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Cyber E-Book Turns Spotlight on Threat Vectors

October 28, 2014 Facing near-constant attacks from hackers, nation states and other adversaries, the target sign on the federal government has never been bigger than it is today. Lightning-speed advances in technology have made the effort to safeguard agency systems and data a constant battle. Agency decision-makers tasked with defending networks and systems ...

California Cops Text Nude Photos Stolen from Smartphones of Women in Custody

October 27, 2014 A California Highway Patrol officer and fellow police for years swapped images from smartphones belonging to arrested women, along with crude digital commentary, the Contra Costa Times reports. At least one female injured in a car accident also had her phone ransacked and ogled. In an affidavit, Contra Costa district ...

Gawkers at Two Hospitals Peek into Rob Ford’s Patient Records

October 24, 2014 Oft-disparaged Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has had his privacy breached twice, since undergoing medical treatment for an abdominal mass that turned out to be cancer. Individuals gained "inappropriate access" to Ford’s medical records at Humber River Hospital, where he was initially admitted, a hospital spokesman says, according to the CBC. ...

Infographic: Are We Prepared for Major Cyberattacks?

October 23, 2014 October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and both private and government organizations are at risk for cyberattack. Check out the infographic below to see a timeline of significant breaches as well as what government agencies in the U.S. and abroad are doing to prepare. (via WhoIsHostingThis?) (Image via fotogestoeber/Shutterstock.com)

Ex-Wife of Former Cop Allegedly Used Mobile Spyware for ID Fraud Racket

October 22, 2014 Kristin Nyunt is accused of intercepting communications, including sensitive law enforcement messages, with surveillance software secretly installed on the cellphone of her then-husband, former Cmdr. John Nyunt, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California. Evidence also shows John Nyunt let his wife log on to ...

Corrupted Ads Hijack Viewers of Popular YouTube Music Video

October 20, 2014 Ads cooked up by fraudsters and placed on the video-sharing website redirected tens of thousands of people to malicious sites, Network World reports. “This was a worrying development: Not only were malicious ads showing up on YouTube, they were on videos with more than 11 million views—in particular, a music ...

Websites of Hong Kong Activists Infected With Spyware

October 14, 2014 Hackers have slipped malicious code into four websites championing democracy in Hong Kong, likely in an effort to compromise the computers of browsing dissenters, Network World reports. The political organizations, “especially those seeking increased levels of freedom, frequently find themselves targeted for surveillance and information extraction,” Steven Adair of security ...

Australian Network Punts to Prerecorded Programming after Hack

October 8, 2014 A breach fueled by a malicious email disrupted the broadcaster’s 24-hour news channel in Australia, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The email, sent by a hacker, contained a link to “ransomware” -- malware that can freeze a computer until the user pays up. In this situation, the message targeted the ...

AT&T Worker Peered into Employer’s Cache of Customer Data

October 7, 2014 An AT&T employee is accused of illegally snooping into the personal data of customers, marking the second insider attack to hit the telecommunications giant this year. The data accessed includes Social Security numbers and network account information, Kaspersky Lab reported earlier. The number of customers victimized was not disclosed in ...

Hacktivists Back Hong Kong’s Occupy Central

October 2, 2014 The loosely configured hacker group Anonymous has started a new operation targeting so-called Chinese oppressors, The Washington Post reports. In website defacements and a video message, the collective aligns itself with the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong. “'This is Operation HongKong. We Will Not Stop': Hackers claiming to be part ...