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US military unaware of Chinese attacks against transport contractors

The U.S. Defense Department plans to tighten reporting of cyber incidents against transportation contractors after the military found it was mostly left in the dark about successful attacks from China, according to a Senate report.

Apple turns on iCloud two-step verification after nude selfie scandal

Apple on Tuesday began offering an additional security protection for iCloud account users, a move the company made following the theft of nude photos from several celebrities' accounts last month.

Hackers accessed Goodwill hosting provider for 18 months before card breach

Hackers evaded security systems for a year-and-a-half at a hosting center that processed payment cards for Goodwill Industries, using the same type of malware that struck Target and other major retailers to steal card data, according to the charity's software vendor.

'Tiny banker' malware targets US financial institutions

A banking trojan, known for its small size but powerful capabilities, has expanded the number of financial institutions it can collect data from, according to security vendor Avast.

Data loss detection tool mines the ephemeral world of 'pastes'

It's not easy to figure out if your data has been collected by hackers, but an online tool has been expanded to hunt through one of the most prolific sources of leaked data, known as "pastes."

Sprint, Windstream traffic routing errors hijacked other ISPs

Internet traffic routing errors made by U.S. operators Sprint and Windstream on the same day last week underscore a long-known Internet weakness, posing both security and reliability issues.

CTO for Liberty Reserve payment network pleads guilty

The CTO of a Costa Rica-based payment network that U.S. prosecutors allege primarily served the cybercriminal underworld pleaded guilty on Thursday to one count of conspiring to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business.

Study concludes 'Heartbleed' flaw was unknown before disclosure

One of the most serious software flaws to affect the Internet, nicknamed "Heartbleed," was likely unknown before it was publicly disclosed, according to new research.

Will bitcoin's creator be unmasked for $12,000?

The latest claim of knowledge of the true identity of bitcoin's creator is being viewed with suspicion.

Malicious advertising hits Amazon, YouTube and Yahoo, Cisco says

Malicious advertisements have popped up on websites such as YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo, part of a sophisticated campaign to spread malware, Cisco said Monday.

OpenSSL warns vendors against using vulnerability info for marketing

Security advisories for OpenSSL should not be used for competitive advantage, according to the development project behind the widely used cryptography component.

Popular Android apps fail basic security tests, putting privacy at risk

Instagram, Grindr, OkCupid and many other Android applications fail to take basic precautions to protect their users' data, putting their privacy at risk, according to new study.

Just five gangs in Nigeria are behind most Craigslist buyer scams

Five Nigerian criminal gangs are behind most scams targeting sellers on Craigslist, and they've taken new measures to make their swindles appear legitimate, according to a new study.

Apple CEO says iCloud security will be strengthened

Apple, still reeling from the nude celebrity photo incident, plans to soon strengthen security around its iCloud storage service, according to CEO Tim Cook in a news report Thursday.

The Russian-made tool that grabs nude selfies from iCloud accounts

There's a seedy trade in compromising photos stored in Apple iCloud accounts, and it is in part aided by a software program that cleanly collects the data.