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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.

Data Security

- A new study finds that older computer users tend to choose stronger passwords than younger users.

Encrypted Data

- The government may compel an individual to reveal the password to an encrypted hard drive if the government is already aware of what material resides in the hard drive, an appellate court has ruled.

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.

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.

Screen Scraping Security

- Companies that use scanning tools to search for data must be careful to avoid violating privacy laws.
 




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