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Telling Folk Heroes From Monsters  20 June 2014 
Source: NY Times - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Woe to the once-hallowed trickster. In ancient mythologies, the riddler-thief and agent of change held a position of prestige. Now, we don’t know what to do with him. In our two Americas, we do black and white, either/or, with us or against us. The trickster is in between, both and neither, a character on the fringes.
 
Hacker puts 'full redundancy' code-hosting firm out of business  19 June 2014 
Source: TechWorld - Posted by Dave Wreski   
A code-hosting and project management services provider was forced to shut down operations indefinitely after a hacker broke into its cloud infrastructure and deleted customer data, including most of the company's backups.
 
Stop sneaky hackers from launching DMA attacks  17 June 2014 
Source: InfoWorld - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Direct Memory Access (DMA) is a controller feature that has been available at least since the original IBM PC. It can be used by hackers to compromise your otherwise very heavily protected computer. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to minimize DMA-based attacks.
 
14-year-old code crackers hack Winnipeg ATM  12 June 2014 
Source: Toronto Sun - Posted by Alex   
A couple of 14-year-old computer whizzes have the Bank of Montreal upgrading its security after the teens hacked an ATM machine. Matthew Hewlett and Caleb Turon, both Grade 9 students, found an old ATM operators manual online that showed how to get into the machine's operator mode.
 
FBI Shutdown of Virus Demanded New Anti-Hacker Tactics  12 June 2014 
Source: Bloomberg BusinessWeek - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Dismantling one of the world's most insidious computer viruses required complex and fast-paced tactics that will be the blueprint for U.S. law enforcement's future cyberbattles.
 
'Clandestine Fox' hackers win over energy employee in strategy change  11 June 2014 
Source: TechWorld - Posted by Dave Wreski   
A hard-to-tracking hacking group, known to use zero-day attacks, changed tack to use social media in an attempt to compromise an employee of an energy company, according to new research from FireEye.
 
Is Anonymous Dead, or Just Preparing to Rise Again?  10 June 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Alex   
The hacker collective Anonymous and its factions LulzSec and AntiSec drew widespread attention between 2008 and 2012 as they tore loudly through the internet ruthlessly hacking websites, raiding email spools, exposing corporate secrets and joining the fight of the 99 percent.
 
The man behind the ‘Swiss Army knife’ for hackers – GameOver Zeus  05 June 2014 
Source: Geoff White on Technology - Posted by Dave Wreski   
“Cybercrime royalty” – that’s how one security researcher described Evgeny Bogachev, the man the US Government accused on Monday of being behind the world’s most advanced computer crime network.
 
Chinese Hacking of the US  02 June 2014 
Source: Schneier on Security - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Chinese hacking of American computer networks is old news. For years we've known about their attacks against U.S. government and corporate targets. We've seen detailed reports of how they hacked The New York Times. Google has detected them going after Gmail accounts of dissidents.
 
Hackers put security tool that finds payment card data into their arsenal  30 May 2014 
Source: CSO Online - Posted by Alex   
Like a crowbar, security software tools can be used for good and evil. Bootleg versions of a powerful tool called "Card Recon" from Ground Labs, which searches for payment card data stored in the nooks and crannies of networks, have been appropriated by cybercriminals.
 
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