Lucian ConstantinRomania Correspondent, IDG News Service

Lucian Constantin writes about information security, privacy, and data protection for the IDG News Service.

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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

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More fake antivirus programs, browsers found in Google Play and Windows Phone Store

Mobile app stores lack the necessary mechanisms to prevent such scams, researchers from Kaspersky Lab said

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New 'malvertisements' need to be stopped now, Senate report says

The online ad industry should offer better protections against malware-ladedn ads that can threaten your computer without your knowledge, the U.S. Senate says.

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Microsoft's .NET Framework security updates further effort to phase out RC4 encryption

The company advises customers to stop using the RC4 cipher in TLS connections because of known weaknesses in the algorithm

Adobe patches critical flaws in Reader, Acrobat, Flash Player, and Illustrator

All of the security updates address remote code execution vulnerabilities

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Facebook encourages email providers to deploy STARTTLS encryption to block spy agencies

As more email servers support encryption the value increases for everyone, researchers from Facebook said

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Estonian electronic voting system vulnerable to attacks, researchers say

International research team finds insecure operational procedures and fundamental weaknesses in Estonian Internet voting system

Warning: Voice phishing campaign targets customers at dozens of banks

Cybercriminals used a combination of SMS and voice phishing techniques to obtain debit card details from bank customers

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Siemens patches Heartbleed in popular SCADA system

Some of the company's other products are still vulnerable