APT28 is back, delivers Mac OS X Trojan to aerospace employees

APT28 is back, delivers Mac OS X Trojan to aerospace employees

by Alexandra GHEORGHE, from HotForSecurity , on 27.09.2016

The infamous APT28 group is targeting users running OS X on their computers to install spying Trojans, according to Unit 42 researchers. APT28, also known as Sofacy, is a Russian cyber-criminal group known to target high-profile government, military and security organizations using sophisticated tools and capabilities. In December 2015, Bitdefender uncovered a massive global intelligence-gathering […] read more

Will IoT Networks Impact Operators?

Will IoT Networks Impact Operators?

by Liviu Arsene, from Business Insights , on 27.09.2016

The proliferation of IoT devices for both consumers and business has opened up a new market that’s estimated to reach a whopping $661.74 billion by 2021, from $157.05 billion in 2016. Considering the obvious business opportunities, security researchers have expressed concerns regarding the security mechanisms – or lack of – bundled with “smart things”. read more

Music industry declares war on stream-ripping

Music industry declares war on stream-ripping

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 27.09.2016

Stream-ripping is a process that allows users to turn a YouTube video into a downloadable MP3. Registering a 50 percent increase in only two years, it is a massive threat to the music industry, which is now taking legal measures to avoid further financial losses. YouTube-mp3 (YTMP3), one of the largest stream-ripping websites, has been […] read more

Plaintext Passwords to Some 5.5 Million Teens Exposed via SQL Injection

Plaintext Passwords to Some 5.5 Million Teens Exposed via SQL Injection

by Liviu ARSENE, from HotForSecurity , on 27.09.2016

An alleged SQL vulnerability in I-Dresup’s website could allow an attacker to download more than 5.5 million user accounts, including their plaintext passwords. With currently more than 2.2 million user accounts already exposed, the attacker claims he can download the full database, as the vulnerability has yet to be patched even though it was reported […] read more

Another family’s privacy exposed by hacked baby monitor

Another family’s privacy exposed by hacked baby monitor

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 27.09.2016

The FBI is investigating another case of an IoT device gone rogue after a family in Austin, Texas, called the police regarding a hacked Wi-Fi baby monitor. Although they followed the common advice for safe online activity and changed the factory password, a criminal still hacked the device. At first, the camera, which could only […] read more

DDoS attack by massive IoT botnet takes down Krebs on Security

DDoS attack by massive IoT botnet takes down Krebs on Security

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 26.09.2016

The internet of things is turning into an intensely debated technology because of the proven security risks. The weak passwords on devices and accounts make it easy for hackers to install malware on any appliance, which is then used to launch DDoS attacks. As the number of DDoS attacks is on the rise, no user […] read more

ISIS supporter gets 20 years for cyber terrorism

ISIS supporter gets 20 years for cyber terrorism

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 26.09.2016

A 20 year-old from Kosovo has been arrested and sentenced to 20 years in prison for leaking confidential US military information to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, announced the US Department of Justice. Ardit Ferizi, also known as “Th3Dir3ctorY,” hacked a US retailer and collected the data from tens of thousands of customers. […] read more

IP geo-location not reliable enough to hunt down criminals, report says

IP geo-location not reliable enough to hunt down criminals, report says

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 23.09.2016

Although IP geo-location is constantly developing, it may not always precisely define a location.  Because its accuracy is still debatable, it might be overestimated by police and judges.   Internet Protocol addresses (IPs) are not 100 percent reliable, so law enforcement should stop relying on them in criminal investigations, says a recent white paper by the […] read more

Hackers hit White House staffer’s Gmail account, raises security concerns by leaking sensitive emails

Hackers hit White House staffer’s Gmail account, raises security concerns by leaking sensitive emails

by Graham CLULEY, from HotForSecurity , on 23.09.2016

Is this a genuine scan Michelle Obama’s passport that has been published on the internet? DC Leaks, a site which has made the headlines in recent months by publishing the leaked email archives of high profile figures including billionaire George Soros and former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, has seemingly struck gold again – […] read more

Student hacked university to change grades

Student hacked university to change grades

by Luana PASCU, from HotForSecurity , on 23.09.2016

Chase Arthur Hughes, 19, a student at a university in Georgia, was arrested for breaching the school’s grading system, announced Fox 5 Atlanta. Between May and September, Hughes used his girlfriend’s internet connection to breach the system. Kennesaw University uses Owl Express, a grading software that sends emails to professors when changes are made. After […] read more

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