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Thu
05
Aug
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Researchers Expose Botnet Packing 60GB of Stolen Data

A recently discovered botnet packing approximately 60 gigabytes (GB) of passwords and other stolen data has been opened up by security researchers. The crack was made in spite of the botnet's difficult-to-detect, self-cloaking ability. Known as ... Mumba, the botnet intercepted and amassed data from 55,000 PCs when it was first investigated, says security firm AVG. It's believed well-known data thieves "Avalanche Group" were responsible for the botnet. According to a report earlier in 2010, Avalanche was responsible for about two in every three phishing attacks during the last six ... (view more)

Fri
30
Jul
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100M Facebook Profiles Leaked on Pirate Bay, Searchable

Prompted by questionable privacy features , the first "Quit Facebook Day" (May 31st) passed without much fanfare. However, the social networking site's critics might have more to work with now that a security consultant has released data for 100 ... million users on The Pirate Bay, a torrent-based website infamous for software piracy. Ron Bowes is the security consultant behind the massive leak. He told the BBC that he was able to compile an enormous bounty of Facebook user details as part of a test of the Ncrack network authentication program. (Source: crn.com ) 100 Million Accounts Searchable ... (view more)

Thu
29
Jul
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Free Toolset Fixes Windows Shortcut Flaw

Two third-party software companies have come together to release temporary fix for a highly contagious and critical zero-day flaw which affects all versions of the Windows operating system (OS). The security flaw, which Microsoft says it knows about ... and is working on a permanent patch towards, makes users of Windows 2000 through Windows 7 vulnerable to attack if they open a desktop folder packing an infected .LNK file extension. Microsoft Temp Fix Not Popular Microsoft last week released its own temporary solution in the form of a workaround, but few users were very fond of a solution that ... (view more)

Tue
22
Jun
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30+ States Prepare Legal Probe in Google WiFi Snoop

Connecticut's top law official says he may be joined by others in investigating Google's alleged WiFi privacy breaches . It follows similar action in both Europe and Australia. The dispute came about when it emerged that, while taking photographs ... for its Street View mapping service, Google used its vehicles to scan for local wireless networks, a move it says was designed to allow it to show the locations of free public hotspots on its maps. However, in this process it "inadvertently" collected snippets from emails and data from websites which were being transmitted wirelessly, with ... (view more)

Tue
08
Jun
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New AT&T Mobile Plans Include Heavy Caveats

Just in time for the launch of a new iPhone model, AT&T Inc. is reportedly reigning in data usage by its customers using smart phones and iPads. A recent AT&T press release introduced new wireless plans, which says will make it much "more ... affordable" to enjoy the benefits of mobile Internet. AT&T customers will now be able to pick a plan that best meets their needs: a $15/month entry level plan or a $25/month plan that allows 10 times more data. Current customers will not be required to switch to the new plans, but can choose to do so without a contract extension. ( ... (view more)

Tue
06
Apr
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Xbox 360 to Support Third-Party USB Storage: Rumor

Microsoft appears ready to support third-party USB storage for its Xbox 360 console, says a recent report from Joystiq. The source of the information, a Microsoft engineering document, reveals that support for the Xbox 360 platform would be extended ... later this spring. Xbo 360 Saved Game Data In Your Pocket The purpose of offering third-party USB storage on the Xbox 360 platform is simple: quickly saving and loading game data. Yes, gamers around the world will soon be offered the chance to carry around the saved data of their favorite Xbox 360 games in their pocket. Take it from someone who ... (view more)

Wed
31
Mar
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Massive ID Theft affects 3.3M Student Loan Borrowers

The names, addresses, and Social Security numbers of 3.3 million people were stolen in what is believed to be the largest-ever breach of personal information amongst university students. The issue could affect as many as 5% of all federal ... student-loan borrowers. According to Educational Credit Management Corp. (ECMC), a non-profit guarantor of federal student loans, during the weekend of March 20-21 the personal details of 3.3 millions borrowers were stolen from their St. Paul, Minn. headquarters. The theft did not involve hackers. ECMC spokesman Paul Kelash told the Wall Street Journal that ... (view more)

Thu
28
Jan
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Experts: New Win7 Security Also Brings New Threats

Security firm Sophos tells PC World that two security measures introduced in Windows Vista and expanded in Windows 7 have had a marked effect on levels of infection on computers. Nevertheless, several online security professionals have reminded ... users of Windows 7 that while the new operating system (OS) offers enhanced security over its predecessors, it's not invulnerable. They note that human vulnerabilities will always leave people at risk to hackers. Two New Security Features Mark Improvements Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) partially randomizes the order in which data is stored ... (view more)

Fri
22
Jan
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BeenVerified: iPhone App Offers Free Background Checks

A new iPhone app is causing quite a stir because of its ability to perform a background check on nearly anyone within a matter of seconds. While the app would be a tremendous resource for checking out a romantic prospect or a new co-worker, the ... opinions of most people change when the tables are turned and the background checks are being done on them. Still, BeenVerified is a friend to almost any employer. The only stipulation is that individuals may only conduct up to three free background checks per week for the app to still be considered free. For an additional $8 per month, you can ... (view more)

Fri
15
Jan
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Airport Full Body Image Scans can be Transmitted, Stored

Contrary to U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) assurances, full body scanners used in U.S. airports can store and transmit digital strip search images of people. The TSA has asserted that these scanners have zero storage capability ... and that any scanned full body images won't be printed, stored or transmitted and will be deleted immediately once viewed. However, those assertions appear to be false. (Source: theregister.co.uk ) Full Body Scanners Have Storage, Transmission Capabilities A redacted 70-page document (PDF) obtained by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) ... (view more)

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