ARTICLES RELATING TO CYBERCRIME

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.

Cyber war raging as countries test strategies

2014-06-05 10:01

A cyber war could well and truly be raging as countries look to gain the upper hand by infiltrating computer networks, a security company has said.

Weakest link in cyber crime? You

2014-06-04 14:07

While some cybercrime is sophisticated in order to break in to computer systems, the human vulnerability is the most common one used, says a security expert.

Russian hacker accused of 'Zeus' malware authorship

2014-06-03 07:29

The FBI claims that Russian man charged with controlling a hacking gang that locked up hundreds of thousands of computers wrote one of the most effective pieces of malicious software ever detected.

Cyber attack threat against World Cup sponsors

2014-05-31 14:37

The hacker group Anonymous is preparing a cyber attack on corporate sponsors of the World Cup in Brazil to protest the lavish spending on the soccer games, according to a hacker.

Cybercrime suspects appear in court

2014-05-28 20:13

Twelve people linked to a cybercrime syndicate appeared in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, the SABC reported.

Hacker helped block 300 cyber attacks

2014-05-27 07:37

US prosecutors say a hacker helped thwart 300 cyber attacks, and cripple the Anonymous movement.

 

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.

Tech firms mark 'Snowden Day'

2014-06-06 08:41

Some of the largest technology firms and activists marked the anniversary of Edward Snowden's leaks with new efforts to thwart online snooping and boost privacy.

Google steps up bid to stymie e-mail snooping

2014-06-04 22:18

Google has stepped up its effort to make it tougher for spies or anyone else to snoop on e-mail, unveiling Chrome browser software for scrambling digital messages.

Software competition opens door for cybercrime

2014-06-04 08:31

Competitive pressure may be a contributing factor to the spread of malware, even as advances are made in software security, an expert has said.

Pirate Bay co-founder arrested

2014-06-01 15:00

A co-founder of The Pirate Bay file-sharing website has been arrested in southern Sweden after two years at large, say police.

US cybercrime on the rise

2014-05-29 08:31

The hackers are winning, according to a survey of 500 executives of US businesses, law enforcement services and government agencies.

Spotify breach requires Android app upgrades

2014-05-28 08:36

Spotify is requiring people listening to its popular music service on Android devices to install new software as a safeguard against a recent security breach.

Cyber crooks winning in security battle

2014-05-27 08:33

Hackers are always one step ahead of computer security professionals because the nature of the crime is to test hardware and software for vulnerabilities.

Phishers target the 2014 Soccer World Cup

2014-05-26 14:36

The Soccer World Cup is around the corner, and scammers are already sharpening their skills ahead of the global showcase.

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