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Cyber Attack Hits 123,000 Thrift Savings Plan Members; No Data Misused

The US Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board (FRTIB) said a cyber attack against one of its third party service providers, Serco Inc., apparently did not result in misuse of data of its Thrift Savings Plan (TSP). The unauthorized access reported by the FBI in April is estimated to have led to personal information exposure for approximately 123,000 TSB participants. “There is no indication that any of t...

Chinese Microbloggers to Play It Nice?

Ever since the Chinese government’s temporary ban on its comment feature, SinaWeibo, the Chinese Twitter homologue, has been devising new terms and conditions to help verify users’ identity and eliminate forbidden forms of communication. Among other things, users should not send messages that “spread rumors, disrupt social order, and destroy societal stability” or that “call for disruption of social order t...

Diablo III Craze On Phish & Maze Diet

If you are NOT one of the 4.7 million people to have financially fueled the biggest PC game launch in history, but instead crave a free battle with Azmodan, the Lord of Sin, and Belial, the Lord of Lies, prepare for some bruises from the real world as well. We’ve all found out (ever since before the beginning of the glittery 80s) that video has, indeed, killed the radio star. No news to be broken on the vid...

Sex & Horror Scams Served Piñata Style

Facebook scams based on promised revelations about Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez’s relationship/sexual identity crises have been around for a while. They’ve acquired the status of scam classics so that any addition to the Teen Queen and King’s online Love Saga is now likely to evoke tender nostalgia among online voyeurs. What on earth have they done this time according to scammy reports? As always, J&S...

Anon May Shoot Down Indian Government Web Site

#Opindia has just launched a “FIRE FIRE FIRE” tweet apparently directed at the Indian Parliament web site. This announcement comes only one day after Anonymous allegedly engaged in an internet censorship protest movement by taking down the web site of Computer Emergency Response Team, the major Indian agency designed to respond to computer security incidents. "We aren't harming the websites or changing thei...

Turn Blind Eyes to Remove Timeline Scams

Get your [colors of the rainbow] Facebook and its kin back in business, parallel legitimate “Timeline removal” movement just a matter of perspective Ever since the Timeline entered the social media scene, plenty of angry voices clamored for their Old Facebook in high pitched diatribes against the blasphemous Facebook account makeovers. Scammers exploited protesters’ arduous cries and went about their busine...

Anonymous’ Commander X Claims Access to Every Classified Database in the US Government

“It’s a matter of when we leak the contents of those databases, not if. You know how we got access? We didn’t hack them. The access was given to us by the people who run the systems. The five-star general (and) the Secretary of Defence who sit in the cushy plush offices at the top of the Pentagon don’t run anything anymore”, said Cristopher Doyon, a.k.a Commander X, in an exclusive interview for National Po...

OMG!!! Where is Malwarecity?

Disturbing reports about the disappearance of the Bitdefender tech bloggie hub wreak havoc, BUT security news gets way hotter (while keeping most of its clothes on. What happened here? Quite a lot, you’ll see. Prepare for a lot of security flavored goodies packed tightly in a yummy blog format, with and a humorous cherry on top.  Ladies and gents, exit a glorious tech-savvy Malwarecity and enter fresh, hip...

Social Networks Bitten by the Same Scam Bug(s)

New social networks face classic scams, boundaries between platforms blur Pinterest’s public acknowledgement that it is “not immune to challenges faced by sites across the web including spam and phishing” raises the question of whether online social startups can and will learn from their predecessors’ troubles. Two directions are worth exploring here: baits and sharing mechanisms. Social scams exploit human...

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