Top CyberSecurity News For October 12th 2016

  1. UCF data breach caused by computer virus, officials sayFrom WESH.com. 

    More than 200 students reported having their debit and credit cards hacked and now, investigators know how it happened.

    Investigators said the massive UCF data breach was caused by a virus.

    WESH 2 News spoke to a student who, along with at least 230 others, had his debit card numbers hacked.

    “It happened to 200 students? Wow. And college students aren’t the richest people, so I was pretty (upset) when my bank called me. But they erased all the charges. Don’t get me again, though,” the victim said.

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Top CyberSecurity News For 19th June 2016

  1. Learn How Virus Writers Think: The Giant Book Of Computer Viruses. From VXHeaven. Every viable computer virus must have at least two basic parts, or subroutines, if it is even to be called a virus. Firstly, it must contain a search routine, which locates new files or new disks which are worthwhile targets for infection. This routine will determine how well the virus reproduces, e.g., whether it does so quickly or slowly, whether it can infect multiple disks or a single disk, and whether it can infect every portion of a disk or just certain specific areas. As with all programs, there is a size versus functionality tradeoff here. The more sophisticated the search routine is, the more space it will take up. So although an efficient search routine may help a virus to spread faster, it will make the virus bigger.

Top CyberSecurity News For 29th April 2016

  1. Former Tor developer created malware for the FBI to hack Tor users. From Daily Dot. How does the U.S. government beat Tor, the anonymity software used by millions of people around the world? By hiring someone with experience on the inside. A former Tor Project developer created malware for the Federal Bureau of Investigation that allowed agents to unmask users of the anonymity software.
  2. German nuclear plant infected with computer viruses, operator says. From Reuters. A nuclear power plant in Germany has been found to be infected with computer viruses, but they appear not to have posed a threat to the facility’s operations because it is isolated from the Internet, the station’s operator said on Tuesday. The Gundremmingen plant, located about 120 km (75 miles) northwest of Munich, is run by the German utility RW.

  3. Philippine central bank says foiled attempts to hack its website. From Reuters. The Philippine central bank has foiled attempts to hack its website, its governor said on Thursday amid a warning from global financial network SWIFT about recent multiple cyber fraud incidents targeting its system. SWIFT’S disclosure came as law enforcement authorities in Bangladesh and elsewhere investigated the February cyber theft of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank account at the New York Federal Reserve Bank.

  4. Qatar National Bank investigating alleged data hack. From Reuters. Qatar National Bank, the largest lender in the Middle East and Africa by assets, is investigating an alleged security breach of data posted online this week that revealed the names and passwords of a large number of customers. A 1.5GB trove of leaked documents includes the bank details, telephone numbers and dates of birth of several journalists for satellite broadcaster Al-Jazeera, supposed members of the ruling al-Thani family and government and defense officials, Doha News website reported.

  5. How These Mormon Women Became Some of the Best Cybersecurity Hackers in the U.S. From Reuters. Sarah Cunha and Laura Wilkinson, two seniors at Brigham Young University, didn’t make it to graduation this year. Instead, the two women spent their grad weekend, April 22-24, fighting hackers and defending a network from malware attacks at the 2016 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Championship (NCCDC). The NCCDC, already in its 11th year, is the Olympics of college-level cyber defense. To qualify for one of the ten slots in the national competition, a school must first beat out all the local competition in a regional showdown.