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  • Fake Expedia Itinerary Confirmations Deliver Malware

    Hoax-Slayer is warning of malicious spam campaign of e-mails claiming to be itinerary confirmations from Expedia, offering trip details in an attachment (h/t Softpedia). “Thanks for booking with Expedia! Below is a summary of the trip you recently booked,” the e-mail states. “To help ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible, keep this e-mail handy […]

  • Hetzner Hacked

    The German Web host Hetzner recently notified its clients that its technicians had discovered a backdoor in one of its Nagios internal monitoring systems (h/t The H Security). “An investigation was launched immediately and showed that the administration interface for dedicated root servers (Robot) had also been affected,” Martin Hetzner stated in the notification letter. […]

  • Webroot Uncovers Site Offering PayPal Accounts for Sale

    Webroot’s Dancho Danchev reports that a new underground e-shop has been launched specifically to sell access to hacked PayPal accounts. “The E-shop is exclusively targeting United States citizens, and currently has an inventory of 1,543 hacked PayPal accounts, followed by another 14 for the United Kingdom,” Danchev writes. “The cybercriminals who sell the information provide […]

  • Cisco: Mainstream Web Sites Are More Risky than Porn Sites

    Cisco recently published its 2013 Annual Security Report [PDF file], which states that the highest concentration of online security threats target legitimate Web sites rather than pornography, pharmeutical or gambling sites — online shopping sites are 21 times more likely to deliver malware than counterfeit software sites, and online advertisements are 182 times more likely […]

  • How to Avoid a Hacktivist Attack

    Last year saw a massive surge in hacktivism – hacking motivated by political and social objectives – according to Verizon’s 2012 Data Breach Investigations Report [PDF file]. The report attributed fully 58 percent of all data stolen, more than 100 million records, to hacktivists. “The most significant change we saw in 2011 was the rise […]

  • Algerian Hacker Hamza Bendelladj Arrested for Stealing Millions

    Algerian hacker Hamza Bendelladj, 24, was arrested on Sunday at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport. Immigration Bureau chief Pharnu Kerdlarpphon said Thai police were alerted to his arrival by the FBI. “Mr Bendelladj, who graduated in computer sciences in Algeria in 2008, has allegedly hacked private accounts in 217 banks and financial companies worldwide, amassing ‘huge amounts’ […]

  • Carly Rae Jepsen Nude Photo Hacker Arrested

    Christopher David Long, 25, recently turned himself in to the police for stealing nude photographs from pop star Carly Rae Jensen’s computer. “Long surrendered to police on Friday, December 7th, at the Abbotsford Court House,” The Vancouver Sun reports. “He has been released and will appear in court January 4th, 2013.” “Long has been charged […]

  • HootSuite Suffers Privacy Breach

    Social media management company HootSuite recently acknowledged that e-mails sent to some users to warn them that their free trial of HootSuite Pro was about to end may have also included other users’ e-mail addresses, exposing the contact information of thousands of users. “Scores of HootSuite users have taken to Twitter to voice their displeasure […]

  • Hackers Steal $1 Million from Citibank

    The FBI recently announced that 14 people have been charged with stealing more than $1 million from Citibank ATMs at casinos in California and Nevada. “The alleged fraudsters were able to exploit a ‘loophole,’ or business logic flaw, in Citibank’s account security protocols — in essence, tricking the system to believe that multiple transactions were […]

  • City of Tulsa Cyber Attack Was Penetration Test, Not Hack

    The City of Tulsa, Oklahoma last week began notifying residents that their personal data may have been accessed — but it now turns out that the attack was a penetration test by a company the city had hired. “City officials didn’t realize that the apparent breach was caused by the security firm, Utah-based SecurityMetrics, until […]

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