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Sality malware, growing old, takes on a new trick

A botnet that was slowly shrinking has taken on a new trick: brute-forcing routers set to easy-to-guess credentials.

Smaller banks warned of hackers raising ATM withdrawal limits

Smaller financial institutions have been warned to look out for attacks that aim to increase the withdrawal limit on customer payment cards for fraud purposes.

Mistake in ransomware program leaves decryption key accessible

A malicious software program that encrypts a person's files until a ransom is paid has a crucial error: it leaves the decryption key on the victim's computer.

Banks withdraw claim against Target over break-in

Two banks that took legal action against Target over its recent data breach have withdrawn their claims, apparently due to an erroneous allegation against a security vendor also named in the suit.

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Google, Level 3 DNS services hijacked by TurkTelekom

Google said its free DNS (Domain Name System) service is being intercepted by most Turkish ISPs as the country battles users trying to circumvent censorship efforts by the government.

Banks pulls out of class-action suit against Target, Trustwave

One of the two banks suing Target and security vendor Trustwave over responsibility for one the largest data breaches in history has pulled out of the lawsuit.

Hosting company describes security scare aimed at Bitcoin accounts

On Sunday morning, Nate Daiger, one of the owners of a small Los Angeles-based hosting company Chunk Host, received an odd email on his phone.

'Coinkrypt' malware mines cryptocurrencies on Android

A malicious software program for Android that mines lesser-known cryptocurrencies could cause phones to overheat, a mobile security company warned Wednesday.

Security vendor Trustwave named in US Target-related suit

Security vendor Trustwave was accused in a class-action suit of failing to detect the attack that led to Target's data breach, one of the largest on record.

ATM malware, controlled by a text message, spews cash

A group of enterprising cybercriminals have figured out how to get cash from a certain type of ATM -- by text message.

Speedy attack targets Web servers with outdated Linux kernels

Web servers running a long-outdated version of the Linux kernel were attacked with dramatic speed over two days last week, Cisco Systems said on Thursday.

Small bitcoin exchange, Vircurex, teeters after large withdrawals

A small bitcoin exchange in Beijing is in trouble again after trying to earn back funds lost in two hacking incidents last year.

Encrypted email service Virtru adds Office 365 compatibility

Virtru has added Microsoft's Office 365 and Outlook Desktop services to its list of compatible email platforms for its encryption product.

Linux worm diversifies to mine cryptocurrencies

A Linux worm that targets routers and set-top boxes is now looking for full-fledged computers to use its new feature, a cryptocurrency mining function, according to Symantec.

Megaupload loses bid to see more US evidence

U.S. prosecutors do not have to provide defendants in a high-profile criminal copyright case full copies of documents it references in its extradition request, New Zealand's Supreme Court ruled Friday.

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