20-6-2011 – 14-6-2011

 

Hackers target Australians’ super funds

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 20, 2011 at 10:36 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Superannuation fraud is the latest earner for organised criminals who are robbing unsuspecting victims across Australia, according to the chief of the NSW Police Fraud Squad.

 

The latest scam is especially popular among criminal gangs, he said, because victims remain unaware for years that they have been duped.

 

Criminals are suing a range of techniques including phishing in order to first steal th…

 

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Facebook Users ‘Dislike Button’ New Scam

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 20, 2011 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Facebook users are once again under attack from scammers. This time, users are being enticed to spam their friends, install intrusive toolbars, fill in scam surveys, and hand over personal information via the promise of a “Dislike Button” for their Facebook account. Messages such as the one shown below are currently being posted all over Facebook:

Get Dislike Button

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Customer data stolen from Sega

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 20, 2011 at 12:08 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Cheery cyber attack message lulz you into a sense of security

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 19, 2011 at 6:39 PM Comments comments (0)

VISITING the Lulz…

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Facebook ups ante over mobile apps software

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 18, 2011 at 9:18 AM Comments comments (0)
FACEBOOK is angling to play a bigger role in shaping the way software gets developed for mobile devices. The social network, which has turned its popular website into a platform for developing games and other add-on programs, so far hasn’t wielded the same influence on mobile gadgets like Apple’s hit iPhone and iPad. But there are signs the company is trying to change that situation. Facebook executives, among other things, are encouraging developers who write Facebook apps to do so for mo… Read Full Post »

U.S. warns of security holes in Chinese SCADA apps

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 18, 2011 at 9:13 AM Comments comments (0)
Software made by a Chinese company and used around the world by chemical, defense, and energy companies contains security holes that attackers could exploit to hack into critical systems. In an advisory issued yesterday (PDF), the Department of Homeland Defense warned of two vulnerabilities in software made by Beijing-based Sunway ForceControl (Google Translate English version). The Chinese company makes SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) software, which is used in computer syst… Read Full Post »

Microsoft declares a victory against autorun malware

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 18, 2011 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)
Microsoft appears to be winning a major battle against autorun malware. A blog post this week by Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center said the company discovered 1.3 million fewer infections on Windows Vista and XP caused by autorun malware from mid-February to mid-May, compared with the three months prior. A persistent security threat for the past several years, autorun malware typically spreads through flash drives, memory cards, and other external devices courtesy of Microsoft’s autorun fe… Read Full Post »

Keeping up with the hackers

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 18, 2011 at 9:06 AM Comments comments (0)
The number of hacking events of late is making our heads spin at CNET. By our count, there have been more than 40 computer attacks, network intrusions, or data breaches in the last few months. And they seem to be a daily occurrence. In previous coverage we’ve noted that it seems to be open hacking season, written about some of the hackers and groups who are behind the attacks and speculated on their motives, so we thought we’d provide a chronological chart listing the attacks so we could all ke… Read Full Post »

Citigroup ups number of accounts breached in attack

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 18, 2011 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)
A May cyberattack that breached Citigroup’s network gave hackers access to 360,083 credit card accounts in the U.S., the company revealed yesterday. That number is higher than Citi’s initial estimate, which claimed that the breach affected one percent of the bank’s 21 million U.S. customers, or around 210,000. The cyberattack, which occurred on May 10, compromised the company’s online account system, allowing the attackers to access names, account numbers, and contact information for the aff… Read Full Post »

EU nations give nod to tougher penalties for cybercrimes

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 9:38 PM Comments comments (0)
European countries have agreed to tougher penalties for cybercrimes, including new punishments for botnet creators, in an effort to clamp down on massive attacks. The new rules are part of a European Commission proposal, adopted by the Council of Europe on Friday, which now goes to the European Parliament for approval. It aims to update existing EU rules on cybercrime, introduced in 2005, which cover interference with data and systems, and illegal access. One new measure is the introduction of… Read Full Post »

Who is behind the hacks?

