Browsing Author: Paul Roberts

UK Govt. Investigating London Marathon Data Breach That Spilled Info On 38,000

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said it is looking into a possible data breach of the Website used by organizers of the London Marathon – major, international sporting event that attracted more than 37,000 runners for the 37th running on April 22nd.

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E-Mail, Source Code From VMWare Bubbles Up From Compromised Chinese Firm

[img_assist|nid=11043|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=96|height=37]In what looks like the IT equivalent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, purloined data and documents, including source code belonging to the U.S. software firm VMWare, continue to bubble up from the networks of a variety of compromised Chinese firms, according to “Hardcore Charlie,” an anonymous hacker who has claimed responsibility for the hacks.

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Half Of Massachusetts Residents Victims Of Data Breach In Last Four Years

Data from the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation (OCABR) shows that 3.2 million residents – almost half the population of the state- have been the victim of a data breach in the last four years.

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Iran Acknowledges Hack Of Oil Ministry

The Iranian Oil Ministry has acknowledged that a virus outbreak has compromised servers and Web sites used by the Ministry, but denies that any non-public data was exposed.

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Accountability – Not Code Quality- Makes iOS Safer Than Android

BOSTON–Accountability, not superior technology, has kept Apple’s iOS ecosystem free of viruses, even as the competing Android platform strains under the weight of repeated malicious code outbreaks, say researchers Dan Guido of the firm Trail of Bits and Michael Arpaia of iSEC Partners.

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Google Warns 20,000 Webmasters About ‘Weird Redirects’

The head of Google’s Web spam team says that the company has pushed warning messages to some 20,000 Web site owners that their sites may be compromised and are performing “weird” redirections, possibly to malicious Web sites.

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LA Times Profiles Cyber Defense Competition For Teens

The U.S. and other advanced nations face a drastic cyber security skills gap. Attacks from sophisticated and unsophisticated attackers are on the rise, even as more and more companies and government agencies move more of what they do online to Web based services and the cloud. Of course, the skills gap requires a bottom-up rethink of the way that technology skills are taught at both the primary and secondary level. That’s no easy task in a decentralized and highly regulated education system such as the one that exists in the U.S. where resources are addressed more towards basic skill acquisition than to teaching advanced cyber skills. Still, the Obama Administration has put cyber security at the top of its domestic and military security agendas, and there’s some evidence of positive change. 

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UK Teen, TeaMp0isoN Member, Arrested For ‘Phone Bomb’ Attack

A British teenager believed to be the hacker TriCk, a founding member of TeaMp0isoN has reportedly been arrested after launching a denial of service attack against an anti-terrorism hotline in the UK.

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New Mac Malware, SabPub, Used In Targeted Attacks

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab says a new malicious program, dubbed SabPub, exploits the same Java security hole as the Flashback Trojan and enables targeted attacks against Mac users.

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