PINDROP BLOG

Category: Hacking

May 12, 2017
Major Ransomware Attack Sweeps Europe
UPDATE–Attackers have hit several hospitals in the UK, along with major corporations in Spain and other countries with  a ransomware attack, disrupting network and phone operations and forcing some of the hospitals to postpone non-emergency services and divert patients to other facilities. The attack, initially detected at hospitals and other medical facilities in the UK…
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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 5, 2017
New Report Highlights Increasing Strength of DDoS Attacks
The number and intensity of DDoS attacks have sharply increased in the first quarter of 2017, according to a new report by Neustar. There have been more than twice as many DDoS attacks of more than 50 Gbps in the past year as compared to 2016, with 45 percent of attacks being more than 10 Gbps and 15 percent being at least…
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May 3, 2017
Notorious Snake Malware Set to Target OS X
Researchers have discovered a version of the infamous Snake cyber espionage tool used by Russian-speaking attackers that is designed to infect Macs. Snake, also known as Turla, is a sophisticated piece of malware that’s been used for several years by an APT group linked to Russia. The attackers have targeted government agencies and other victims in…
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May 2, 2017
Intel Patches Ancient Critical Processor Bug
Intel has released a fix for a vulnerability that’s been sitting undiscovered in the firmware for some of its processors for nearly a decade. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to run arbitrary code on affected machines. The newly patched bug is found in the firmware for some of the processors Intel makes for business-class…
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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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April 18, 2017
Microsoft Patched Shadow Brokers Flaws Before Latest Disclosure
The latest release of exploits and vulnerabilities from the Shadow Brokers came as a surprise to many observers, but not to the security team at Microsoft. It turns out that the company already has patched most of the flaws in its products that were exposed in last week’s exploit dump. The Shadow Brokers have published…
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