A disturbing trend appeared in the world of computer security during 2013: subtle hacks that redirect traffic through foreign countries, where it may be inspected and even modified before moving on to its recipient. The scary part is that you'll never know, and may never find out. Through a vast network of nodes monitoring traffic all around the world, network analysts at Renesys have observed this mysterious "route hijacking," which bends the path of packets so they pass through certain locations for a few minutes or hours.
With less than a week left until the New England Patriots and New York Giants (go Giants!) square off for Super Bowl XLVI, cybercriminals have ramped up their offensive positions against football fans all over the Internet. In other words, they're filling the Web with fraudulent websites and online ads promising Super Bowl tickets or merchandise, but which actually contain malware, spyware and ultimately could lead to identity theft.