Security in the News – Week of January 20

Information Security


Did You Get an Email from Target? What You Need to Know

January 20

Target sent blast to customers for one year of free credit monitoring, problem is scammers are on prowl sending similar emails.


Computer Weekly

South Korean Data Breach Linked to Insider

January 21

Employee at credit rating firm in S. Korea alleged to have sold personal details of 20 million to marketing firms in insider threat.



Coding Target-Related Malware Side Job for Man Living in Russia

January 21

Program he helped develop has a defensive purpose as well.


Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Microsoft’s Office Blogs Site

January 21

Syrian Electronic Army claim they got access to the admin panel.


Take Security Program to Next Level

January 21

Key elements for CSO 2.0s for success in 2014, beyond.


As Target Breach Unfolds, Information Vanishes from Web

January 22

Did security companies publish too much, too soon on the Target breach?


Digital Strategy Consulting

Massive German Hack Sees One Fifth of Population’s Passwords Stolen

January 23

Passwords of 16 million email users in Germany were stolen, equivalent of a fifth of German population. More than half of hacked accounts ended in .de, country code for Germany.


Help Net Security

Cyber Security Predictions for 2014

January 21

Chief Security Strategist at Bitdefender draws on expertise to predict key security threats.


Companies Must Improve Incident Response Plans

January 21

Ponemon Institute report on cyber security incident response.


Apple Users Hit with Update Using New SSL Servers Phish Email

January 21

Accounts targeted with legitimate-looking phishing emails that are after account credentials, personal, financial information.


Card Data Stolen in Target Breach Starts Getting Misused

Janaury 21

Information swiped in massive breach has been spotted being misused in Texas, and two Mexican citizens are facing federal charges.


Motivation, Techniques of World’s Most Sophisticated Cyber Attackers

Janaury 22

CrowdStrike Global Threats Report: 2013 Year in Review – product of year-long study of more than 50 groups of cyber threat actors.


New Snapchat CAPTCHA System Hacked in Record Time

January 23

Revelation that usernames and phone numbers of 4.6 million Snapchat users were compromised marked bad start of the year for company.


Penetration Testing: Accurate or Abused?

January 23

Ponemon study says since 2010 cybercrime costs climbed 78%, time required to recover from breach increased 130%.


Top 10 DDoS Attack Trends

January 23

Prolexic Technologies, provider of DDoS protection services, published top 10 attack trends for 2013.


Best Practices to Help Prevent Online Data Breaches

January 23

Online Trust Alliance recommended a series of best practices to help prevent online data breaches and other exploits.


Krebs on Security

DHS Alerts Contractors to Bank Data Theft

January 21

Breach at DHS web portal exposed private documents, financial details belonging 114 organizations that bid on contracts.


Gang Rigged Pumps With Bluetooth Skimmers

January 22

Indictment of 13 accused of running a multi-million dollar fraud ring that allegedly installed Bluetooth-enabled wireless gas pump skimmers at filling stations throughout S. US.


Bug Exposes IP Cameras, Baby Monitors

January 23

Bug in software that powers Webcams, IP surveillance cameras, baby monitors made allows access to device’s internet address to view live, recorded video footage.


South Florida Business Journal

Russian Teenager Could be Culprit in Target’s Cyber Attack

Janaury 21

Breach, possibly compromising 40 million users, linked to Russian teen.


We Live Security

How to Cleanse Your PC of Unwanted Adware and Badware

January 21

100K new variants of malware detected daily, globally.


‘Password’ No Longer Weakest Choice as ‘123456’ Surges to First Place

January 21

Password security co. released annual list of world’s worst passwords – ‘password’ has been unseated by ‘123456’.


Security and Crisis Management


Ukraine Protests: Two Protesters Killed in Kiev Clashes

January 22

Protesters killed in clashes with police in Ukrainian capital Kiev.


Egypt Police Killed at Checkpoint

January 23

Five policemen killed in Egypt in armed attack on checkpoint in S. Cairo.



Seven Dead in Killings in Central African Republic

January 22

Several die in inter-religious attacks, reprisal killings in Central African Republic’s capital Bangui, underlining challenge new interim president faces in restoring peace.


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