Lucian ConstantinReporter, IDG News Service, IDG News Service

Lucian Constantin writes about information security, privacy and data protection.

ISPs should quarantine infected computers, researchers say

Forcing users to clean their infected computers on an ongoing basis would be more disruptive to cybercriminals than botnet takedowns, some security researchers say.

Critical flaw in GnuTLS encryption opens Linux PCs to server-based attacks

A vulnerability patched in the GnuTLS library can potentially be exploited from malicious servers to execute malware on computers

Flaws in popular SEO plug-in put WordPress websites at risk

Users of the 'All in One SEO Pack' plug-in should update as soon as possible, security researchers from Sucuri warn

Global mobile roaming hub accessible and vulnerable, researchers find

Two security researchers from KPN found vulnerable hosts in the GPRS Roaming Exchange that can be attacked from the Internet.

New attacks defeat Secure Boot and brick PCs

Security researchers from Mitre found new ways to defeat the Secure Boot feature in UEFI and install boot-level rootkits

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Vessel-tracking system vulnerable to denial-of-service, other attacks, researchers say

Attackers could disable Automatic Identification System communications over large areas or send fake localization information to ships

NFC-based seal tracks counterfeit booze

Two companies created an NFC-based system that can detect that high-end wine and spirits bottles have been refilled.

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VirusTotal releases file-scanning tool powered by 50-plus AV engines for Mac users

The desktop app allows Mac users to easily send files to be scanned with over 50 antivirus engines.

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New online banking Trojan program combines Zeus and Carberp features

The malware, dubbed Zberp, targets customers of 450 financial institutions, security researchers from Trusteer said

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DDoS attacks using SNMP amplification on the rise

After using open DNS and NTP servers for DDoS amplification, attackers are also abusing the SNMP protocol

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Researchers find large global botnet of infected PoS systems

The botnet contained almost 1,500 compromised point-of-sale and other retail systems from 36 countries, researchers from IntelCrawler said

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Global operation disrupts thousands of illegal online pharmacies

Authorities seized fake medicines worth US$36 million, but also shut down websites and removed rogue online advertisements

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Point-of-sale attacks accounted for a third of data breaches in 2013, report says

However, a significant rise in attacks targeting sensitive data not related to payment cards was also observed, Trustwave says

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Silverlight malvertising exploits on the rise

The Angler exploit kit favors Silverlight and Flash exploits over Java, researchers from Cisco said

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BlackShades users targeted in 16-country law enforcement action

Ninety-seven people were arrested worldwide for selling, buying or using the Trojan program