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Two Russians charged over £2m malware attack on UK banks

Two Russian nationals have been charged with money laundering by detectives investigating a £2m computer malware attack on UK banks.<p>Vugar Mollachiev, 37, and Abdurahman Bazaev, 48, both from Winchmore Hill, north London, were arrested by the Metropolitan police Falcon cybercrime unit on Friday.<p>They …

North London

Russian spies wanted intel, hackers wanted cash in giant Yahoo breach, feds say

The Russian spies wanted secrets; the hacker was motivated by money.<p>Together, they orchestrated one of the largest thefts of consumer data in history: pilfering detailed user information from more than 500 million Yahoo accounts, including those of diplomats, journalists, Russian officials and …

U.S. Department of Justice

Police Arrest 5 Cyber Thieves Who Stole 3.2 Million From ATMs Using Malware

Law enforcement authorities from Europe and Russia have arrested five members of an international cyber criminal gang for stealing $3.2 million cash …

Forget About Backdoors, This Is The Data WhatsApp Actually Hands To Cops

When the Guardian published a report on an alleged WhatsApp backdoor last week, it elicited both fear of state surveillance and ire from cryptography experts. On Friday, that second group labelled the story needless scaremongering in a letter to the British paper demanding a retraction. Whatever …

More Cybercrime Than Physical Crime in North Wales

There are now more cybercrimes being recorded in north Wales than those in the offline world, according to the local police and crime commissioner …

Cyber Crime: More IT Scams Aimed at Millennials

<b>More IT Scams Aimed at Millennials</b>A new study reveals that cyber crimes using IT scams targeting Millennials is big business.During the holidays or …

Reported “backdoor” in WhatsApp is in fact a feature, defenders say

At issue is the way app behaves when an end user's encryption key changes.<p><i>The Guardian</i> roiled security professionals everywhere on Friday when it …

Dissidents disappointed but not surprised by WhatsApp security flaw

Many activists say they were already wary of trusting Facebook-owned app’s promise of total privacy<p>The exposure of a security flaw in WhatsApp has disappointed activists, diplomats and others who use it regularly for their work, but in a world of increasing surveillance and ever more aggressive …

Privacy

Hackers have a new way to steal your banking login using WhatsApp

Hackers are targeting unsuspecting users with a new type of mobile virus that spreads through legitimate-looking word documents sent via WhatsApp, …

This is why you should really encrypt your iPhone

Since it’s encrypted with your password or fingerprint, an iPhone is useless to anyone looking to force their way into the data stored on it. But is …

'Super Mario Run' Android APK: Downloading Nintendo's game early might give you malware

<i>Super Mario Run</i>quickly shot to the top of the charts on the App Store when it debuted on Dec. 15, but Android users are still hungry for information …

Android News

The FBI's Battle Against Encryption Puts Americans at Risk

This week, tech industry leaders are scheduled to meet with President-elect Donald Trump. Should the discussion turn to encryption, they should …

Privacy

Judge sentences celebrity hacker to five years in prison

A federal judge has sentenced Alonzo Knowles, the Bahamian man who hacked into celebs' emails to get scripts, secrets and sensitive photos, to five years in prison. That's twice longer than what the federal sentencing guidelines suggested, because Judge Paul A. Engelmayer felt that Knowles "would …

Court upholds warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens under Section 702

The U.S. federal appeals court has ruled in <i>United States v. Mohamud,</i> a <i></i>case that began with a 2010 holiday bomb plot and will end with unique implications for the private digital communications of American citizens.<p>Digital privacy advocates had hoped that the appeals case might prompt reform for a …

Surveillance

A Pennsylvania business lost more than $387,000 in an international cybercrime operation

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A Pennsylvania business lost more than $387,000 in an international cybercrime operation disabled by federal authorities and the European Union last week.<p>Federal prosecutors and FBI agents in Pittsburgh on Monday plan to offer more details from last week's sweep of the Avalanche …

Police want the right to force Canadians to unlock their smartphones

Police in Canada want to make it a criminal offence to refuse allowing an officer with a search warrant to search Canadians’ phones.<p>Currently, there …

Privacy

Bell Canada hacker sentenced to four years in American prison

An American man who posted the information on thousands of Bell Canada customers online has been sentenced to almost four years in U.S. federal …

Britain has passed the 'most extreme surveillance law ever passed in a democracy'

The law forces UK internet providers to store browsing histories -- including domains visited -- for one year, in case of police investigations.<p>It's …

Surveillance

Budget US Android smartphones found secretly sending personal data to China

Commercial firmware pre-installed on some Android smartphone models sold in the US has been found to be secretly sending highly sensitive data to a third party company based in China, according to analysis by security firm Kryptowire.<p>Personal data being transmitted without users’ knowledge or …

Personal Data

Phony Android Flash Player Installs Banking Malware

Researchers have found a phony Flash Player download for Android that installs banking malware and steals banking credentials.

iPhone hack that threatened emergency 911 system lands teen in jail

18-year-old suspect characterizes it as a prank, but police aren’t laughing.<p>Authorities said they arrested an 18-year-old iPhone app developer on …

Hackers used 'internet of things' devices to cause Friday's massive DDoS cyberattack

Could millions of connected cameras, thermostats and kids' toys bring the internet to its knees? It's beginning to look that way.<p>On Friday, epic …

Cybersecurity

Hacked Cameras, DVRs Powered Today’s Massive Internet Outage

A massive and sustained Internet attack that has caused outages and network congestion today for a large number of Web sites was launched with the …

Adding a phone number to your Google account can make it LESS secure.

Recently, account takeovers, email hacking, and targeted phishing attacks have been all over the news. Hacks of various politicians, allegedly …

Information Systems

Spy Tech 'Hacks WhatsApp Encrypted Chat From A Backpack'

An Israeli company is marketing what appears to be an astonishing surveillance capability, claiming it can siphon off all WhatsApp chats, including encrypted communications, from phones within close proximity of a hidden Wi-Fi hacking device in a backpack.<p>Brochures leaked to FORBES, and published …

Pop Quiz, Hotshot: How do you deal with Ransomware?

This was one of the topics tackled by a recent workshop organized by the United States’ Federal Trade Commission. The Ransomware workshop included …

Teen Hacker Says He Jailbroke The iPhone 7 in Just 24 Hours

A well-known 19-year-old jailbreaker claimed the first-ever public iPhone 7 jailbreak.<p>The iPhone 7 is, in Apple's own words, "the best, most advanced iPhone ever." It is not, however, impossible to hack.<p>A teenage hacker has found a way to circumvent the phone's security and restrictions, …

IPhone 7

Yahoo confirms state-sponsored attacker stole personal data of “at least” 500 million users

As indicated by an earlier report, Yahoo today confirmed it’s working with law enforcement to investigate a data breach which affected the account information of “at least” 500 million users. The company says that the user account information was stolen from its network in late 2014 by what it now …

Personal Data

HI-TECH CRIMINALS ...Gangsters using iPhone, WhatsApp to plot attacks

Members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) keep a close watch on Wellington Street in Kingston following the shooting death of Steve Allen, who the …

WhatsApp

World's Biggest Internet Hub Sues German Government Over Surveillance

The operator of the world’s largest Internet exchange point, De-Cix, is suing the German government in an attempt to stop mass surveillance by the …