A breaking bad themed malware has been unearthed by Symantec and is thought to be causing a ruckus to computers down under.
The new crypto ransomware threat, named Trojan.Cryptolocker.S, has been reported to encrypt images, videos and documents on Oz users' compromised computers and then demand up to AU$1,000 (about 500 quid) to decrypt them.
The Tor Project has pulled the plug on its cloud service, citing a lack of interest in fixing bugs in the platform.
The Tor Cloud was devised by the not-for profit developer of privacy and censorship circumvention tools in 2011. It was envisioned as an easy way to deploy bridges in the Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) infrastructure, to allow users to bypass internet censorship.
The project was a partnership between the Tor Project and consultancy Expression Tech, which aimed to assist media organisations working in repressive or post-conflict societies.
It may not be quite the self-aware computer network that takes over millions of computers and machines, but "Skynet" is real.
Documents published by The Intercept, leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, confirm that the Skynet program exists -- at least in name only. Its name comes from the intelligent computer defense system in the "Terminator" films, which later destroys most of humanity in a nuclear apocalypse.
Cyber attacks targeting the US healthcare system now cost the country roughly $6 billion per year. The uptick is directly related to organized crime units shifting their attention from financial firms and large retailers to healthcare providers.
According to a report from Bloomberg, attacks against healthcare providers have more than doubled over the last half decade. Even more troubling is the fact that nearly 90 percent of providers have been hit with an attack over the past two years alone. The average data breach is said to cost a hospital $2.1 million.
Chinese anti-virus developer Tencent will lose its certifications after it was found to have submitted products with optimisations designed to improve their ratings in independent third-party testing.
Tencent is the second Chinese security vendor to be caught cheating recently. Last week, rival anti-virus developer Qihoo 360 was stripped of its awards after it was found to have submitted products for testing with its default detection engine disabled, instead using BitDefender for improved results.