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)
Every day there’s another report of a computer hack. Yesterday it was a video game company and a U.S. Senate database. And today it could be the Federal Reserve. There’s no doubt that there’s a wave of attacks going on right now, against different targets and with seemingly different motives. The questions on everyone’s mind are who is behind these computer attacks and why are they doing it. This FAQ will help answer those questions in at least some of the cases. Who is Anonymous? Anonymous… Read Full Post »

Microsoft plugs 34 holes; Adobe fixes Flash Player bug

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 9:33 PM Comments comments (0)
Microsoft released 16 security bulletins today fixing 34 holes, including critical holes in Windows, SMB Client and Internet Explorer, while Adobe Systems fixed a hole in Flash Player that was reportedly being targeted in attacks. Adobe’s quarterly security bulletins include critical updates for Flash Player, Shockwave Player, and Adobe Reader and Acrobat. Meanwhile, Adobe said it will now offer users the opportunity to turn automatic update on by default. Nine of Microsoft’s bulletins are rat… Read Full Post »

NHS laptop loss could put millions of records at risk

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 9:02 PM Comments comments (0)
A laptop containing unnamed patient information has gone missing from a subsidiary of the National Health Service North Central London health authority, The Sun reported on Wednesday that the laptop, which was lost along with 19 others three weeks ago, contained the unencrypted health details of over 8.63 million people and records of 18 million hospital visits, operations and procedures. It was taken from a storeroom of London Health Programmes, a medical research organization based within t… Read Full Post »

U.S. Senate site hacked again

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 9:02 PM Comments comments (0)
The U.S. Senate site was hacked again yesterday, Reuters reports. According to the news service, hackers breached the site and stole information, though the type of data taken was not divulged. Martina Bradford, the U.S. Senate’s deputy sergeant at arms, confirmed the breach to Reuters yesterday. However, she said, the hackers are “getting nothing” of value and the Senate so far has “been able to stay ahead of the hackers and keep them out of the main separate network.” No one has been public… Read Full Post »

Chinese military warns of U.S. cyberwar threat

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 9:01 PM Comments comments (0)
The Chinese military wants to beef up its cyberdefense efforts as it anticipates greater threats originating from the U.S. “The U.S. military is hastening to seize the commanding military heights on the Internet, and another Internet war is being pushed to a stormy peak,” the Chinese military wrote in its official newspaper, Liberation Army Daily. “Their actions remind us that to protect the nation’s Internet security, we must accelerate Internet defense development and accelerate steps to make… Read Full Post »

Lookout integrates ‘safe browsing’ on Android

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 9:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Socially engineered threats remain a major security concern on mobile devices, so to help protect its users Lookout Mobile Security (download) has added “safe browsing” to its premium version today at no extra cost. Safe browsing checks links you tap before they load in your device’s Web browser to make sure they don’t lead to phishing scams or malware. Safe browsing is not quite widely available yet on mobile devices, even though it potentially can threaten mobile device users as easily as it … Read Full Post »

Chrome encrypts Gmail whether you want it or not

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 8:59 PM Comments comments (0)
Google, which has found Gmail to be a target of hacking attempts from China, has modified Chrome so the browser always encrypts connections with the e-mail service. Google already changed Gmail to use encryption by default, a mode indicated by the “https” at the beginning of a browser address bar that means outsiders sniffing network traffic can’t read your e-mail. People could still get to the unencrypted version by typing “http://gmail.com,” but no more, for Chrome. “As of Chromium 13, all c… Read Full Post »

LulzSec fields calls via hacking request line

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 8:58 PM Comments comments (0)
Hacking group LulzSec was touting a hotline yesterday that let people call in and request takedowns of Web sites. “Call into 614-LulzSec and pick a target, and we’ll obliterate it,” LulzSec wrote on its Twitter account yesterday. “Nobody wants to mess with The Lulz Cannon–take aim for us Twitter.” The LulzSec hotline’s area code encompasses the Columbus, Ohio, metropolitan area, though it’s unlikely the people behind the organization are there. According to LulzSec, its hacking request line w… Read Full Post »

CIA Web site down; LulzSec claims responsibility

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 8:57 PM Comments comments (0)
The CIA’s public Web site is inaccessible this afternoon, and the hacking group Lulz Security is taking for responsibility for taking it offline. Shortly before 3 p.m. PT, LulzSec tweeted: “Tango down – cia.gov – for the lulz” And indeed, the world’s most famous spy agency is currently without an official Web presence, as of about 20 minutes after Lulzsec’s tweet–cia.gov returns an error message. LulzSec has enjoyed a higher profile of late, thanks to a slew of successful attacks on prominen… Read Full Post »

