The 5 most read articles this week: August 1-7
The 5 most read articles this week: August 1-7

RAT uses Yahoo Mail to fool security teams

German security research firm G Data warned earlier this week of a new Remote Access Trojan (RAT) called ‘IcoScript' that hides behind popular email services like Yahoo Mail, to avoid security team detection and to steal data and passwords. It has already been seen working in the US and Norway.

Security researcher to demo airplane Wi-Fi hack

In the lead-up to this week's Black Hat security conference in Las Vegas, IOActive security researcher Ruben Santamarta revealed he would demonstrate how he was able to reverse-engineer firmware to infiltrate on-board Wi-Fi and entertainment system on airplanes, which could lead on to accessing the aircraft's navigation systems.

GCHQ certifies six MSC cyber security degrees

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude announced at the start of the week how the GCHQ is to certify six Master's degree courses in cyber security.

Earlier this year, UK universities were invited to submit their Cyber Security Master's degrees for certification against GCHQ criteria – which was drawn up with the help of Professor Fred Piper – founding director of The Information Security Group at Royal Holloway, University of London. 

The fully-certified universities are Edinburgh Napier University, Lancaster University, University of Oxford, Royal Holloway, while Cranfield University and the University of Surrey have been awarded provisional certified status.

Teenage Aussie hacker reveals PayPal flaw

Australia-based teenage whitehat hacker Joshua Rogers has divided opinion in the industry, after disclosing a flaw with PayPal's two-factor authentication before the eBay-owned company had fixed the problem.

UK government proposes public sector data sharing

The British government is planning to revise data collection laws so it can share personal details on earnings, tax and criminal records, benefit payments and more with all agencies in the public sector.

The plans – detailed in a leaked document – were drawn up by the Cabinet Office Data Sharing Policy Team and signed off by minister Francis Maude, and could feature as draft legislation after the 2015 General Election.