PINDROP BLOG

Category: Hacking

April 17, 2017
Unicode Domain Phishing Attack Resurfaces
Researchers are warning about a phishing attack that abuses the way some browsers handle unicode characters to display attack domains that are identical to legitimate ones. The concept behind the attack is quite old, but it has resurfaced in the current versions of both Firefox and Chrome. The attack relies on the fact that the…
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April 14, 2017
CSRF Bug Haunts Magento E-Commerce Platform
There is a serious vulnerability in a version of the Magento e-commerce platform that could allow a remote attacker to access a target site’s database. The bug can be used for remote code execution, and the researchers who discovered it say they notified Magento of the vulnerability in November, but the company hasn’t released a fix…
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April 13, 2017
Government, Cybercrime Attackers Target Word Flaw
At least two separate groups of attackers, with disparate motives, have been exploiting the Microsoft Word vulnerability disclosed several days ago. Researchers say that both government-backed attackers and cybercrime groups are targeting the flaw, installing high-level professional malware as well as banking malware. Microsoft on Tuesday released a patch for the vulnerability, but attackers have…
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April 11, 2017
Microsoft Word Flaw Used in Dridex Malware Campaign
UPDATE–The zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft Word disclosed in the last few days is now being used as a vector for attackers to install the nasty Dridex banking Trojan. Researchers from a number of security companies have warned about the vulnerability, which Microsoft has yet to acknowledge publicly. The flaw allows attackers to bypass the exploit…
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April 11, 2017
FBI Disrupts Notorious Kelihos Botnet
The Justice Department has disrupted the Kelihos botnet, one of the more prolific and long-running spam and malware networks, by sinkholing the botnet’s command-and-control servers after the arrest of a Russian man officials allege is Kelihos’s operator. The botnet has been operating since at least 2010 and has infected hundreds of thousands of computers around…
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April 10, 2017
Attackers Targeting Microsoft Word Zero Day
Attackers are targeting a newly disclosed, unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Word that can be used to install malware silently on victims’ computers. The attacks are using rigged Word documents attached to phishing emails, and when a victim opens one of the malicious documents, the embedded exploit code will immediately connect to a server controlled by…
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April 5, 2017
On the Wire Podcast: Katie Moussouris
Katie Moussouris has pretty much seen it all in her nearly two decades in the security industry as a pen tester, consultant, Microsoft employee, and many other roles. Now she’s putting that experience and knowledge to work helping governments and enterprises work out the problem of vulnerability disclosure and response with her company Luta Security.…
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April 4, 2017
On the Wire Podcast: David Jacoby and Frans Rosen
Bug bounty programs are nature enough and lucrative enough that there are some researchers making a very comfortable living from them. But not every technology company has one, and not every researcher is looking to make money for themselves on these projects. David Jacoby of Kaspersky Lab and Frans Rosen of Detectify recently decided to…
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April 4, 2017
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Software Export Controls
ST. MAARTEN–Perhaps no regulation has caused as much turmoil in the technology industry recently as the proposed export controls for intrusion software written by the Department of Commerce. The rules have broad implications for security researchers who rely on information sharing to do defensive work, and the potential restriction of that data moving across borders…
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April 4, 2017
Inside the Total Compromise of a $25 Billion Bank
ST. MAARTEN–On a quiet Saturday afternoon in October 2016, security researchers in Latin America began noticing some odd behavior in the Brazilian banking system. Customers visiting the  website of one of the country’s larger banks were being hit with automatic malware downloads, but as the researchers began investigating the incident, it quickly became clear that…
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