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Week in review: CCleaner compromise, Optionsbleed, and Linux devices sending out spam

Here’s an overview of some of last week’s most interesting news and articles: Hackers behind CCleaner compromise were after Intel, Microsoft, Cisco There is a new twist in the CCleaner hack saga: the attackers apparently didn’t set out to compromise as many machines as possible, but were after some very specific targets. Three things to know about the dark web One of the more curious aspects about the dark web is that it didn’t start … More


Three things to know about the dark web

One of the more curious aspects about the dark web is that it didn’t start out as such a dark place: it began with bulletin boards in the 80s and 90s – the markets of that day – and continued in the early 2000s, when Freenet launched as a private peer-to-peer network for sharing content. At about the same time, the United States Naval Research Laboratory came up with what would be called The Onion … More


How Equifax failed miserably at handling its data breach

A data breach, as conventional wisdom goes, can happen to anyone, but how an organization handles the fallout is what shows us if they care about users at all – and Equifax is failing spectacularly at it. One failure after another Following the Thursday announcement that it has suffered a data breach that has resulted in the compromise of sensitive information (including SSNs) of some 143 million US individuals, Equifax has set up a site … More


Malware creators increasingly run their business like legitimate software companies

The continuing increase in ransomware attacks is, partly, due to how easy the malware can be built and used by attackers that have limited technical skills. Take for example the Philadelphia Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) offering. Offered for sale by a group (or individual?) that calls itself The Rainmakers Labs, it is just a part of the overall arsenal of “anti-security solutions” on offer: Philadelphia is a typical piece of crypto-ransomware and, as it’s usual with RaaS … More

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Dark web market Alpha Bay was shut down by law enforcement

Dark web black market Alpha Bay went offline on June 5, leaving users to wonder whether its operators did it and ran off with their money. Reassurances that the market will be back online shortly rang hollow, and the Wall Street Journal revealed on Thursday that the market was shut down in a coordinated action by law enforcement agencies in the US, Canada, and Thailand. During the action, Alexander Cazes, a 26-year-old Canadian suspected of … More


Week in review: Mac malware-as-a-Service, CIA hacking routers, top tech for infosec

Here’s an overview of some of last week’s most interesting news and articles: End-to-end email encryption with no central point of attack A seamless, easy-to-use, and secure end-to-end encrypted business collaboration tool with no central point of attack is a holy grail for every business, and Boston-based security company PreVeil believes they have the right solution on hand. How the CIA hacked wireless home routers For many years, the CIA has had the capability to … More

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Dark web fraud guides reveal potential threats to orgs

An in-depth look at content from more than 1,000 fraud guides available for sale on the dark web revealed that the majority of these guides are useless. Still, as many as 20 percent have the potential to cause financial harm to individuals and organizations by instructing readers how to exploit legitimate policies and processes or use malicious code against an organization’s systems. “We wanted to get in front of these fraud guides to offer security … More


Germans, Czechs served with banking malware through SMS

German and Czech Android users are getting served with a banking Trojan directly through text messages, warns malware researcher Bart Blaze. The message claims that the user has missed the delivery of a package by the DHL delivery service (or by the Czech Post, or by Czech-based online shop Alza), and should download a mobile app to arrange a new delivery attempt: A direct link to the app is helpfully provided, but the “DHL Express … More

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Suspected Deutsche Telekom router hacker arrested

A 29-year-old British national, believed to be the mastermind behind last November’s unsuccessful hijacking attempt of Deutsche Telekom users’ routers, was arrested yesterday at the London Luton Airport. The arrest was effected by agents of the UK National Crime Agency, on the basis of a European arrest warrant issued by the Köln Public Prosecution Office. “The investigation is conducted by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), which has prepared the arrest of the accused in … More


Week in review: Tesco Bank breach, and a checklist for people who understand cyber security

Here’s an overview of some of last week’s most interesting news and articles: Bug in Chrome for mobile exploited for drive-by Android malware downloads Users of the mobile version of Google Chrome should be extra careful when faced with unsolicited offers to install a popular app. 20,000 affected by Tesco Bank security breach Several of the customers commented online that they had never used the card they received for their affected account, so it seems … More


Dutch police takes over darknet market, posts warning

As law enforcement agencies around the world continue taking down online markets on the Dark Web, the Dutch National Police and the nation’s Public Prosecution Service are trying out a new strategy for deterring sellers and buyers of illegal goods. Operation Hyperion – a recent coordinated law enforcement action that included agencies from the US, UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, France, the Netherlands, Finland Sweden, Ireland, and Spain – resulted in a number of law … More

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Cyber Europe 2016: Analyzing realistic cybersecurity incidents

The European ICT Industry is one of the most advanced in the world. Making the EU’s single market fit for the digital age could contribute €415 billion per year to the economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs. The pervasiveness of high-speed connectivity and the richness and quality of online services in the European Union are among the best globally. Such advantages have considerably increased the dependability of European citizens on ICT services. … More