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‘Parasite’ porn websites steal and spread images and videos of young people

Posted October 24, 2012 A new study shows that 88% of sexually explicit photos and videos of children and other young people found online have been lifted from legitimate source sites, including social networking sites such as Facebook, video sites such as YouTube, or stolen/lost phones. Read more.

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Spammers exploit open redirects on US government websites

Posted October 23, 2012 Would you trust a URL which ends with .gov? US government websites have been left with egg on their faces, after spammers exploited sloppily coded redirect code to redirect gullible internet users into visiting “make money fast” websites. Read all about it.

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Accidental data leak helps wipe $22bn off Google’s stock value

Posted October 19, 2012 They’re assuredly hitting the roof at financial printer R.R. Donnelly, where whoever hit the “send” button on Google’s quarterly results must have missed the “Pending Larry Quote” note clearly marked on the first page. Talk about a costly accidental data leak… For more, here’s the story.

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42% of lost mobiles have no security in place to protect data, says report

Posted October 19, 2012 Out of those who reported that they had lost devices, 42% had no security measures in place, and one in five contained access to work-related documents or email. Young, male Londoners, you’re the worst when it comes to losing stuff, but take heart: you’re the best at making sure your lost […]

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India spews more spam than ever before, report finds

Posted October 16, 2012 You can thank India for one out of six spam messages in your inbox, up from one in 10 when SophosLabs last put out its list of the Dirty Dozen top spam-relaying countries. The UK has upped its spam output as well, meaning it’s rejoined the dirty dozen after an 18-month […]

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Microsoft: piracy is getting virusy

Posted October 11, 2012 Microsoft says that malware is increasingly being found in pirated downloads. Are you putting your computer at risk by illegally downloading copyrighted movies, music and software? Here’s more.

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Unmasked! Alleged mastermind of “Project Blitzkrieg” online attack plot against US banks

Posted October 9, 2012 Claims are made that a cyber gang is recruiting some 100 botmasters for a Trojan attack against 30 US bank, and the plot’s alleged mastermind is unmasked. But given the alleged fraudster’s flamboyant claims, can we be sure he’s not a trap set by Russian law enforcement? Read it now.

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Medical device hacking – FDA are told to start taking it seriously

Posted October 3, 2012 In a new report, the government takes the FDA to task for ignoring the possibility that insulin pumps and defibrillators are susceptible to malware, unauthorized access and denial of service. Read all about it.

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Chinese hackers linked to breach of control systems used in electric grids

Posted September 27, 2012 Telvent tells customers that it’s discovered that attackers breached its internal firewall and security systems, implanted malicious software, and stolen project files linked to its smart grid product. Experts detected digital fingerprints implicating a Chinese hacking group. Here’s more.

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