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Cyber Security News of the Week, July 27, 2014
by Fred F. Farkel, Monday, July 28th, 2014


Guest column by Citadel Information Group

Cyber Crime

Hackers steal user data from the European Central Bank website, ask for money: Hackers have stolen user contact information, including email addresses and phone numbers, from the website of the European Central Bank and attempted to extort money from the institution. PCWorld, July 24, 2014

Feds: Hackers Ran Concert Ticket Racket: A Russian man detained in Spain is facing extradition to the United States on charges of running an international cyber crime ring that allegedly stole more than $10 million in electronic tickets from e-tickets vendor StubHub. KrebsOnSecurity, July 23, 2014

Banks: Card Breach at Goodwill Industries: Heads up, bargain shoppers: Financial institutions across the country report that they are tracking what appears to be a series of credit card breaches involving Goodwill locations nationwide. For its part, Goodwill Industries International Inc. says it is working with the U.S. Secret Service on an investigation into these reports. KrebsOnSecurity, July 21, 2014

Financial Cyber Security

Hackers Find Way to Outwit Tough Security at Banking Sites: Researchers at the computer security company Trend Micro have named a new attack on online banking Emmental. Why? Like the Swiss cheese, the researchers said, online banking protections may be “full of holes.” The New York Times, July 22, 2014

Cyber Warning

50,000 sites hacked through WordPress plug-in vulnerability: A critical vulnerability found recently in a popular newsletter plug-in for WordPress is actively being targeted by hackers and was used to compromise an estimated 50,000 sites so far. PCWorld, July 24, 2014

Nigerian 419 Scammers Evolving Into Malware Pushers (But Not Very Good Ones): “Silver Spaniel” attacks use commodity malware to damage others’ security, but they aren’t very good at protecting their own. DarkReading, July 22, 2014

Forensic scientist identifies suspicious ‘back doors’ running on every iOS device: Forensic scientist and author Jonathan Zdziarski has posted the slides (PDF) from his talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE/X) conference in New York called Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices. ZDNet, July 21, 2014

Cyber Security Management – Cyber Update

FIREFOX 31 PATCHES 11 SECURITY FLAWS: Mozilla has released a new version of Firefox, which includes patches for 11 security vulnerabilities. Three of the bugs fixed in Firefox 31 are critical, including a use-after-free vulnerability and a handful of memory safety issues. ThreatPost, July 23, 2014

Cyber Underworld

Even Script Kids Have a Right to Be Forgotten: Indexeus, a new search engine that indexes user account information acquired from more than 100 recent data breaches, has caught many in the hacker underground off-guard. That’s because the breached databases crawled by this search engine are mostly sites frequented by young ne’er-do-wells who are just getting their feet wet in the cybercrime business. KrebsOnSecuriy, July 18, 2014

Cyber Research

How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in the Clouds of Amazon and Others: Hackers have long used malware to enslave armies of unwitting PCs, but security researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar had a different thought: Why steal computing resources from innocent victims when there’s so much free processing power out there for the taking? Wired, July 24, 2014

7 Black Hat Sessions Sure To Cause A Stir: At Black Hat, researchers will point out the weaknesses in everything from the satellites in outer space to the thermostat in your home. DarkReading, July 22, 2014

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