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New York plans to conduct cybersecurity audits of insurers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 10:03 pm

In the aftermath of the Anthem data breach last week, the New York Financial Services Department said it plans to conduct cybersecurity audits of insurance companies. The "regular" and "targeted assessments" will be a part of its examination process, and enhanced regulations should keep New York insurance members safer from future data breaches.

 

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The Anthem data breach could affect upwards of 80 million people, as personal information was taken during the sophisticated cyberattack.

 

"We're still in the process of finalizing and determining the enhanced requirements, but we are moving quickly and expect to begin putting them forward in the coming weeks," said Matt Anderson, spokesman of the New York Financial Services Department, in a statement published by Reuters. "These requirements are specific to New York, but we're of course always willing to discuss these issues with other states."

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Woman uses mobile payment app to steal $2,500 from restaurant

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 9:22 pm

Donna Prouty, 57, is accused of stealing more than $2,500 in credits from a restaurant, accessing the restaurant's mobile payment account. Her husband allegedly allowed her to use the app to transfer funds from the restaurant's bank accounts into her own personal accounts.

 

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The Maryland District Court Commissioner has charged Prouty with theft, theft scheme, and several counts of unauthorized use of a credit card.

 

Restaurants and other businesses hope that accepting mobile payments will make it easier for customers to pay - but mobile security remains a critical issue. It's unknown what service the restaurant uses to collect mobile payments, however, this type of issue must be solved to prevent similar security breaches.

Anonymous calls ISIS a 'virus,' promises to disrupt group online

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 9:09 pm

The Anonymous hacker collective is taking aim at ISIS in Syria and Iraq, launching attacks to disrupt the group's social media accounts. As part of its #OpISIS campaign, Anonymous has taken down hundreds of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media accounts linked to ISIS - used to spread propaganda and woo potential recruits.

 

 

"ISIS: We will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails and expose you," Anonymous pledges. "From now on, no safe place for you online... you will be treated like a Virus, and we are the cure. We own the Internet. We are Anonymous; we are Legion; we do not forgive, we do not forget. Expect us."

 

In addition to listing Twitter and Facebook accounts - of both compromised accounts and possible targets - Anonymous has revealed email addresses, IP addresses, VPN connections and websites used by the extremist group.

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Expert: Trying to keep companies, data secure from cyberattack is hard

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 6:32 pm

The recent data breach suffered by Anthem is further proof that companies are under cyberattack - and find it difficult to keep up with increasing numbers of sophisticated attacks. Many corporations understand they face cybersecurity threats, but can do very little to prevent crippling data breaches.

 

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"For any given unit of time that goes by, the probability of an organization being compromised is trending to 100 percent," said John Hering, co-founder of the Lookout security firm, in a statement to CNBC. "We need to move to a world where security is not reactive, but proactive and predictive."

 

Financial institutions and medical companies typically have more stringent security protocols in place, but still find it difficult to prevent attacks. Late last year, JPMorgan Chase suffered a data breach that affected millions of customers, with phishing attacks and other threats targeting compromised victims.

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Resident Evil HD is Capcom's fastest selling digital game title

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 6:20 pm

The Resident Evil HD remaster from Capcom is the fastest selling digital game title launch in company history, also breaking the PlayStation Network one-day digital title download figure. Capcom didn't provide sales numbers, but the $20 remaster clearly was a good decision.

 

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Resident Evil was originally released for the Nintendo Gamecube in 2002, but Capcom decided to release a game refresh for the PC, Microsoft Xbox 360, Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

 

"It's been great to see so many positive comments from fans that have enjoyed this new release," said Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, Capcom Japan producer. "The team here at Capcom Japan have worked hard to bring the game to the latest generaton of consoles and we are thrilled at this news on its performance."

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Gartner: Companies must understand IoT business opportunities

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 10:20 am

At least 40 percent of organizations understand the Internet of Things (IoT) has great potential over the next three years, with 60 percent even more optimistic for longer-term adoption, according to a report from the Gartner research group.

 

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To help embrace connected technology, companies must work to ensure they have employees trained - and prepared - for a growing number of connected technologies, which will be used in the workplace and by customers.

 

"Only a small minority have deployed solutions in a production environment," said Nick Jones, VP and distinguished analyst of the Gartner research group. "However, the falling costs of networking and processing mean that there are few economic inhibitors to adding sensing and communications to products costing as little as a few tens of dollars. The real challenge of the IoT is less in making products 'smart' and more in understanding the business opportunities enabled by smart products and new ecosystems."

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American CS:GO League ESEA to give away $600,000 in 2015

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 9:34 am

It's been a busy few months for American-based gaming tournament provider ESEA. Not only has it announced an expansion to the Asia Pacific Region, there has also been lengthy investigations investigated and bans of numerous competitors from their leagues due to match-fixing and betting scandals.

 

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In recent news, ESEA announced a massive prize pool of $600,000 throughout 2015 - including three total seasons. The breakdown is as follows:

  • Season 18 - $200,000
  • Season 19 - $200,000+
  • Season 20 - $200,000+

 

Season 18 will be wrapped up between April the 17-19 live at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

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Popular CS:GO website HLTV reports security breach

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 8:25 am

HLTV.org is arguably the home for all Counter-Strike 1.6 and CS:GO news, updates, reports, event coverage, announcements, professional player analysis and more. In a recent blog post they've reported a security breach has taken place.

 

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Thankfully there is no user-stored financial information on this website, so all that has been compromised is your personal profile - however if you're like many and use the same password for multiple websites, you might want to act quickly.

 

The post went on to explain that the admins "have auto logged out everyone, so no sessions can be stolen that way, so that is why you are prompted to re-login the next time your session expire." HLTV recommends that all users change their passwords immediately.

Metallicacid takes it back a notch with 'Redefined'

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 7:36 am

Not too long ago, we covered this crazy concept case from the future produced by MetallicAcid Custom PCs. He's decided to scale it back a little this time, releasing a new custom-PC project called 'Redefined'.

 

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This system sets out to hide as much as possible from public view, seeing shields made to cover almost every single component bar the video card, the top of the RAM and some lovely sleeved cables.

 

All located within a Corsair Carbide case, this build features custom painting, exterior modded add-ons and even some engraving. If you're a fan of something simplistic and a little bit quirky, we suggest you take a look at the pictures below, or catch up on the official MetallicAcid Custom PCs Facebook page.

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The Witcher 3 will offer 'dark' mode, where death is permanent

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 9, 2015 6:31 am

As we get closer to CD Projekt Red's massive The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, we're finding out more juicy details on the game. The developer is introducing a new "Dark" mode to the game, which will have permanent death.

 

 

Not only that, but it will provide the toughest enemies in the game, but once you die anywhere in the campaign, that's it - you're taken right back to the beginning of the game. CD Projekt Red quest designer Philipp Weber told VG247: "Usually normal is easy, and easy is-well, you can be on your phone while playing. If you die five minutes before the ending, it's over. There are actually people who have already done it".

 

Weber compared The Witcher 3 to Dark Souls and Skyrim, saying that the Normal difficulty is quite similar. But when talking about the new Dark difficulty, he said that it is off the charts. So if you want to play with some serious wagers in The Witcher 3, you might want to choose Dark.

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