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

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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.

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Target point-of-sale terminals were infected with malware

The company's CEO confirmed that attackers used malware to steal credit and debit card data from PoS systems

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Cisco promises to fix vulnerability in some routers

The company plans to release firmware updates to remove an undocumented feature by the end of the month.

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Security analysis of mobile banking apps reveals significant weaknesses

Many apps failed to validate SSL certificates and exposed sensitive information, a researcher from IOActive said

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OpenSUSE forums hack raises vBulletin zero-day exploit possibility

The openSUSE site maintainers recommend using strict directory permissions and alternative authentication systems

Yahoo starts encrypting all email, but implementation is inconsistent

The company's HTTPS implementation still needs some improvements, an SSL expert said