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Swagg Security claim Foxconn hack over poor working conditions

Hackers from Swagg Security claimed to have stolen internal data from Apple supplier Foxconn, and leaked the information online, in response to media reports of poor working conditions at the electronics manufacturer’s factories in China.

The hacker group announced the attack in a Twitter message yesterday, and also leaked data stolen from the Foxconn site to The Pirate Bay. It said the data included user names and passwords. “The passwords inside these files could allow individuals to make fraudulent orders under big companies like Microsoft, Apple, IBM, Intel, and Dell,” the hackers said in a message on Pastebin.

Foxconn declined to comment on the attack, stating that the company “does not comment on matters of internal network security.” Two service websites used by Foxconn’s customers to place orders were down this morning.

Swagg Security later updated their Twitter account to state: “Seems like Foxconn admins are angry, was taken down by them. Guess you guys made one to many orders”.

Foxconn, a major contract manufacturer of electronics including Apple’s iPhone, has faced negative publicity repeatedly since 2010 following a string of suicides at the company’s Chinese facilities. The spotlight was again on the company last month after The New York Times documented the unsafe working conditions and long hours employees have to endure at Foxconn’s factories.

An online petition from customers, demanding that Apple respond to recent criticisms of worker abuse in its supplier factories, and change working conditions at supplier factories in time for the launch of the next version of its iPhone, is scheduled to be delivered to the company today.

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Hacker ‘in terror’ over extradition

Computer hacker Gary McKinnon is “unable to control the terror that consumes his every waking moment” as he fights extradition to the US, his mother said.

Janis Sharp said the treatment of her son, who admits hacking into military computers but claims he was looking for evidence of UFOs, was “barbaric”.

She met supporters outside Number 10 to hand over poems of support for her son to mark the 10th anniversary of his first arrest. She urged Prime Minister David Cameron to raise the issue with US president Barack Obama when the two leaders meet at the White House next month.

Ms Sharp said: “Ten years have gone by and still Gary lives in a nightmare world – unable to control the terror that consumes his every waking moment. This endless pressure on an Aspergic man with severe mental health issues is barbaric. And for what? A foolish act that caused embarrassment to the US. Where has our sense of proportion gone?”

She told reporters on Downing Street: “He can’t deal with it. He sits in the dark – it’s ruined his life. His mental health has deteriorated and it’s ruined our lives.” And Ms Sharp said her son does not have an outlet because he cannot use a computer.

The High Court expressed concern over how long McKinnon’s case was taking to return to court last month, with two judges listing the case for July in a bid to speed matters up.

They acted after hearing that Home Secretary Theresa May is “considering afresh” whether Asperger’s sufferer McKinnon should be extradited to the US to face trial for hacking into military computers in 2002.

She said: “In March David Cameron is visiting President Obama to discuss our ‘special relationship’. What an opportunity for our PM to finally announce an end to Gary’s 10-year ordeal. This act alone would prove that the ‘special relationship’ has true meaning and is one of mutual respect.”

McKinnon’s legal team hopes Mrs May will block extradition amid predictions he could be jailed for 60 years in America. Medical evidence shows the 45-year-old was “suffering from a serious mental disorder and there is a serious risk of suicide if extradited”, his legal team has said.

McKinnon, from Wood Green, north London, admits hacking but claims he was looking for evidence of UFOs.

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Hacker Group Anonymous Intercepted U.S. Call Over Investigation

The U.S. government said the online hacker group Anonymous intercepted a telephone call between FBI agents and U.K. authorities involving a joint investigation of the group.

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Hacker Group Anonymous Intercepted U.S. Call Over Probe

The online hacker group Anonymous intercepted a telephone call between FBI agents and U.K. authorities involving a joint investigation of the group, according to the U.S. government.

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Facebook Sues Adscend Over Malware, Spam

The company says Adscend Media spread malware on the social networking site and stole users’ personal information.

