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Hackers Target Mandiant CEO Via Limo Service Hackers Target Mandiant CEO Via Limo Service

Hackers are apparently stalking Kevin Mandia, chief executive of the cybersecurity company Mandiant.
15 October 2013

Universities, US Army Found $50 Million Cyber Research Project Universities, US Army Found $50 Million Cyber Research Project

Researchers from a swath of universities have joined with the Army Research Laboratory for a nearly $50 million collaborative research alliance aimed at developing what it calls “a new science” for making security-relevant decisions in cyberspace – without human decision-making.
11 October 2013

vBulletin Exploit Makes the CMS Rounds vBulletin Exploit Makes the CMS Rounds

vBulletin, one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) on the web and the engine behind many a discussion forum, is the target of a new exploit making its way into the wild.
10 October 2013

Microsoft Ponies Up $100K in First Bug Bounty Payment Microsoft Ponies Up $100K in First Bug Bounty Payment

Since Microsoft announced in June that it would be hitching its wagon to the bug bounty phenomenon, security researchers have been salivating over the $100,000 Mitigation Bypass Bounty, offered for “truly novel exploitation techniques” against protections built into the latest version of the Windows 8 operating system. James Forshaw, head of vulnerability research at UK-based Context Information Security, is the first recipient of this particular reward within the cash-for-exploits program.
09 October 2013

Fort Disco Evolves to Brute-Force Webmail Fort Disco Evolves to Brute-Force Webmail

A new variant of the Fort Disco malware, which has been attacking websites that are running WordPress, is now brute-forcing POP3 servers that are typically used for email authentication, and FTP sites. POP3 is of course employed widely, especially for Google’s Gmail and Microsoft Outlook (formerly Hotmail).
02 October 2013

Napolar & Solarbot Trojans Share DNA

A new malware dubbed Napolar has been making the rounds, but it turns out it has a close relative: the Solarbot Trojan, which has set up a regular Web address to hawk itself for $200.
30 September 2013

NSA Creates Detailed Graphical Analyses that Include Americans' Metadata NSA Creates Detailed Graphical Analyses that Include Americans' Metadata

The latest Edward Snowden leaks show that the NSA not merely collects metadata (everything about a communication excluding the content) from Americans and non-Americans alike, it generates automatic graphical analyses from that data.
30 September 2013

Russian Malware-as-a-Service Offers Up Server Rentals for $240 a Pop Russian Malware-as-a-Service Offers Up Server Rentals for $240 a Pop

Hacking-as-a-service is becoming a somewhat common practice, with infected machine rentals increasingly available in the shadowy cybercriminal underground. A new example of the model has been uncovered, with the proprietor offering access to Russian malware-infected hosts.
24 September 2013

Shylock Malware Surges to Target Vast Swath of Banking Sector

A resurgence of the Shylock/Capshaw banking threat has hit banks across the EU again, as well as several top US banks. In all, Capshaw is this time being found to affect at least 24 financial institutions.
21 September 2013

UK Firms Detect Security Incidents Three Times More Often than Average UK Firms Detect Security Incidents Three Times More Often than Average

UK companies are doing a pretty good job when it comes to cybersecurity, with the number of security incidents detected by companies in the past 12 months coming in at almost three times higher than the global average. But, more still needs to be done and challenges still remain.
21 September 2013

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