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  1. #cyber alerts news letter 44

    By neil on 14th Mar 2012 | No Comments

    Security: Nasa hacked in 2011 

    Hackers gained ‘full functional control’ of key Nasa computers in 2011, the agency’s Inspector-General has told US lawmakers. Paul K. Martin said hackers took over Jet Propulsion Laboratory computers and ‘compromised the accounts of the most privileged JPL users’, reports BBC News. He said the attack, involving Chinese IP addresses, was under investigation. 

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    Security: Michael Jackson tracks stolen from Sony site 

    Sony says a number of Michael Jackson tracks have been stolen after its website was hacked. BBC News reports that the company will not confirm how many tracks or what material was taken in the online attack. In 2010 Sony Music paid $250m to the late singer’s estate for a seven-year deal for the rights to his remaining songs. 

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     Cybercrime: US bank transfers millions to scammer 

    Wells Fargo has been tricked into transferring more than $2m from a customer escrow account to a scammer who faxed a request for the money, reports Finextra. The con, revealed in lawsuit papers, involved an unnamed crook faxing the bank’s corporate trust services department in San Francisco and convincing it to wire money from an escrow account Wells maintained for Californian hospital chain Catholic Healthcare West. 

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     Copyright: Luxembourg company taking Apple to court 

    A Luxembourg company called Core Wireless has launched a patent lawsuit against Apple, claiming that its patents, which cover communication protocols, are breached by any device that uses 2G, 3G or 4G standards. The Register reports that the suit, which was filed in the Eastern Texas District, is based on a portfolio of 2,000 patents assembled by Core Wireless from Nokia. 

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    Security: Durham University rebuked for data breach 

    The Information Commissioner’s Office has warned organisations to make greater efforts to ensure personal data is not included within documents made available online, after rebuking Durham University for this mistake, notes a v3 report. The ICO said Durham had placed training materials online, which featured screenshots that clearly showed data on 177 former students and staff, including names, addresses and dates of birth.

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