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New Flash exploit used to distribute credential-stealing malware

The exploit is embedded into documents distributed as email attachments, researchers from Kaspersky Lab said.

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GCHQ reportedly infiltrated and attacked hacktivist groups

Leaked documents suggest the agency used denial-of-service tactics and assisted law enforcement in identifying Anonymous members

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Adobe releases critical emergency update for Flash Player

The update patches a vulnerability for which an exploit was reported in the wild, the company said

Tumblr adds SSL encryption option, but not as the default

To benefit from the added security users need to enable the SSL option in the account settings

Prominent cryptographers targeted by malware attacks

Other cryptographers were also targeted by the same attackers, the researcher said

Researchers: Mobile users at risk from lack of HTTPS use by mobile ad libraries

Recent vulnerabilities found in many advertising SDKs for Android apps could be mitigated by using HTTPS, researchers said

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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