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FDA calls for more secure medical devices

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has called for medical device makers to protect their products from cyber attacks, Scientific American has reported. Because computer viruses, which are growing evermore common, do not differentiate between laptop computers or hospital machinery, there is growing concern that malware could affect everything from… Read more »

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Small bakery suffers data breach

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A small New England cafe chain believes hackers may have breached its payment system. The Works Bakery Cafe is in the process of telling customers that their data may be at risk after it discovered its point-of-sale computers had been infected. Advisen reports that the hack is part of a… Read more »

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New York Times claims infiltration by Chinese hackers

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The New York Times says that it has repeatedly come under the attack of Chinese hackers over the last four months, reports the BBC. The newspaper says that the attacks coincided with a report it ran which claimed Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao had amassed a multi-billion dollar fortune. Jiabao was… Read more »

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Cyber Command staff to increase by 500%

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The Pentagon has recently announced that it will dramatically increase its cyber-security staff to combat the rapid influx in cyber attacks against government agencies and critical infrastructure. Cyber Command, which started just 3 years ago, now has 900 military and civilian staff members. That number will increase fivefold, up to… Read more »

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Religious hackers attack French Euromillions website

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The French Euromillions website, operated by Francaise des Jeux (FDJ), recently fell victim to religious hackers after its homepage was replaced by a passage from the Koran condemning gambling. The verses call games of chance “works of the devil” that are intended to turn people away from God. The message… Read more »

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South Carolina loses 3.6 million Social Security numbers to hacker

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A recent cyber attack on South Carolina’s Department of Revenue has affected more than three quarters of the state’s population. The hack resulted in the theft of 3.6 million Social Security numbers and nearly 400k debit and credit card numbers. Although the attack was described as the work of an… Read more »

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SSP interface with Google Compare suspended after breach

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Software provider SSP has suspended its service on aggregator websites after an attack on its integration with Google Compare. The attack affected users of Google’s new comparison website for car insurance. SSP’s software is used on a range of aggregator websites such as Google Compare, Comparethemarket.com, Gocompare.com, Confused.com and Moneysupermarket.com…. Read more »

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Barnes & Noble suffers major hack attack

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Customers who shopped in various locations of the US bookstore giant, Barnes & Noble, may have had their credit card details stolen by hackers. 63 stores were affected, including some of the company’s busiest locations in New York, Chicago, Miami and San Diego. The hackers got the information by breaking… Read more »

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Health record hackers encrypt and hold data for ransom

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We usually think of hack attacks for financial gains taking the form of copying credit card and other financial information from companies’ servers and selling it on the black market. But new tactics are coming about – tactics which cyber criminals are using with increasing frequency. Hackers are now beginning… Read more »

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GoDaddy suffers possible hack attack

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GoDaddy, the world’s largest internet domain name registrar and web host, saw thousands of its websites go down on Monday most likely due to a hack attack. GoDaddy was quick to get the sites back online and have assured customers that no customer data was compromised. The BBC reports that… Read more »

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