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‘Pickled Russian Potato’ Hacks 100 Million Credit Cards via POS Machines

Posted: January 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid, Technology | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on ‘Pickled Russian Potato’ Hacks 100 Million Credit Cards via POS Machines

'Pickled Russian Potato' Hacks 100 Million Credit Cards via POSThe virus that was used to steal 40 million people’s credit-card details from giant American retailer Target was, it was recently revealed, called ‘Kaptoxa’ which, as English-language news outlets are helpfully explaining, is Russian slang for “potato.”

The hack is likely to affect more than 110 million credit card users in the US.

And as banks and retailers point fingers – mostly at one-another – speculation over who was behind the Target hack goes on, doubtless it was the work of a very sophisticated crime ring – бушель большевистских картофеля – A Bushel of Bolshoviks!?

The breach was clearly a real black eye for the retailer, the aftermath is however getting much, much darker.

How hackers broke into Target and installed malware on point-of-sale – POS – terminals, then harvested some 40 million card details is still sketchy, what is more more interesting is that almost all-trace of the hack is very quickly being erased, redacted, not by hackers, but by security companies linked to the breach.

At least three security companies so far have scrubbed information related to Target from the internet, highlighting a serious sensitivity to one of the largest ever data breaches :: Read the full article »»»»


Facebook! A Sorry Site, After 6 Million Users Private Data Shared

Posted: July 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid, Technology | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Facebook! A Sorry Site, After 6 Million Users Private Data Shared

FACEBOOKFacebook says it’s “upset and embarrassed” that it allowed a software bug to share the phone numbers and email addresses of  6 million users. However the social network says no financial or other information was revealed to others, and there is “no evidence that this bug has been exploited maliciously”. Facebook says affected users are being notified by email.

The social media behemoth has stressed that the practical impact is likely to be “minimal,”  because improper data sharing would only have occurred between users who already had some connection.

In a statement Facebook said the bug “may have allowed some of a person’s contact information to be accessed by people who either had some contact information about that person or some connection to them”. It said the unwarranted sharing would have occurred when a Facebook user went to download an archive of their Facebook account through the social network’s Download Your Information  tool :: Read the full article »»»»


World of the News: Hard Pill to Swallow

Posted: November 7th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Hard Pill to Swallow, Socially Engineerd | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on World of the News: Hard Pill to Swallow

“We live in strange times” a quote that has truly lived through the test of time, each generation seems to have blurted this almost useless phrase since pelt clad artists scribbled on the walls of caves in Lascaux. What’s changed, clearly quite a lot, but not so much! “News travels fast” now there’s a quote we can stick with, that along with Hard Pill to Swallow and you’ve pretty much got a round-up on what news is . . .

Week 1, November 2011

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Facebooks NEW Security Update: Call Your Friends!

Posted: October 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Facebook, Social Media, Social Network Sites, Socially Engineerd | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Facebooks NEW Security Update: Call Your Friends!

FACEBOOKIn a blog entry on Thursday, Facebook stated that about 600,000 log-ins every day are compromised. In it’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, under update/10150335022240766. Facebook claims to have locked it’s site down with new clever security policies, the best of which is Call a Friend? Controlling how you share content on Facebook is quite complex and will probably make your head hurt, but it’s essential that you take a good look at the settings and decide for yourself what you want to share and with whom, from where. Whenever Facebook opens it’s considerable mouth, it seems to do the exact opposite to the words that fall out. Security site Sophos, was in the first to jump on the (what ever the opposite to security is . . . ) issues Facebook is having with it’s stats. The infographic Facebook has posted on it’s blog and  scribd.com introducing it’s new security features, seems to indicate that Facebook in-fact has a considerable security problem?. Sophos dug deep into the numbers and pulled out a a stat showing 0.06% of 1 billion logins per day are compromised, 600,000 compromised users? Less than 0.5% of Facebook users experience spam on any given day.  READ MORE

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