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Proliferation of hacker culture helped keep Anonymous from being branded terrorist org

Proliferation of hacker culture helped keep Anonymous from being branded terrorist org

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How has Anonymous avoided being labeled as a terrorist group? That is a serious question that was proposed by an anthropologist during the HOPE Conference in New York City.

Alleged owner of world's most visited BitTorrent site arrested

Alleged owner of world's most visited BitTorrent site arrested

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A Ukrainian man was arrested Wednesday in Poland for allegedly owning and operating one of the world's largest BitTorrent distribution sites.

Cicis Pizza delivers the bad news, confirms breach at 138 locations

Cicis Pizza delivers the bad news, confirms breach at 138 locations

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Cicis Pizza has officially acknowledged a payment card data breach in 138 of its restaurant locations, after reports of a point-of-sale malware attack first came to light last month.

Chrome browser extensions discovered engaging in Facebook click fraud

Chrome browser extensions discovered engaging in Facebook click fraud

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Google has removed a group of malicious browser extensions from its Chrome Web Store, after an independent researcher discovered the programs were hijacking users' Facebook accounts for click-fraud purposes.

Average ransomware demand is £525, 57% of attacks target consumers

Average ransomware demand is £525, 57% of attacks target consumers

Organisations are increasingly being targeted by ransomware and more often than not pay the ransom to regain control of their data.

White paper: 100 new ransomware families ID'd in 2015, as campaigns adopt APT tactics

White paper: 100 new ransomware families ID'd in 2015, as campaigns adopt APT tactics

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In its new special report Ransomware and Businesses 2016, Symantec declares that within the last year, ransomware has rapidly advanced in maturity and severity, while also exploding in terms of overall numbers.

Russian security firm linked to Carbanak cybergang

Russian security firm linked to Carbanak cybergang

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The Carbanak cybergang which facilitated the heist of $1 billion from banks around the world last year, was linked to the Russian security firm Infocube.

Cerber ransomware C&C server shut down by research firm and CERT-Netherlands

Cerber ransomware C&C server shut down by research firm and CERT-Netherlands

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A malicious spam email campaign discovered by FireEye, used Microsoft Word attachments containing macros that launched a command and control Cerber installers.

Delilah trojan seeks company weaknesses through insiders

Delilah trojan seeks company weaknesses through insiders

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Delilah trojan designed to target potential insiders via social engineering, extortion, and ransomware tactics.

Three arrested in $2.5M Taiwanese ATM malware heist

Three arrested in $2.5M Taiwanese ATM malware heist

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Three suspects were arrested after a network of Eastern European and Russian cybercriminals used malware to steal $2.5 million in cash from dozens of machines around the country.

38% of UK orgs have no data loss prevention solutions

38% of UK orgs have no data loss prevention solutions

Most security pros (88 percent) say that they are happy with their organisation's security strategy, but 38 percent admit that their company doesn't have dedicated data loss prevention solutions in place.

3D printers next vector for sabotage, report

3D printers next vector for sabotage, report

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Vulnerabilities in 3D printing that could open the door for sabotage were revealed by a team of NYU researchers.

CuteRansomware using Google Docs as a launch platform

CuteRansomware using Google Docs as a launch platform

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CuteRansomware is anything but soft and cuddly, according to a report by Netskope.

Report: xDedic dark web marketplace back in business after momentary shutdown

Report: xDedic dark web marketplace back in business after momentary shutdown

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xDedic, a dark web marketplace offering access to compromised Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) servers, has reportedly resurfaced following a brief shutdown.

Drupal zero-day opened door of Panama Papers law firm, report

Drupal zero-day opened door of Panama Papers law firm, report

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A zero-day flaw in Drupal is now being said to be how hackers penetrated the network of law firm Mossack Fonseca and siphoned out 11.5 million files.

Malware suspected in ATM heist in Taiwan

Malware suspected in ATM heist in Taiwan

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ATMs in Taiwan were spewing money over the weekend in what authorities believe were malware-aided thefts.

Snack attack: A crimeware-as-a-service menu for wannabe hackers

Snack attack: A crimeware-as-a-service menu for wannabe hackers

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When compared to the financial damage a cyberattack can create, the cost of most crimeware-as-a-service (CaaS) offerings looks like a bargain, based on the prices listed in a "Hacking Menu" compiled by WatchGuard Technologies.

Malware on Omni Hotel POS systems scarfed payment card info

Malware on Omni Hotel POS systems scarfed payment card info

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Omni Hotels & Resorts said guests had to physically present payment cards at one of its affected POS systems to be affected by malware stealing payment card information during a six-month period.

Kim Dotcom promises revival of pirate site

Kim Dotcom promises revival of pirate site

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The wildly popular, albeit copyright-infringing website Megaupload is set to relaunch, five years after being shuttered by the Department of Justice.

UPDATE: Prepare for trouble: Pokemon Go sparks privacy issues, malware and muggings

UPDATE: Prepare for trouble: Pokemon Go sparks privacy issues, malware and muggings

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Researchers spotted cyber scammers and street crooks looking to take advantage of the success of the popular Pokemon app.

NC State breach affects 38,000

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An attacker gained unauthorized access to a North Carolina State University account containing personally identifiable information.

Phishing scheme exploiting illegal downloads of Game of Thrones

Phishing scheme exploiting illegal downloads of Game of Thrones

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Viewers illegally downloading Game of Thrones are being visited by dragons of a 21st century variety: phony notices of violation.

SWIFT hires two cybersecurity firms in wake of digital heists

SWIFT hires two cybersecurity firms in wake of digital heists

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The financial messaging cooperative SWIFT announced today that it hired two cybersecurity firms and also created a Customer Security Intelligence team in order to bolster cyber defenses, strengthen forensic investigations and promote information sharing.

Wendy's revises data breach figures; over 1K locations compromised by POS malware

Wendy's revises data breach figures; over 1K locations compromised by POS malware

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Wendy's yesterday identified over 1,000 U.S. franchised locations that were affected by two variants of point-of-sale malware discovered earlier this year.

As global feuds arise, expect increased cyberwar, says NATO analyst

As global feuds arise, expect increased cyberwar, says NATO analyst

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Expect further disruptions online from nation-state actors, says a NATO analyst who has been studying spikes in malware traffic in regions of conflict.

Cybercrime now tops traditional crime in U.K.

Cybercrime now tops traditional crime in U.K.

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A report from the U.K.'s National Crime Agency found that cybercrime has passed traditional crime in terms of impact.

Bad bot, bad bot - 29 percent of web traffic from malicious bots

Bad bot, bad bot - 29 percent of web traffic from malicious bots

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Many people may believe cat videos and Facebook updates comprise most of the world's internet traffic, but a study by Imperva Incapsula indicated that bots are responsible for almost half of all web traffic, most of that malicious.

80 percent of Euro businesses fear DDoS extortion

80 percent of Euro businesses fear DDoS extortion

IT professionals are quaking in their boots over the threat of DDoS extortion if the results of a new survey are anything to go by.

Got laptop, will steal cars

Got laptop, will steal cars

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The National Insurance Crime Bureau, which gathers data on car thefts, has started to see police reports correlating thefts of newer-model cars to what it dubs "mystery" electronic devices.

Keydnap malware targeting Mac users, particularly security researchers

Keydnap malware targeting Mac users, particularly security researchers

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A new malware strain, dubbed Keydnap, is targeting Mac users, perhaps, in particular, security researchers.

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