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Hackers Stole $ 1billion in Brazil

“A recent survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) reveals that about one third of companies in Brazil (32%) was victim of cyber attacks last year. The world average is lower: 23%. In Brazil, 8% of the companies attacked had losses greater than $ 5 million. In total, hackers stole $ 1 billion from companies in Brazil in […]

Strategic Cyber Early Warning: A Phased Adaptive Approach for NATO

“In ‘Strategic Cyber Early Warning: A Phased Adaptive Approach for NATO,’ a paper from the Smarter Alliance Initiative, Jason Healey, director of the Atlantic Council’s Cyber Statecraft Initiative, and Leendert van Bochoven, NATO and European Defense leader at IBM, formulate steps for NATO to improve its cyber warning system. Both agree that NATO could have […]

Facebook helps FBI bust cybercriminals blamed for $850 million losses

“Investigators led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and aided by Facebook Inc, have busted an international criminal ring that infected 11 million computers around the world and caused more than $850 million in total losses in one of the largest cybercrime hauls in history.” Source:Facebook helps FBI bust cybercriminals blamed for $850 million losses […]

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Google Apps no longer providing free small business accounts

“Starting today, we are no longer accepting new signups for the free version of Google Apps. The option to switch to this version will no longer be available in 30 days. This change has no impact on customers who are already using the free version. They can continue to use Google Apps for free.” Source

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Tim Cook’s Freshman Year: The Apple CEO Speaks

“We want diversity of thought. We want diversity of style. We want people to be themselves. It’s this great thing about Apple. You don’t have to be somebody else. You don’t have to put on a face when you go to work and be something different. But the thing that ties us all is we’re […]

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Feds Close The Once-Heralded Cloud Storefront

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has closed, the once-heralded cloud storefront established in the first months of the Obama Administration by former Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra. According to Fierce Government, the GSA said in a statement that it has phased out the storefront that it set up for government agencies to discover and […]

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Sonos enables AirPlay-like streaming with latest update

Sonos software update (version 3.8.3) is now available, allowing music stored on iOS devices to be streamed directly to the company’s speakers. While that sounds like AirPlay, it’s not. Instead it’s a direct device-to-speaker solution for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad users running iOS 6 in homes with a proprietary SonosNet audio network. After updating, […]

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Hostile states using cyberwarfare to attack UK infrastructure

“Hostile foreign states have used cyberwarfare to attack and map the networks that are part of the country’s critical national infrastructure, the government has admitted. Though officials refused to say what had been hit, the systems that provide the UK with its gas, water, and electricity supplies are all likely to have been targeted, raising […]

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Cyber Warfare: Missile Can Cripple Computers

“Scientists are a step closer to developing a weapon that could change modern warfare with its potential to target cyber terrorists and disable enemy nuclear facilities by blowing up their computer systems. Aircraft-maker Boeing has successfully tested the missile which has reportedly cost £24m to develop and it is claimed could cripple an entire country, […]

Cyber attacks on big name firms are bringing down websites on a daily basis, officials say

“Hackers are even targeting global brands like Adidas simply because the football team they support was beaten by rivals wearing the firm’s shirts at the weekend, senior government officials said. The warning comes as Francis Maude, the Cabinet Office minister, prepares to update MPs today on the coalition’s cyber security strategy to tackle attacks which […]

Infectious Worm Spreading on Tumblr

“An infectious worm is spreading on Tumblr Monday morning, affecting several major blogs. Tumblr spokesperson Katherine Barna sent the following email to Mashable regarding the worm: ‘There is a viral post circulating on Tumblr which begins ‘Dearest ‘Tumblr’ users.’ If you have viewed this post, please log out of all browsers that may be using […]

Android devices in U.S. face more malware attacks than PCs

“Android devices are now attacked more often by malware than PCs, according to a report released Tuesday by a cyber security software maker.” Source: Android devices in U.S. face more malware attacks than PCs | PCWorld Via OODA Loop

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Phishing scam uses real Butterfield employee details

“Butterfield Bank has been targeted in another online e-mail scam, this one using the real name and contact details of an actual bank employee. This fraudulent e-mail correspondence asks customers to update their security questions on their online account. There is an embedded link encouraging unsuspecting victims to ‘Get started’ changing their account details. To […]

