The 5 most read articles this week: July 25-31
The 5 most read articles this week: July 25-31

Researcher develops BadUSB code to compromise USB sticks – and their computer hosts

Karsten Nohl, the chief scientist with Berlin's SR Labs, claims to have reverse-engineered the firmware that controls the basic communication functions of the USB so that low-cost thumb drives can be easily loaded with malicious malware. 

Nohl – who came to this conclusion with the assistance of fellow researcher Jakob Lell – is due to present his findings at the BlackHat security conference in Las Vegas next month.

Chinese hackers steal confidential documents on Israeli missile defence system

Chinese hackers compromised the computer systems of three Israeli defence contractors between 10 October 2011 and 13 August 2012 to steal hundreds of confidential documents on Israel's Iron Dome missile defence system.

Security researcher finds exploitable flaws in 14 antivirus engines

Joxean Koret, a security researcher at Singapore-based consultancy COSEINC, has found exploitable local and remote flaws in 14 of the 17 major antivirus (AV) engines used by most major AV manufacturers.

European Central Bank loses personal records after data breach

The European Central Bank admitted late last week that its website was hacked and said that some email addresses and other contact information was stolen.

UK watchdog warns firms on big data risks

UK watchdog The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) released a comprehensive report into big data which warns companies that their data analytics activities must adhere to existing data protecting laws.