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Data Breach Week, SIMs cracked, carders busted - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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How safe is the SIM in your mobile phone? Could it be remotely infected with malware?

Possibly - watch this week's 60 Second Security video and find out more!

Why must political chiefs keep pushing the cyberwar alert button?

Why must political chiefs keep pushing the cyberwar alert button?

"There is a cyberwar going on", according to the UN's telecoms boss Hamadoun Toure. Cyber terrorism is capable of causing "mass destruction", says former director of the FBI Louis Freeh. Vladimir Putin, no less, thinks digital attacks could be more damaging than conventional weapons.

But so far there seem to be no human casualties from this 'cyber war', no physical effects from cyber terror. So why all the hype?

Top executives out of touch with their company's IT security risks

Top executives out of touch with their company's IT security risks

The world's business leaders have high levels of confidence in their organisations' cyber defences, but that confidence is largely out of tune with reality, according to a recent report.

Internet giants call for transparency in government surveillance requests

Internet giants call for transparency in government surveillance requests

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg has vehemently denied giving the government direct access to servers. Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google have all put out calls for transparency into the US government's information demands.

Was Microsoft's takedown of Citadel effective?

Was Microsoft's takedown of Citadel effective?

Last week, Microsoft took aim at more than 1,400 Citadel botnets by sinkholing their command and control infrastructure.

What was the actual effect of this takedown? SophosLabs takes a look...

Monday review - the hot 18 stories of the week

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Missed any stories in the past seven days?

Here's our weekly roundup, just in case...

Botnet smackdown, Oracle on Java, Passwords you can eat - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Here's our latest 60 Second Security video.

From botnet takedowns to authentication tokens you swallow...here's the latest security news in a easily digestible format!

US uses NSA-FBI PRISM program to snoop on everything and everybody

US surveillance, image courtesy of Shutterstock

Here's a brief summary of what we know, what we don't know, and how you can at least try to protect yourself from surveillance.

FBI and Microsoft in massive takedown of "Citadel" crimeware

Microsoft just announced the successful disruption of 1462 "Citadel" botnets.

You read that correctly!

Not a botnet of 1462 computers, but 1462 separate botnets...

US orders Google to hand over user info to the FBI

US orders Google to hand over user info to the FBI

The judge who decided that national security letters demanding user information were unconstitutional has now ordered Google to comply with the FBI's data demands. Is this just one more golden brick in what privacy advocates have dubbed the Golden Age of Surveillance?

Cybercrooks use photo-sharing to plant malware in online auto ad scams, FBI warns

Cybercrooks use photo-sharing to plant malware in online auto ad scams, FBI warns

Beware the auto seller on Craigslist who says he'll send photos on request - he could well be a crook who sends files packed with malware, the FBI has warned.

Monday review - the hot 21 stories of the week

Monday review

Catch up with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Patching your business, Yahoo breach, Google Glass, DDoS-for-hire - 60 Sec Security [VIDEO]

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Our 60 Second Security videos are back!

We're aiming for a weekly roundup that's quick, fun and useful.

But there is a serious side: security anecdotes to use in your own "elevator advocacy."

Alleged "SpyEye" mastermind extradited to US

Alleged "SpyEye" mastermind extradited to US

The FBI suspects that 24-year-old Hamza Bendelladj, an Algerian national, developed, marketed, distributed and controlled the notorious botnet toolkit, used to steal millions of dollars from online bank accounts.

US seeks to pressure Google, Facebook et al. into installing wiretapping backdoors

US seeks to pressure Google, Facebook et al. into installing wiretapping backdoors

A new proposal would require tech firms to design surveillance-enabling trapdoors from the ground up or modify existing services, facilities and equipment. The FBI says it's necessary to quickly catch terrorists and child abusers, but others say it's a recipe for opening servers up to hacking and illicit surveillance.

"Government seeks a warrant to hack" - US judge gives his decision

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Do you usually shy away from legal documents?

Well, here's one that's well worth reading: it deals very interestingly with the zone in which busting cybercrooks and protecting privacy intersect...

TDoS attacks target US emergency call centers

TDoS attacks target US emergency call centers

The FBI and DHS are seeing dozens of attacks on ambulance and hospital communication lines as extortionists demand $5,000 for supposedly unpaid payday loans.

Hackers launch DDoS attack on security blogger's site, send SWAT team to his home

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Brian Krebs was the victim of a caller ID spoof that resulted in armed police surrounding his house. He's pretty sure about the criminal element responsible and has linked the perpetrator(s) to a denial-of-service attack against Ars Technica following its report of Krebs's ordeal.

Equifax and Transunion say hackers stole celebrity credit reports

Equifax and Transunion say hackers stole celebrity credit reports

After the social security numbers, addresses and financial details of some of the USA's top celebrities were posted online, top credit bureaus have come forward and acknowledged that fraudulent and unauthorized access to their records has taken place.

Mega-hack of celebrities exposes social security numbers, credit reports, and more...

Mega-hack of celebrities exposes social security numbers, credit reports, and more...

Beyoncé, Michelle Obama, Paris Hilton and more public figures have had their personal information exposed on the internet.

But who is behind it?