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  • Safeway Self-Checkout Skimmer Close Up

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    In Dec. 2015, KrebsOnSecurity warned that security experts had discovered skimming devices attached to credit and debit card terminals at self-checkout lanes at Safeway stores in Colorado and possibly other states. Safeway hasn't disclosed what those skimmers looked like, but images from a recent skimming attack allegedly launched against self-checkout shoppers at a Safeway in Maryland offers a closer look at once such device.
  • Good Riddance to Oracle’s Java Plugin

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    Good news: Oracle says the next major version of its Java software will no longer plug directly into the user's Web browser. This long overdue step should cut down dramatically on the number of computers infected with malicious software via opportunistic, so-called "drive-by" download attacks that exploit outdated Java plugins across countless browsers and multiple operating systems.
  • Sources: Security Firm Norse Corp. Imploding

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    Norse Corp., a Foster City, Calif. based cybersecurity firm that has attracted much attention from the news media and investors alike this past year, fired its chief executive officer this week amid a major shakeup that could spell the end of the company. The move comes just weeks after the company laid off almost 30 percent of its staff.
  • FTC: Tax Fraud Behind 47% Spike in ID Theft

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    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) today said it tracked a nearly 50 percent increase in identity theft complaints in 2015, and that by far the biggest contributor to that spike was tax refund fraud. The announcement coincided with the debut of a beefed up FTC Web site aimed at making it easier for consumers to report and recover from all forms of ID theft.
  • Wendy’s Probes Reports of Credit Card Breach

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    Wendy's, the nationwide chain of fast-food burger restaurants, says it is investigating claims of a possible credit card breach at some locations. The acknowledgment comes in response to questions from KrebsOnSecurity about banking industry sources who discovered a pattern of fraud on cards that were all recently used at various Wendy's locations.
  • Oracle Pushes Java Fix: Patch It or Pitch It

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    Oracle has shipped an update for its Java software that fixes at least eight critical security holes. If you have an affirmative use for Java, please update to the latest version; if you're not sure why you have Java installed, it's high time to remove the program once and for all.
  • Skype Now Hides Your Internet Address

    Krebs on Security
    Ne'er-do-wells have long abused a feature in Skype to glean the Internet address of other users. Indeed, many shady online services that can be hired to launch attacks aimed at knocking users offline bundle so-called "Skype resolvers" that let customers find a target's last known location online. At long last, Microsoft says its latest version of Skype will hide user Internet addresses by default.
  • Guy Who Tried to Frame Me In Heroin Plot Pleads Guilty to Cybercrime Charges

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    A Ukrainian man who tried to frame me for heroin possession has pleaded guilty to multiple cybercrime charges in U.S. federal court, including credit card theft and hacking into more than 13,000 computers.
  • The Lowdown on Freezing Your Kid’s Credit

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    A story in a national news source earlier this month about freezing your child's credit file to preempt ID thieves prompted many readers to erroneously conclude that all states allow this as of 2016. The truth is that some states let parents create a file for their child and then freeze it, while many states have no laws on the matter. Here's a short primer on the current situation, with the availability of credit freezes (a.k.a "security freeze") for minors by state and by credit bureau.
  • Firm Sues Cyber Insurer Over $480K Loss

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    A Texas manufacturing firm is suing its cyber insurance provider for refusing to cover a $480,000 loss following an email scam that impersonated the firm's chief executive.

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