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Miami Hacker Could Get 25 Years

A Miami based hacker know as “segvec” and “soupnazi” plead guilty Tuesday to helping to orchestrate the theft of a massive amount of credit and debit card numbers. This is the third case against Albert Gonzalez, who was accused of hacking into a variety of retail stores purloining some tens …

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Hacking from Jail Can Get You More Prison Time

An inmate formerly of the Plymouth County Correctional Facility has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for hacking prison computers while incarcerated in 2006. The inmate was able to gain sensitive personal data on more than 1,000 prison employees by circumventing the control system on the computer and sending …

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McAfee Joins Cyber Education Effort

As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, McAfee, Inc. has outlined its support for the program sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance. To demonstrate its support for the education initiative, McAfee plans to conduct a number of educational programs to increase awareness about having good cyber “hygiene.” The …

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Researchers Develop Software to Stem DDoS Attacks

Researchers at Auburn University claimed to have developed software that can stop DDoS attacks. The software is able to function without using too much of the memory or processing system of the host computer. In a paper titled, “Modeling and simulations for Identity-Based Privacy-Protected Access Control Filter (IPCAF) capability to …

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Hotmail Passwords Posted Online

Microsoft has confirmed it is investigating allegations that passwords to more than 10,000 Hotmail accounts were posted online. Neowin.net reported the alleged leak that was posted last week on a site commonly used by web developers to share code. The information has since been removed from the website where it …

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Cyber Crime Pays Better than Drug Trafficking

According to David Freer of Symantec, cyber crime nets more money than drug trafficking. An identity is stolen every three seconds worldwide, and the stolen identity is often sold. Hackers attempting to steal identities and bank information often use a variety of tactics. These include employing bots, malware and phishing …

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Record High for Malware

According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, malware levels are at a record high. Fake anti-virus software has increased almost 600 percent in the first six months of 2009. The chairman of the APWG said, “The Internet has never been more dangerous.” The number of phishing websites has increased dramatically and …

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Journalists in China Targeted by Cyber Attack

According to an investigation by a team of Canadian researchers, foreign journalists operating in China are being subjected to malware attacks. The malware surrenders control of the infected to computer to a remote user. Journalists receive emails alleging to be from the economic editor who is planning a trip to …

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Trojan Steals Thousands of Dollars from Schools in Illinois

A Trojan virus appears to be responsible for the theft of more than $300,000 from a school district in Illinois, according to investigative authorities. The case involving the Chrystal Lake School District is currently under investigation by the FBI. The attack used a Clampi virus, which when downloaded to the …

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Subcommittee Approves Bill to Increase Cybersecurity Capability

A bill to increase research and funding for cyber security was passed unanimously by the House Science Research Subcommittee. The bill requires DoD, NSF and DHS to develop programs to increase cybersecurity research and to authorize and grant funding for cybersecurity training. The prospective legislation is meant to help better …

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MI5 Use Teens for Cyber Defense

According to Daily Express, MI5 has hired approximately 50 individuals, some of whom are still teens, to help combat cyber attacks. The new employees have already traced cyber attacks to Pakistan, China, and Russia and messages from terrorists serving sentences in a maximum security prison in Britain. Most of the …

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Malicious Hacker Site Shut Down by 'Good Hackers'

A group of white hat hackers calling themselves War Against Cyber Crime recently attacked a site for malicious hackers. The group hacked into the website and stole information on login information and email addresses of site users, publishing the information on the Internet according to The Register. The site was …

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