most recent LinkedIn for iOS update was found to transmit users’ meeting notes back to LinkedIn servers without their permission. Of the millions of passwords dumped, Dagen IT claims that nearly 300,000 of them have been decrypted so far and that number seems sure to grow as users spread that hefty file around. The passwords are stored as unsalted SHA-1 hashes, and multiple reports on Twitter indicate that users have found their own hashes buried in the massive text dump. While unsalted hashes are much less secure than their salted brethren, it still takes a non-trivial amount of time to decrypt unless a user opted to use a common dictionary word as their password.
IDG News Service - Twelve individuals were detained by Romanian authorities on Tuesday, suspected of being members of a cybercriminal group that hacked into the websites of various Romanian and foreign public institutions and government agencies. Prosecutors from the Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) have dismantled a criminal group consisting of 14 members, who engaged in cybercriminal activities that included accessing computer systems without authorization, copying confidential data stored on them and publishing the captured information online, DIICOT said on Tuesday. Supported by the Romanian Police forces and the Romanian Gendarmerie, the DIICOT prosecutors executed 12 search warrants at residential addresses in 10 different cities and detained 12 suspects. The detained individuals will be taken to DIICOT's central office in Bucharest for questioning.
Hacker exposes 40,000 Credit Cards from Digital Playground A new hacking group called The Consortium has hit the scene and their first take down is the porn site Digital Playground deface it and Mirror is available here . Everything, including credit card information, was stored in plain text. " The Consortium " claim to have broken into the servers of DigitalPlayground.com last weekend and stolen 72,000 usernames and passwords and 40,000 credit-card numbers.
Telekom offers security for those who work with cell phones. Data and communication protection for business and government. Espionage, sabotage, cyber attacks are real threats. At CeBIT Deutsche Telekom is launching the third version of simko, a new standard for secure mobile working scenarios.
The BBC has reported that the video feeds from thousands of Trendnet home security cameras have been freely available without a password. The cameras are typically used to allow owners to remotely monitor their homes, bedrooms, children, or offices; but have actually allowed anyone to look in. The vulnerability was published on the Console Cowboys website on January 10.
FBI will Monitor Social Media using Crawl Application The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for a better way to spy on Facebook and Twitter users. The Bureau is asking companies to build software that can effectively scan social media online for significant words, phrases and behavior so that agents can respond.A paper posted on the FBI website asks for companies to build programs that will map sentiment and wrongdoing.
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Security firm Sophos is warning that a new scam is spreading virally on Twitter , and that a significant number of people have already fallen for it.
Granting sanction to prosecute 21 social networking websites, including Facebook and Google, the Union government on Friday said there was sufficient material to proceed against them for offences of promoting enmity between different groups of people.