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Torrentz Shuts Down, Largest Torrent Meta-Search Engine Says Farewell

Torrentz.eu, one of the world’s largest torrent sites, has announced “farewell” to its millions of users. The meta-search engine, which hosted no torrents of its own but linked to other sites including The Pirate Bay, has decided to cease its operation. The surprise shutdown marks the end of an era. Full story here:https://torrentfreak.com/torrentz-shuts-down-largest-torrent-meta-search-engine-says-farewell-160805/

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New Gemalto research reveals most organizations not confident in ability to Protect Data after Data Breach

Key Findings One-third of organizations have experienced a data breach in past 12 months 69% of IT professionals are not confident their data would be secure if perimeter defenses were breached 66% of IT professionals say unauthorized users can access their networks and 16% believe unauthorized users have access to their entire networks AMSTERDAM, June …

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Critical New Vulnerability Discovered on MacBooks

A critical new vulnerability that can be used to forcibly install software on MacBooks without the users’ consent or administrator password has been discovered on MacBooks running OS X Yosemite, version 10.10. To exploit this bug, attackers create malware that masquerades as adware. When the “adware” is installed, the malware modifies a file in the …

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Infected Version TrueCrypt Used For Cyber Spying

A Russian website has years of an infected version of the popular encryption program TrueCrypt offered, which in reality turned out to be a Trojan horse that has been used for cyber-espionage. That leaves the Slovak anti-virus company ESET in a report published today ( pdf ) know. The website was a truecryptrussia.ru offered in …

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Scientists unveil high-speed anonymity network for the entire Internet

Online anonymity may soon get a major speed boost. Six academics published a research paper on Wednesday focused on a new, higher-speed anonymity network designed to thwart global surveillance and reinforce the privacy of Internet users worldwide. The new tech is called HORNET: High-speed Onion Routing at the Network Layer. Full Story Here: http://www.dailydot.com/politics/hornet-tor-anonymity-network/

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Java zero-day vulnerability used in limited attacks Vulnerability is reported to be exploitable by way of drive-by-download on the latest version of Java (1.8.0.45).

Symantec is investigating reports that a zero-day vulnerability in Java is being exploited in a limited number of attacks. Oracle, the developer behind Java, has yet to release a patch or comment on the vulnerability. The vulnerability is reported to be exploitable by way of drive-by-download on the latest version of Java (1.8.0.45). Symantec regards …

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Morpho: Profiting from high-level corporate attacks

A corporate espionage group has compromised a string of major corporations over the past three years in order to steal confidential information and intellectual property. The gang, which Symantec calls Morpho, is not state-sponsored, rather financially motivated. It has attacked multi-billion dollar companies operating in the internet, IT software, pharmaceutical and commodities sectors. Twitter, Facebook, …

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Duqu 2.0: The Most Sophisticated Malware Ever Seen

Disconcerting news is shocking the IT security industry. The virus protection giant Kaspersky has been compromised by a sophisticated cyber-threat. A new, powerful strain of the notorious Duqu malware appeared in the wild after going dark in 2012. The so-called Duqu 2.0 was the malicious agent used against the security firm and many other targets …

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Researcher warns popular gaming plug-in puts millions of web users at risk from data thieves

A researcher is warning that a gaming plug-in installed on over 200 million PCs contains a flaw that could let attackers steal users’ data from websites they’re logged into, such as their Web mail and social networking accounts. http://www.cio.com/article/2931894/researcher-warns-popular-gaming-plugin-puts-millions-of-web-users-at-risk-from-data-thieves.html

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Personal info of 4 million US government workers compromised in OPM breach

Approximately 4 million US federal employees, both current and former, will start receiving a breach notification alerting them that their personal information has potentially been compromised. The reason for the notification is the discovery of a breach the US Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) network. The OPM is an independent agency of the US federal …

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What an NYPD Spy Copter Reveals About the FBI’s Spy Planes

It should have surprised no one that the FBI has a secret fleet of spy planes it uses domestically to watch us, as the Associated Press reported this week. WIRED published a story about surveillance aircraft spotted flying in unusual patterns in California and Virginia back in 2006. And the Wall Street Journal reported last …

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