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Jun 5, 2013

Microsoft, FBI take aim at global cyber crime ring

BOSTON, June 5 (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp and the
FBI, aided by authorities in more than 80 countries, have
launched a major assault on one of the world’s biggest cyber
crime rings, believed to have stolen more than $500 million from
bank accounts over the past 18 months.

Microsoft said its Digital Crimes Unit on Wednesday
successfully took down at least 1,000 of an estimated 1,400
malicious computer networks known as the Citadel Botnets.

May 22, 2013

Twitter beefs up security after hacking spree on media

By Jim Finkle

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc unveiled technology to boost security for its users, following a spate of attacks on accounts of prominent media outlets including the Associated Press, the Financial Times and The Onion.

The micro blogging site, which transmits some 400 million messages a day, said on Wednesday that it had begun rolling out an optional “login verification” service to thwart hackers seeking to hijack accounts with stolen passwords.

May 22, 2013
May 22, 2013
May 22, 2013

‘Irrational’ hackers are growing U.S. security fear

May 22 (Reuters) – Cybersecurity researcher HD Moore
discovered he could use the Internet to access the controls of
some 30 pipeline sensors around the country that were not
password protected.

A hacking expert who helps companies uncover network
vulnerabilities, Moore said he found the sensors last month
while analyzing information in huge, publicly available
databases of Internet-connected devices.

May 21, 2013

Some U.S. utilities say they’re under constant cyber attack

WASHINGTON/BOSTON May 21 (Reuters) – Several power utilities
say they face a barrage of cyber attacks on their critical
systems, a report by two Democratic lawmakers found echoing
warnings from the Obama administration that foreign hackers were
trying to bring down the U.S. power grid.

California Representative Henry Waxman released the report,
co-authored with Massachusetts Representative Ed Markey, at the
House Energy and Commerce Committee’s cybersecurity hearing on

May 17, 2013

Syria government supporters hack Financial Times

May 17 (Reuters) – The Financial Times’ website and Twitter
feeds were hacked on Friday, renewing questions about whether
the popular social media service has done enough to tighten
security as cyber-attacks on the news media intensify.

The Syrian Electronic Army, an online group that supports
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was behind the incident which
followed a phishing attack on the company’s email accounts, FT
reported on its website.

May 15, 2013

Kaspersky plans push for sales to U.S. government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Kaspersky Lab, the Russian anti-virus software maker, plans to open an office in the Washington area to spearhead sales to the U.S. government, a bid to offset slowing demand for its programs for consumers.

Kaspersky makes one of the top-selling anti-virus programs in the United States, where it has gained market share in recent years against products from Symantec Corp (SYMC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Intel Corp’s (INTC.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) McAfee and Trend Micro Inc (4704.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

May 14, 2013
May 14, 2013
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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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