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  • A top Federal Reserve official warned on Tuesday of potential risks to financial stability from cyberattacks on the U.S. payments system and from a looming funding gap in public pensions.

  • Cybergangs Target Online Shoppers Monday, 26 Nov 2012 | 10:04 AM ET

    Here's how cybergangs are targeting online holiday shoppers, and here's what you can do to protect yourself.

  • Scientists Find Cheaper Way to Ensure Internet Security Tuesday, 20 Nov 2012 | 12:35 PM ET

    The new technique will first be used in national security communications, but ultimately will help protect all information transmitted on the Internet.

  • Twitter Attacked? Strange Photos Appear on Timelines Thursday, 8 Nov 2012 | 11:36 PM ET

    Shortly before 10:00pm ET on Thursday, Twitter users began complaining of unusual photos appearing in their timelines

  • Twitter Hacked? Company Resets Some Passwords Thursday, 8 Nov 2012 | 10:27 AM ET

    Some Twitter users received emails Thursday from that is reportedly from the social media company stating that their account may have been compromised.

  • Cyber-Security Chief on Wave of Web Attacks Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 8:44 PM ET

    The man often credited as being the father of Internet defense says it's still unclear where a recent wave of hacking attacks targeting the U.S. financial industry are coming from.

  • In Cyberattack on Saudi Firm, US Sees Iran Firing Back Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 | 4:53 AM ET

    Hackers picked the one day of the year they knew they could inflict the most damage on the world’s biggest oil producer, Saudi Aramco — and U.S. intelligence officials believe the attack came from Iran. The New York Times reports.

  • Cyberattacks 'Huge Security Issue' for the US: PNC CEO Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 9:13 AM ET

    Computer hackers and other foreign adversaries pose an increasingly grave challenge to the U.S. banking system.

  • Small Businesses Unprepared for Cyberthreats: Survey Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 1:59 PM ET

    Most U.S. small business owners are living under the false pretense that their business is safe from cyberattacks, but in reality, they are far from secure.

  • Attacks on 6 Banks Frustrate Customers Monday, 1 Oct 2012 | 11:23 AM ET

    Six major American banks were hit in a wave of computer attacks last week, by a group claiming Middle Eastern ties, that caused Internet blackouts and delays in online banking, the New York Times reports.

  • Could Iran Be Behind the Online Attacks on US Banks? Thursday, 20 Sep 2012 | 5:39 PM ET
    Internet Security

    The U.S. intelligence community is focused on Iran after a series of cyber attacks against US banks, including JPMorgan Chase and Bank of America.

  • Computer Virus

    Microsoft has uncovered new computers in China are coming preinstalled with software that is embedded with malware, the company said on its company blog.

  • GoDaddy Goes Down, Hacker Claims Responsibility Monday, 10 Sep 2012 | 3:36 PM ET
    Anonymous

    The web hosting company GoDaddy.com is down and the issue seems to be affecting other websites and servers as well. A member of the hacktivist group Anonymous is claiming to be responsible for taking down the site.

  • Cyberattacks on the Rise: Report Tuesday, 4 Sep 2012 | 4:01 PM ET

    ust when you have finally figured out that the Nigerian prince email is a scam.

  • Upstarts Gaining on Big Cybersecurity Firms: Analyst Tuesday, 14 Aug 2012 | 12:54 PM ET
    Internet Security

    Major data security companies like Juniper and Cisco are struggling to keep up with their smaller competitors in the battle against cyber crime, analyst Jayson Noland told CNBC.

  • How to Defend Against a Cyberattack Sunday, 8 Jul 2012 | 12:07 PM ET

    US businesses are enduring an unprecedented onslaught of cyber invasions from foreign governments, organized crime syndicates, and hacker collectives, all seeking to steal information and disrupt services, cybersecurity experts say.

  • 10 Ways Companies Get Hacked Friday, 6 Jul 2012 | 12:22 PM ET
    When a person enters information on a website, like an email or credit card, it gets stored in that company’s data base. Those web-based forms are a simple tool for users, but they are also another way hackers can exploit a company’s system. Instead of inputting a name into the website, cyber spies can put in a specially crafted text that may cause the database to execute the code instead of simply storing it, Alperovitch said. The result is a “malicious takeover of the system,” he said.

    By attacking business computer networks, hackers are accessing company secrets and confidential strategies and creating huge losses for the overall economy.

  • No Business Immune  Tuesday, 3 Jul 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    Sophisticated cyber-attacks on U.S. corporations are referred to as "Advanced Persistent Threats." Experts say every business is a target, as evidenced by the 2011 attack on RSA Security, a company that gets paid to protect corporations' secrets. RSA Executive Chairman Art Coviello tells CNBC about the attack.

  • Hunting in Cyber Space  Tuesday, 3 Jul 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    As a Former Nortel Systems Security sr. advisor, Brian Shields was confronted with intruders on the company's network. Shields tells CNBC Chinese cyber spies cost him his job and are threatening to steal other Americans' livelihoods as well.

  • LinkedIn Confirms Hacking; Why Its Stock Is Teflon Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | 4:44 PM ET
    LinkedIn

    This is the worst privacy and security news to slam the business networking service yet. So why is the stock immune to a hack attack?

 

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Investigations Inc.: Cyber Espionage

  • When a person enters information on a website, like an email or credit card, it gets stored in that company’s data base. Those web-based forms are a simple tool for users, but they are also another way hackers can exploit a company’s system. Instead of inputting a name into the website, cyber spies can put in a specially crafted text that may cause the database to execute the code instead of simply storing it, Alperovitch said. The result is a “malicious takeover of the system,” he said.

    By attacking business computer networks, hackers are accessing company secrets and confidential strategies and creating huge losses for the overall economy.

  • China is working feverishly to counteract its slowest GDP growth in recent years, and one of the ways it’s doing so, say U.S. officials, is through the theft of American corporate secrets.

  • US businesses are enduring an unprecedented onslaught of cyber invasions from foreign governments, organized crime syndicates, and hacker collectives, all seeking to steal information and disrupt services, cybersecurity experts say.

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