PINDROP BLOG

Category: Device Security

May 11, 2017
Google Working on Fix for Android Permission Weakness
Google is planning to fix a weakness in some versions of Android that enables malicious apps to take advantage of a special permission in the operating system to install ransomware, show malicious ads, or tae other unwanted actions. The permission was introduced in Android 6.0 and it can allow an app to be displayed on…
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May 10, 2017
Cisco Patches Critical IOS Flaw
More than a month after details emerged of a critical remote code execution vulnerability in hundreds of models of Cisco switches, the company has released a patch to close the hole. The vulnerability is one of the many bugs that was identified when the so-called Vault 7 documents were released in March. The documents are…
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May 3, 2017
IBM Says It Shipped Malware-Infected USB Drives
IBM shipped USB flash drives containing malware to an unknown number of customers. The company said the malware is automatically copied to any machine that the drive is connected to, and is warning customers to destroy the drives. IBM hasn’t released many details on the incident or how the malware got onto the drives. But…
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April 27, 2017
Verizon: Ransomware, Cyberespionage Attacks On the Rise
Ransomware attacks are becoming a larger and larger problem for enterprises, now accounting for nearly 75 percent of malware-related incidents in health care companies, according to new data released by Verizon. The ransomware issue has been a major concern for many companies for several years now, but it has become especially acute for health care companies.…
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April 25, 2017
New BrickerBot Variant Compromising IoT Devices
A new, more aggressive version of the BrickerBot malware that has compromised and destroyed the memory of IoT devices is now making the rounds, using a familiar infection vector and going after devices with intense bursts of activity. BrickerBot is a spiritual descendant of Mirai, the IoT-specific malware that has been attacking a variety of…
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April 19, 2017
Android Sensor Attack Can Guess PINs with 94% Accuracy
With each new generation of smartphone, manufacturers are adding more and more sensors to enhance the user’s experience, but this also means that more and more apps are asking for blanket permission to use those sensors. This proliferation of sensors and permissions is creating serious privacy and security issues, as researchers at Newcastle University established with a new…
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April 19, 2017
Hajime Malware Joins Mirai in Targeting IoT Devices
Mirai is no longer the only game in town when it comes to IoT malware. A new piece of malware known as Hajime is infecting some of the same kinds of embedded devices that Mirai has been targeting for several months. The malware has infected thousands of IoT devices in recent weeks and researchers say…
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March 30, 2017
Mirai Botnet Hammers College With Two-Day Attack
A newly discovered variant of the Mirai malware recently was used in a massive, sustained DDoS attack against a college in the United States, an attack that lasted more than two days. The Mirai malware has been involved in several of the larger DDoS attacks ever seen, including one that hit the Dyn DNS provider…
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March 27, 2017
iOS 10.3 Fixes Dozens of Serious Flaws
With the release of iOS 10.3 today, Apple has patched more than two dozen vulnerabilities that could lead to arbitrary code execution in a new release of iOS. Many of the code-execution bugs are in the iOS kernel and several others are in the FontParser component of the operating system. Among the kernel vulnerabilities, there…
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March 23, 2017
Critical Vulnerabilities Found in LastPass Extensions
For the second time in a few months, LastPass had to address serious security flaws in its password manager browser extensions, this time in both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. The two new vulnerabilities, one involving a website connector bug and the other being a Firefox based message hijacking bug, were discovered by Tavis Ormandy,…
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