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  • Hackers Plundered Israeli Defense Firms that Built ‘Iron Dome’ Missile Defense System

    Krebs on Security
    Three Israeli defense contractors responsible for building the "Iron Dome" missile shield currently protecting Israel from a barrage of rocket attacks were compromised by hackers and robbed of huge quantities of sensitive documents pertaining to the shield technology, KrebsOnSecurity has learned.
  • Service Drains Competitors’ Online Ad Budget

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    The longer one lurks in the Internet underground, the more difficult it becomes to ignore the harsh reality that for nearly every legitimate online business there is a cybercrime-oriented anti-business. Case in point: Today's post looks at a popular service that helps crooked online marketers exhaust the Google AdWords budgets of their competitors.
  • Feds: Hackers Ran Concert Ticket Racket

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    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.
  • Banks: Card Breach at Goodwill Industries

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    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. Goodwill Industries International Inc. says it is working with federal authorities on an investigation into these reports.
  • Even Script Kids Have a Right to Be Forgotten

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    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.
  • Wireless Live CD Alternative: ZeusGard

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    I've long recommended that small business owners and others concerned about malware-driven bank account takeovers consider adopting a "Live CD" solution, which is a free and relatively easy way of temporarily converting your Windows PC into a Linux operating system. The trouble with many of these Live CD solutions is that they require a CD player (something many laptops no longer have) -- but more importantly - they don't play well with wireless access. Today's post looks at an alternative that addresses both of these issues.
  • Java Update: Patch It or Pitch It

    Krebs on Security
    Oracle today released a security update for its Java platform that addresses at least 20 vulnerabilities in the software. Collectively, the bugs fixed in this update earned Oracle's "critical" rating, meaning they can be exploited over a network without the need for a username and password. In short, if you have Java installed it is time to patch it or pitch it.
  • Beware Keyloggers at Hotel Business Centers

    Krebs on Security
    The U.S. Secret Service is advising the hospitality industry to inspect computers made available to guests in hotel business centers, warning that crooks have been compromising hotel business center PCs with keystroke-logging malware in a bid to steal personal and financial data from guests.
  • Crooks Seek Revival of ‘Gameover Zeus’ Botnet

    Krebs on Security
    Cybercrooks today began taking steps to resurrect the Gameover ZeuS botnet, a complex crime machine that has been blamed for the theft more than $100 million from banks, businesses and consumers worldwide. The revival attempt comes roughly five weeks after the FBI joined several nations, researchers and security firms in a global and thus far successful effort to eradicate it.
  • Interview With Fresh Air’s Terry Gross

    Krebs on Security
    On Monday, I had the distinct pleasure of being a guest on Terry Gross's Fresh Air radio show on National Public Radio. I'm a huge fan of Gross's show and was quite flattered and honored to have been invited.
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