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Feb 25, 2014
Feb 24, 2014

‘Pony’ botnet steals bitcoins, digital currencies – Trustwave

BOSTON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Cyber criminals have infected
hundreds of thousands of computers with a virus called “Pony” to
steal bitcoins and other digital currencies, in the most
ambitious cyber attack on virtual money uncovered so far,
according to security firm Trustwave.

Trustwave said on Monday that it has found evidence that the
operators of a cybercrime ring known as the Pony botnet have
stolen some 85 virtual “wallets” that contained bitcoins and
other types of digital currencies. The firm said it did not know
how much digital currency was contained in the wallets.

Feb 18, 2014

Exclusive: France’s Snecma targeted by hackers – researcher

BOSTON (Reuters) – French aerospace engine maker Snecma, a unit of Safran, was attacked by hackers who exploited a vulnerability in Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer, according to a computer security researcher.

It was not clear how successful the hackers had been in their efforts to breach Snecma’s network, according to the researcher, who has studied malicious software and infrastructure used by the hackers.

Feb 10, 2014

FireEye takes on Cisco, Palo Alto with new cyber product

Feb 10 (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 it wants 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

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
    • 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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