SA hackers as good as international cyber criminals

2014-10-20 12:13

South African hackers are equally skilled to those in the rest of the world, potentially causing alarm for cyber security, experts have said.

Cost of cyber attacks jumps for US firms

2014-10-16 11:46

Cybercrime costs are escalating for US companies and attacks are becoming more complicated to resolve, a study has showed.

Hackers jump from zeros to heroes

2014-10-10 14:20

Hackers are shaking off their reputations as nerdy, loner basement dwellers and rebranding themselves on the world stage as members of internet age tribes.

Top SA Android malware revealed

2014-10-08 11:10

A security company has revealed the most common malware targeting Android devices in South Africa.

Hack-proof your life with these easy tips

2014-10-07 12:38

As cyber criminals continue to attack devices in order to gain valuable financial information, users are required to up their security strategy.

Cybercrime costing US billions: FBI chief

2014-10-06 14:38

China is waging an aggressive cyber war against the US which costs American business billions of dollars every year, the FBI has said.

Offline danger from online threat

2014-10-02 14:05

The offline world may be subject to an online threat that targets financial information, a security firm has reported.

US charges four with stealing Xbox, Army tech

2014-10-01 13:07

Four members of an alleged computer hacking ring were charged with stealing more than $100m worth of software and data - used to train military pilots and related to Microsoft's Xbox gaming console.

FBI boss slams Apple, Google over data encryption

2014-09-26 07:49

FBI director James Comey has hit out at Apple and Google over new data-security measures designed to reassure customers wary of government prying.

Nigeria hunts bank worker over massive cyber fraud

2014-09-17 14:53

Nigeria's anti-graft agency is hunting a 38-year-old bank worker for allegedly stealing $38m from his employers by hacking into computer systems.

How nude celeb pics could have leaked

2014-09-09 16:14

As Apple prepares to launch its latest iPhone, how can you trust the iCloud platform that resulted in several celebrities' nude pictures being released to the public?

Apple to add security alerts for iCloud users

2014-09-05 14:17

Apple is planning additional steps to keep hackers out of user accounts in the face of the recent celebrity photo scandal.

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.


Microsoft licence scam investigated

2014-10-17 14:38

Romanian prosecutors have carried out 56 searches in a vast investigation into money laundering and bribery linked to Microsoft software licences.

Russian hackers target Nato, Ukraine

2014-10-14 11:32

Russian hackers have exploited a bug in Microsoft Windows and other software to spy on computers used by Nato, the EU, Ukraine and companies in the energy and telecommunications sectors.

China military calls for stronger cyber security

2014-10-08 13:40

China's armed forces will ramp up their cyber security and speed domestic development of software, state media have said.

Hack-proof your life with these easy tips

2014-10-07 13:00

As cyber criminals continue to attack devices in order to gain valuable financial information, users are required to up their security strategy.

1 in 5 Android users targeted in cyber attacks

2014-10-07 10:36

Around one fifth of Android users have been subject to cyber attacks in the last year as criminals increasingly turned their attention to mobile devices.

JPMorgan reveals massive data breach

2014-10-03 10:01

JPMorgan Chase has said that data for 76 million household customers and seven million businesses was compromised in a data breach.

Interpol opens Singapore centre to fight cybercrime

2014-10-02 13:03

Interpol is opening a centre in Singapore focused on fighting cyberrime, which many countries, it says, are poorly equipped to contain.

Advanced iPhone virus 'targets' Hong Kong protestors

2014-10-01 10:22

Cyber security researchers have uncovered a computer virus that spies on Apple's iOS operating system for the iPhone.

Online piracy thrives in internet cloud

2014-09-19 14:31

Online piracy of music, films and other content has moved to the internet cloud, reaping big profits for digital thieves, a study has found.

US threatened Yahoo with huge fine over surveillance

2014-09-12 07:51

US authorities threatened to fine Yahoo $250 000 a day if it failed to comply with a secret surveillance programme requiring it to hand over user data in the name of national security.

Bitcoin promoter pleads guilty, wants to stay in business

2014-09-05 18:30

A man who helped to promote bitcoin wants to remain in the business despite pleading guilty to indirectly helping Silk Road users.

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.

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