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Report: Cybercriminals prefer Skype, Jabber, and ICQ

The most popular instant messaging platforms with cyber criminals are Skype, Jabber and ICQ, according to a new report released this morning.Meanwhile, consumer-grade platforms like AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo IM have fallen out of favor, while newer, more secure consumer oriented platforms like Telegram and WhatsApp are also gaining popularity.[ Safeguard your data! The tools you need to encrypt your communications and web data. • Maximum-security essential tools for everyday encryption. • InfoWorld's encryption Deep Dive how-to report. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld's Security Report newsletter. ]The newer platforms are more user-friendly and more convenient, but also offer greater security, said Leroy Terrelonge, Director of Middle East and Africa Research at Flashpoint, which recently released a report about the communication platforms cyber criminals have been using over the past four years.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Irish! data! police! are! preparing! to! whack! Yahoo! over! that! hack!

Er, wait, which hack? We've lost track... Yahoo! is set to get a spanking under European Union data protection laws for the biggest of the many megabreaches it copped to last year.…

Alleged Yahoo Email Hacker Denied Bail in Canada

Karim Baratov awaits extradition hearing, likely on June 12.

Yahoo+AOL = Oath? LOL OMG WTF

And you though Altaba and Tronc were bad…

If IFTTT can’t, then Microsoft Flow can

Way back when, in the heady days of Web 2.0, there was a service that could connect the output of one website into the input of another, tweaking the content a little as it flowed from one service to the next.

That service was Yahoo Pipes, which was discontinued two years ago.
It’s still sadly missed by many looking for a bit of DIY plumbing to build the web they want. When Yahoo closed Pipes, many workflows were lost, including some that had been running for years.Thus, it should be no surprise that others are trying to replicate some of Pipes’ functionality.
If This Then That (IFTTT) is probably the best known, with its simple trigger- and output-based flows.

Although IFTTT is focused on consumer scenarios, it’s found some business use for building personal applications (or as IFTTT calls them, applets) that scratch a very personal itch.

At a larger scale, Zapier offers more complex applications, with multistep branching workflows.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

The one Yahoo meme that perfectly represents the faltering company

As the company shambles to an end, let us celebrate its greatest terrible moment.

U.S. Indictments Confirm Fears of Wholesale Russian Hacking

NEWS ANALYSIS: The indictments against three Russian intelligence operatives and a hacker based in Canada reveal details about how so many Yahoo accounts were breached and plundered for data.

Yahoo breach exposes the drawbacks of state-sponsored hacking

When governments turn to private hackers to carry out state-sponsored attacks, as the FBI alleges Russia did in the 2014 breach of Yahoo, they’re taking a big risk.On the one hand, it gives them a bit of plausible deniability while reaping the potential spoils of each attack, but if the hackers aren’t kept on a tight leash things can turn bad.[ 18 surprising tips for security pros. | Discover how to secure your systems with InfoWorld's Security Report newsletter. ]Karim Baratov, the 22-year-old Canadian hacker who the FBI alleges Russia’s state security agency hired to carry out the Yahoo breach, didn’t care much for a low profile.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

U.S. Indicts Russian Intelligence Officers in 2014 Yahoo Breach

DAILY VIDEO: DOJ Charges Russian intelligence officers in 2014 Yahoo hack; Third-party Twitter app hacked by Turkish activists to post messages; Intel now major player in driverless cars with Mobileye buy; and there's more.

Mandiant: Financial Cybercriminals Looking More Like Nation-States

As the cybercriminal-cyber espionage connection in the Yahoo breach demonstrates the security challenges facing organizations today.

Yahoo breach lessons IT can’t ignore

As more details emerge about how a group of four Russians breached Yahoo, it's increasingly clear that the Internet's very interconnectedness is what makes us so vulnerable to online attacks.
It's enough to want to just unplug from the Internet and...