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Yahoo is the latest Silicon Valley tech giant moving to increase security because of government spying, announcing that traffic moving between the Yahoo data centers is now encrypted.
In addition, Yahoo Mail already uses HTTPS by default, and all mail sent between Yahoo servers also is encrypted. The company is now using 2048-bit RSA encryption for its Mail, Homepage and Digital Magazines portions of the site.
"Hundreds of Yahoos have been working around the clock over the last several months to provide a more secure experience for our users and we want to do even more moving forward," said Alex Stamos, Yahoo Chief Information Security Officer, in a blog post. "Our goal is to encrypt our entire platform for all users at all time, by default. One of our biggest areas of focus in the coming months is to work with and encourage thousands of our partners across all of Yahoo's hundreds of global properties to make sure that any data that is running on our network is secure."
Two members of an international cybercrime, identity theft and credit card fraud ring pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to commit access device fraud and identity theft, the Department of Justice announced.
Robert Dubuc, 40, from Massachusetts along with Oleg Pidtergerya, 49, of New York, used information stolen from more than 12 banks, payroll processing companies, brokerage firms and government agencies - in their effort, more than $15 million in funds have been reportedly stolen.
"Both Dubuc and Pidtergerya were asked by leaders of the conspiracy to participate in a scheme to 'cash out' bank accounts and pre-paid debit cards opened in the names of others," according to the DoJ press release.
Millions of users will remain on Microsoft Windows XP following the OS end of support deadline on April 8, with security experts providing input to try and keep users safe from increased security threats.
Research firm Gartner offers several steps for companies still running XP, though recommends having a plan to migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 as the most pressing step. Furthermore, user rights on XP machines should be restricted and only a select few applications should be available, with critical applications migrated to a newer platform.
"Even in organizations without Windows XP, a user that puts an unpatched Windows XP machine on the network can introduce problems," noted Michael Silver, Gartner VP and distinguished analyst, in a recent blog post.
Law enforcement agencies trying to clamp down on the vast underground market for child pornography are now attempting to find methods to track criminals down without being accused of snooping.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and his countless cases of US and British snooping, have made companies and Internet providers "wary" of cooperating with the government, according to British politicians.
"The Snowden affair has made the industry wary of government interference," said Damian Green, British Minister of State for Police and Criminal Justice, during a recent conference. "That is why I emphasize to the industry that they should treat child abuse images as a separate case from anything else."
Former Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles has been ordered to the United States by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stacey Jernigan, in an effort to get him appear to discuss Mt. Gox's current bankruptcy case.
Following news the bitcoin exchange lost $400 million of customers' bitcoins, the company shuttered, while customers believe the money was stolen by company officials. As Mt. Gox goes through the bankruptcy court, Judge Jernigan is curious to hear what happened to the bitcoin currency.
"If he avails himself of this court, my God, he is going to get himself over here," Judge Jernigan said.
In early March, it was discovered that Sally Beauty Store became the latest retailer to suffer a data breach, with an unknown number of customers compromised.
Shortly after, Sally Beauty said less than 25,000 customers were affected, though has more recently changed its mind and said a larger number were hit.
Although the company didn't disclose an exact number yet, it is believed to be higher than 25,000, with debit and credit card information exposed. "As we have said previously, we will not speculate on the scope of our recent data security incident until the forensic review progresses because experience with such incidents at other retailers has taught that it is difficult to ascertain the extent of a data breach incident until the required forensic review is complete."
Prior to former contractor Edward Snowden disclosing the NSA's mass surveillance efforts, many people turned to the Tor Web browser for anonymous Internet searching. However, the free and popular tool is no longer as secure, with law enforcement agencies also able to identify users they suspect of criminal activities.
"There's not a magic way to trace people [through Tor], so we typically capitalize on human error, looking for whatever clues people leave in their wake," said James Kilpatrick, Homeland Security Investigations agent, in a statement.
It was only a few years ago when law enforcement and federal agencies believed they couldn't crack Tor, but multi-agency efforts led to better data collection and social engineering patterns.
The mystery surrounding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and its unusual disappearance has captivated the world, with cybercriminals and scammers cashing in on the tragedy. The scam email says the flight wreckage has been found and invites users to click on a link to learn more, as many email viewers are curious to learn what happened to the flight.
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) recently issued a memo warning users to hover over links to see the URL address, don't trust friends' online tastes for liking and sharing, and report suspected scam posts.
Cybercriminals often use holidays, major events, and disasters to influence the spread of malware aimed to compromise users and steal personal information.
A new clever cryptocurrency mining malware has been located on digital video recorders (DVRs), in a continuing evolution of connected devices being targeted by security threats.
The malware actively searches for vulnerable devices, and then the exploit comes later. Researchers are still unsure how the camera DVRs are being infected with the malware, though with many home users installing custom surveillance systems at home, this could be a growing concern.
"After accessing a couple of the DVRs, we noticed that the malware was running on the
DVR itself," said Johannes Ullrich, from the SANS Technology Institution, which discovered the bug. Two pieces of malware typically ran: a customized version of minderd, the Bitcoin miner - [we] actually learned today that, in this case, it may mine Litecoin, not bitcoin - [and] a piece of software called cmd.so, which initiated the scans for Synology devices that we observed before and that led us to investigate the DVR."
Americans are still unsure what to think about former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's disclosures of widespread NSA spying, though appreciate the knowledge of such snooping activities.
In a recent poll, 33 percent of Americans believe Snowden leaking information was "the right thing to do," with 33 percent believing It was "the wrong thing to do," and 36 percent still on the fence regarding the entire situation. Interestingly, 45 percent believe Snowden should face prosecution if returned to the U.S., while 35 percent would support a full pardon.
However, more than half of those surveyed believe Americans have the right to know about the NSA surveillance programs revealed by Snowden.