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Research and Markets: The Global Security Software as a Service Market to Grow At A CAGR Of 28.4 Percent over the …

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Global Security Software as a Service Market 2010-2014

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Lookout claims Symantec crying wolf over Android malware

Researchers from Lookout Security disagreed with rival Symantec that 13 apps on the Android Market were malicious, instead saying that they showed the same behaviours as other ad-supported apps.

Symantec’s Kevin Haley, a director with the company’s security response team, said that 13 apps, including some available in Google’s official download store for at least a month, were created to distribute a Trojan. Named Android.Counterclank, the program modifies the browser’s home page and bookmarks and inserts a search icon that some users have said is impossible to delete, among other things.

Symantec estimated the number of downloads of the 13 apps at between 1 and 5 millions, prompting it to call the campaign the largest Android malware outbreak ever.

Lookout researchers disagreed.

“This is pretty clearly an ad network that’s similar to other ad networks,” said Tim Wyatt, a principal engineer with Lookout, which markets a popular Android-specific security app.

Wyatt declined to identify the network he said was being used by the 13 apps, which originate from three different publishers, and that requests the permissions and exhibits the behaviour Symantec dubbed malicious.

“This ad network does have the capability to enter bookmarks in your browser, which is different from other ad networks,” Wyatt continued. “But a lot of its functionality is being embedded in other apps. Part of the business model of the company that owns the ad network is to add search conducted from apps.”

Wyatt wasn’t ready to call the apps’ bookmark modifications over-the-line conduct, however, saying that Lookout is still investigating the 13 apps, as well as others that relied on different advertising networks for generating revenue for their free programs.

“I can tell you that this code [seen in the 13 apps] is not the only code for doing things like this,” said Wyatt. “There are more than 10 ad networks that we track that have the same functionality.”

Wyatt said that Symantec had “significantly overblown” the story by labelling the apps as Trojan-infected and added that its rival had been “a bit premature” in coming to its conclusions.

Symantec did not respond to a request for comment on Lookout’s assertions.

The debate over what is and what is not malware on Android is reminiscent of the argument years ago between security companies and developers over the term “adware,” a software category that the former believed malicious enough to detect and delete, and that the latter saw as relatively harmless.

Last year, Wyatt said, Lookout had studied “Tonclank,” code that Symantec said was the precursor to Counterclank, and determined that it, too, was not malicious per se, but instead spyware.

Information about Tonclank was first published by Xuxian Jiang, an assistant professor in computer science at North Carolina State University, whose team named the code “Plankton” and used the term “botnet” to describe it.

“We thought it was spyware, but then we decided it was a prototype ad network that crosses the line into spyware,” said Wyatt. “Since then, [the ad network] has pulled back from that.”

“We have been looking at exactly this type of behaviour,” added Derek Halliday, a Lookout senior security product manager, referring to Counterclank. “We understand that this type of behaviour can be confusing to the average user, but Symantec is inflating that confusion with messages that it’s malware.”

Wyatt, too, was firm in his belief that apps containing Counterclank are not malicious.

“This does raise questions about what’s acceptable behaviour for apps, but I think it’s fair to say that [these apps] aren’t exhibiting any maliciousness,” Wyatt said. “If you do, you’re getting ahead of yourself.”

Both Wyatt and Halliday said that Lookout’s investigation into Counterclank-using apps is ongoing, and they promised the company would issue a report on them in the upcoming weeks.

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Hacker group Anonymous forces Irish government sites offline over Internet privacy act

Anonymous Sweden has claimed responsibility on Twitter for the over-night shutdown of two Irish government websites. The hacking was used in protest of new copyright legislation that is being considered by Ireland.

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Poll reveals widespread concern over Facebook Timeline

Over 50% of people polled said they are worried about the Facebook Timeline.

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Cyber threats looming high over Australian spy agencies

Sydney, Jan 25(ANI): The Independent Review of the Intelligence Community (IRIC) has revealed that a riding wave of information on the internet has been observed.

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