Connect to share and comment

Mystery surrounds China Internet outage, possible Falun Gong link

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - The cause of an Internet outage in China that rerouted millions of users to a U.S. website of a company which helps people get around Beijing's censorship remained a mystery on Wednesday, but experts weighed the possibility of a cyberattack. Users were redirected to a site run by a company tied to the Falun Gong, a spiritual group banned in China which has been blamed for past hacking attacks.

Target agrees to testify on Capitol Hill about data breach

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Target Corp has agreed to testify before Congress in early February about a data breach that compromised credit and debit card and personal data of millions of customers, a House of Representatives subcommittee said on Thursday. Representative Lee Terry, who chairs the commerce, manufacturing and trade subcommittee of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, said in a statement that a hearing conducted by his panel would examine such data breaches and their effect on consumers.

U.S. companies allowed to delay disclosure of data breaches

By Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - A decade of lawmaking by U.S. states to ensure consumers are told when their data has been hacked still lets companies such as Target Corp wait weeks or even months to disclose security breaches. Forty-six of 50 U.S. states have passed laws requiring disclosure, starting with California in 2002, but the laws vary in terms of when and how notice must be given, and most states allow for delays to investigate the intrusion.

U.S. senators ask Target CEO for information on data breach

By Mark Hosenball and Ros Krasny WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. senators were seeking answers on Tuesday from the chief executive of Target Corp about the company's response to the hacking of credit and debit cards of millions of its customers during the holiday shopping season.

Turkey seeks to curb Internet freedom

The Turkish government has moved to impose strict controls on the Internet by monitoring the activities of online users and blocking certain keywords, a parliamentary source said on Thursday. The proposals are contained in a bill submitted to parliament by Turkey's family and social policy ministry and are the latest in a string of government moves testing freedom of expression in the aspiring EU member state.

FireEye shares surge 24 percent after Mandiant acquisition

(Reuters) - Shares of cybersecurity company FireEye Inc were set to open 24 percent higher on Friday after the company bought computer forensics specialist Mandiant Corp for $1 billion. The deal is a sign of further consolidation in the cybersecurity industry, FBR Capital Markets analyst Daniel Ives wrote in a note. "This deal speaks to our thesis around massive consolidation in the security landscape for 2014, with names such as Fortinet Inc and Proofpoint Inc as prime acquisition candidates ...," Ives said.

Exclusive: Hacker took over BBC server, tried to 'sell' access on Christmas Day

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) - A hacker secretly took over a computer server at the BBC, Britain's public broadcaster, and then launched a Christmas Day campaign to convince other cyber criminals to pay him for access to the system. While it is not known if the hacker found any buyers, the BBC's security team responded to the issue on Saturday and believes it has secured the site, according to a person familiar with the cleanup effort.

Slovenian hacker sentenced to jail for 'malicious' programme

A Slovenian court on Monday sentenced to 58 months in jail Matjaz Skorjanc, the creator of the "Mariposa Botnet", a vast network of virus-infected computers used by criminal hackers. Skorjanc was found guilty of "creating a malicious computer programme for hacking information systems, assisting in wrongdoings and money laundering", the Maribor regional court said. It also ordered him to pay 3,000 euros ($4,100)along with the expropriation of an apartment and a car that Skorjanc had bought with the money he earned by selling the computer virus to a Spanish crime group.

Microsoft leads disruption of largest infected global PC network

By Joseph Menn SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it had disrupted the largest network of compromised personal computers, involving some 2 million machines around the world, since it stepped up its battle against organized online criminals three years ago. The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant filed a lawsuit in Texas and won a judge's order directing Internet service providers to block all traffic to 18 Internet addresses that were used to direct fraudulent activity to the infected machines.

Cyber experts uncover 2 million stolen passwords to Web accounts

BOSTON (Reuters) - Security experts have uncovered a trove of some 2 million stolen passwords to websites including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Yahoo from Internet users across the globe. Researchers with Trustwave's SpiderLabs said they discovered the credentials while investigating a server in the Netherlands that cyber criminals use to control a massive network of compromised computers known as the "Pony botnet."
Syndicate content