Tag : Botnet

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Mobile Sunday: Sandroid Trojan; From Russia with Love

Apr 13, 2014 By Sharon Solomon | The smartphone revolution is enabling the harvesting of banking information and credit card numbers in new ways. There were almost 100,000 malicious modifications to mobile malware in 2013, with over 98% connected to the Android platform. Sandroid is the latest high-profile mobile Trojan, wreaking havoc amongst middle-east banking customers.  

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Mobile Friday: Google Waze Hacked By Technion Students

Mar 28, 2014 By Sharon Solomon | Waze has come a long way since its launch back in 2008. Winner of the Best Overall Mobile App award at the 2013 Mobile World Congress, the Israeli based startup was sold to Google last year for a whopping $1.3 Billion. Unfortunately, two students from the Technion have revealed a huge security issue in the popular app.   The revolutionary Israeli navigation software made waves by integrating social networking into its user interface and enabling commercial collaborations with strategic businesses. Even Google couldn’t afford to stay indifferent to the app’s massive potential. Everything was looking bright until Shir Yadid and Meital Ben-Sinai, software engineering students at the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel, found a glaring loophole in the application. Waze are aware of the POC, but have not released any security patches so far.

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The Week in Security: PWN2OWN, Double DDoSes, Malaysian Plane Crash Scams & Target’s Missed Alarms

Mar 16, 2014 By Sarah Vonnegut | This week in security was busy with a little bit of everything – breaches, hacking contests, cyber scams, hacktivism and more. Here’s the lowdown on all the biggest security stories of the week: 

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Windows XP Dying Maliciously, Zero-Day Attacks Imminent

Mar 10, 2014 By Sharon Solomon | Microsoft has announced that all official Windows XP support will be terminated on April 8, 2014. But despite the fact that zero-day is just around the corner, millions of businesses and individuals are still using the legacy platform, making them extremely vulnerable to hacking and malware attacks. The Windows XP platform’s ecosystem is officially going to expire. Launched in 2001, Microsoft ended its mainstream support for the platform in April 2009. A 5-year support plan was then announced following the platform’s huge success.

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Botnet Alert: Your Refrigerator May Be Infected

Jan 27, 2014 By Sharon Solomon | 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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Malware Alert: Flashback Trojan Still Alive And Kicking

Jan 16, 2014 By Sharon Solomon | Apple’s Mac OS is considered to be safer than other leading computing platforms. But this reputation was serious dented back in 2011 when the Flashback Trojan was exposed. More than 500,000 Mac users were affected by the malware within months. The bad news is that the Flashback is still active.

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Israeli Banks Hacked. Millions Of Customers In Danger

Dec 27, 2013 By Sharon Solomon | Three Israeli banks recently received an anonymous message, claiming that more than 3 million of their customer’s account details have been stolen. But gone are the days of unmarked bills. The hacker is expecting a huge Bitcoin payoff by next week. The clock is now ticking. The involved banks are Israel Discount Bank, First International Bank of Israel and Bank Yahav for Government Employees Ltd. Needless to say, the news has created lots of unrest in the land of milk and honey.

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Cache of 2 Million Account Details For Facebook, Google, Yahoo Users Discovered

Dec 05, 2013 By Sarah Vonnegut | Some two million accounts on several of the most widely visited social media networks, email providers and websites were just discovered on a server with a bogus IP in the Netherlands. Hackers stole login usernames and passwords for Facebook, LinkedIn, Google, Twitter and various other popular sites.

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