Jeremy KirkAustralia correspondent, IDG News Service


MongoDB support firm says intruders may have accessed databases

If you use the open-source Mongo database, be aware that its hosting/support arm has been compromised by attackers.

British man charged with hacking NASA and US military computers

The Briton allegedly worked with others in Australia and Sweden to plant backdoors and steal confidential data.


ATM malware may spread from Mexico to English-speaking world

A malicious software program found in ATMs in Mexico has been improved and translated into English, which suggests it may be used elsewhere, according to security vendor Symantec.

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Buffer encrypts access tokens after spammer hack

Buffer, a service for scheduling social media posts, said Sunday it has strengthened its security after spammers gained access to its network.

Eastern Europeans sought in online marketplace fraud scheme

Six Eastern European men have been accused by U.S. prosecutors for allegedly netting up to $3 million by placing fraudulent advertisements for vehicles, motorcycles and boats on major online marketplaces.

EFF: Lavabit encryption key ruling threatens Internet privacy

Asking for private SSL keys could hurt the US economy and cause service providers to move to other legal jurisdictions, digital rights watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation argued in a legal brief.

NEC account manager charged in Cisco replacement parts fraud

A 40-year-old NEC account manager has been charged with mail fraud for allegedly obtaining replacement networking parts from Cisco using bogus names, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Goldman Sachs must pay software coder's legal fees, court rules

Goldman Sachs must pay the legal fees of a software engineer facing New York state charges that he allegedly stole the firm's proprietary source code, a federal judge ruled.

Network Solutions reports more DNS problems

The latest Domain Name System problem comes two weeks after a pro-Palestinian hacking group redirected websites belonging to several companies whose records were held by Network Solutions,

Google offers hacking defenses to human rights, elections websites

Google is lending its vast infrastructure to websites that may be targeted by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks because of their content.

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Facebook 'stalker' tool uses Graph Search for powerful data mining

While the dangers of sharing too much data on Facebook are well-known, it is surprising how even a little data can give hackers a foothold.

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Facebook CSO says Snowden disclosures brought security to forefront

Facebook was already implementing stronger security controls when the U.S. National Security Agency's expansive surveillance program was revealed in June, its chief security officer said Thursday.

Researchers challenge Apple's claim of unbreakable iMessage encryption

A close look at Apple's iMessage system shows the company could easily intercept communications on the service despite its assurances to the contrary, researchers claimed Thursday at a security conference.


Security firm releases tool to audit SAP's HANA

A new tool from security vendor Onapsis aims to secure SAP's in-memory database HANA, the German company's fastest-growing data processing product.

Reseller account hack caused Google's Malaysia sites to redirect

The administrator for ".my" domain names in Malaysia plans to strengthen the security of partners that resell its services following an attack that affected Google on Friday.