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Thieves rig Barnes & Noble PIN pads to steal credit card data

Posted October 24, 2012 Hackers tampered with point-of-sale terminals at 63 bookstores to hijack customers’ credit card and PIN information. Keep an eye on your statements and watch for unauthorised transactions. Read it now.

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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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Android NFC hack lets subway riders evade fares

Posted September 24, 2012 Disposable or limited-use contactless fare cards used in New Jersey and San Francisco have insecure implementations of the Mifare Ultralight chip that can be reset to get free rides, security researchers have shown. Read all about it.

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Would you insure your Twitter or Facebook account against trolls and hackers?

Posted September 24, 2012 Would you pay a small, monthly fee to help cover the costs to restore your reputation, get your stolen identity back, and bury the most noxious content manufactured by trolls to torment you? For more, here’s the story.

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Your BMW can be stolen by any idiot with a $30 hacking kit

Posted September 18, 2012 The security holes in on-board diagnostics security systems are nothing new. But an easy-to-use kit, containing a reprogramming device and a blank key, is now available over the net, allowing even the non-technical to exploit the systems and drive off with a sweet ride. Here’s more.

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Ban on in-flight gadget use: based on fear or evidence?

Posted September 11, 2012 A recent poll shows that people use their electronic devices on planes, RF interference be damned. Is the lack of planes dropping like shot ducks proof that the ban is illogical, or is electromagnetic emissions pollution more subtle and intermittent than that? For more, here’s the story.

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Facebook glitch lets spear phishers impersonate users’ friends and family

Posted August 31, 2012 Facebook blames a “temporary misconfiguration” for allowing spammers to get their hands on users’ personal details and then pose as trusted friends to lure victims into clicking. But is the problem properly fixed yet? Read more here.

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Guild Wars 2 accounts shuttered due to gold-seller hacking and idiocy

Posted August 30, 2012 There are two causes of the account lock-outs: first, ArenaNet is trying to run a civilized environment without Holocaust jokes, gay-bashing and the like, and second, gold sellers have hacked accounts to grab the goodies. Read more about it at Naked Security.

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