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FBI boss warns businesses of Chinese hackers stealing their intellectual property

What’s the biggest cybersecurity threat for US businesses?

If FBI chief Christopher Wray is to be believed, it’s China.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.


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Russian creator of NeverQuest banking trojan pleads guilty in American court

Arrested as he returned his rental car at Barcelona’s airport, a 33-year-old Russian faces up to five years in jail after admitting to being the mastermind behind the sophisticated NeverQuest banking trojan.

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


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Smashing Security #116: Stalking debtors, Facebook farce, and a cyber insurance snag

How would *you* track someone who owed you money? What was the colossal flaw Facebook left on its website for anyone to exploit and hijack accounts? And what excuse are insurance companies giving for not paying victims of the NotPetya malware millions of dollars?

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 Joe Carrigan of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins University.


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The man suing Apple over two-factor authentication has ‘previous’

Many have been baffled by Jay Brodsky’s legal action against Apple, including his claim that it takes between two and five minutes for him to pass the 2FA security check.

But things began to fall a little more into place when you discover it’s not the first time he has sued Apple.


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Apple sued over death blamed on faulty iPad battery

Was iPad’s Lithium-ion battery to blame for apartment fire that killed 64-year-old man two years ago?


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Apple sued because two-factor authentication… oh, I give up

An American man is bringing a class action against Apple, complaining that two-factor authentication (2FA) on an iPhone or Mac takes too much time.


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Hacker arrested for wave of fake bomb and shooting threats against schools

FBI agents have arrested a 20-year-old man alleged to have been part of a hacking gang which not only launched distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, but also launched a wave of chilling bomb and shooting threats against thousands of schools in the United States and United Kingdom.

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


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User of the world’s biggest DDoS-for-hire website? Police say they’re coming after you

When police shut down the notorious DDoS-for-hire website webstresser.org last year and arrested its administrators, a clear message was sent to the site’s 151,000 users: you’re next.

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


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Thousands of taxpayers tell HMRC to delete voiceprint data it stored without consent

The UK tax authority continues to store a huge database of millions of voice IDs which were collected without permission.


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Colorado police encrypt *all* their radio communications, frustrating journalists

The police’s use of encryption is apparently making life harder for journalists in Colorado.

Good! Encryption is a good thing, not a bad thing.


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Smashing Security #112: Payroll scams, gold coin heists, web giants spanked

Business email compromise evolves to target your company’s payroll, how the world’s largest gold coin was stolen from a Berlin museum, and are internet giants feeling the heat yet over data security?

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 people hacker Jenny Radcliffe.


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Smashing Security #111: When rivals hack, and ‘extreme’ baby monitors

Why a business spat resulted in Liberia falling off the internet, how the US Government shutdown is impacting website security, and the perplexing world of extreme IoT devices.

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 special guest Zoë Rose.


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The DDoS attacker rescued by a Disney cruise ship is sentenced to over 10 years in prison

A 34-year old man has been jailed after being found guilty of launching a massive denial-of-service attack against Boston Children’s Hospital.

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


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International email bomb hoax proves to be a spectacular failure

Authorities in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are said to be investigating a wave of bogus bomb threats that have been sent to a variety of organisations late on Thursday.

But if the hoaxer thought they were going to make a lot of money through the scam, they’re going to be disappointed.


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Smashing Security #108: Hoaxes, Huawei and chatbots – with Mikko Hyppönen

The curious case of George Duke-Cohan, Huawei’s CFO finds herself in hot water, and the crazy world of mobile phone mental health apps.

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 special guests Mikko Hyppönen from F-Secure and technology journalist Geoff White.


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Supermicro says independent investigation found no spy chips on its motherboards

An independent audit has found no evidence that malicious chips were planted on Supermicro’s motherboards, debunking Bloomberg claims that servers at Amazon and Apple were being spied upon by China.


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