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Articles tagged with: data breach

Chinese Social Platform, Sina Weibo Gets A Worm

A popular social media service in China with 140 million active users was hit by a worm earlier this week that is similar to MySpace and Twitter worms that have been unleashed in the past. The worm first appeared on Tuesday night on Beijing time.

The affected posts displayed a malicious link with enticing messages such as “Software to listen to other people’s phones.” The link would then re-post and send out private messages circulating the link once again every time it was clicked.

Members Of Anonymous Hacking Group, Arrested

Well, what do you know? Three suspected members of the Anonymous Hacking group were arrested today in Spain. The arrests were made in Barcelona, Valencia, and Almeria. For those who may have forgotten, the Anonymous hacking group is responsible for the attacks on Sony, Spanish banks, and possibly other attacks.

The arrests were actually as part of an investigation that had begun in October 2010. It looks like some of the attacks made by members of the group used a web-based tool called Loic to bombard the target sites with data. Furthermore, Paypal, Mastercard, and Amazon were each targeted using this tool.

WordPress Gets Critical Update

Automattic, maker of Wordpress, has just issued an update that fixes some major security holes on the system. The upgrade is called WordPress 3.1.3 and fixes media file vulnerabilities. The security holes were first found by a Microsoft Vulnerability Research team after the company decided to move its LiveSpaces bloggers to Wordpress.

Not only does the updated WP platform fix security gaps but also features new security enhancements. The update includes ‘clickjacking’ protection for both admin and login pages and is only available in up-to-date browsers.

Bank Of America Employee Leaks Data To Scammers

Andrew Goldstein has been a Bank of America customer for over 40 years. Goldstein learned the other day that a Bank of America (BofA) employee leaked confidential information about his and hundreds of other customers accounts to scammers. The result? Over $10 million in losses.

Goldstein had his checking account drained of over $20,000 in a matter of hours. According to the Secret Service, 95 suspects have already been arrested in connection with the case which is finally coming to light

If you bank with Bank of America, please be sure to check your accounts frequently to double-check that your information wasn’t part of the confidential data that has been leaked.

Microsoft’s IE Threat: Cookie Jacking

A computer security firm has found a flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser that allows hackers to steal credentials to access Facebook, Twitter, and other websites. The technique is called cookiejacking, an abbreviated form of cookie-hijacking. Once the hacker has the cookie, he or she can use it to gain access to the same website.

The vulnerability currently affects all versions of Internet Explorer on every version of Windows operating system. Hackers can exploit the flaw to access a data file, called a cookie, that holds the login name and password to a web account.

Obama Reserves Right To Bomb Hackers

Has our President been hanging around with George Bush a bit much lately? One may guess that based on what Obama has recently said. In a personal foreword (link to webpage with PDF) to document International Strategy for Cyberspace, the President claimed that the country would preserve the character of cyberspace and reduce the threats faced. President O-bomb-a reserves the right to take military action against cyber-terrorists who attempt to hack into the U.S. government.

Dropbox Can Access Your Files

It looks like Dropbox has deceived users about the security and encryption of its services in order to give them a boost. The FTC complaint filed against Dropbox for telling users that their files were completely encrypted and that Dropbox employees could not see the contents of the file. Contrary to what Dropbox was saying, Christopher Sohoian, a PhD student published data last month showing that Dropbox could see the contents of the files, putting users at risk of government searches, nosy Dropbox employees, and companies looking to slam individuals with copyright infringement issues.

Protect Your Thumb Drive From Viruses, For Free!

Unlike floppy drives, modern USB devices do not have a protection switch that allows users to revert to a previous, uninfected state. So how do you protect your USB drive (thumb drive) from getting corrupted on an infected machine? USB Dummy Protect may just be your solution. USB Dummy Protect is a portable software that can be placed on any USB device.

The software is basically a fake file that takes up all the free space on the drive, and without any space left on the drive, viruses cannot write themselves onto it. The program can be run on any Windows operating system (sorry Mac folks, you’re not the center of attention here!)

Sony Delays PSN Launch For 3 More Weeks

We’ve been covering the Sony situation with Geohotz, Anonymous, and the lawsuits involved. We know that you’ve already waited long enough for the PlayStation Network to get back online, but according to Sony’s Press Release , they are still working on delivering a system that is secure enough not to get breached again.

LastPass Gives Breakdown On Possible Hack

A popular third-party password manager, LastPass had recently revealed that it may have been hacked and that some e-mail usernames and passwords were probably stolen. Seth Rosenblatt from Cnet discusses the recent situation with LastPass. Rosenblatt states that people use third-party password managers is because the 256-bit AES encryption it offers is sufficient to keep passwords safe and it makes computing a whole lot easier for some of us who have more difficult and more varied passwords for our different applications and websites.