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Category: Hacking

January 27, 2017
Dridex Trojan Using New Method to Bypass Windows UAC
Researchers have found a new version of the old Dridex banking Trojan that is being used in a fresh campaign in the U.K. and employs a novel technique to bypass one of the key security safeguards in Windows. Dridex has been around for nearly three years and is descended from the GameOver Zeus Trojan, one…
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January 19, 2017
Gmail Phishing Campaign Racking Up Victims
There is a clever, well-crafted phishing campaign targeting Gmail users that includes a fake login page that exactly mimics the real thing to trick victims into entering their credentials. The campaign has been going on for some time but it recently began to gain attention after researchers analyzed it and broke down the techniques the…
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January 18, 2017
OS X Malware With Ancient Code Likely Used in Targeted Attacks
Researchers have uncovered an odd piece of OS X malware that includes some very old functions and may have been used in highly targeted attacks for some time. The malware is nothing fancy, and in fact is quite simple in its construction and functionality. Called Fruitfly by Apple, the malware may have been in use for…
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January 10, 2017
Foreign Government Blamed for Anthem Data Breach
Attackers backed by a foreign government were behind the attack that compromised health insurance company Anthem in 2015, a breach that compromised the information of more than 78 million people, according to the findings of an investigation into the attack. The Anthem data breach is one of the larger health cae-related incidents ever in the United…
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January 9, 2017
U.S. Intel Report Points to Russia in Election-Related Hacks
In a new report, CIA, FBI, and NSA say that the hacking campaign that targeted the Democratic National Committee, other political organizations, and government agencies in the months before last year’s presidential election was ordered directly by Russian President Vladimir Putin, but says the intrusions didn’t affect vote-tallying systems. The report is a declassified version of…
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January 5, 2017
NSA: Russia Is the Top U.S. Competitor in Cyberspace
In a report to be published next week, the United States intelligence community will provide further support for its assertions that Russian intelligence services compromised government and private networks to influence the November presidential election. The report also will include details on a motive for the hacking campaign. The new report is the result of…
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January 4, 2017
California Law Makes Ransomware Use Illegal
It was nice to see the calendar turn over to 2017, for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that on Jan. 1 a new law went into effect in California that outlaws the use of ransomware. The idea of needing a new law to make a form of hacking illegal may seem…
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December 30, 2016
The Weird and Wild Stories of 2016
There are any number of adjectives one could employ to describe 2016, most of which can’t be printed here. One of the gentler descriptors we can use is “interesting”. This year was nothing if not interesting. There were data breaches of epic proportions, companies getting owned in new and creative ways, and all kinds of really unusual…
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December 29, 2016
FDA Sets Guidance on Medical Device Security
The Food and Drug Administration has published new recommendations for both manufacturers and regulators on how to deal with security for medical devices, including implantable devices. Calling device security a shared responsibility, the FDA guidance focuses on the postmarket cybersecurity issues, such as vulnerability response and remediation. The new document is not a set of regulations, but…
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December 28, 2016
New Leet Botnet Generating Huge DDoS Floods
A new botnet that is capable of some of the larger DDoS attacks ever seen has emerged in the last few days, launching floods of up to 650 Gbps and using a unique payload that researchers say is effective at evading security systems. The network came to light on Dec. 21 when researchers at Imperva…
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