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UPS Store data breach – the post mortem can wait, it’s time to warn and advise the victims

Up to 100,000 customers of The UPS Store may have reason to worry right now, after it was disclosed this week the company announced that it had suffered a massive data breach at 51 of its sites across the United States. The breach was orchestrated by hackers who managed to plant malware onto point of sale (PoS) systems used at the company's stores, which went undetected by anti-virus software for months. Th...

US nuclear reactor safety regulators hacked three times in three years

The United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has hacked three separate times in the last three years, with at least two of the attacks believed to have been perpetrated by overseas hackers. According to NextGov, which obtained information about the attacks after filing an open-records request, NRC employees were duped by an phishing email that asked them to verify their login details by taking them...

Chrome web browser toughens up, blocking “deceptive” downloads

Google's Chrome web browser already warns users when it believes they are about to download software designed to infect their computer, or visit a website that appears to be malicious. But straightforward malware isn't the only problem that internet surfers regularly stumble across on the net. Another commonly-encountered nuisance are the programs that can pretend to do something useful on your PC, but carr...

Anonymous Targets Ferguson, Missouri in #OpFerguson; DDoS Attack on Local PD Web Site

The Anonymous hacktivist group has targeted the Ferguson, Missouri administration and police department web site in an operation dubbed #OpFerguson, according to an announcement on Pastebin. The #OpFerguson campaign started shortly after a police officer shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. At the same time, protests calling attention to racial discrimination grew and a curfew was enforced ...

Some Windows 7 PCs bricked by Microsoft after faulty Patch Tuesday update

Has your Windows computer been stuck in an endless Blue Screen of Death hell since last week? Chances are it may be connected to the Patch Tuesday updates that Microsoft issued last week. As ComputerWorld reports, a lengthy thread on Microsoft's support forums reveal that many users have been hit by a so-called "Blue Screen of Death" (BSOD) 0x50 Stop error message. The dodgy update which appears to have cau...

Albertson’s and SuperValu Retailers Breached; Credit Cards Exposed

US retailers Albertson's and SuperValu have had their payment networks breached by hackers, according to CNN Money. Both chains announced on Friday that the massive breach impacted their subsidiary stores as well. "SUPERVALU believes that the payment cards from which such cardholder data may have been stolen were used … at the 180 SUPERVALU stores and stand-alone liquor stores … operated under the Cub Foods...

Car Makers Urged to Sign Security Manifesto against Hacking

Automobile manufacturers could deter hackers from hijacking cars by following a five-principle manifesto, according to I Am The Cavalry, as quoted by The Register. The security pressure group wrote an open letter to car makers, urging them to increase their products’ security. “Modern vehicles are computers on wheels and are increasingly connected and controlled by software and embedded devices,” I am the C...

How the NSA (accidentally) took Syria off the internet

In late 2012, as fighting intensified around Damascus, all internet services in and out of Syria suddenly shut down. At the time, human rights groups and security firms pointed fingers at the Assad government, claiming that it appeared the regime had deliberately cut off communications to prevent the outside world from seeing what was happening in the country. Technology firm Cloudflare published a detailed...

US Companies Still Mine Europeans’ Private Data despite Promises, CDD says

Dozens of US tech companies, including Adobe Systems, AOL and Salesforce.com, continue to violate Europeans’ privacy despite promises to comply, according to the Center for Digital Democracy. The advocacy group filed a complaint against 30 data brokers, tech giants and data management firms that promised to better handle personal information of EU residents. “The commercial surveillance of EU consumers by U...

Microsoft Issues Nine Patches for 37 Bugs

Microsoft has issued nine patches for 37 issues in Windows, Office, SQL Server, Net Framework and SharePoint Server, according to the company’s August security bulletin. The advisory patches fix severe vulnerabilities such as remote code execution, privilege escalation and security feature bypass. "The most severe of these vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted...

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