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European Central Bank confirms website hack and data breach

The European Central Bank (ECB), the central bank of the 19 European countries which have adopted the euro, has shut down a compromised website after it discovered that hackers had planted malware that stole information from newsletter subscribers.


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“NULL” vanity plate hack to dodge parking tickets backfires to the tune of $12,000

A US security researcher called Droogie thought he’d come up with the perfect wheeze to avoid being fined by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) – he bought a personalised license plate which we believed would mess with the DMV’s database.

The name on Droogie’s vanity plate? “NULL”


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tripwire.com

More than a million people have their biometric data exposed in massive security breach

A biometrics system used to secure more than 1.5 million locations around the world – including banks, police forces, and defence companies in the United States, UK, India, Japan, and the UAE – has suffered a major data breach, exposing a huge number of records and unencrypted fingerprints.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Smashing Security #141: Black Hat and Bridezillas

Say cheese to ransomware on your camera! A sponsored speech at Black Hat causes uproar, and should you trust that Lightning cable you’re about to plug into your MacBook?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by The Cyberwire’s Dave Bittner.


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bitdefender.com

Microsoft warns of wormable vulnerabilities in Windows

Microsoft’s security team warns that the remote code execution vulnerabilities could be abused by malware to spread from computer to computer without requiring any user interaction. Patch your systems now!

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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bitdefender.com

Patch your internet-connected printer! Serious vulnerabilities discovered

Printers, just like any other IoT-enabled device, need to be secured, and updated with the latest firmware and patches to prevent a successful hacker attack.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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tripwire.com

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance offers $290,000 bounty to unmask blackmailer

One of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges has revealed that it is being blackmailed to the tune of 300 Bitcoin (approximately US $3.5 million) by someone who is threatening to release some 10,000 sensitive photographs of its customers.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Smashing Security #140: Love, PINs, and 8chan

Is the PIN you use for your bank card secure? How did one woman get duped into giving a romance scammer $200,000? And Cloudflare and other online services take aim at a vile corner of the internet…

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.


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bitdefender.com

AT&T workers bribed to install malware on company network and unlock iPhones

34-year-old Muhammad Fahd has been charged for his part in a criminal scheme that is said to have cost AT&T millions of dollars.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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SWAPGS attack: The Spectre-like flaw affecting Intel CPUs

Security researchers at Bitdefender have discovered a way of exploiting a flaw in Intel chips that could be used to steal passwords and encryption keys.


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500,000 Monzo banking customers told to change their PINs

Mobile-only bank Monzo has apologised for a gaffe which left the PINs of a subset of its customers exposed to its internal engineers.


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GermanWiper isn’t ransomware. It’s worse than that

The tech press is full of stories about “a new ransomware strain” called GermanWiper, that has hit German businesses hard in the last week.

But the reality is that GermanWiper is much worse than ransomware.


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Amazon now lets you opt-out of having humans review your Alexa conversations

Now it’s Amazon’s turn to respond to growing concerns about sensitive personal conversations recorded by digital home assistants are being reviewed by third-party contractors.


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