Monthly Archives: August 2012

Facebook glitch lets spear phishers impersonate users' friends and family

Facebook glitch lets spear-phishers impersonate users' friends and family

Facebook blames a "temporary misconfiguration" for allowing spammers to get their hands on users' personal details and then pose as trusted friends to lure victims into clicking.

But is the problem properly fixed yet?

Android SMS malware firm fined £50,000 and ordered to refund victims

Android SMS malware firm fined £50,000 and ordered to refund victims

A Moscow-based firm has been ordered to refund victims who lost money as a result of Android malware.

Phishing without a webpage - researcher reveals how a link *itself* can be malicious

Phish without a web page? Yes you can!

Can you phish without a phishing page? Research by a student at the University of Oslo in Norway finds that, with the help of a trusty URI, ‘Yes, you can.’

Guild Wars 2 accounts shuttered due to gold-seller hacking and idiocy

Guild Wars 2 accounts shuttered due to gold-seller hacking and idiocy

There are two causes of the account lock-outs: first, ArenaNet is trying to run a civilized environment without Holocaust jokes, gay-bashing and the like, and second, gold sellers have hacked accounts to grab the goodies.

Oracle releases out of cycle fixes for Java

Oracle releases out of cycle fixes for Java

Oracle has released an emergency update fixing four vulnerabilities affecting both Java 6 and Java 7 users.

How to turn off Java in your browser - and why you should do it now

How to turn off Java

Do you still have Java turned on in your web browser?

If your answer is "Yes" or "I'm not sure" then it's time to take action.

Zero-day Java flaw exploited in targeted tax email malware attack

Zero day Java flaw exploited in targeted tax email malware attack

Cybercriminals take advantage of the critical zero-day flaw vulnerability in Java, sending out malicious emails which pretend to come from an accountancy firm announcing a rise in the tax rate.

Facebook troll outed as policeman

Facebook troll outed as policeman

A UK woman has endured months of poisonous messages, email hacking, online impersonation, and her daughter's image getting pasted onto a photo of a lap dancer, all over her words of support for an X Factor contestant.

Cancer Care Group leaves unencrypted server backups in car, loses data on 55,000 patients and staff

Cancer Care Group leaves unencrypted server backups in car, loses data on 55,000 patients and staff

Indiana-based Cancer Care Group has lost server backups with data on 55,000 patients and staff from a parked car.

We have to ask, "Why would anyone, ever, leave an unencrypted laptop unattended in a car?"

Java flaws already included in Blackhole exploit kit, Oracle was informed of vulnerabilities in April

Java flaws already included in Blackhole exploit kit, Oracle informed of vulnerabilities in April

The latest Java flaw is already being exploited by criminals. Oracle was notified of the problem in April, but no fix is available. Learn how to disable Java or remove it from your computer to protect yourself.

Times reporter arrested over NightJack blogger email hack

Times reporter arrested over Nightjack blogger email hack

Scotland Yard has arrested a former journalist with The Times in connection with an alleged hack of an anonymous blogger's email account in 2009.

Reveton/FBI ransomware - exposed, explained and eliminated [VIDEO]

Reveton ransomware - exposed, explained and eliminated

Many of you have been asking us about the Reveton ransomware, which claims that the FBI has fined you, and locks you out of your PC until you pay up.

Learn what it looks like, and what to do if you or one of your friends and family encounter it...

Firefox 15 released: Seven critical vulnerabilities patched and stealthy updates too!

Firefox 15 released: Seven critical vulnerabilities patched and stealthy updates too!

The latest version of the Firefox browser fixes a critical security hole Naked Security reported on in June, and makes the browser’s silent update feature even stealthier.

Facebook given one week to stop breaching privacy laws

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Facebook has until September 4th to stop giving user info to third parties without explicit consent. Meanwhile, one observer says privacy trickery is built right into the App Center's design.

Toyota says it was hacked by ex-IT contractor, sensitive information stolen

Toyota hacked

Toyota claims that if the information were shared with competitors, or made public, "it would be highly damaging to Toyota, and its suppliers, causing immediate and irreparable damage."

Suspected LulzSec member arrested by FBI for Sony Pictures hack

Suspected LulzSec member arrested by FBI for Sony Pictures hack

Raynaldo Rivera, suspected of hacking into computer systems belonging to Sony Pictures, and stealing the personal information and passwords of thousands of innocent internet users, has been arrested by the FBI.

DDoS attack stymies vote in Miss Hong Kong beauty contest

DDoS attack stymies vote in Miss Hong Kong beauty contest

Residents of Hong Kong were up in arms after a popular, online vote to select the next Miss Hong Kong was sabotaged by a distributed denial-of-service attack, forcing the pageant’s judges to pick the winner on their own.

What is the TPP, and why should you care?

What is the TPP and why should you care

Have you heard of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement? It contains a number of controversial provisions, some considered even worse than ACTA...

Android malware authors take a crack at the Japanese market

Android malware authors take a crack at the Japanese market

For every 1000 dodgy Android apps targeting Russian speakers, we've seen about one app aimed at Japan.

But that doesn't mean if you're in Japan you can let your guard down...

Spammers flood Facebook's own Help Center

Spammers flood Facebook's own Help Center

Spammers have overrun the Facebook Help Center, clogging up the site's self-help community forum to such an extent that it has become effectively useless.