China accused of massive international hacking operation

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China has been accused of mounting a five-year hacking operation that stole industrial and national secrets on an unprecedented scale, after an investigation by a leading Internet group uncovered a huge international security breach, says a report in The Daily Telegraph. More than 70 organisations, including the UN, the International… Read more »

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E-commerce flaw linked to thefts

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More details have emerged of an e-commerce software flaw linked to the theft of credit card information from numerous websites. The Register reports that a security flaw in osCommerce, an open source e-commerce package, created a means for criminals to compromise 90k web pages with redirection scripts that ultimately directed… Read more »

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Angry Birds developers undergo patent-infringement claims

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Have you ever played Angry Birds? You would remember… the multi-coloured haze that washes over you and the onset of an obsessive need to dive bomb tyrannical pigs. The addictive app has been downloaded over 200 million times worldwide. But now the company that created the game is being sued… Read more »

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FSA suggests businesses turn their attention to data security

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We keep reading about it. Another story about a security breach, about a big company being hacked, about personal details stolen or sold and privacy intruded. That’s all we’re hearing on the news today and sorry to go on about it, but it is quickly becoming one of the greatest… Read more »

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Return of the zip code drama as retailers battle with insurers

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The zip code drama is back again, but this time the battle is between retailers and insurers. In California, where earlier this year the Supreme Court ruled that obtaining zip codes from consumers at checkout violated state privacy statutes, two companies are now battling their insurance company, claiming that their… Read more »

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Breach victims are in good company

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Sony, you’re not alone. A recent report by Juniper has revealed the 90% of large enterprises have suffered some kind of data breach in the last year. This is a staggering statistic especially considering an increased amount of money spent on systems security with some companies reporting that a quarter… Read more »

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Hackers walk away with $2.7m in Citibank breach

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Is it me or is it starting to feel like the Wild West around here? The news of major losses from hack attacks, the modern day “bank robbery”, just keep coming. This time its Citibank. Earlier this month, the bank announced that hackers stole the credit card details of more… Read more »

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Has the EU just turned into the Cookie Monster?

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Hands up who likes pop-ups appearing on their screen when browsing the internet? Anyone? Well with the new EU cookie directive implemented on the 25th of May this year, this could be something we will all have to put up with. So just what are cookies? They are much more… Read more »

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Virtual currency: It’s not just Monopoly money anymore

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Apple, Facebook, Google and a plethora of on-line games, are just some of those deriving tangible benefits from virtual currencies. However, what are virtual currencies, why are companies using them, what are the risks users and businesses face and how should they manage these? Virtual currencies are used to purchase… Read more »

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