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Data breaches caused mostly by negligence and glitches, study finds

Almost two-thirds of data breaches in 2012 could be attributed to negligence or human error and system glitches, reported the eighth annual Ponemon Global Cost of a Data Breach study.

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Shylock Trojan aims for global targets, Symantec warns

The prodigious Shylock banking Trojan is still being upgraded and is apparently moving from its traditional targets in UK financial services to foreign ones, Symantec reports.

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Security researchers identify malware infecting U.S. banks

Security researchers from Symantec have identified an information-stealing Trojan program that was used to infect computer servers belonging to various U.S. financial institutions.

Symantec warns of malware targeting SQL databases

Symantec has spotted another odd piece of malware that appears to be targeting Iran and is designed to meddle with SQL databases.

Malware ransom draws big bucks, says a Symantec analysis

The problem of ransom malware has reached epidemic proportions and could be extracting fraudulent payments from as many as 3 percent of victims, a Symantec report has calculated.

Ransomware threats are increasing, Symantec warns

Ransomware activity is increasing in Europe, the U.S., and Canada, and security vendor Symantec expects new forms of malware to take a monetary focus.

Shamoon Malware Threatens to Wipe Your Drive

The malicious code -- also called Disttrack -- may be part of a directed attack at energy companies, but could take down other systems in its wake.

Flashback Malware Didn't Glean Big Bucks

The Mac-based Flashback botnet scam wasn't as profitable as its hacker originators expected, Symantec says.

Anonymous Backers Duped into Installing Password Stealer

Symantec warns of a hacker-on-hacker move in which Anonymous tricks its supporters into installing the Zeus botnet and stealing their passwords.

Symantec Clears pcAnywhere for Use

The security vendor took the unusual step of urging users to disable the program after claims that a hacker group was mining stolen source code for vulnerabilities.