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Microsoft reports variant of banking malware that targets German speakers

Microsoft says German speakers are being targeted by a new variant of a powerful type of malware that steals online banking credentials.

AOL halts malicious ads served by its advertising platform

AOL.com said Tuesday it has stopped malicious advertisements being served by its advertising platforms after being alerted by a security company.

Morgan Stanley fires employee who leaked sensitive client data

Investment bank Morgan Stanley has fired an employee who briefly posted account names and numbers for 900 clients on the Internet.

Firmware flaws could allow a malicious reflash, US CERT warns

Three vendors have released fixes for vulnerabilities found in the critical firmware used during a computer's startup, according to an advisory from the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team.

Holding masses of data, cybercriminals face new hurdles to cashing out

After Sony Pictures Entertainment's computer network was breached in late November, it appeared the hackers wanted to blackmail the company.

'SpoofedMe' attacks exploited LinkedIn, Amazon social login flaws

IBM's X Force security researchers found an easy way to gain access to Web accounts by taking an advantage of an oversight in how some social login services are configured.

Facebook bulks up defenses with a third anti-virus engine

Facebook is adding a third antivirus engine to its service to help catch malicious content in the News Feed and messages sent by users.

Court dismisses Apple 'App Store' trademark appeal

Apple lost an appeal in Australia's Federal Court on Wednesday over its bid for the "App Store" trademark.

New point-of-sale malware on underground markets for $US2000

A new kind of point-of-sale malware similar to that which struck Target is being sold in underground markets for $US2000.

Weather.com fixes web application vulnerabilities

The Weather Channel has fixed a common web application security problem on its website that made nearly all links vulnerable to cross-site scripting attacks.

Early version of new POS malware family spotted

A security researcher came across what appears to be a new family of point-of-sale malware that few antivirus programs were detecting.

Home Depot spent $43 million on data breach in just one quarter

Home Depot spent US$43 million in its third quarter dealing with the fallout of one of the largest ever data breaches, highlighting the costly nature of security failures.

Adobe tries again to fix Flash vulnerability

Adobe released an emergency patch on Tuesday to fix a Flash Player vulnerability that was fixed last month but was quickly exploited again.

Regin malware linked to attacks on Belgacom, well-known cryptographer

After Symantec blew the lid on Regin on Sunday, computer security experts and companies are revealing information that has lead to suspicions that the U.S. and U.K. are involved.

Traces of Regin malware may date back to 2006

Malware that Symantec says was probably developed by a nation state may have been used for as long as eight years, a length of time that underscores the challenges the security industry faces in detecting advanced spying tools.