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Hackers attempt to blackmail cosmetic surgery firm, after stealing up to 500,000 patients’ records

The personal details of nearly half a million people, considering cosmetic surgery, may have been accessed by hackers who then attempted to blackmail a leading chain of clinics. The online criminals struck last month, breaking into servers belonging to the Harley Medical Group, which has 21 clinics across the United Kingdom. According to the company, the information stolen was extracted from its website enq...

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We’re excited to share with you that HotforSecurity and Bitdefender Labs have been nominated at the European Security Blogger Awards 2014 in London, April 29, held during the InfoSec Europe security event. HotForSecurity is competing against leading security bloggers in three major categories: Best Corporate Security Blog Most Entertaining Blog Grand Prix Prize for the Best Overall Security Blog Do you enjo...

The NSA knew about Heartbleed bug for two years, claims report

Has the United States' National Security Agency (NSA) really known about the Heartbleed bug (and presumably exploiting it for surveillance purposes) for two years? That's the claim being made by a Bloomberg report, which claims to have had the revelation confirmed to them by "two people familiar with the matter". If the allegation is true then serious questions will be asked regarding the danger raised by a...

In the wake of Heartbleed, watch out for phishing attacks, disguised as password reset emails

Everywhere you look people are panicking about the Heartbleed bug. And, to be fair, it is a very serious bug that does give malicious hackers, security researchers and snoopers the opportunity to spy upon what should have been private communications, and hoover up confidential information such as email addresses and passwords. The good news is that some of the affected websites and services have already tak...

Bogus Paid Antivirus App Tricks 10,000 Users

An illegitimate paid antivirus solution called Virus Shield was spotted retailing at $3.99 in the Android marketplace, the Android Police announced on their website. Some 10,000 people have downloaded Virus Shield in a week and 1,700 awarded the app with a 4.7 star rating. This translates in $40,000 in gains for the developer of the application, Deviant Solutions, a known scammer previously accused of tryin...

Anonymous Targets 500 Israeli Web Sites over Gaza Conflict

The Anonymous hacker group announced today that it attacked some 500 Israeli web sites during a coordinated offensive over the Gaza conflict, according to IBTimes. The cyber-attacks, most of them distributed denial of service, coincide with Holocaust Remembrance Day. Government and administration web sites were targeted most. “On April 7, 2014, we call upon our brothers and sisters to hack, deface, hijack, ...

Yahoo shows cavalier attitude to info-leaking Flickr vulnerability, but finally plugs privacy hole

I have long believed that for security to succeed inside a company, it really needs to be part of their DNA. You need to live-and-breathe security every day to have a proper chance of protecting your computers and sensitive data (and that of your customers and partners) from hackers and privacy breaches. Image credit: Yahoo And some companies just haven't got it yet. Yahoo, for instance, hasn't had the most...

How a five-year-old hacked his dad’s Xbox One, only to be rewarded by Microsoft [VIDEO]

A 5-year-old boy has found a serious and easily exploited security vulnerability in Microsoft's Xbox One games console, that allows unauthorised parties to log into Xbox Live accounts without the correct password. Kristoffer Von Hassel wanted to play games that he wasn't supposed to, but needed to crack into his father's Xbox Live account to do it. So, this is what the pint-sized wannabe penetration tester ...

RSA’s “Extended Number” Extension a Second NSA Backdoor?

A group of cryptographic researchers found an alleged NSA backdoor in the RSA’s BSAFE library, according to the Reuters news agency. The backdoor was located into the “Extended Number” extension for TLS cryptographic protocol. A first NSA backdoor was found last year in the RSA’s BSAFE cryptographic library, more precisely in the pseudorandom number generator dubbed Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random ...

LinkedIn Takes Down Sell Hack Browser Plugin

The Sell Hack browser extension is no longer functional on LinkedIn pages after the company was accused of spying on people’s LinkedIn profiles, Sell Hack announced in a blog post. The plugin seemed to disclose a private LinkedIn account email address with a simple click. Once added to a Chrome, Safari or Firefox browser, it featured a “Hack in” button to the top section of a LinkedIn profile. Clicking it r...

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