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The week in security: Millions compromised in Apple, Linux forum hacks

David Braue | July 29, 2013
Are you covered for damage from a security attack? If you're like most companies, the answer may be 'no' even if you think otherwise

More companies may want to consider the technique: even though Microsoft said almost 90% of Citadel botnets had been disrupted in June, Trend Micro reported that the malware is active on 20,000 PCs in Japanalone and a Center for Strategic and International Studies estimate suggesting cybercrime costs the world$US400 billion ($A431.7 billion) every year. This, as indications are that the cybercriminals are only getting smarter - using the anonymous Tor network to control their botnets.

In an unusual situation, the decision to fine a UK council £250,000 ($A414,895) -- for carelessly disposing of paper records containing private information -- was ruled to be excessive by an appeals tribunal. In a less unusual situation, a Spanish scammer took in nearly $US53,000 ($A57,175) over the course of two months using the Whatsapp messaging system. A Texas man was charged with running a Bitcoin Ponzi scheme, while five Russians and Ukrainians were incidted in New Jersey for hacking major corporate networks to steal credit card numbers.

UK Internet search providers pressured Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to block child-abuse images from their search results, then invited controversy with a measure that would force ISPs to block pornographic content by default.

Bitdefender launched a purpose-built browser designed to protect online-shopping sessions, while Cisco Systems spent $US2.7 billion ($A2.91 billion) to acquire security vendor Sourcefire -- leading some to wonder about how the company will resolve product overlap between the two.

Another open-source project, known as Crypton, seeks to help developers add unbreakable encryption to their applications, while RSA is acquiring companies to improve its authentication and identify management capabilities. For its part, IBM added vulnerability-management capabilities to its QRadar SIEM platform, while a new biometric display screen was demonstrated that can recognise fingerprints as well as functioning as a touchscreen.


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