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Medical group fined $140K for tossing patients’ health records into public dump

Posted  January 15, 2013 Medical diagnoses for cancer patients, names and Social Security numbers all went into the trash, unredacted and unshredded, probably in a very misguided effort to save a few bucks on proper record destruction. Read the full story on Naked Security.

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NASA suffers major data breach over stolen laptop that wasn’t encrypted

Posted November 15, 2012 The space agency is now, finally, after yet another unencrypted laptop theft, scrambling to require full disk encryption agency-wide. For more, here’s the story.

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Internet Explorer flaw allows attackers to track your mouse movements

Posted December 14, 2012 An Internet Explorer vulnerability allows hackers to track mouse cursor movement anywhere on the screen, even if a given window is inactive, unfocused or minimised. It can also compromise the security of virtual keyboards and keypads, thereby thwarting their use against keyloggers. Here’s more.  

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Samsung Smart TV security hole allows hackers to watch you, change channels or plug in malware

Posted December 12, 2012 Researchers have found a vulnerability in an unspecified model of a Samsung LED 3D TV that they exploited to get root access to the TV and any attached USB drives. The bug, which can be used to gain root access, affects multiple Samsung models and device generations, they say. Read all […]

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Cyber attackers seize, encrypt and ransom medical centre’s patient database

Posted December 12, 2012 The data-kidnappers are demanding $4,000 to release thousands of patient records belonging to the Miami Family Medical Centre on Australia’s Gold Coast. Read more.

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But did she STEAL the iPhone? App takes photo of woman trying to unlock it

Posted December 11, 2012 A woman who tried to unlock a stolen iPhone unwittingly took her own photo. An application on the phone then automatically sent the photo to the owner, who called the police. It’s a good reminder that there are tools out there, either free or darn close to it, that can track […]

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US Secret Service probed after sensitive files left on Metro train

Posted December 10, 2012 A contractor working for the US Secret Service left two tapes full of extremely sensitive data on a Metro train, losing the extremely sensitive, personal data of staff, contact and overseas informants. Here’s more.

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What computer security threats can we expect to see in 2013?

Posted December 7, 2012 Here are the trends that SophosLabs anticipates will shape the IT security landscape next year. Read more.

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Use Instagram on your iPhone? Your account can be hijacked, claims security researcher

Posted December 4, 2012 A security researcher has published a proof-of-concept attack on Instagram for iOS that would allow malicious users to remotely hijack victims’ accounts, delete or download photos, and tinker with profile details. Here’s more.

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Malware found sucking up data on new Japanese space agency rocket

Posted December 3, 2012 Malware discovered on a Japanese space agency desktop computer has been stealing data on Epsilon – a new, AI-enabled rocket – and beaming it to controllers outside the agency. It’s only the latest in a string of data-siphoning incidents that’s plagued the agency. Click here to read the full story.

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