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November 1, 2013

NSA Surveillance May Cause Breakup of Internet, Experts Warn

by The Guardian | November 1, 2013 9:25pm

Wikipedia The vast scale of online surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden is leading to the breakup of the Internet as countries scramble to protect private or commercially sensitive emails and phone records from U.K. and U.S. security services, according to experts and academics.

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February 24, 2012

ANALYSIS | Updating Is The Key To Protecting Websites, Visitors

by Lon Seidman | February 24, 2012 3:10pm

America’s first geek, Benjamin Franklin, offered this piece of advice way back in the 18th century: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  It’s sage wisdom in the wake of the House Republicans’ website being taken down recently by a potentially dangerous computer virus.

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August 8, 2011

Video & Analysis | Huge Security Hole Puts Coffee Shop Web Surfers at Significant Risk

by Lon Seidman | August 8, 2011 3:09pm

Unskilled hackers at your local coffee shop can gain complete access to your Facebook account as well as other online services with a simple mouse click.  Fixing the problem is easy but many people haven’t implemented it, surfing away completely unaware of how vulnerable they may be to a cyber intrusion.

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July 21, 2011

Google Warning Millions That Their PCs Are Infected By Virus

by George Gombossy | July 21, 2011 9:45am

“Google has begun issuing warnings to millions of people that their PC has been infected with a virus,” says a report today by BBC News.

“The malicious code pipes browser traffic through sites that promote the scammers’ wares, which include fake security programs. Those hit by the virus will be warned with a message that will appear at the top of searches carried out via Google. The search firm estimates that more than two million people have been hit by the infection.”

Google security engineer Damian Menscher posted the following information:

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July 15, 2011

Criminals Pay Top Dollar for Hackable Nokia Phone

by Jeremy Kirk for PCWorld | July 15, 2011 10:43am

Criminals are willing to pay thousands of euros for a discontinued Nokia mobile phone with a software problem that can be exploited to hack into online bank accounts, according to a fraud investigator in the Netherlands.

About 10 days ago, investigators observed someone transfer €25,000 (U.S. $32,413) for a Nokia 1100 phone, said Frank Engelsman of Ultrascan Advanced Global Investigations. The candy-bar style phone is one of Nokia’s all-time best-selling models, and originally sold for under €100.

Engelsman said police contacted Ultrascan about six months ago to see if the security company knew why the phones were in demand. Since then, Ultrascan has seen the price for the Nokia 1100 rise from around €5,000 to the latest figure. “We thought ‘What could be so special about the phone?’” Engelsman said.

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April 14, 2011

Feds ‘Reverse Hack’ Millions of Infected Computers

by Lon Seidman | April 14, 2011 12:43am

The Department of Justice in a court filing Wednesday in New Haven District Court announced an unprecedented “reverse hack” to remove a password-stealing computer virus from more than 2.3 million infected computers worldwide.

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