Click-fraud malware brings thousands of dollars to YouTube scammers

A malware delivery campaign aimed at making victims’ computers surreptitiously view YouTube videos and, consequently, artificially inflate their popularity so that scammers might earn money from the ads embedded in them, has been targeting users around the world for months now….


Why Are Banks Opting For New Credit Cards That Fall Short on Fraud Control?

Big U.S. banks are steering clear of an advanced security measure used in credit cards around the world, opting for a system that is more convenient for shoppers but may leave them vulnerable to fraud.

This year, firms ranging from J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. to Discover Financial Services Inc. are expected to roll out more than a half-billion new credit cards embedded with computer chips that create a unique code for each transaction, making counterfeiting much more difficult….


The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is already being dubbed one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen. The bug has affected many popular websites and services — ones you might use every day, like Gmail and Facebook — and could have quietly exposed your sensitive account information (such as passwords and credit card numbers).

But it hasn’t always been clear which sites have been affected. Mashable reached out to some of the most popular social, email, banking and commerce sites on the web. We’ve rounded up their responses….


What is the Dark Web?

Dark web explained

The dark web is a section of the internet that is not indexed by search engines such as Google and not easily navigated to using a standard web browser.

Accessing the dark web requires specialised knowledge and software tools. An example of this is content only accessible by using the Tor software and anonymity network, which while protecting privacy, can be associated with illicit activities.


White House Gets It Wrong: Credit Monitoring Most Effective Tool for Detecting ID Theft, Not Credit Scores

The White House issued a press release commending the banks and credit unions that are giving away free FICO and VantageScore credit scores to their customers. Oddly enough, though, the release suggests that “one of the best early indicators of identity theft” are these free credit scores. And while getting access to your credit scores is great, they’re terrible and ineffective at alerting consumers that they may have been a victim of identity theft.

To suggest that getting monthly access to your credit scores will “help you spot identity theft” underscores a lack of understanding about credit scores….