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Hackers Test Money Mining Cloud-Based Botnet

Two hackers who met at Black Hat got together and decided to use various cloud base services to test them as botnet hosts, Wired says, "the hacker duo used an automated process to generate unique email addresses and sign up for those free accounts en masse, assembling a cloud-based botnet of around a thousand computers." http://wrd.cm/1nwmnJJ

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Hacking group targeting source code from video game companies
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A hacking group found by Dell SecureWorks, designated Threat Group-3279, is hitting the video game industry with advanced cyber attacks designed to steal source code. Dell believes their purpose is "to crack those games for free use, to develop tools to cheat at the games, or to use the source code for competing products." http://goo.gl/ZvNUf5

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The Daily Roundup Most Notable Info SafeNet, Inc. released their Q2 Breach Level Index today, and it certainly reflects the sentiment that 2014 is another year of huge data breaches. SafeNet is a data protection company that analyzes security incidents by using the Breach Level ...

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Researcher finds security flaws in 14 major antivirus engines
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A researcher built a "custom fuzzing suite" to test antivirus engines and found bugs in 14 major programs such as AVG, Bitdefender, ESET and F-Secure that could allow MITM or escalation of privilege attacks. Several firms noted that they did not believe the vulnerabilities had been used, but they were patching the holes. http://goo.gl/jOMEkm

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House passes cybersecurity bills; Leahy introduces NSA reform
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The House of Representatives passed three cybersecurity bills designed to improve protection of critical infrastructure and the development of the cyber workforce http://goo.gl/4lCyyk. Meanwhile, Senator Patrick Leahy introduced a bill that would end NSA bulk collection of data under Section 215 of FISA http://goo.gl/m0o85O.

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Insecure texting services putting health data at risk
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SMS messaging is an inherently insecure medium, and it is not HIPAA compliant; however, it is still being used by many hospital staff members as a superior alternative to antiquated pagers. In one study, almost one third received PHI within a text. Only 11% worked at organizations with secure texting services available. http://goo.gl/vaMckF

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The UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Department for Transit jointly announced a competition for driverless car research funding. The winning project will receive £10 million ($17 million) in funding. The Department for Transit will also review the laws governi...

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This week's HackSurfer Hangout is all about social media and cybercrime. At 1:30 EST on Thursday we'll be chatting with Nexgate's co-founder and CEO Devin Redmond: As always, our Hangouts are an open Q&A so feel free to get involved and ask questions. You can tweet any questions t...

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The open source software group Open Whisper Systems has released the first open source, free encrypted calling app for the iPhone -- Signal. Though bugs remain, Open Whisper Systems assures they will be patched in the near future. The app displays two words during the call, which ...

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Microsoft potentially targeted by Chinese antitrust investigation
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Microsoft appears to be the latest U.S. company targeted by China for antitrust investigation as representatives from China's State Administration for Industry & Commerce paid sudden visits to the software firm's Chinese offices on Monday. The Chinese government has lately taken several steps against Microsoft. http://goo.gl/1KkmSZ

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The Daily Roundup Most Notable InfoAn example of when BYOD goes wrong is the recently published NOAA data breach. The agency had data stolen from a contractor’s personal PC in 2013, however the investigation of the incident has been limited due to the employee refusing to turn ov...

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NRC shuts down systems, Criminals compromise Wendy's, Researcher under investigat...
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Canada's National Research Council (NRC) shut down its computer systems to thwart Chinese cyber attacks http://goo.gl/FkXGPG. Russian criminals uploaded malware onto the payment systems of a Wendy’s http://goo.gl/RYmeKJ. Authorities are investigating a researcher who wrote code to illegally increase pre-paid card balances. http://goo.gl/Nzgnm6

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