NEWS & ANALYSIS

Second Sony Hacker Arrested

A second member of the hacking group LulzSec has been arrested for a 2011 intrusion of Sony Pictures’ computer systems.

Google Algorithm Tweak to Punish Pirates

Starting this week, Google may begin lowering the rank of Web sites appearing in its search results when the sites appear to be violating copyright laws.

Ransomware Holds Computers Hostage, Demands Payment

Hackers are using a virus that disguises itself as a message from the FBI to extort money from computer users. The FBI is calling it “ransomware.”

Morning Security Brief: FBI Tattoo Database, West Nile Epidemic, Kaspersky Lab Discovers Gauss, and More

The FBI biometric program is building a bigger tattoo database. State of Emergency declared for West Nile epidemic. Gauss wreaks havoc in Lebanese banks. And more.

Phishing E-mails Spoof Payroll Services

In recent weeks, fraudulent e-mails purporting to be from payroll companies have aimed to lure recipients into downloading data-stealing malware onto their computers.

Study Highlights Infrastructure Risks

A biennial report that looks at how well various industries manage risk and guard against cyberattacks has found that critical infrastructure, including the energy and utilities sectors, is among the lowest ranked of the group.

Network Monitoring Could Help Detect State-Sponsored Cyberattacks

It is impossible to stop all attacks, but network monitoring can help make detection faster, experts say.

Two California Men Sentenced for ATM Fraud

Two Southern California men were sentenced last week to 60 months each in prison for attempting to defraud nearly 1,000 debit and credit card holders by using stolen bank account information to withdraw money from ATMs.

Morning Security Brief: FCC Blocks Local Authorities From Using Emergency Broadband, Australia Breaks Up Drug Ring, and More

FCC to block states from using broadband networks for emergencies until national system is built. Australia busts up a $500 million drug ring. And more.

Morning Security Brief: Cyberattacks on U.S. Infrastructure, Cybersecurity Tips from Black Hat, Skype Surveillance, and More

Cyberattacks against U.S. infrastructure are on the rise. Tips for businesses looking to enhance cybersecurity. Skype says it doesn’t record user conversations amid rumors. And more.
 




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