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Daily News Digest – 27th January 2013

There were no Friday night beers for Google last week as it battled with major outage of its Gmail email service.   According to Techcrunch, the outage affected users in Europe, the US, Canada and India, for around 50 minutes. It said that the error being seen by most users was a (500) code problem, indicating that it was a ... Read More »

Over two thirds of IT managers experience security breach

More than two-thirds of IT managers experienced a security breach or incident in the past 24 months.   According to the study “Cyber Security Incident Response: Are we as prepared as we think?”, from the Ponemon Institute and Lancope which surveyed 674 IT security professionals, found that CEOs and members of management teams are in the dark about potential cyber ... Read More »

Outed by Google: Trans community raises privacy concerns

Aj Jazeera – Google’s latest operating system for Android, called the KitKat, has faced criticism from transgender users who say it fails to protect their privacy. A key feature of the software is Google+ integration with contacts, SMS messages and texts. Attention was drawn to the potential problems this update poses for trans users when a trans woman named Erika Sorensen was inadvertently outed to ... Read More »

India’s hacking whiz nabbed in FBI-coordinated clampdown

Straits Times – Amit Vikram Tiwari, an engineering dropout-turned-hacking whiz, has been nabbed by India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) following tip-offs from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), local media reported on Saturday. The 31-year-old, whose clients ranged from aggressive companies to jealous lovers on the hunt for trade secrets and signs of infidelity, had allegedly compromised ... Read More »

FBI: US court websites went down due to “technical problems,” not DDOS

Arstechnica – While the rest of us were fretting about the Gmail outage on Friday, lawyers and those involved in the United States judicial system were concerned that uscourts.gov and other federal courts’ sites had been hit by a distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attack.   Also suffering an outage was pacer.gov, the “Public Access to Court Electronic Records” (PACER), a common way for lawyers and journalists to ... Read More »

Windows malware can hack your Android phone

The Hackers News – Hey Android users! I am quite sure that you must be syncing your Smartphone with your PCs for transferring files and generating backup of your device. If your system is running a windows operating system, then it’s a bad news for you. Researchers have discovered a new piece of windows malware that attempts to install mobile ... Read More »

NSA sends spying data to Canada

Business Week – Telus and Rogers expect data storage sales in Canada to increase 20 percent this year. U.S. cloud computing businesses may lose as much as $35 billion through 2016, according to the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a policy research group in Washington whose board includes representatives of IBM (IBM) and Intel (INTC). Read More »

Google announces $2.7 million reward at Pwnium contest

The Hackers News – Google has announced its 4th Pwnium Hacking Contest hosted at the Canadian Security conference in March, offering more than $2.7 million in potential rewards for hacking Chrome OS-running ARM and Intel Chromebook. This year the security researchers have a choice in between an ARM-based Chromebook, the HP Chromebook 11 (WiFi) and the Acer C720 Chromebook (2GB ... Read More »

Toys, games and malware for boys and girls

Barracuda – A week ago (on Monday, January 20), as well as on January 14, 11, and 10, Hasbro’s website pushed malicious software to visitors’ computers. As with the Cracked.com compromise a week prior, the incident was the result of direct site compromise, and affected users were unlikely to have recognized that their computers were infected For reference, below is ... Read More »

Bangladeshi hackers hit cricket website after ICC takeover approved

The Hackers News – Apart from various Government websites falling victim to Hacking attacks, the latest to be targeted by hackers belongs to the world’s richest cricket Board, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Late night on 26th January (65th Republic Day of India), the official website of Indian cricket’s Governing body, BCCI.TV has been defaced by ... Read More »