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Microsoft, Mozilla and Opera follow Google’s lead in revoking certificates

Microsoft has followed Google’s lead in revoking a mis-used third-party digital certificate.   According to Dustin Childs, group manager of response communications at Microsoft Trustworthy Computing, it has updated the Certificate Trust List (CTL) for all supported releases of Microsoft Windows to remove the trust of the certificate. He said that this could be used to spoof content and perform ... Read More »

Daily news digest – 10th December 2013

The majority of major botnets have been distrupted in recent years, leaving new start-ups” as those will be next to be taken down.   Last week saw Microsoft, Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), the FBI and security companies further disrupt the ZeroAccess botnet. Allegedly infecting two million endpoints and costing online advertisers upwards of $2.7 million each month, the botnet ... Read More »

FBI hacker teams have watched through PC webcams “for years”, court hears

The FBI custom-designs malware to snare suspects, a court has heard, and has been able “for years” to watch suspects through PC webcams – without turning on the light to warn the victim the camera is active, a court has heard. The Washington Post reported that the decision to use such malware was taken on a case-by-case basis – and the software ... Read More »

Free ASDA Voucher scam tries to ruin Christmas on Facebook

Yet another scam is spreading on Facebook, this time using the tried-and-trusted technique of luring unsuspecting social networkers into clicking by pretending to be supermarket vouchers in the run-up to Christmas. Many users are currently seeing messages being posted by their friends. Read More »

Bitcoins in Space

Richard Branson, the brazen Brit behind Virgin Galactic, made news last week when he announced that he has begun processing Bitcoin payments from would-be space tourists. (A woman in Hawaii has already booked her ticket, the company says.) But it turns out Branson’s not the only Bitcoin enthusiast looking toward the heavens. Jeff Garzik, one of the core developers of the Bitcoin software ... Read More »

Facebook to explore Artificial Intelligence in new lab

Google isn’t the only major tech company dabbling in artificial intelligence — Facebook is also getting into the game. And, to prove it, the social network just hired an expert in machine learning and mobile robotics to run its AI lab. New York University professor Yann LeCun announced on his Facebook and Google+ pages on Monday that Facebook has created a new AI research lab and ... Read More »

Xbox Live among game services targeted by US and UK spy agenciesXbox Live among game services targeted by US and UK spy agencies

To the National Security Agency analyst writing a briefing to his superiors, the situation was clear: their current surveillance efforts were lacking something. The agency’s impressive arsenal of cable taps and sophisticated hacking attacks was not enough. What it really needed was a horde of undercover Orcs. That vision of spycraft sparked a concerted drive by the NSA and its UK sister ... Read More »

AVG launches first service to block mobile location tracking

  Security firm AVG have added a ‘DNT’ featureto it’s free PrivacyFix app for Android     Read More »

Second RBS Outage in a Week Paves the Way for Phishing Extravaganza

The Royal Bank of Scotland has suffered a second major cyber-attack within a week, leaving a wealth of phishing threats in its wake.   Many customers found their accounts to be inaccessible Thursday night and into Friday. The bank reported that it was the victim of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. “Due to a surge in internet traffic deliberately directed at ... Read More »

Other browser makers follow Google’s lead, revoke rogue SSL certificates

Microsoft, Mozilla and Opera Software today joined Google in revoking rogue digital certificates that had been issued by a subordinate certificate authority (CA) of France’s cybersecurity agency. Google revoked the certificates for users of its Chrome browser on Saturday after a four-day investigation. Microsoft, Mozilla and Opera Software followed suit on Monday. In a security advisory, Microsoft said it had released an ... Read More »