Cybersnooping spouses on the rise

Wednesday - 8/11/2010, 8:30am EDT

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  • More and more, the spyware on your cell phone or computer didn't come from a random hacker. The culprit, according to HackerforHireUSA.com is... your spouse. LIGATT Security International, which owns the Hacker for Hire service, says it's gotten more inquiries about installing and removing spyware on a spouse's cell phone than any other service last week. That may not be such a great idea, even if the motives are good. The company says, for example, while Spyware on cell phones can help parents supervise their children's daily usage, it is illegal to install any type of surveillance software/hardware on anyone's cell phone or computer that they do not own.

  • A new kind of cyber attack that's hit a major financial institution in the United Kingdom also poses a risk to government agencies. It's called a man-in-the-browser attack. And the Security firm M86 says that criminals used it to steal more than $1 million dollars, just between July and August.According to NextGov, a Web site is at risk, if it allows large financial transactions or the exchange of sensitive information. Man-in-the-browser attacks can infect your computer with malware, when you visit an infected site. Usually this happens via third-party advertisements.

  • The FCC is calling on the public for help on what its role should be in cybersecurity. The Commission has posted a request for comments, that will eventually help the agency craft its new Cyber Security roadmap. That plan is part of a bigger strategy to expand broadband access in the U.S.. Comments are due on September 23rd.

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