Scammers turning to phone calls to gain PC access

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)
Forget e-mail. Criminals are making old-fashioned phone calls and offering free security scans in order to gain access to people’s computers, according to Microsoft. To run the con, criminals pretend to be PC security experts from legitimate companies. They call their intended victims, warning of a risky security threat and offering to run a free security checkup. If the victims take the bait, the scammers gain access to their PCs and often capture passwords or financial information. The pho… Read Full Post »

Apple patent will stop you filming concerts, sports events on iPhone

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 8:48 PM Comments comments (0)
Software disables camera at live event Could be used at Big Day Out, Grand Finals Seen as attempt to make more money APPLE wants to stop you from filming rock concerts and sporting events on your smartphone. The company is working on technology that will automatically disable a person?s iPhone camera when it is used to film a live event. Apple filed a patent application for the software 18 months ago, according to information obtained by The Times (behind paywall). The software coul… Read Full Post »

Facebook users have lives too, Pew Research Center Internet and American Life Project finds

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 8:44 PM Comments comments (0)
Survey finds Facebook users have more friends “More likely to be involved in civic, political activities” Unproductive: Doodle costs the world $268m CONTRARY to popular opinion, social network users actually do have real lives. According to a poll by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, Facebook users are more trusting, have more close friends and are more politically engaged. The survey of 2255 American adults found that Facebook members who use the site multiple… Read Full Post »

Android app can ‘hack’ Facebook, Twitter

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 4:23 AM Comments comments (0)
FACEBOOK and Twitter users face a new security headache from an Android app that allows anyone to hack social media accounts at public WiFi spots. The developer of the FaceNiff app, Bartosz Ponurkiewicz, says on his website that the app is for educational purposes only, and urges users not to install it if it is illegal in their country. FaceNiff enables an Android smartphone to detect any unsecured Facebook or Twitter login made on the same WiFi network by a desktop or laptop using a stan… Read Full Post »

HP to launch tablet PC in July

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)
HEWLETT-PACKARD said the WiFi version of its HP TouchPad will be available in the US on July 1, joining a crowded market for tablet computers. A local HP spokesman said the TouchPad “will be released this year in Australia”. However, he would not provide pricing, availability or specifications. The device, the company’s first using webOS, the operating system it acquired through its purchase of Palm, will be available in Britain, Ireland, France and Germany a few days later and in Canada i… Read Full Post »

Citigroup says 360,000 US credit card accounts hacked, almost double original estimate

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 4:06 AM Comments comments (0)
US banking giant Citigroup has told its clients that about 360,000 credit cards were affected by a computer hacking attack last month – nearly twice the number previously acknowledged. Citigroup revealed today that the security breach had compromised a total of 360,083 North America Citi-branded credit cards, after earlier saying the attack had affected around 210,000 credit card customer accounts – roughly one per cent of its US clientele. “Citi has implemented enhanced procedures to prev… Read Full Post »

HP sues Oracle over server software

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 16, 2011 at 3:42 AM Comments comments (0)
HEWLETT-PACKARD sued Oracle, attacking the software company’s move to stop supporting high-end HP systems and accusing Oracle of “strong-arm” tactics against HP customers. The allegations, which Oracle rejected, are the latest example of mounting tensions between the two big Silicon Valley companies. Oracle and HP have “gone from arm-in-arm ‘partnership’ ” to “bitter antagonists” in the course of eight months, according to the complaint HP filed in California Superior Court in Santa Clara Cou… Read Full Post »

We’re not dead yet – the Facebook defence

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 15, 2011 at 11:19 AM Comments comments (0)
FACEBOOK has denied news that it lost users in the United States over the past month. The Inside Facebook website reported Monday that Facebook lost nearly six million users in the United States in May, falling from 155.2 million at the start of the month to 149.4 million at the end of it. But a Facebook spokeswoman cast doubt on the measurement overnight and directed AFP to the latest figures from tracking firm comScore. “From time to time, we see stories about Facebook losing users in… Read Full Post »

Why Australians are paying higher prices for technology

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 15, 2011 at 8:07 AM Comments comments (0)
HUGE price differences in consumer electronics sold here and in the US continue, with local retailers appearing not to pass on the advantage of our surging dollar. Australians who buy locally still pay through the nose for some desktops, laptops, tablets, computer games and consoles and music bought at online stores, compared with consumers in the US. Computer firms are still setting their recommended retail prices often up to 50 per cent higher in Australia compared with the US. The ba… Read Full Post »

