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FBI warns of potential cyber attacks launched by ISIS hacktivists

Following U.S. military airstrikes in the Middle East, the FBI has issued a warning regarding possible cyber threats aimed at U.S. networks and critical infrastructure by hacktivists in support of ISIS.

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SEA denies reported FBI claim that hacktivists were phishing

The FBI reportedly sent out warning notices on Christmas Eve that the Syrian Electronic Army was phishing for usernames and passwords, which the group denied on Twitter.

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Anonymous reportedly publishes KKK wizard's personal data

Protesting the grand jury decision not to indict the police officer who shot Michael Brown, the hacktivists' post links to wizard's personal data on pastebin.

Opinion Five highly unofficial IT security predictions for 2014

Five highly unofficial IT security predictions for 2014

While year-end security predictions generally fail at accurately predicting much that wasn't an already a foregone conclusion, they're really more about we know right now, and there is value in that.

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UK's Ministry of Justice website knocked offline by DDoS attack

The website of the UK's Ministry of Justice was taken offline for several hours as a result of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Wednesday.

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Malware identified in attack against Israeli organizations

An advanced remote access trojan known as Xtreme RAT has been identified by Seculert Research Lab as the malware used in an attack on Israeli organizations that impacted 15 machines.

Opinion The DDNS dagger

The DDNS dagger

It turns out that using a DDNS service is the easiest and most pervasive method for creating sustainable command-and-control domains.

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Syrian Electronic Army compromises more Microsoft accounts

On Saturday, roughly one week after compromising accounts belonging to Skype, the Syrian Electronic Army took claim for compromising the official blog of Microsoft, as well as one of its Twitter accounts.

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Teen posed as Anonymous, arrested for major DDoS attacks in Norway

A 17-year-old in Norway was arrested and charged with launching distributed denial-of-service attacks against banks and other companies in the country.

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Philippine branch of Anonymous hacks Chinese govt sites

Close to 200 Chinese government websites have been defaced by a Philippine branch of the hacktivist collective Anonymous.

News

Hackers compromise NBC reporter's laptops, smartphone in Russia

An NBC News reporter set up two laptops and a smartphone in Russia to demonstrate Olympics cyber threats.

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Anonymous DDoS attack snowballs, affects several Microsoft services

Hacktivist collective Anonymous has taken credit for a distributed denial-of-service attack that unintentionally affected a number of Microsoft services last week.

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SEA compromises Skype, Microsoft reports user information is safe

The Syrian Electronic Army compromised the Twitter account belonging to Skype, which the pro-Assad hacktivist group used on Wednesday to advise people against using Microsoft services, such as Hotmail and Outlook.

News Taboola hack allows SEA to redirect Reuters site visitors

Taboola hack allows SEA to redirect Reuters site visitors

On Monday, ad network Taboola confirmed that it was hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.

News

Lawmakers demand answers from DOJ on Swartz's harsh prosecution

A year after his suicide, eight lawmakers have tapped the Department of Justice about unanswered questions regarding Aaron Swartz's "aggressive prosecution."

News Deloitte releases paper on vetting leaks, avoiding costly hoax

Deloitte releases paper on vetting leaks, avoiding costly hoax

The research presents techniques for distinguishing legit data leaks from false claims.

News Index: 200 million records stolen in Q1 breaches

Index: 200 million records stolen in Q1 breaches

Between January and March, healthcare was targeted most often but the financial sector lost the most records.

News Report: 76 percent of targeted Q1 attacks were aimed at government orgs

Report: 76 percent of targeted Q1 attacks were aimed at government orgs

According to Trend Micro, the public sector has remained a top target of cybercrime.

Opinion Getting ahead of new threats

Getting ahead of new threats

There are six security threats all businesses should be aware of for 2014, says ISF's Steve Durbin.

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Digital forensic tools

This month, we have a handful of some of the best tools available for various aspects of cyber forensics, says Technology Editor Peter Stephenson.

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