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Chinese threat actors hacked into computer networks of the National Research Council (NRC) in Canada, the CIO of the Canadian government said on Tuesday.
UK Travel Company W3 Limited was fined £150,000 for violating the Data Protection Act after hackers stole details of 1.1 Million payment cards.
The White House chief of staff and his German counterpart met Tuesday amid a serious rift over allegations of US spying.
Non-profit organization Goodwill is investigating a possible data breach that might have impacted several of its stores across the United States.
Andrei Sergejev, who admitted stealing personal information and creating fake identification documents has been sentenced to prison.
Law enforcement officials have asked Congress to consider legislation that would give them more tools to go after the botnet operators.
Russian President Vladimir Putin condemned the "hypocrisy" of Western countries who use cyber-espionage to eavesdrop on leaders, and called for an international campaign to combat the problem.
The father of a Russian man detained by the US on hacking charges warned Friday his son would die without medical help, raising the stakes in the latest spat between Moscow and Washington.
Germany on Thursday expelled the CIA station chief in Berlin in an escalating row over alleged spying by the US.
The Maldives has said it acted alone to expel a Russian national suspected by the US of being one of the world's most prolific traffickers of stolen credit cards.

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Chris Poulin's picture
To effectively defend yourself against an enemy, you have to think like your adversary. Put yourself in their mind, their shoes. What’s the motive? How determined are they? Will they stop at a well-hardened network perimeter or move on to other tactics, including social engineering? Once you suffer a breach, how do you share your analysis?
Idan Aharoni's picture
The worlds of counter terrorism and fraud prevention should increase their ties. Systems that are already implemented in one world may be applied to the other. Solution providers and policy makers from both worlds need to meet up and share ideas, thoughts and experience for the benefit of both.
Noa Bar-Yosef's picture
This week, we highlight a mix of tools and tool types that security researchers should have in their weapons in arsenal, including tools unveiled for the first time at the Black Hat conference.
Michael Goff's picture
Once a Software Vendor discovers that their software has been pirated, the gut reaction is to put an immediate stop to it. If piracy is discovered, it’s best to react, but don’t overreact. Be proactive, yet patient.
Idan Aharoni's picture
Crowd sourcing investigations could harness the power of the web and its population to track down cybercriminals. But such a community effort of a cyber investigation comes with big challenges....
Idan Aharoni's picture
There are many security companies, individual researchers and certain circles in academia that hold a wealth of information on cybercrime activities that could be the difference between a bust and a cybercrime investigation that leads to a dead end. It’s not just about collaboration with other law enforcement agencies, but also about collaboration with the security industry.
Mike Lennon's picture
Enjoy this selection of top picks for 2010, listed in no particular order. Happy New Year!
Idan Aharoni's picture
Cybercriminals are constantly going up against anti-fraud measures designed to stop their efforts and they need to bypass them in order to make a profit.
Zeus 2.1 now boasts features that help it avoid analysis and hostile takeover from law enforcement, researchers, or competing cybercriminal organizations.
Idan Aharoni's picture
When it comes to infrastructure, money mules are important - if not more important - than having a botnet or a phishing attack set up. After all, what use are online banking credentials if you can’t cash them out?