Staples security likely breached, credit card numbers stolen

Staples has launched an investigation into a possible security breach that may have left customer credit cards vulnerable. The office supply retailer’s locations in the northeast may have been affected, according to reports. After it was found there was a trend of fraudulent credit transactions that could be tied back to Staples, the company publicly acknowledged an investigation on Tuesday.

So, USB Condoms are a real thing now

Last I checked, USB ports can’t transfer herpes, but perhaps there’s a computer equivalent to STDs that you need to actively avoid. Enter the USB condom, which is now a real thing. When you charge your devices through untrustworthy USB ports (what crazy USB hubs are YOU hanging out at?), you can use the USB condom to create an extra layer of security for your devices. Thus, you don’t have to worry about your device leaking access to all your mobile secrets.

Hackers think they are above the law, survey shows

Hackers are very often breaking the law, but that doesn’t seem to phase them according to a new survey. Thycotic, a password protection firm, interviewed a group of 127 hackers during the Black Hat 2014 conference and tried to figure out what motivates them and how they think about getting caught. The majority of hackers just do it for the fun provided by hacking while 19 percent admit to having a financial motive.

iGuardian flexes business grade internet protection at home

Every other week we’re greeted with fresh articles about new malware attacks or network exploits/vulnerability. Even if one hasn’t been directly affected by such incidents, the perpetual flow of news is concerning nonetheless. Considering that internet connectivity is king and the internet-of-everything is touching, well, everything, fears are completely justified.

GCHQ accrediting some university degrees

The NSA’s British counterpart, GCHQ, is now accrediting certain university degrees from some of the top colleges in the United Kingdom, including Oxford. The accreditations are provided with some online security degrees, and they are essentially the GCHQ’s stamp of approval which could help students find jobs at the government agency once they graduate.

China banning foreign security software

There are legitimate reasons for a country like China to worry about the NSA and other spy agencies, but the Chinese government is taking things quite far by banning the use of many foreign security programs. Software from Symantec and Kaspersky Lab has been added to a list of banned security software, meaning programs from either company can no longer be used by members of the Chinese government.

CIA apologizes to Senate for hacking its computers

The CIA seems to have issued a somewhat ambiguous confession that it covertly accessed Senate computers to carry out damage control in advance ahead of a report on supposed torture under its watch.

Russia to award £65k to any security expert capable of cracking TOR

The Russian Interior Ministry is offering a reward of 3.9m rubles, or £65,000, to any security expert who can crack the anonymous online network, The Onion Router (TOR).

Fox News crossed the listicle line

Kim Komando wrote a story on Fox News called “Divorcing? 5 Things to do Online Now.” Yeah! All casual, just like that. Almost as if the headline should be, “Thinking of taking up gardening? Here’s 5 Things to do Online Now.” But no, it’s about divorce.

Cyber attacks also affecting small, medium-size businesses

Large businesses are usually the ones that people think need to be heavily protected from cyber attacks, but a new report from Symantec shows that all businesses are at-risk. Cyber attacks against small and medium-sized businesses have been growing quickly, just as they have among large-scale businesses and government agencies. Symantec’s data shows that in 2013, the attacks rose significantly over 2012, and the same is expected to happen this year.

Report has proof of Chinese military cyber attacks

Countries in Europe and North America have long claimed that there is evidence of the Chinese government using hackers to attack Western targets but until recently, there was little public evidence to back up those claims. Last month, the US finally put a name on one of the Chinese groups allegedly involved in cyber attacks and a new report has named yet another group that is targeting governments and businesses in the West. A report from security company CrowdStrike says that a group nicknamed “Putter Panda” has been targeting American, European, and Japanese companies since at least 2007.

Hackers don’t use great passwords either

If there is one group of people who should understand basic web security, it’s hackers. A person who breaks into networks and steals information from unsuspecting victims on a daily basis would be expected to protect their own data but it turns out that they might just be like everyone else. Security firm Avast has found that most passwords used by hackers are no more secure than the average password and could be cracked or guessed.