Week in review: New ZeuS version and multi-stage attacks cyber attacks

Here’s an overview of some of last week’s most interesting news and articles:

When identity theft is not your fault
It is definitely true that you should be responsible for the security of your information when you handle it, but what happens when the theft of your information is not your fault?

Big ISPs challenge the U.K. Digital Economy Act
Big ISPs have particularly much to lose if the act stays in place, so it’s no wonder, then, that BT and TalkTalk have filed a motion with the High Court for a judicial review of the controversial act.

Increased safety for young Facebook users
For the first time all Facebook users in the UK can have direct access to CEOP’s advice and reporting centre, where they can get help on online safety as well as report instances of suspected grooming or inappropriate behavior.

Employees bypass security roadblocks to engage in social networking
Even though more workplaces are regulating social networking sites, employees are finding ways around security roadblocks, making social networking a way of office-life around the world.

Scammers targeting families of U.S. soldiers in Iraq
If you receive a message (apparently) coming from General Ray Odierno offering to get your loved one out of harm’s way in exchange for an exorbitant sum – just delete it.

iTunes users should strengthen iTunes passwords following second hack
It’s been a second bad weekend for Apple, following another alleged app-driven hack of its iTunes store. iTunes users should now change the password on their iTunes account as well as switching to a prepaid debit card for the service.

Cybercriminals increase effectiveness with multi-stage attacks
Cybercriminals have been increasing the effectiveness of their individual outreach by creating multi-stage, also known as blended, attacks, which combine messaging and Web elements.

Latest ZeuS version comes in two flavors
There is a new version of ZeuS/Zbot bot out there. While previous versions were designed to indiscriminately target financial institutions around the world, this one concentrates only on banks in four larger countries: UK, US, Germany and Spain.

Fake eBay “payment request” e-mails lead to malware
E-mails purporting to contain a payment request from eBay are hitting inboxes around the world.

20 ways to lose your database
How often has someone left your organization taking company stationary with them? Do you know what else has been taken? Could they have sneaked out with sensitive material? What about a copy of the entire corporate database? Would you even know if they had?

How to unlock the power of cloud computing
What is the cloud and what does it allow you to do?

Many kids have a negative online experience
Kids around the globe are growing up in an online world, learning to navigate not just the Web, but new rules, emotions and unfortunately, some negative experiences.

A closer look at F-Secure Anti-Virus 2010
F-Secure Anti-Virus 2010 protects your computer against viruses, spyware, infected e-mail attachments, and other malware. It uses DeepGuard cloud computing technology to ensure fast protection against new threats.

Bank of America phishing scam
Phishing emails purportedly coming from Bank of America are nothing new – every now and then scammers roll out a slight variation on the previous one, and this latest is no exception.

Can you trust a product that doesn’t have the right certification?
There are numerous organizations who, when looking for a new solution, will draw up a list of attributes products must have to proceed to the evaluation phase. FIPS accreditation, CAPS and CESG all appear regularly on this list of must haves, but do you know what these acronyms really mean?

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