Complaints rang far and wide last week after an automated system for spotting inappropriate Facebook comments began blocking legitimate posts by the social network’s users, including prominent members like Robert Scoble.
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The UK’s military’s head of cyber security warned that hackers have breached computer systems containing top secret data, The Guardian reported.
In a post on the F-Secure Labs blog, Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen says the firm received a hard drive image from a “contact” within Syria who believed that his computer had been compromised. An F-Secure analysis of the drive’s contents and Web history revealed evidence of a targeted attack that used a malicious Skype chat link to install a copy of Xtreme RAT, a remote access tool that’s commercially available online.
An Iranian man who revealed a vulnerability in a widely used point of sale (POS) system in Iran had his blog confiscated by Google, which cited violations of its Terms of Service.
A project soliciting funds for a new video game to compete with the likes of World of Warcraft and Skyrim has been pulled from the crowd funding website Kickstarter after it became clear that the proposal was a sham.
The Iranian government has discovered what it describes as a ‘hidden agenda’ behind a recent malware attack on the country’s Oil Ministry, according to a report published by the FARS News Agency.
The dust still hasn’t cleared from revelations that many of RuggedCom brand networking products contain an easily-exploited back door account, and that it is working on a fix for the problem, according to a statement from Siemens, which recently bought RuggedCom.
Anti malware company Symantec released its threat report for 2011 on Monday. Buried in the dry statistics about the number of Web based attacks and malicious programs detected during the year are some surprising facts. Among them: religious-themed Web sites are among the dirtiest on the Internet.
Car maker Nissan became the latest high profile firm to acknowledge being hacked. The company issued a statement last week saying that it detected a virus infection on its network that resulted int he theft of employee login credentials from a company data store.
UPDATE: Security researchers are warning about the risk posed by an embarrassing security hole in industrial control software by the firm RuggedCom. A hidden administrative account could give remote attackers easy access to critical equipment that is used to manage a wide range of critical infrastructure, including rail lines, traffic control systems and electrical substations.