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Oct 3, 2014

JPMorgan Chase hack could fuel years of fraud: cybercrime researchers

BOSTON (Reuters) – The 83 million customer records that hackers stole from JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) could fuel years of fraud, as criminals use the information to “phish” for customer passwords and ferret out other accounts that consumers may have, cybercrime researchers said on Friday.

The No. 1 U.S. bank by assets said on Thursday in a regulatory filing that customer names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses were taken in the attack that the bank said surfaced in August. It added that it was continuing to investigate the matter and that customers would not be liable for any unauthorized transactions that were promptly reported to the bank.

Oct 2, 2014
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Sep 26, 2014
Sep 26, 2014

Palo Alto Networks unexpectedly gets low score on firewall test

BOSTON (Reuters) – Palo Alto Networks Inc’s flagship next-generation security firewall ranks as the least effective in a new test of such equipment by NSS Labs, results that surprised some analysts because the product is widely considered an industry leader.

NSS, which reviews technology products for Fortune 500 companies, gave Palo Alto’s firewall a “caution” rating in a survey released to clients Tuesday. It had rated the product “recommended” in its last survey, released in February 2013.

Sep 25, 2014

Hackers exploit ‘Shellshock’ bug with worms in early attacks

BOSTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Hackers have begun exploiting
the newly identified “Shellshock” computer bug, using
fast-moving worm viruses to scan for vulnerable systems and then
infect them, researchers warned on Thursday.

“Shellshock” is the first major Internet threat to emerge
since the discovery in April of “Heartbleed,” which affected
OpenSSL encryption software that is used in about two-thirds of
all web servers, along with hundreds of technology products for
consumers and businesses.

Sep 25, 2014
Sep 25, 2014

Hackers launch attacks exploiting ‘Shellshock’ bug in Bash software

BOSTON (Reuters) – Hackers have launched attacks exploiting the newly identified “Shellshock” computer bug, researchers warned on Thursday, as news surfaced that an initial patch for the issue was incomplete, suggesting even updated systems were vulnerable.

The attacks came as security experts scrambled to determine how many systems and what types of computers are vulnerable to “Shellshock,” which some say may be as serious as the “Heartbleed” vulnerability that surfaced in April.

    • About Jim

      "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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