ARTICLES RELATING TO CYBERCRIME

Tech difficulties delay dating scam case

2014-08-28 14:24

Unexpected technicalities have delayed court proceedings in a case involving four men and three women allegedly involved in an online dating scam.

Here's how to protect your mobile payments

2014-08-26 08:27

As the drive to mobile payments continues to accelerate, South Africans need to take measures to ensure that their accounts are not compromised by criminals.

Hackers hit up to 25 000 US workers

2014-08-25 10:31

The internal records of as many as 25 000 Homeland Security Department employees have been exposed during a recent computer break-in.

Heartbleed causes massive hospital cyber breach

2014-08-20 13:18

Hackers who stole the personal data of about 4.5 million patients of hospital group Community Health Systems had broken into the company's computer system by exploiting the "Heartbleed" internet bug.

SA company DDoS blackmails survival guide

2014-08-18 10:00

Attacking a company server is more than vandalism - it has migrated into a sophisticated method of blackmailing firms.

7 ways to create better, stronger passwords

2014-08-06 11:03

If there's reason to believe any of your passwords might have been compromised, change them immediately. Here are seven ways to create strong passwords.

Russia hackers stole 1.2 billion passwords

2014-08-06 09:49

A Russian hacker group has stolen an estimated 1.2 billion internet credentials from major US companies and others around the world, the New York Times has reported.

Hacker: Passenger jets at risk of cyber attack

2014-08-04 13:31

Cyber security researcher Ruben Santamarta says he has figured out how to hack the satellite communications equipment on passenger jets through their Wi-Fi and in-flight entertainment systems.

US warns retailers on data-stealing malware

2014-08-01 15:01

US government cyber security watchdogs have warned retailers about malware being circulated that allows hackers to get into computer networks and steal customer data.

Canada accuses Chinese of hacking government network

2014-07-31 07:31

Canada has taken the unusual step of singling out Chinese hackers for attacking a key computer network and lodged a protest with Beijing.

Hackers tried to blackmail ECB

2014-07-25 10:02

Hackers have tried to extort money from the European Central Bank after they stole about 20 000 e-mail addresses from one of the bank's databases.

Hacking experts build car cyber security

2014-07-23 13:01

Two security experts who exposed methods for hacking the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape say they have developed technology that would keep automobiles safe from cyber attacks.

Fake Google Play apps target data, cash - report

2014-07-21 21:14

Most of the applications on Google's Play Store online site have fake copies loaded with malware to steal personal and financial information, says a report.

World leaders look to BlackBerry over security fears

2014-07-04 14:45

BlackBerry might be under pressure due to the rise of Android smartphones and Apple iPhone devices, but the company is seeing adoption of its devices by people concerned about security.

Cyber crooks may have stolen billions in Brazil

2014-07-03 08:41

Cyber criminals may have stolen billions of dollars from a popular Brazilian online payment system using malicious software that caused the funds to be sent to accounts controlled by fraudsters.

Military brass investigate Facebook dating scam

2014-06-30 07:43

Australian and New Zealand authorities are investigating whether the identities of top military officers are being used in an international Facebook dating scam.

Massive 'legal' spying, malware net uncovered

2014-06-25 13:00

A security company has uncovered a massive cyber spying net with its tentacles in a number of countries dedicated to hacking Android phones and iPhones.

Cyber war rages, blame hard to pin

2014-06-24 14:04

While it is clear that some governments are involved in cyber warfare, assigning blame is difficult, especially given the obfuscation tools agencies use.

Line urges password changes after hacking

2014-06-20 15:07

Line, which has hundreds of millions of users across Asia, has been urging people to change their passwords as Japanese police investigated the hacking of hundreds of accounts.

How to fight malware targeting your data

2014-06-20 11:14

Malware is spreading fast in South Africa and Africa because of a number of factors. Here's a video on how to fight back.

China phone comes preloaded with spyware

2014-06-18 09:00

A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm has said.

Two arrested for hacking of Apple devices

2014-06-11 09:44

Russian police have arrested two alleged hackers they say extorted money from users of Apple devices by locking them and demanding payment to free them up.

Here's how crooks infect South African PCs

2014-06-09 10:00

A security expert has identified the most common way that South African computers are infected with malware.

