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Morning Security Brief: Spanish Botnet, Napolitano at RSA, BlackBerry Security, TSO Abuses, & Data Retention Legal Loss

- Spanish police arrest botnet perpetrators. Business Week highlights Napolitano's speech at RSA today. Five security tips for BlackBerry users. Congressman complains about abusive TSA officers. Germany's highest court suspends EU counterterrorism law on data retention.

Profiling Hackers: The Science of Criminal Profiling as Applied to the World of Hacking

- Can the science of behavioral profiling apply to cybercriminals and hackers?

Watch Your Business Partners

- Verizon’s annual data breach report warns that companies have one more weak link to worry about when protecting their information.

Alleged Theft at Citibank Underscores Worries Over Online Bank Robberies

- The Wall Street Journal stands by its report yesterday that the FBI is investigating a cybertheft last summer or earlier where hackers stole tens of millions of dollars electronically from Citibank.

Cybercrime

- The underground cybercrime economy may not be as large as some studies suggest, according to a recent Microsoft report. Estimates emphasize the value of black-market-listed goods, but many black-market participants are scammers and don’t really have the goods, stated the report.

Cyber Stats High?

- Estimates on the size of the underground cybercrime economy may be inflated, according to a recent Microsoft report.

Social Engineering Risks

- Cybercriminals' new tactic to steal valuable information preys on human nature.

Largest U.S. Identity Theft Scheme Busted

- Three individuals were indicted in what is believed to be the largest hacking and identity theft case ever prosecuted in the United States.

Preparing for Cyber Extortion

- Much like in the real world, security experts advise victims not to give in to extortion demands.

Defense in Breadth

- According to a new report, most data breaches can be thwarted by implementing basic information security measures.

TJX Settles Data Breach for $9.7 Million

- TJX Companies Inc.—parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods—will pay out $9.7 million to 41 states after hackers stole customers' payment card information in one of the biggest data breaches ever reported.

New Information-Sharing Task Force Nets Arrest of 2 U.K. Cybergangs

- An agreement by banks and credit card companies to share cybercrime intelligence has resulted in the discovery and arrest of two London-based cybercrime gangs, reports the online technology publication The Register.

FBI Details Cyber Sting

- The FBI has fielded full-time cyberagents in more than 60 countries worldwide to fight malware.
 




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