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Net security undermined by Minecraft

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Internet supersleuth Brian Krebs has devoted ‘hundreds of hours’ to tracing the origin of the botnet that took out his blog last year – along with Twitter, Spotify, Reddit, Talk Talk and the Post Office. Krebs reckons the Mirai botnet behind the DDoS attacks, the largest in internet history, can… Read more »

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DDoS attack caused in part by compromised devices

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Last Friday, a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack took down several major internet sites. It is now believed that Chinese electronics component manufacturer, Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology, a vendor behind internet-connected cameras and DVRs, may have played an inadvertent role in the attack. It has been found that weak… Read more »

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Botnet army attacks cyber journalist

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War reporters treat coming under fire as an occupational hazard, but tech journos don’t normally need to don flak jackets and tin helmets. However, Brian Krebs – an American investigative journalist who crusades against cyber crime – has found himself caught in such a DDoS firestorm that he had to… Read more »

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Leadership failure caused massive data breach

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A congressional report into a major cyber security breach at the US Office for Personnel Management – which manages HR for American civil servants – is pointing the finger at complacency and incompetence amongst senior staff allied to sloppy cyber hygiene and inadequate security technologies. The intrusion is believed to… Read more »

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Ruling Raises Stakes for Cyberheist Victims

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A Missouri firm that unsuccessfully sued its bank to recover $440,000 stolen in a 2010 cyber heist may now be on the hook to cover the financial institution’s legal fees, an appeals court has ruled. Legal experts say the decision is likely to discourage future victims from pursuing such cases. Choice Escrow… Read more »

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Hotel franchise sparks investigation into spate of fraud

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White Lodging, a company that maintains hotel franchises under nationwide brands including Hilton, Marriott, Sheraton and Westin appears to have suffered a data breach that exposed credit and debit card information of thousands of guests throughout much of 2013. White Lodging is now investigating a potential security breach involoving customers’ payment information. Security blogger, Brian Krebs… Read more »

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