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Botnet Alert: Your Refrigerator May Be Infected

The “smart” home appliances we all are letting into our lives are getting “smarter”. This isn’t a movie plot, nor is it a scientific experiment. Security provider Proofpoint estimates that over 750,000 phishing and spam emails have already been sent out by infected fridges, televisions and other appliances.

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Google Turns Deaf Ear to Speech Recognition Exploit in Chrome

Each new technology seems to emerge together with exploitable baggage. Speech recognition, for example, is being used in rising technologies from Siri to smart homes and is evolving quickly. While speech recognition has the potential to make life much easier and quicker, like any technology it comes with flaws. In this case, a Chrome browser exploit

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Preparing the Cyber-Cops of Tomorrow: Interview with Giovanni Vigna

Each year, hundreds of hackers gather in computer labs around the world. Their goal? Like any other hackers, their goal is to manually exploit application and network level flaws in servers across the globe. If it sounds malicious, it’s just because it mimics real world vulnerability exploitations that happen every day. In fact, this specific

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Starbucks iOS App Vulnerability Exposed

App security has become a sensitive topic as more and more private information is being shared by users. Even minor vulnerabilities can be exploited and used to harvest sensitive data for criminal or commercial purposes. The latest high-profile loophole was exposed in the Starbucks iOS app.  The vulnerability was found by Daniel E. Wood, a

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ATMs Robbed With Malicious USB Drives

Lovers of the “Terminator” movie series surely remember how John Connor used his cool “binary code gadget” to hack into his local ATM machine. Technology has changed a lot since the early nineties, but hackers are still milking ATMs using malware-loaded USB drives. It’s estimated that millions of dollars have already been stolen in Europe

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The Hacking of the Fridge & Other AppSec Stories This Week

This week saw some interesting developments in the AppSec department. For starters, in what’s been already been widely reported to be the year of the ‘Internet of Things‘, the first botnet that included internet-connected refrigerators and TV’s was discovered. We also found out that the malware stealing data off of Target’s POS systems was designed

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Cloned Minecraft for Android Doing the Rounds

The underground Android application market is booming. More and more pirated games are available for direct download on the net. One such game, the cloned Minecraft PE, is causing extensive damage all across the globe. Users of the Trojanized version are advised to uninstall the game immediately. The temptation is irresistible for any hardcore gamer. When costly games

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