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iOS device default hotspot passwords easy to crack

iOS device default hotspot passwords easy to crack

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A white paper from German researchers concludes that, with the right planning and tools, the passcodes could be cracked in under a minute.

$20m to fund cyber strategies

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Defence Minister Peter MacKay has committed $20 million to fund projects aimed at making Canada safer from cyber attacks.

Black Hat: Researchers take over Linksys router with simple JavaScript

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Two security experts found a way to automate a JavaScript attack that could infect beyond the browser.

Final sentence in multi-million dollar hacking ring

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Joshuah Witt, 35, the final member of a Seattle crime ring that combined hacking with old-fashioned breaking-and-entering, has been sentenced to just under eight years in federal prison, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

Feds warn of booby-trapped hotel Wi-Fi connections

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The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) on Tuesday issued a warning to travelers to be on the lookout for malware on their hotel's wireless connection.

Twitter turns on HTTPS by default to protect Wi-Fi users

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Twitter has joined a short-list of major web brands that have turned on the secure browsing capability, HTTPS, by default.

Don't let Wi-Fi hotspots get the best of you

Don't let Wi-Fi hotspots get the best of you

Securing wireless connectivity for roaming employees is not as simple as instituting corporate policy. It also requires the education of both administrators and end-users -- and some technology help.

The next remote access challenge: Seamless VPN roaming

The next remote access challenge: Seamless VPN roaming

In today's mobile world, it's not uncommon to be faced with a multitude of connection types on any given day.

Security firm releases tool to brute force routers

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A Maryland security firm has released an open-source tool that can be used to exploit a vulnerability that permits the brute force hacking of wireless routers, connected using the WiFi Protected Setup (WPS) standard, to retrieve passwords.

Vulnerability allows brute force hacking of wireleless routers

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A computing standard than enables users to easily stand up an encrypted wireless network suffers from a design weakness that could enable attackers to gain router access, according to US-CERT.

FCC to release free protection tool for small businesses

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As small businesses increase their dependence on the internet, one federal agency is helping to pave the way for them to conduct secure operations.

Seattle men indicted on hacking, fraud charges

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Three men in their 30s used low- and high-tech means to install malware to steal banking credentials and credit numbers from dozens of businesses, according to federal prosecutors.

Google, FTC settle over faulty privacy in Buzz

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Google and the FTC have settled over the internet giant's admitted privacy missteps in its Buzz social networking service.

Schumer asks Twitter, Yahoo, Amazon to adopt HTTPS

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A federal lawmaker is calling on a number of high-profile websites to adopt a more secure web protocol to prevent wireless hackers from hijacking their users' data.

Google and Connecticut reach stipulation over Street View data

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Google and the state of Connecticut have avoided a potential courtroom showdown after reaching an agreement over the search giant's accidental collection of personal Wi-Fi data. The two parties signed a stipulation Friday that allows them to begin negotiations without having to enforce a subpoena, which was issued in December after Google refused to provide access to its data so an investigation could confirm whether it had gathered private information and the collection's frequency, according to a statement from Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen. Google now stipulates that it collected "payload data," including URLs of requested pages and emails, from unprotected wireless networks while its Street View cars captured photos for Google Maps and Earth. - DK

Stoddart: Handle data in "thoughtful, systematic" way

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The privacy commissioner of Canada, who has led investigations into the data-handling practices of Google and Facebook, offered a keynote Tuesday at SC Congress Canada in Toronto.

Firefox add-on allows session hijacking of popular sites

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A computer researcher has released a plug-in for the Firefox web browser that lets anyone scan open Wi-Fi networks and hijack, for example, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Google data collection scandal reveals careless security at Wi-Fi access points

Google data collection scandal reveals careless security at Wi-Fi access points

The criticism being levied at Google for its collection of Wi-Fi data is misguided.

Burgeoning mobile Wi-Fi hotspots present risks to enterprises

Burgeoning mobile Wi-Fi hotspots present risks to enterprises

While most people are familiar with traditional Wi-Fi hotspots, organizations must recognize the security ramifications presented by growing numbers of mobile hotspots.

Connecticut leads probe into Google Wi-Fi data collection

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After already being hit with at least three lawsuits over its admitted collection of information from unprotected Wi-Fi networks, Google now is being subject to a multistate investigation into the privacy blunder.

Google sued for data collection via Wi-Fi

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Google this week was hit with a third class-action lawsuit over its collection of information from unprotected Wi-Fi networks.

Wireless adware threat uses "carrier" computer to spread

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Surfing the web on an unsecured public connection may soon yield adware, researchers at the University of Calgary have predicted.

Venting our security anger

Venting our security anger

In this month's "Five Stages of Employment" column, the author illustrates the things that get her blood boiling when it comes to information security.

TJX hacker sentenced to five years, fined

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The sixth and final U.S. person charged two years ago with breaking into the computer networks at discount retail parent TJX was sentenced Thursday. A U.S. District Court judge in Boston sentenced Damon Patrick Toey, 25, to five years in prison and fined him $100,000. Toey pleaded guilty in September 2008 to wire fraud, credit card fraud and aggravated identity theft. He also is connected to a number of other major heists at retailers and payment processor Heartland Payment Systems. The ring's orchestrator, Albert Gonzalez, was sentenced last month to 20 years in prison. Some of Gonzalez' Eastern European-based co-conspirators remain at large. — DK

13 years in prison cometh for the "Iceman" hacker

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A San Francisco-based hacker accused of stealing and then selling hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers must spend 13 years behind bars, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. House to toughen internal cybersecurity policy

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For the first time, the U.S. House of Representatives will require its staff and members to take part in an annual IT security training program -- one of the mandates under new policy set to take effect next year.

TJX settles for $525K with four banks over breach

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TJX, which announced a then-record data breach in January 2007, has settled with the final four banks suing the discount merchant.

Wireless flaw could let hackers breach wired network

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Cisco's wireless LAN platform suffers from a vulnerability that could lead to a "full breach," according to wireless security firm AirMagnet.

Fluke snares AirMagnet

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Everett, Wash.-based Fluke Networks, which installs, tests, certifies and monitors networks used by enterprises and telecommunications carriers, announced Thursday that is has acquired AirMagnet, provider of wireless LAN security solutions. The deal -- terms of which were not disclosed -- is expected by some industry observers to make Fluke a leader in Wi-Fi testing. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based AirMagnet is best known for its WLAN security and performance management offering. — DK

PCI clarifies procedures to secure Wi-Fi

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With a new guidance document, the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council aims to clarify what retailers must do to secure their Wi-Fi networks.

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