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Feb 25, 2015

Hackers controlling millions of PCs targeted in Europol sweep

AMSTERDAM/BOSTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – A cybercrime ring that
used 3.2 million hacked computers worldwide to steal banking
information by seizing control of servers has been disrupted by
European police and technology companies, officials said on

Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre coordinated the
operation out of its headquarters in The Hague, targeting the
so-called Ramnit botnet, a network of computers infected with

Feb 21, 2015

U.S. urges removing Superfish program from Lenovo laptops

BOSTON, Feb 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Friday
advised Lenovo Group Ltd customers to remove
“Superfish,” a program pre-installed on some Lenovo laptops,
saying it makes users vulnerable to cyberattacks.

The Department of Homeland Security said in an alert that
the program makes users vulnerable to a type of cyberattack
known as SSL spoofing, in which remote attackers can read
encrypted web traffic, redirect traffic from official websites
to spoofs, and perform other attacks.

Feb 20, 2015

U.S. government urges Lenovo customers to remove Superfish software

BOSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday advised Lenovo Group Ltd customers to remove a software program known as “Superfish,” which the agency said the world’s No. 1 PC maker started installing on machines as early as 2010.

The Department of Homeland Security said in an alert released through its National Cyber Awareness System that the software made users vulnerable to a type of cyberattack known as SSL spoofing.

Feb 11, 2015

Experts warn 2015 could be ‘Year of the Healthcare Hack’

NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) – Security experts are warning healthcare and insurance companies that 2015 will be the “Year of the Healthcare Hack,” as cybercriminals are increasingly attracted to troves of personal information held by U.S. insurers and hospitals that command high prices on the underground market.

    Anthem Inc, the No. 2 U.S. health insurer, last week disclosed a massive breach of its database containing nearly 80 million records, prompting investigations by state and federal authorities. That hack followed a breach last year at hospital operator Community Health Systems, which compromised some 4.5 million records.

Feb 11, 2015

U.S. states say Anthem too slow to inform customers of breach

BOSTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Ten U.S. states have sent a
letter to Anthem Inc complaining that the company has
been too slow in notifying consumers that they were victims of a
massive data breach disclosed last week.

“The delay in notifying those impacted is unreasonable and
is causing unnecessary added worry to an already concerned
population of Anthem customers,” said the letter, which was sent
on Tuesday by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen on
behalf of Connecticut and nine other states.

Feb 10, 2015 infected by hackers in campaign to spy on visitors – researchers

BOSTON (Reuters) – The financial news site was infected by Chinese hackers with spying software that targeted specific visitors, including those at U.S. financial services and defense firms, according to two cybersecurity firms.

The hackers infected in November with software that automatically attacked visitors by exploiting security flaws in Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer browser and Adobe Systems Inc’s Flash software, cybersecurity firms iSight Partners Inc and Invincea Inc said on Tuesday.

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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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