Lucian ConstantinReporter, IDG News Service, IDG News Service

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

Spying digital

British spies reportedly spoofed LinkedIn, Slashdot to target network engineers

British intelligence agency Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) reportedly used spoofed LinkedIn and Slashdot pages to compromise the computers of network engineers working for global roaming exchange providers based in Europe.

Payment card industry gets updated security standard with new requirements

The new version will go into effect on Jan. 1, but organizations will have until Dec. 31, 2014, to make the transition the older standard.

Despite patches, Supermicro's IPMI firmware is far from secure, researchers say

The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) implementation found in motherboards from server manufacturer Supermicro suffers from serious vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to remotely compromise the management controllers in servers that use them.

New bug bounty program wants to make the whole Internet safer

A new bug bounty program sponsored by Microsoft and Facebook will reward security researchers for finding and reporting vulnerabilities in widely used software that have the potential to affect a large number of Internet users.

Legal ruling

Dutch civil society groups sue government over NSA data sharing

A coalition of defense lawyers, privacy advocates and journalists has sued the Dutch government over its collaboration and exchange of data with the U.S. National Security Agency and other foreign intelligence services.

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Spike in traffic with TCP source port zero has some researchers worried

A significant increase this weekend in TCP traffic with source port zero detected could be part of reconnaissance efforts in preparation for more serious attacks, according to security researchers from Cisco Systems.

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CryptoLocker creators try to extort even more money from victims with new service

Users who removed the original malware infection, intentionally or not, are asked to pay five times more to recover their files.

New malware variant suggests cybercriminals targeting SAP users

A new variant of a Trojan program that targets online banking accounts also contains code to search if infected computers have SAP client applications installed, suggesting that attackers might target SAP systems in the future.

Euro cops: We should be allowed to hack into computers

Don't call it hacking, a senior cybercrime adviser for the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit said at a security conference -- it's "lawful intrusion."

Fake social media ID duped security-aware IT guys

Penetration testers used a faked woman's identity on social networks to break into a government agency with strong cybersecurity defenses.

Open-source software projects need to improve vulnerability-handling practices, researchers say

Security firm Rapid7 recently found and reported vulnerabilities in seven popular open-source software applications that together have been downloaded millions of times.

PHP.net maintainers to reset user passwords, change SSL certificate

Attackers compromised two php.net servers, injecting malicious code into the website, so The PHP Group is resetting passwords for the official website of the PHP programming language. It's also changing php.net's SSL certificate.

PHP.net compromised and used to attack visitors

Attackers injected malicious JavaScript code into the official website for the PHP programming language, redirecting some visitors' browsers to Flash exploits.

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Cisco fixes serious security flaws in networking, communications products

Software security updates from Cisco address denial-of-service and arbitrary command execution vulnerabilities in several products.

Flash Player now sandboxed under Safari on Mac OS X

The Flash Player plug-in has more restrictions, which should mean improved security under Safari on Mac OS X Mavericks.