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U.S. regulators warn banks about rise in cyber-attacks

By Douwe Miedema WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group of top U.S. regulators on Wednesday warned about the threat of rising cyber-attacks on banks' websites and their cash machines, urging the industry to put proper measures in place to guard against fraud. The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) said it had seen a rise of so-called denial-of-service attacks on banks' websites, which were sometimes a cover for criminals to commit fraud.

In new social networks, anonymity is all the rage

When mobile social app Yik Yak swept into Auburn University, some of the coolest kids were quick to start posting on it. But no one knows who is saying what because the comments are anonymous. "It spread pretty fast," says Nickolaus Hines, a junior at the school in the US state of Alabama. "The majority of things are jokes or things which are obviously funny," said the 21-year-old. But "some ... are pretty mean."

Turkey president loses Twitter followers over web law

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has lost tens of thousands of Twitter followers after signing into law a controversial bill to tighten controls on web use. Gul, a frequent social media user, lost almost 80,000 followers overnight after he tweeted late Tuesday that he had approved the measure. He said the government had assured him it would soften two disputed articles of the legislation, which the opposition and rights groups say infringes citizens' freedoms.

Turkey president loses Twitter followers over web law

Turkish President Abdullah Gul has lost tens of thousands of Twitter followers after signing into law a controversial bill to tighten controls on web use. Gul, a frequent social media user, lost almost 80,000 followers overnight after he tweeted late Tuesday that he had approved the measure. He said the government had assured him it would soften two disputed articles of the legislation, which the opposition and rights groups say infringes citizens' freedoms.

Singapore rejects Anonymous demand to drop 'vandal' charges

Singapore on Wednesday rejected a demand by Anonymous to drop vandalism charges against five men accused of spray-painting graffiti supporting the activist hacker group in November. Anonymous, which is blamed for a spate of cyber attacks against government websites in the same month, has threatened to launch a mass online petition and a "tweet storm" if the charges are not dropped, according to a statement posted on the file sharing website Pastebin.

U.S. government warns merchants on methods used by Target hackers

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has provided merchants with information gleaned from its confidential investigation into the massive data breach at Target Corp in an effort to help them thwart similar attacks. The Department of Homeland Security on Thursday privately released an analysis of advanced malicious software and techniques threatening merchants in a report titled "Indicators for Network Defenders."

China rejects latest U.S. hacking accusations

BEIJING, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday rejected a U.S. computer security firm's accusation of Chinese hacking against European countries before the G20 Summit in September. According to recent media reports quoting research by FireEye Inc., Chinese hackers infiltrated the computer networks of five European foreign ministries by sending emails containing tainted files to staff.

Group charged in PayPal cyber attack pleads guilty

By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A group of 13 defendants who had been charged in a cyber attack on PayPal's website pleaded guilty and admitted to the December 2010 attack over PayPal's suspension of WikiLeaks accounts. The pleas took place in a California federal court on Thursday and were announced on Friday by the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco.

Australia police, central bank websites hacked

Australian police and central bank websites fell victim to cyber attacks Thursday with an Indonesian hacker claiming responsibility, reportedly demanding that Canberra apologise in an intensifying row over spying. The row -- triggered by reports that Australian spies tried to tap the phones of the Indonesian president, his wife and ministers -- has pushed ties between Jakarta and Canberra to their lowest level since the turn of the century.

Australia police, central bank websites hacked

The websites of the Australian Federal Police and the Reserve Bank of Australia have been the victims of an apparent cyber attack, with reports Thursday blaming Indonesian hackers. The AFP called the attack "irresponsible", and said whoever was to blame could face prosecution. "These attacks are irresponsible, and will not influence government policy," the organisation said in a statement.
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