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Common security flaws leave applications open to amateur hackers, security report says

The software industry’s inability to reduce the number of security flaws in its code is fueling an age of the "everyday hacker" who can exploit vulnerabilities with a minimum of technical skills, according to security testing firm Vercode’s latest State of Software Security report.

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Shylock Trojan aims for global targets, Symantec warns

The prodigious Shylock banking Trojan is still being upgraded and is apparently moving from its traditional targets in UK financial services to foreign ones, Symantec reports.


Outdated (and vulnerable) Java usage abounds, analysis finds

Despite the widespread and well-publicized exploitation of vulnerabilities in Java, large numbers of organizations continue to use versions that are weeks, months, or even years out of date, a Websense survey of its customers reports.


South Korean cyberattacks used hijacked patch management accounts

The attackers who unleashed devastating hard-drive wiping malware on South Korean TV stations and banks earlier this week executed at least part of the attack by hijacking the firms' patch management admin accounts, the software vendor involved has said.

Non-Microsoft security flaws the real culprit, analysis finds

In 2012, the total number of vulnerabilities recorded by Secunia advisories and using Common Vulnerability Exposures reached 9,776 in products from 421 different vendors.

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More Chromebooks emerge online, but Google's OS still lags

US web usage for Google'€™s Chrome OS has risen 700 percent since last summer but that still pegs the revolutionary cloud OS on less than 0.1 percent of traffic, according to ad network Chitika.

Yahoo's CEO checked VPN logs before work-from-home ban

Not sure if anyone's slacking while working from home? You can follow the lead of Yahoo's CEO and check the VPN logs.


Malware also the handiwork of children, security firm finds

AVG says it recently reverse-engineered one piece of malware that turned out to be from an 11-year-old Canadian boy intent on stealing passwords used to access games such as Team Fortress.

'Anonymous' hacker spared jail

A British teen found guilty of attacking PayPal and other large companies as part of an Anonymous group cyber-campaign is too young and troubled to go to jail, a judge ruled, a week after sentencing other other hackers involved in the widespread denial-of-service attacks.

'Fair data' logo promotes ethical standards for collecting consumer data

Consumers worried about how their personal data might be misused by private and public sector organizations can from today look for a new Fair Data™ logo to calm their worries, the Market Research Society (MRS) has announced.


Anonymous hackers sentenced for denial-of-service attacks

A student at Northampton University and a man from south London have been jailed for taking part in an unsophisticated but effective 2010 DDoS rampage that reportedly cost PayPal $5.6 million.

Conficker worm reappears

Electronics accessory maker Hama has admitted that a photographic film scanner sold in Germany came with installation software infected with the irrepressible Conficker worm.

Apple's Paris store loses $1.6 million of stock after armed raid

Apple'€™s swanky flagship store in Paris was attacked on New Year's Eve by an armed gang that injured a member of staff before making off with a reported £1 million ($1.6 million) of smartphones, tablets, and laptops.



UK won't prosecute hacker McKinnon, after long debate

After a decade of contentious legal debate, the case of accused Hacker Gary McKinnon could finally be over with the announcement that he will not face charges in the UK.

Irony: Internet Explorer 10's 'do not track' risks upsetting users, poll finds

Microsoft'€™s decision to turn on Internet Explorer 10's '€˜do not track'€™ setting by default could turn some consumers against the browser if it interferes with features such as password retention and autofill, a new survey has concluded.