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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Hackers prey on Russian patriotism to grow the Kelihos botnet

A recent spam campaign encouraged Russian speakers to install malware on their computers to participate in DDoS attacks, researchers said

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Firefox OS to outdo Android on granular application permissions

Users will be able to revoke permissions previously granted to apps starting with Firefox OS 2.1

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Attack targets firms from the automobile industry in Europe

Attackers are sending emails containing a new information-stealing Trojan program to customer service departments, Symantec researchers said

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Startup builds intrusion prevention system for home networks

Attacks against routers and IoT devices will generate consumer demand for intrusion prevention systems, the company believes

New Gameover Zeus botnet keeps growing, especially in the U.S.

A new Gameover Zeus malware variant has infected over 10,000 systems so far, researchers say

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BlackBerry patches vulnerabilities in BlackBerry OS, enterprise server software

The flaws could allow attackers to access data stored on BlackBerry phones or sensitive credentials logged on servers

Researchers: Users should patch critical flaw in Adobe Reader and Acrobat

The security patches released by Adobe include one affecting Adobe Reader that's being exploited by attackers.

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Fifteen new vulnerabilities reported during router hacking contest

Five popular router models were hacked during the SOHOpelessly Broken competition at DefCon 22

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Hacker coalition sets out to improve critical device security, challenges car makers

The group aims to improve cyber security of medical, automotive, home electronics, and public infrastructure systems.

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Many home routers supplied by ISPs can be compromised en masse, researchers say

Some ISP servers used to manage routers provisioned to customers can be hacked from the Internet, researchers from Check Point said

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Payment cards with chips aren't perfect, so encrypt everything, experts say

The EMV or 'chip-and-PIN' system is not without security flaws, researchers warned

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Some mobile POS devices still affected by critical flaws months after patch

Security researchers demonstrated that they can completely compromise such devices by using programmable smart cards

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Carriers' remote control software continues to put some mobile devices at risk

Security researchers have identified serious vulnerabilities in carrier-mandated remote management software installed on mobile devices

NAS boxes more vulnerable than routers, researcher finds

A security review found serious vulnerabilities in 10 popular NAS systems

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Stealthy, tricky 'Poweliks' malware hides in your system registry - but not your hard drive

The malware is persistent across system reboots, despite not having any files on disk