Hackers steal 5.6M fingerprint files: What can criminals do with the data?

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Cybercriminals stealing our biometric information is very unsettling. Passwords, credit cards and even Social Security numbers can be changed to guard against identify theft and fraud. Fingerprints, however, cannot. At least, not permanently. Perhaps the only silver lining to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s announcement last week that criminals had stolen 5.6 million fingerprint files, up from the 1.1 million files originally reported missing, is that it would be extremely difficult to use such biometric data to commit fraud or theft.

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Cybercrime is swamping the world’s ability to cope warns U.S.

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Recent cyber attacks have raised questions about the security of government and corporate computer systems.

A top U.S. official warned that the technical sophistication of cybercriminals is swamping the world’s ability to cope and demanding an accelerated cross-border campaign to combat the security threat.

 

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Russian Cybercriminals Selling Thousands of Hacked Twitter Accounts

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A message sent through a compromised Twitter account by a hacker (highlighted in red). The message includes a link that leads to malware.

Hacked Twitter accounts are selling briskly on Russian cybercriminal forums, with fraud artists and spammers paying between $100 and $200 for batches of 1,000 accounts, depending on number of followers the accounts have, according to a Russian security researcher.

 

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Most Young Adults Routinely Engage in Risky Online Behavior

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Many young adults engage in risky online behavior that makes them easy targets for cybercriminals.

Despite possessing a high level of awareness about threats lurking on the Internet, young adults routinely engage in risky online behavior, says a report from RSA, the security division of EMC, based on a TRU Research survey of 1,000 18- to 24-year-olds. (Poll results after the break)

 

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Banks Failing to Protect Small Business Assets From Cyberthieves

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Cybercrminals are stealing from small and medium businesses at an unprecedented rate.

Cyberthieves are cracking into the online bank accounts of small- and medium-sized businesses at an unprecedented rate.  Banks are failing to take proactive steps to protect their SMB customers, and, as a result, many SMBs are changing banks.

 

 

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Three Researchers From Microsoft Find Way To Trace Malicious Users

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Microsoft team find a way to trace compromised machines used to attack other computers

Anonymity on the Internet can be both a blessing and a curse. While the ability to hide behind anonymous proxies and fast-changing Internet protocol (IP) addresses has enabled freer speech in nations with repressive regimes, the same technologies allow cybercriminals to hide their tracks and pass off malicious code and spam for legitimate communications.

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