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Researchers expect surge of rootkits targeting 64-bit PCs

Rootkits are again on the rise with the number of new samples reaching levels not seen since 2011, a McAfee report said

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New Havex malware variants target industrial control system and SCADA users

Attackers compromised ICS/SCADA vendor sites and altered software downloads to distribute the malware, researchers from F-Secure said

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Ad network compromise led to rogue page redirects on Reuters site

The Syrian Electronic Army compromised a third-party widget to redirect some Reuters.com visitors to a defacement page

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Tool aims to help enterprise IT manage 'honeypot' hacker decoys

Developers of the Modern Honey Network want to simplify deployment and monitoring of these threat-intelligence systems

Android 4.4.4 fixes OpenSSL hijacking vulnerability

A new version of Android for Nexus devices is primarily a security update that patches the bundled OpenSSL library

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Hacker puts 'full redundancy' code-hosting firm out of business

CodeSpaces.com shut down after a hacker gained access to its Amazon EC2 account and deleted most data, including backups

Nokia blackmailed in 2007 after digital key stolen

Someone blackmailed Nokia in 2007 by threatenting to leak a digital key the company used to sign Symbian applications, a news report says.

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Maliciously crafted files can disable Microsoft's security products

A vulnerability in the engine used by many Microsoft antimalware products can lead to a persistent denial-of-service condition

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UK student develops antidote for first Android file-encrypting ransomware

A hardcoded encryption key allows recovering files held hostage by the Simplocker Android malware

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Hacked Synology NAS systems used in high-profit cryptocurrency mining operation

A hacker earned over $600,000 by infecting network-attached storage devices with Dogecoin mining malware, Dell SecureWorks researchers said

Popular websites still vulnerable to OpenSSL hijacking attack

A known critical vulnerability in OpenSSL can be exploited on over 20,000 of Internet's top 155,000 SSL sites, a researcher from Qualys said

CloudFlare offers free protection against denial-of-service attacks to public interest sites

Project Galileo will help political and artistic websites resist censorship attempts that use distributed denial-of-service techniques

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Nasty mobile banking Trojan gets ransomware features, starts targeting U.S. users

A new variant of the Svpeng malware locks Android devices and displays fake warnings from the FBI, researchers from Kaspersky Lab said.

Zeus Trojan alternative created from scratch hits the underground market

Built-in extensibility could help a new Trojan program called Pandemiya see wider distribution despite its high price, researchers say.

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Amazon AWS continues to use TrueCrypt despite project's demise

Importing and exporting data from Amazon Simple Storage Service requires TrueCrypt