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Mysterious cat-and-mouse-themed Trojan RAT is potentially dangerous, but its creators and...

The highly skilled nature of the threat actors behind Felismus, and their ability to cover their tracks, means that no-one knows their identity or their target.

Picture this: Senate staffers’ ID cards have photo of smart chip,...

Senate employees just use passwords, and their badges sport a picture of an alternative.

Call Center Fraud Spiked 113% in 2016

Criminals are increasingly spoofing caller ID using VoIP apps including Skype or Google Voice to hide their identity and location, according to a report released today by Pindrop Labs.

Google zero-trust security framework goes beyond passwords

With a sprawling workforce, a wide range of devices running on multiple platforms, and a growing reliance on cloud infrastructure and applications, the idea of the corporate network as the castle and security defenses as walls and moats protecting the perimeter doesn’t really work anymore. Which is why, over the past year, Google has been talking about BeyondCorp, the zero-trust perimeter-less security framework it uses to secure access for its 61,000 employees and their devices. The core premise of BeyondCorp is that traffic originating from within the enterprise’s network is not automatically more trustworthy than traffic that originated externally. Instead of traditional methods such as VPNs and login credentials to establish trust and verify identity, Google relies on a “tiered access” model, which looks at the user’s individual and group permissions, the user’s privileges as defined by the job role, and the state of the device being used to make the request.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Russian man receives longest-ever prison sentence in the US for hacking

A 32-year-old Russian hacker was sentenced to 27 years in prison in the U.S. for stealing millions of payment card details from businesses by infecting their point-of-sale systems with malware.The sentence is the longest ever handed out in the U.S. ...

Russian man gets longest-ever US hacking sentence, 27 years in prison

Roman Seleznev bankrupted businesses, did $170 million in damage.

Facebook levels up its identity tools for developers

Facebook’s popular app login tools are getting an update to better serve international users, the company announced Tuesday.Account Kit, which lets users log into an application using a phone number, received a number of enhancements.

The system will now let users verify their identities via a voice call or text messag in 19 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, Spanish and Thai.

Facebook also launched a Basic Web SDK, so Account Kit developers can reach people through Internet.org’s Free Basics platform.[ The art of programming moves rapidly.
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Developers will also be able to get deeper insight into how people are using the Account Kit login system by using Facebook Analytics, the company’s service for understanding user behavior that also received major updates on Tuesday.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Identity Thief Faces Potential 22-Year Prison Sentence

A foreign national pleads guilty to two criminal counts after he and his cohorts steal nearly $1.48 million in bogus tax return refunds following an identity theft hack on a Pittsburgh medical center.

New Linux SSH server shows off Golang’s infrastructure power

Gravitational, maker of a software-as-a-service support system built with Kubernetes, has released the latest open source iteration of a key part of that system.Teleport, an SSH server that provides support teams with a simpler way to remotely manag...

Nigerian Citizen Arrested for Alleged Tax Fraud

Olusola Luke and accomplices allegedly committed identity theft to steal over $734,000 in tax refunds.

Nginx creates certified third-party module program

Nginx has begun certifying third-party modules for use with its commercially supported, enterprise-level web server and load balancer. The modules add capabilities like security, device detection, and application serving.Nginx Plus Certified Modules...

How Identity Deception Increases the Success of Ransomware

As scammers hone their skills, their handiwork looks more credible to intended victims, making a successful ransomware scam more likely.