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New details have emerged on the purported plot by hacker collective Anonymous to “kill” Facebook on Nov. 5. In recent Twitter posts, it appears the group has confirmed that some of its members are working on the plan, nicknamed #OpFacebook, but that other members do not support the initiative.
The Pentagon on Thursday released its formal cyberspace strategy to ward off cyber attacks. The 19-page document is not nearly as focused on offensive retaliation as previously thought but instead it mostly outlines a strong defensive approach to take on hackers.
Web performance and security startup CloudFlare announced today it has raised $20 million in new funding led by New Enterprise Associates. The company intends to use the money to hire more employees and tackle new infrastructure projects.
The “TDL-4″ botnet now has more than 4.5 million infected PCs running on it and is the “most sophisticated threat” to computer security today, according to Kaspersky Labs researcher Sergey Golovanov.
Sony on Wednesday said it planned to rearrange the senior management of its video game unit just months after hackers shut down the PlayStation Network for nearly a month.
Even though hacker group LulzSec supposedly disbanded on Saturday, its members may simply be joining the Anonymous hacking collective to give it more protection. According to tweets from Anonymous, LulzSec members haven’t gone on hiatus but did drop the LulzSec name.
When Mozilla launched Firefox 5 yesterday, there were no mentions of security updates for Firefox 4. And for good reason: Mozilla is treating Firefox 5 as 4′s final security update.
Cloud storage service Dropbox disclosed Monday that all of its users’ files were publicly accessible for nearly four hours on Sunday due a bug in the company’s authentication mechanism. From 1:54 p.m. to 5:41 p.m., anyone could access a Dropbox account without using the correct password.
The most popular exchange of Bitcoin online currency, Mt. Gox, on Sunday admitted it had been hacked. It made the announcement after the price of Bitcoins dropped from $17 to nearly zero in a matter of minutes. The sell off happened after a Mt. Gox account with a large amount of Bitcoins was hacked, and the hacker sold all Bitcoins in that account.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Thursday warned that Chinese-made software used by chemical, defense, and energy firms contains major security holes that hackers could exploit and use to harm critical systems.
Spanish police on Friday said they have arrested three suspected members of the high-profile hacker group Anonymous. The group has been connected to cyber attacks against governments and corporations around the world, including the recent high-profile shut down of Sony’s PlayStation Network for nearly a month.
Citigroup on Thursday said that computer hackers broke into the bank’s network and accessed data on 200,000 North American bank card holders.
FBI director Robert Mueller told Congress today that the bureau intends to ramp up its focus on battling cyber attacks and threats during the next two years, according to Bloomberg.
Google on Tuesday launched a stable release of its Chrome 12 browser, including a tool to prevent downloading suspicious files. The company additionally noted that it had paid nearly $10,000 to people who found bugs and exploits in Chrome 12′s code.
Facebook on Tuesday turned on facial recognition software for many international users, according to a report by IT security firm Sophos. The software is automatically enabled and makes it easier for your friends to tag you in photos that look like you.
Predilect, a company working to strengthen online security, today announced it has secured a first round of funding for $750,000 from serial entrepreneur and investor Jon Fisher as well as several other angels.