Vodafone: Govts can eavesdrop on consumers

2014-06-06 12:08

Vodacom's parent Vodafone says state agencies in some countries in which it operates have direct access to its network, enabling them to listen in to calls.

 

FBI probing massive attacks on US banks

2014-08-28 09:03

The FBI said it's working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyber attacks against several US financial institutions.

Facebook awards 'Internet Defence Prize'

2014-08-21 09:01

Facebook has awarded an Internet Defence Prize to a pair of researchers with a seemingly viable approach to detecting vulnerabilities in web applications.

FBI probing theft of internet credentials

2014-08-20 10:48

The US FBI is investigating a report by a US cyber security firm that it uncovered some 1.2 billion internet logins and passwords amassed by a Russian crime ring

Hackers hit US Homeland Security contractor

2014-08-08 08:01

A company that performs background checks for the US Department of Homeland Security has said it was the victim of a cyber attack.

Internet of Things revolutionary, but made secure

2014-08-06 11:03

The Internet of Things will bring new opportunities to people as access expands, but there are some challenges to be resolved. Watch the video

New security loophole found in USB devices

2014-08-01 16:15

USB devices such as mice, keyboards and flash drives can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections.

Connected devices have huge security holes - study

2014-07-31 13:05

The surge web-connected devices - TVs, refrigerators, thermostats, door locks and more - has opened up huge opportunities for cyber attacks because of weak security.

Top malware threats hold your smartphone to ransom

2014-07-30 09:30

A new range of malware applications collectively known as ransomware is targeting smartphones as cyber criminals look for creative ways to extract money from people.

Is your business safe from cybercrime?

2014-07-25 13:26

More than 30% of cyber attacks occur at small companies, but a survey shows they don't view IT strategy as a top strategic concern.

Six charged in global e-ticket hacking scheme

2014-07-24 09:02

Criminal charges have been filed against people in what authorities said was a global cybercrime ring that created fraudulent e-tickets for major concerts and sporting events.

30 financial institutions scammed by phone apps

2014-07-23 11:39

More than 30 financial institutions in six countries have been defrauded by sophisticated criminal software that convinces bank customers to install rogue smartphone programs.

Security-linked website hacked in Sudan

2014-07-11 12:10

Hackers have attacked a Sudanese website close to the country’s powerful security apparatus, a report says.

Hackers take over Israel army Twitter account

2014-07-04 11:50

Internet hackers briefly took over an Israeli army Twitter account, posting an alarming message that a nuclear facility had been hit by rocket fire.

Microsoft disrupts international cybercrime rings

2014-07-01 11:00

Microsoft launched what it hopes will be the most successful private effort to date to crack down on cyber crime by moving to disrupt communications channels between hackers and infected PCs.

Hackers use Dropbox to spread malware

2014-06-26 09:42

Cyber criminals are migrating their strategy to include cloud-based services to launch attacks on computers, new research has revealed.

Malvertising stalks Soccer World Cup mobile apps

2014-06-25 12:01

As the 2014 Soccer World Cup heads into second round, cyber criminals are upping the ante with "malvertising" - malware that is injected into mobile applications.

SA spammer pays up

2014-06-24 11:40

A local spammer has finally paid up after being found guilty of sending unsolicited messages.

Mobile ransomware targets English speakers

2014-06-20 12:31

A new piece of malicious software for mobile devices is specifically targeting English speakers, a security company has revealed.

How to fight phishing

2014-06-19 09:46

Passwords are not enough to ensure security with online financial transactions.

Secure passwords made simple

2014-06-17 12:02

Secure passwords are often the only thing that stands between your computer and cyber criminals intent on stealing your data. Watch our video.

US warns on traffic-sign hackers after 'Godzilla attack'

2014-06-09 12:20

After hackers played several high-profile pranks with traffic signs, the US government has advised operators of electronic highway signs to take "defensive measures" to tighten security.

Kim Dotcom offers $5m 'bounty'

2014-06-09 09:00

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom has said he was offering a $5m "bounty" to whistleblowers for information to help fight an online piracy case brought by the US.

New Heartbleed bug found

2014-06-06 10:30

Security researchers have uncovered new bugs in the web encryption software that caused the pernicious Heartbleed internet threat.

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