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Feb 10, 2014

Exclusive: FireEye takes on Cisco, Palo Alto with new cyber product

By Jim Finkle

(Reuters) – Cybersecurity firm FireEye Inc plans to take on Cisco Systems Inc and Palo Alto Networks Inc in selling intrusion prevention systems, which help companies detect cyber threats that breach their firewalls.

FireEye said on Monday that it plans to start selling the new products by the middle of this year, adding to its existing technology that helps protect computers from infection by tainted messages and malicious websites.

Feb 10, 2014
Feb 10, 2014

Researchers uncover cyber spying campaign dubbed “The Mask”

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic (Reuters) – A computer security software firm has uncovered what it calls the first cyber espionage campaign believed to be started by a Spanish-speaking country, targeting government agencies, energy companies and activists in 31 countries.

Dubbed “The Mask,” the campaign had operated undetected since 2007 and infected more than 380 targets before it stopped last week, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab said on Monday.

Jan 30, 2014

‘ChewBacca’ hackers targeted retailers in 11 countries: RSA

BOSTON (Reuters) – A cyber criminal ring targeting small retailers in 11 countries stole data on 49,000 payment cards using a malicious software known as “ChewBacca” before the operation was shut down, according to a cyber research firm.

RSA FirstWatch disclosed the attacks on Thursday on its website. It said the firm’s researchers uncovered the ring, whose victims included small companies in the United States, Russia, Canada and Australia.

Jan 30, 2014
Jan 30, 2014
Jan 30, 2014

Target says criminals attacked with stolen vendor credentials

BOSTON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Target Corp said on Wednesday that the theft of a vendor’s credentials helped cyber criminals pull off a massive theft of customer data during the holiday shopping season in late 2013.

It was the first indication of how networks at the No. 3 U.S. retailer were breached, resulting in the theft of about 40 million credit and debit card records and 70 million other records with customer information such as addresses and telephone numbers.

Jan 26, 2014

Israeli defence computer hacked via tainted email -cyber firm

JERUSALEM/BOSTON Jan 26 (Reuters) – Hackers broke into an
Israeli defence ministry computer via an email attachment
tainted with malicious software that looked like it had been
sent by the country’s Shin Bet secret security service, an
Israeli cyber security firm said on Sunday.

Aviv Raff, chief technology officer at Seculert, said the
hackers earlier this month temporarily took over 15 computers,
one of them belonging to Israel’s Civil Administration that
monitors Palestinians in Israeli-occupied territory.

Jan 25, 2014

U.S. retailer Michaels warns of possible payment card breach

BOSTON (Reuters) – Michaels, the biggest U.S. arts and crafts retailer, said on Saturday it is working with federal law enforcement officials to investigate a possible data breach on its systems that process payment cards.

“We are concerned there may have been a data security attack on Michaels that may have affected our customers’ payment card information and we are taking aggressive action to determine the nature and scope of the issue,” Chief Executive Chuck Rubin said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

Jan 23, 2014

FBI warns retailers to expect more credit card breaches

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – The FBI has warned U.S.
retailers to prepare for more cyber attacks after discovering
about 20 hacking cases in the past year that involved the same
kind of malicious software used against Target Corp in
the holiday shopping season.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation distributed a
confidential, three-page report to retail companies last week
describing the risks posed by “memory-parsing” malware that
infects point-of-sale (POS) systems, which include cash
registers and credit-card swiping machines found in store
checkout aisles.

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      "Jim works in the Reuters Boston bureau covering cyber security, hacking and technology privacy issues. He’s been with Reuters since 2005. He previously covered technology, media and biotechnology for Broadcasting & Cable, the Orange County Register and Bloomberg News out Tokyo, Taipei, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Ana, California."
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