Lucian ConstantinReporter, IDG News Service, IDG News Service

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

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Tor-enabled malware stole credit card data from PoS systems at dozens of retailers

Details of over 50,000 credit and debit cards have been stolen from 119 PoS terminals infected with a malware program called ChewBacca

GoDaddy owns up to role in epic Twitter account hijacking

PayPal dismissed claims that its customers representatives were tricked into helping the attacker

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Hackers transform Angry Birds website into 'Spying Birds' following NSA claims

The hackers placed an image with the message 'Spying Birds' on the site's home page

VPN bypass vulnerability affects Android Jelly Bean and KitKat, researchers say

The vulnerability could allow attackers to intercept traffic from Android devices despite an active VPN connection

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Prominent cryptography and security researchers deplore NSA's surveillance activities

Members of academia urge the U.S. government to reform surveillance practices

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Suspected email hackers for hire charged in four countries

Authorities in the U.S., India, China and Romania crack down on websites offering email hacking services

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Romanian authorities arrest man suspected of being celebrity hacker Guccifer

Over the past year, Guccifer hacked into the email addresses of US and foreign politicians, celebrities and other public figures

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Authentication bypass bug exposes Foscam webcams to unauthorized access

Remote users can access the video stream without a username and password

New Windows malware tries to infect Android devices connected to PCs

Researchers from Symantec found a Windows Trojan program that uses ADBto install online banking malware on Android devices

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Some Tor exit nodes attempt to spy on encrypted traffic, researchers find

19 Tor exit relays used self-signed certificates to launch man-in-the-middle attacks against HTTPS and SSH connections

Spammers buy Chrome extensions and turn them into adware

Two developers who sold their popular Chrome extensions saw them misused for aggressive advertising

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Cisco fixes remote access vulnerabilities in Cisco Secure Access Control System

Flaws in the network access control product can give attackers access to administrative functions, Cisco said

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New Blackphone promises secure communications and privacy

The phone is the creation of smartphone manufacturer Geeksphone and encrypted communications provider Silent Circle

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Researchers: Tech support scammers are targeting mobile users

Researchers from security firm Malwarebytes spotted a tech support scam targeting smartphone and tablet users, while the Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers about scams offering tech support refunds.