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91% of cyberattacks begin with spear phishing email

“Some 91% of cyberattacks begin with a ‘spear phishing’ email, according to research from security software firm Trend Micro. Spear phishing is an increasingly common form of phishing that makes use of information about a target to make attacks more specific and ‘personal’.” Source:91% of cyberattacks begin with spear phishing email | Via OODA […]

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Microsoft Security Essentials loses AV-TEST certification

“Microsoft Security Essentials, Redmond’s free antivirus tool for home users and business with up to ten PCs, can detect just 64 per cent of zero-day threats when running under Windows 7. That low detection rate has cost it the AV-TEST Institute’s seal of approval, a certification it hands out to products that meet 11 of […]

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Crooks inject malicious Java applet into FOREX trading website

“A FOREX trading website has been contaminated with a malicious Java applet that is designed to install malware on the systems of visiting surfers. The targeted website is a popular FOREX (foreign exchange market) website called ‘Trading Forex’ ( The website remains contaminated as of Thursday lunchtime according to Websense, the web security firm that […]

US cyber-weapons exempt from “human judgment” requirement

“As custom government malware becomes an increasingly common international weapon with real-world effects—breaking a centrifuge, shutting down a power grid, scrambling control systems—do we need legal limits on the automated decision-making of worms and rootkits? Do we, that is, need to keep a human in charge of their spread, or of when they attack? According […]

Bank Agrees to Reimburse Hacking Victim $300K in Precedent-Setting Case

“In a case watched closely by banks and their commercial customers, a financial institution in Maine has agreed to reimburse a construction company $345,000 that was lost to hackers after a court ruled that the bank’s security practices were ‘commercially unreasonable.’ People’s United Bank has agreed to pay Patco Construction Company all the money it […]

Citadel Malware Continues to Deliver Reveton Ransomware in Attempts to Extort Money

“A new extortion technique is being deployed by cyber-criminals using the Citadel malware platform to deliver Reveton ransomware. The latest version of the ransomware uses the name of the Internet Crime Complaint Center to frighten victims into sending money to the perpetrators. In addition to instilling a fear of prosecution, this version of the malware […]

Nearly two-dozen bugs easily found in critical infrastructure software

“In the time it took to cook a Thanksgiving turkey, a researcher found nearly two-dozen vulnerabilities in software used in industrial control systems found in power plants, airports and manufacturing facilities. All of the bugs were previously unknown security holes, Aaron Portnoy, co-founder and vice president of research at Exodus Intelligence, said Monday. Portnoy plans […]

Bank DDoS Strikes Could Presage Armageddon Attacks

“DDoS attack traffic could overwhelm not just targeted websites, but also every intervening ISP, warns Arbor Networks.” Source: Bank DDoS Strikes Could Presage Armageddon Attacks – Security – Via OODA Loop

Anti-Israel group hacks UN nuclear agency server

“The UN nuclear agency has acknowledged that one of its computer servers was hacked by an anti-Israeli group. The IAEA said a previously unknown group called Parastoo had posted contact details for more than 100 nuclear experts on the group’s website.” Source: BBC News – Anti-Israel group hacks UN nuclear agency server Via OODA Loop

US military train in cyber-city to prepare hack defence

“A miniature ‘cyber-city’ has been created in New Jersey, complete with a bank, hospital, water-tower, train system, power grid and a coffee shop.” Source: BBC News – US military train in cyber-city to prepare hack defence Via OODA Loop

China Mafia-Style Hack Attack Drives California Firm to Brink

“For three years, a group of hackers from China waged a relentless campaign of cyber harassment against Solid Oak Software Inc., Milburn’s family-owned, eight-person firm in Santa Barbara, California. The attack began less than two weeks after Milburn publicly accused China of appropriating his company’s parental filtering software, CYBERsitter, for a national Internet censoring project. […]

Chinese Cyberespionage Tool Updated For Traditional Cybercrime

“In yet another example of the inevitable intersection between cyberespionage and cybercrime, an infamous cyberspying tool out of China has been upgraded and used in targeted attacks for financial gain, not pure cyberespionage. “ Source: Chinese Cyberespionage Tool Updated For Traditional Cybercrime – Dark Reading Via OODA Loop