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US won't release Russian MP's son being held on PoS hacking charges

US won't release Russian MP's son being held on PoS hacking charges

A US federal court has refused to release Roman Seleznev, arrested in the Maldives under suspicion of rigging retail PoS systems to rip off credit card details. Prosecutors say he was caught with over 2 million stolen cards on his laptop and that he'd been searching the US federal court electronic filing system for charges against him.

Supervalu says it was breached - is it the next Target?

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US retailer Supervalu is warning customers that an intrusion of its network may have resulted in the theft of credit and debit card account numbers from up to 200 of its stores.

Meanwhile, a related data breach affected another 800 stores for which Supervalu provides IT services. Could this be the next Target?

The EPIC edition - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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One less opt-in app, one more Android virus, and a bunch of EPIC failures...

All in this week's 60 Second Security.

Snowden: NSA working on 'MonsterMind' cyberwar bot

Snowden: NSA working on 'MonsterMind' cyberwar bot

The cyber defense system would instantly and autonomously neutralize foreign cyberattacks against the US and could also be used to launch retaliatory strikes. To do so, it would have to control and analyze all traffic entering the US - a chilling prospect that was the last straw, the whistleblower says.

SSCC 160 - That's not just any old malware - that's a TRUE VIRUS! [PODCAST]

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Ready for listening...

Here's this week's Sophos Security Chet Chat podcast.

Gmail introduces filters for non-Latin characters, weeding out more phishing emails

Gmail introduces filters for non-Latin characters, weeding out more phishing emails

Using non-Latin characters that look very similar to their ASCII counterparts helps scammers, spammers and phishing crooks send emails from legitimate-looking addresses. Now Google's putting a stop to that with a set of new spam filters.

Android "Heart App" virus spreads quickly, author arrested within 17 hours

Q. How to attract the attention of the police if you're a bored student on summer vacation?

A. Write a virus that unleashes 20,000,000 SMSes, infects 100,000 devices, and steals personal data...

Monday review - the hot 20 stories of the week

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It's weekly roundup time!

Here's all the great stuff we've written in the past seven days.

The data breach apocalypse that wasn't - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Malware, spam and hacking - and not all bad news, either!

Watch 60 Second Security for Aug 9, 2014...

Sophos Techknow - Firewalls Demystified [PODCAST]

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The word firewall has a lot more shades of meaning in 2014 than it did in 1994.

So...who better to help us to demystify the modern firewall than Sophos security expert Chester Wisniewski?

SSCC 159 - What can we learn from the "honeybot"? [PODCAST]

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For your listening pleasure!

Here's this week's episode of the Sophos Security Chet Chat podcast...

1.2 billion logins scooped up by CyberVor hacking crew - what you need to do

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Hackers have amassed a vast collection of stolen data, including 1.2 billion unique username/password pairs, by compromising over 420,000 websites using SQL injection techniques. This data haul may yet turn out to be a 'Heartbleed' moment for website owners who assume their sites are too small to be of interest to hackers.

HP finds that "Internet of Things" gadgets are sitting ducks

70% of internet gadgets are sitting ducks for attackers

TVs, webcams, thermostats, remote power outlets, sprinkler controllers, door locks, home alarms, scales and garage door openers: they're all flunking Security 101, with issues as bad as "Sure, go ahead, we consider '1234' to be a perfectly acceptable password."

How to send 5 million spam emails without even noticing

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Before you read the article, see if you can guess, to the nearest million, how many spams a 10,000-strong botnet might realistically send each week.

Commit yourself first, and then read the story of the SophosLabs "honeybot"!

Monday review - the hot 22 stories of the week

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Make sure you're up to date with everything we wrote in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Bad passwords on PoS terminals lead to card stealing Backoff malware

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This time the crooks are distributing their point-of-sale malware through remote control applications like Microsoft's RDP. No exploits, no social engineering, just good, old-fashioned password guessing.

"BadUSB" - what if you could never trust a USB device again?

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Imagine if you had to throw away your USB devices after letting someone else use them...

SSCC 158 - What do you mean, "Don't knit your own remote authentication"? [PODCAST]

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Here's this week's Chet Chat security podcast for your listening pleasure.

Chester Wisniewski and Paul Ducklin of Sophos dissect the week's security news to see what we can learn from other people's mistakes...

Police slap warning banner ads on 'pirate' sites

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The City of London Police has started swapping out legitimate ads on websites believed to be serving up pirated content, instead plastering them with warning banner ads.

Anatomy of an iTunes phish - tips to avoid getting caught out

Even if you'd back yourself to spot a phish every time, here's a step-by-step account that might help to save your friends and family in the future...