Lucian ConstantinRomania Correspondent, IDG News Service

Lucian Constantin writes about information security, privacy, and data protection for the IDG News Service.

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Web app attacks, PoS intrusions and cyberespionage leading causes of data breaches

Phishing attacks continue to be effective, but mobile threats are not a big concern, according to a Verizon report.

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Police operation disrupts Beebone botnet used for malware distribution

The U.S. has the largest number of computers infected with Beebone

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Islamist hackers take French television network TV5Monde off air

The attack disrupted the network's broadcasting for hours and also affected its websites and social media accounts

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Flaw in WordPress caching plug-in could affect over 1 million sites

Attackers could exploit the vulnerability to inject malicious code into WP Super Cache admin pages, a researcher found

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Malicious, large-scale Google ad campaign slams users with malware

A Google ad reseller in Bulgaria was potentially compromised

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Researchers show that IoT devices are not designed with security in mind

Lack of encryption and other security issues found in home automation hubs could facilitate burglary, stalking and spying

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Vulnerable Dell support tool now detected and flagged as risky software

Older versions of Dell System Detect contain a serious vulnerability that allows hackers to install malware on users' computers.

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Expired Google certificate temporarily disrupts Gmail service

Google let a certificate linked to the Gmail SMTP server expire, causing issues for third-party email clients

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Don't panic! Under 1 percent of Android users hit by potential malware in 2014

Devices configured for the Russian or Chinese languages had higher rates of infection, however.

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This tool can alert you about evil twin access points in the area

The new tool can even attack rogue Wi-Fi access points for you, the developer says

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Like Google, Mozilla set to punish Chinese agency for certificate debacle

The organization's current proposal is to reject future CNNIC-issued certificates, but to trust existing ones

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Over 100,000 devices can be used to amplify DDoS attacks via multicast DNS

Some implementations of the multicast DNS protocol are configured to accept queries from the Internet, which is a risky behavior

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Google cracks down on ad-injecting Chrome extensions

But the rogue advertising problem extends way beyond browser add-ons, unfortunately.

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New malware program used in attacks against energy sector companies

The Trojan program is used for reconnaissance and distribution of additional malware, researchers from Symantec say

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Lebanese cyberespionage campaign hits defense, telecom, media firms worldwide

A cyberespionage group compromised hundreds of organizations by getting in through Web servers, researchers from Check Point said