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  • US Joint Chiefs of Staff emails targeted by Russian hackers

    The hacking group that targeted unclassified email systems at the U.S. Department of State and the White House is believed to have also compromised a network used by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a body of senior U.S. military leaders.

    Written by Martyn Williams07 Aug. 15 08:47
  • Cisco plans to buy security-as-a-service provider OpenDNS

    Cisco Systems plans to pay $US635 million in cash to buy OpenDNS, a company that leverages the Domain Name System (DNS) to provide security services including Web filtering, threat intelligence and malware and phishing protection.

    Written by Lucian Constantin01 July 15 01:19
  • In desperation, many ransomware victims plead with attackers

    The shamelessness of ransomware pushers knows no bounds. After encrypting people's files and then holding them to ransom, they portray themselves as service providers offering technical support and discounts to their "customers."

    Written by Lucian Constantin19 May 15 02:03
  • All major browsers hacked at Pwn2Own contest

    Security researchers who participated in the Pwn2Own hacking contest this week demonstrated remote code execution exploits against the top four browsers, and also hacked the widely used Adobe Reader and Flash Player plug-ins.

    Written by Lucian Constantin20 March 15 23:08
  • Windows systems are also vulnerable to FREAK attacks

    A cryptographic library used in all Windows versions is affected by a recently disclosed vulnerability in SSL/TLS implementations that allows man-in-the-middle attackers to force clients and servers to use weak encryption. Internet Explorer and other programs using the library are affected.

    Written by Lucian Constantin07 March 15 00:40
  • Newsweek Twitter hack is a sign of the times

    The Twitter accounts of two more companies -- Newsweek and the International Business Times -- were compromised on Tuesday, showing Twitter's attractiveness to hackers despite its cybersecurity features.

    Written by Zach Miners11 Feb. 15 08:50
  • CryptoWall ransomware variant has new defenses

    CryptoWall, one of a family of malware programs that encrypts files and demands a ransom from victims, has undergone a revamp that is frustrating security researchers.

    Written by Jeremy Kirk09 Jan. 15 12:00