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Tag: Cyberattacks

Under draft bill, EU wants to raise jail time for hackers, botnet operators

(Ars Technica) On Thursday, a European Parliament committee approved a new draft directive (PDF) that would, among other things, require European Union member states to step up criminal penalties for hacking, botnets, and other digital malfeasance. Under EU law, directives are a set of instructions for all 27 (soon to be 28, when Croatia joins…
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Mobile Version of Cridex Banking Trojan Spotted in the Wild

(Softpedia) Popular banking Trojans usually come with a mobile component that allows cybercriminals to bypass two factor authentication systems and gain access to their victims’ bank accounts. Mobile components of ZeuS (ZitMo), SpyEye (SPitMo), Citadel (CitMo) and Carberp have been around for quite some time. Now, experts from RSA say they’ve also spotted an SMS…
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Raley’s Family Of Fine Stores Targeted In Cyberattack

(Dark Reading) Raley’s Family of Fine Stores has recently discovered that a portion of its computer network systems may have been the target of a complex, criminal cyber attack. The company immediately initiated an investigation to determine whether cyber criminals may have obtained customer credit and debit card information. At this time, the company has…
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New Android Trojan app exploits previously unknown flaws, researchers say

IDG News Service – A newly discovered Trojan program exploits previously unknown flaws in Android and borrows techniques from Windows malware in order to evade detection and achieve persistence on infected devices. Security researchers from antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab named the new malicious application Backdoor.AndroidOS.Obad.a and labeled it the most sophisticated Android Trojan program to…
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Chinese hacked Obama, McCain campaigns, took internal documents, officials say

(NBC News) The U.S. secretly traced a massive cyberespionage operation against the 2008 presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and John McCain to hacking  units backed by the People’s Republic of China, prompting  high level warnings to Chinese officials to stop such activities,  U.S. intelligence officials tell NBC News. The disclosure on the eve of a…
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Most small businesses can’t restore all data after a cyber attack

(Net Security) Almost one-third of U.S. small businesses surveyed by the Ponemon Institute had a cyber attack in the previous year, and nearly three-quarters of those businesses were not able to fully restore their company’s computer data. The primary causes of cyber attacks on small businesses were computer viruses, worms and Trojans (61 percent) and…
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Cyber ceasefire? US and China square off over Internet espionage claims

(RT) The issue of cyber-attacks, accusations of which have marred US-China relations for months, is set to be discussed by the two nations’ leaders at their first informal meeting, scheduled to take place in Sunnylands, California. The talks have been preceded by months of back-and-forth allegations of cyber-espionage. Washington in particular has repeatedly accused Beijing…
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US Lawmakers Introduce New Law to Punish Foreign State-Sponsored Hackers

(Softpedia) US House Representatives Mike Rogers and Tim Ryan, and Senator Ron Johnson have introduced a new law that represents new efforts to punish foreign state-sponsored cybercriminals. According to the initiators of the bill, the Cyber Economic Espionage Accountability Act is aimed at cyber spies backed by China, Russia and other foreign governments. “This is…
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FIS Breach a Broader Network Hack

(Threatpost) A previously reported attack against Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) two years ago was actually much more widespread than initially reported according to a document released to banks from the FDIC late last month. Compounding matters, as of the FDIC’s audit FIS had not taken the appropriate steps toward securing banking information and protecting…
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Pirate Bay founder suspected of hacking police databases

(Net Security) Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Svartholm, who has been extradited from Cambodia to Sweden to answer for allegedly hacking of Swedish IT company Logica and the Nordea bank mainframe has been named as suspect in another hacking case. Along with an unnamed 20-year-old Danish citizen, Svartholm is thought to have breached and downloaded a…
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