Top Stories for the Week of April 7, 2015

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Here are the stories we're following for the week of Tuesday April 7, 2015


A sophisticated multi-level cyber-thievery campaign is underway which, at its heart, uses malware to trick users into conducting wire transfers through thieves posing as their bank's technical help line.

Researchers said they've uncovered an active campaign that has already stolen more than $1 million using a combination of malware and social engineering.

Researchers said they've uncovered an active campaign that has already stolen more than $1 million using a combination of malware and social engineering.

The Dyre Wolf campaign, as it has been dubbed by IBM Security researchers, targets businesses that use wire transfers to move large sums of money, even when the transactions are protected with two-factor authentication. The heist starts with mass e-mailings that attempt to trick people into installing Dyre, a strain of malware that came to light last year. The Dyre versions observed by IBM researchers remained undetected by the majority of antivirus products.

Infected machines then send out mass e-mails to other people in the victim's address book. Then the malware lies in wait.

IBM Security Intelligence researchers John Kuhn and Lance Mueller explain in their blog post, "Once the infected victim tries to log in to one of the hundreds of bank websites for which Dyre is programmed to monitor, a new screen will appear instead of the corporate banking site. The page will explain the site is experiencing issues and that the victim should call the number provided to get help logging in."

"As soon as the victim hangs up the phone, the wire transfer is complete. The money starts its journey and bounces from foreign bank to foreign bank to circumvent detection by the bank and law enforcement."

The success of the Dyre Wolf campaign underscores the need for improved training so employees can better spot malicious e-mails and suspicious ruses like the one involving the phone call to the targets' banks.

Source: arstechnica.com

Sent to us by: Roy W. Nash


Google is blurring the lines and making it so Android apps can now be run on any computer--be it Windows, Mac, Linux or Chromebook.

You can now download Android apps and launch them on a Windows or Linux PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Google’s convergence of Chrome and Android is taking a big step forward this week. After launching a limited App Runtime for Chrome... aka "ARC," back in September, Google is expanding its beta project to allow Android apps to run on Windows, OS X, and Linux. It’s an early experiment designed primarily for developers, but anyone can now download an APK of an existing Android app and launch it on a Windows or Linux PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

There are some limitations: by default, only one app can be loaded at a time, and you have to select landscape or portrait layout and whether you want the app to run in phone- or tablet-style.

Developers will need to optimize their apps for ARC, and some Google Play Services are also supported right now, making that process a lot easier.

Source: www.theverge.com

Sent to us by: Roy W. Nash


A Russian coder discovered a way to delete every video from YouTube in a matter of moments.

A Russian coder has revealed how he discovered a way to delete any video on YouTube.

A Russian coder has revealed how he discovered a way to delete any video on YouTube.

A demonstration of the technique was posted online, showing that once he had copied part of a video's web address he could use it to wipe the clip.

Rather than exploit the hack, he instead reported it to Google, who fixed the exploit within hours and gave him a $5,000 reward.

While this exploit could have been used to almost instantly purge YouTube of all its video content, the coder joked that he would have been content to just wipe Justin Bieber's music videos.

Source: www.bbc.com

Sent to us by: Roy W. Nash


Many of OnLive's patents have been sold to Sony, forcing them to shut down.

Video game streaming pioneer OnLive is to shut down after selling several of its patents to Sony.

Video game streaming pioneer OnLive is to shut down after selling several of its patents to Sony.

The California-based firm had allowed PC and tablet owners to play console titles, which were run on its computer servers but controlled and viewed in the gamer's home.
Sony is expected to use the 140 patents it has acquired to support its own PlayStation Now streaming service.

OnLive was once valued at $1.8bn, but has not been doing well since 2012 when many of their staff lost their jobs when the company was sold to a venture capital firm after running up about $40m in debt.

While Sony is shutting down OnLive in its current form, cloud gaming is alive and well as Sony works to expand its PlayStation Now service which debuted last month in the UK, bringing it to more platforms and removing the need to use a gaming console to play your favorite game titles.

Source: www.bbc.com

Sent to us by: Roy W. Nash


Mozilla is working to put privacy back in the hands of its users with their new "Tracking Protection" feature.

Mozilla is working on a new feature called Tracking Protection that is helping users identify and block websites that collect personal data even when "Do Not Track" is enabled.

Mozilla is working on a new feature called Tracking Protection that is helping users identify and block websites that collect personal data despite the fact that the browser has the "Do Not Track" policy enabled.

Browsers have included an incognito feature for a few years now, and you would think that it would be sufficient, but it's not. Some websites still gather information, and that happens even if the user enables the "Do Not Track" options that are present in most browsers today. In a world very much concerned with privacy, having websites get data from your computer without your consent is a problem, even if it's only cookies or other metadata.

Tracking is the collection of a person’s browsing data across multiple sites, usually via included content. Tracking domains attempt to uniquely identify a person through the use of cookies or other technologies such as fingerprinting. While Firefox has a Do Not Track feature that tells websites not to monitor your behavior, companies are not required to honor it. Firefox's Tracking Protection feature puts the control back in your hands by actively blocking domains and sites that are known to track users.

Tracking Protection is a very new feature, and it's only available in the Nightly builds of the browser, which means that it will take a few months until it reaches the stable branch

Source: news.softpedia.com

Sent to us by: Roy W. Nash


Internet service providers in Australia have been ordered to hand over personal information about users who downloaded an illegal copy of a US movie.

An Australian court has ordered internet service providers to hand over details of customers accused of illegally downloading a US movie.

An Australian court has ordered internet service providers to hand over details of customers accused of illegally downloading a US movie.

In a landmark move, the Federal Court told six firms to divulge names and addresses of those who downloaded The Dallas Buyers Club.

The case was lodged by the US company that owns the rights to the 2013 movie.
The court said the data could only be used to secure "compensation for the infringements" of copyright.

In the case, the applicants said they had identified 4,726 unique IP addresses from which their film was shared online using BitTorrent.

The judgment to release the personal information of the users comes amidst a crackdown by the Australian government on internet piracy.

Source: www.bbc.com

Sent to us by: Roy W. Nash


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