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Anonymous Launches “Operation Last Resort” Targeting U.S. Government Website

Hackers representing the much-spoken-of Anonymous group made the website of the United States Sentencing Commission go offline starting early Saturday. Judging from the hacktivists’ message posted on the hacked website and on YouTube, this attack was launched as retaliation for the recent death of Aaron...

Best Security Software 2012 – Privacy PC Awards

2012 turned out to be saturated with security events. We saw influxes of new sophisticated malware, outrageous breaches, data leakages, and a myriad of expert perspectives on what measures to adopt for mitigating the associated risks. Meanwhile, one of our primary highlights is the state of security...

Facebook to Abolish User Voting

The world’s largest social network intends to abandon the practice of user voting for or against the new rules of site governance and new standards of data privacy. Facebook first conducted a similar survey back in 2009, when the number of its users amounted to about 200 million. The second time,...

Hackers have declared cyber war on Russia

Hacker group named GhostShell announced the launch of cyber war against Russia by disclosing about 2.5 million account records leaked from various governmental, law enforcement, educational, financial, medical, and other institutions. The hacktivists called this operation Project BlackStar and stated that it...

Watch out for new Skype virus – Worm.NgrBot (Dorkbot)!

Skype faced a wave of SPAM that spreads a dangerous Trojan called Worm.NgrBot (variant of the Dorkbot). Leading antivirus vendors Kaspersky Lab and Doctor Web confirmed the existence of a threat. On Friday, many Skype users started receiving a malicious link created with the help of goo.gl service from their...

Reveton Trojan: fake FBI ransomware assaults US users

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning the Internet users of a dangerous and immensely aggressive virus called Reveton which is known to block computers on behalf of the government organizations, attempting to extort money from confused users. Based on the official report, Reveton is a typical...

Multi-step iCloud account hack

Online criminals from Clan Vv3 have managed to send Amazon, Apple, Gizmodo, and Wired around the bend all together recently. Twitter and Gmail were negatively involved as well. Most of all, however, suffered the journalist Matt Honen. Not only was his Twitter account hacked, but he also lost control over his...

Why Internet users cannot completely trust digital certificates

F-Secure’s representatives Mikko Hypponen and Sean Sullivan discuss the present-day issues with code signing and SSL certificates trustworthiness, and get into details of the notorious Comodogate hack. There are lots security things that we can talk about: well, the RSA hack, a bit earlier the HBGary...

Unlocking a PC infected by Ransom Trojan

The prominent malware researcher Mikko Hypponen and Security Advisor Sean Sullivan talk about evolution of Ransom Trojans, describe the recent GPcode variants and advise on ways to treat those if infected. 25 years ago, when we started analyzing viruses, what was the worse type of damage user could suffer?...

Mikko Hypponen on the concept of cyber war

Chief Research Officer at F-Secure Mikko Hypponen expresses his viewpoint on the definition of cyber war and speaks about recent infamous cyber attacks. There is a lot of talk around cyber war. And that definition is kind of murky, it’s better to make distinctions between cyber attacks, cyber espionage,...