Apple to pay royalties to Nokia after patent dispute settled

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 15, 2011 at 8:02 AM Comments comments (0)
NOKIA and Apple entered into a patent-licence agreement settling all patent litigation between the two companies, they said, ending a lengthy legal battle between two of the world’s largest mobile giants. Apple, which makes the iPhone and iPad among other mobile devices, will make a one-time payment to Nokia and pay continuing royalties for the term of the agreement, Nokia said. It declined to provide specific financial terms. Nokia said the deal is likely to boost the Finnish handset maker’s… Read Full Post »

Facebook chat could land British juror Joanne Fraill in jail

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 15, 2011 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)
A BRITISH juror was warned by a judge that she faces jail for contacting a defendant on the social networking site Facebook, causing the collapse of a major drugs trial. In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in Britain involving the internet, juror Joanne Fraill admitted contempt of court at the High Court in London for chatting online with Jamie Sewart during a trial last year. Britain’s Lord Chief Justice, Igor Judge, said Fraill’s sentence would be announced on Thursday, … Read Full Post »

iiNet copyright case back in court

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 15, 2011 at 7:58 AM Comments comments (0)
HOLLYWOOD’S long-running landmark legal bid to make ISPs liable for online piracy could be back before Australian courts as soon as August 12. The High Court has confirmed the date as the earliest of two it has set aside to hear the studios argue for special leave to challenge a Federal Appeal Court’s decision in February, which saw Perth-headquartered ISP iiNet narrowly avoid a ruling that it authorised its customers to infringe copyright online. If the hearing doesn’t go ahead on August … Read Full Post »

How to secure your Gmail account

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 15, 2011 at 7:53 AM Comments comments (0)
Google recently learned a lesson in security when it found that hundreds of user email accounts, including ones belonging to US and Chinese government officials, had been hacked. Hackers are professionals in their field who prey on unknowing (and sometimes even tech savvy) individuals. With the rise in hacks recently, it’s time to check whether your Gmail account is secure. (Below, you’ll find five best practices for securing your Gmail account. Each one is free, built into Gmail and eas… Read Full Post »

Indian billionaire aims to market $30 iPad

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 14, 2011 at 4:54 AM Comments comments (0)
INDIA’S richest software tycoon was planning to produce a $30 tablet computer designed to bring iPad-style technology to his country. Computer company Wipro, founded by Azim Premji, said it was developing a touch-screen PC device that would cost a fraction of the 29,500 rupee ($625) starting cost of an Apple iPad in India. The tablet, aimed at the nation’s rural poor and schoolchildren, is under development at the company’s Electronic City campus in Bangalore, which employs 11,000 people. … Read Full Post »

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 Posted by Caspertwin on June 14, 2011 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)
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VIPs among dozens in security breach

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 14, 2011 at 12:36 AM Comments comments (0)
PROMINENT Victorians are among people whose personal details were electronically searched by The Age after the newspaper accessed a confidential Labor Party database without authorisation. The Sunday Herald Sun reports a forensic computer audit of the party’s Eleczilla database has found two computers within The Age were used in the days before the November 27 state election to search the records of voters’ private dealings with the party. Labor chiefs commissioned the audit after The Age… Read Full Post »

Gaming firm Codemasters’s systems hacked, customer details stolen

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 14, 2011 at 12:33 AM Comments comments (0)
ONE of Britain’s biggest computer games developers was today investigating a security breach that saw the personal details of its customers stolen. Codemasters – which makes games for consoles including Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Wii – said hackers had accessed customer names and addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers and encrypted passwords. The attack followed a number of similar computer hacks, including two against Sony which saw the data of almost 100 million users stolen. … Read Full Post »

New Phishing Scam Targets PayPal Users

 Posted by Caspertwin on June 14, 2011 at 12:28 AM Comments comments (0)
Customers of Internet money transfer service PayPal are being targeted in an aggressive email phishing scam that is masquerading as an urgent security warning, a familiar scam for PayPal customers. Users of PayPal are receiving an email message from them that claims to be an urgent security warning. Those who follow the HTML link in the email are being redirected to a convincing facsimile of the PayPal website which claims that the user?s access is limited and presents them with a form askin… Read Full Post »

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