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2013-07-01 12:25:00

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Yesterday security expert Mikko Hypponen mentioned something interesting that he saw on Twitter. In a Tweet, he asked if Twitter had always listed which websites had embedded a particular Tweet. TechCrunch and The Verge quickly pointed out Hyponnen's Tweet in stories which appeared on their respective websites, complete with embedded Tweets. Now, likely due to the attention this feature received early on, the embedded Tweets lists...

2010-11-29 14:30:00

A computer hacker temporarily took down the Wikileaks website on Sunday as 250,000 U.S. diplomatic cables were released on the site. "Jester," which is the name the hacker goes by, calls himself a "hacktivist for good" and is taking credit for the take down of Wikileaks. The site came under a distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Saturday shortly after it began releasing the first batch of leaked documents. Jester has targeted extremist websites in the past and claimed...

2010-01-15 15:12:45

Hi-tech criminals are dusting off some old tricks as mobile phones become more sophisticated, according to a recent BBC report. Security companies have noticed a surge in trojan viruses like dialers, which were used most often in the days of dial-up net access. The dialers are being used on smartphones to call premium rate lines leaving victims with a big bill. Experts believe the dialers are becoming more popular as a quick way for criminals to cash in. In the days of dial-up Internet,...

2009-01-20 14:38:01

The Conficker computer virus is still spreading after infecting millions of computers, a British technology security expert said. Computers infected with the virus -- also called Downadup or Kido -- are hard to count, because we don't know how many machines are being cleaned, said F-Secure chief research officer Mikko Hypponen, the British Broadcasting Corp. reported Tuesday. The virus, which appears to have begun in October or November, has reached an estimated 9.5 million computers, the BBC...

2008-12-30 12:55:00

Experts say the economic downturn is likely to affect hi-tech criminals over the next year. However, hi-tech criminals are likely to see opportunities to prosper rather than suffer in the downturn. "Crime tends to rise when you have more unemployment," said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure. "If you look, in general, where the attacks are coming from you can find social reasons behind them," he said. He believes it is not a technical problem, but a social problem. Hypponen...

2008-12-29 08:10:00

If 2007 saw the rise of professional cyber-thieves, then 2008 was the year they perfected their work.    "The underground economy is flourishing," said Dan Hubbard, chief technology officer at security firm Websense. "They are not just more organized," he told BBC News, "they are co-operating more and showing more business savvy in how they monetize what they do." Data collected by companies fighting high-tech crime show just how busy professional high-tech criminals have been...

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