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Browser privacy tools still lack bite, security analysts say

Browser vendors continue to implement privacy in a half-hearted way, with Internet Explorer's default use of cookie ‘do not track' technology being the best of a weak job, a new assessment by NSS Labs has argued.

Global cybercrime costs billions, new estimates suggest

Cybercrime and espionage could be costing the world between $70 billion and $400 billion a year from a total global economy of $70 trillion, a new estimate by the Center for Stategic and International Studies (CSIS) has calculated.


Shadowlock Trojan demands odd ransom, Symantec says

Symantec has discovered a bizarre ransom Trojan that eschews the usual demand for payment in favor of asking its victims to fill in an online survey to get an unlock code.

Fake Twitter accounts go for big bucks in underground

The underground economy that sells fake Twitter and other social media accounts is now so large that is it easily making millions of dollars for the leading abusers, an updated study by Barracuda Networks reports.

Google's Transparency Report: Insights, not security solutions

Google has bolstered its increasingly important Transparency Report with a new section that documents the number of malware and compromised websites, but its insights don't reveal all the nuances of Internet security.

Ransom app locks Android smartphones, Symantec says

Ransom malware has apparently jumped from the PC world where it torments millions of Windows users to the mobile world, where it has similar designs on Android.


Botnets duck detection via P2P services, security firm says

Several of the Internet's most dangerous malware threats are now routinely using peer-to-peer command and control in an effort to evade the detection and shutdown that has affected many conventional botnets, security firm Damballa says.

Zscaler adds mobile security to cloud-based services

The firm's alternative is to run traffic through its security layer, the Direct-to-Cloud Network, now extended in the form of the new Mobile Security Solution.

Twitter's new security plugs only some holes, experts say

Twitter's long overdue rollout of two-factor authentication doesn't plug every angle of attack and won't guarantee that customer accounts aren't compromised in future, experts have warned.

FBI urges banks to share data, tactics to fight cyberattacks

The FBI has reportedly briefed U.S. bank executives on a wave of cyberattacks that have lashed the industry since last summer as part of a new policy designed to foster cooperation between the state and private sectors.


LulzSec hackers got off easy for their damaging attacks

Four members of the infamous and largely British LulzSec hacking group that carried a string of high-profile DDoS attacks in 2011 have been handed relatively lenient prison terms.

Cybercrooks reportedly hang out in Latin America, Caribbean

Internet criminals have opened a new front in Latin America and the Caribbean and seem to have founded booming businesses thanks to low levels of cybercrime protection and awareness, a rare but timely analysis of the region by Trend Micro has found.


Kaspersky founder warns nations face growing cyberattack threats

The sophistication of threats has risen dramatically since 2010 with the discovery of Red October, Flame, MiniFlame, Gauss, Stuxnet, Duqu, Shamoon and Wiper, among others.


Security firm offers enhanced web application defense

Imperva's system analyzes attack patterns detected hitting the networks of participating customers.