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Tag: Vulnerabilities

Microsoft says it freed millions of computers from criminal botnet

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp said that an assault it led earlier this month on one of the world’s biggest cyber crime rings has freed at least 2 million PCs infected with a virus believed to have been used to steal more than $500 million from bank accounts worldwide. “We definitely have liberated at least 2…
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Source code for Carberp financial malware is for sale at a very low price, researchers say

IDG News Service — The source code for the Carberp banking Trojan program is being offered for sale on the underground market at a very affordable price, which could result in additional Carberp-based financial malware being developed in the future, according to researchers from Russian cybercrime investigations firm Group-IB. A person believed to be a…
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U.S., Russia to Share Cyberthreat Data

(Bank Info Security) The United States and Russia are creating a new working group to assess emerging online threats. The group, announced by the White House, will begin work within the next month. “It’s a great idea because cybercrime has long been assisted by cross-jurisdictional friction,” says Richard Stiennon, an IT security analyst who wrote…
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USB Malware

(Infosec Institute) In this article the author, c0d3inj3cT, looks at malware that propagate to other machines using USB removable devices. Unlike most malware which make use of vulnerable Network Services to spread to other machines in the network, these malware are specifically designed to infect USB removable devices. c0d3inj3cT discusses in depth the methods used by…
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FDA calls on manufacturers, hospitals to better protect medical devices

(SC Magazine) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned medical professionals to implement practices that will safeguard computer-embedded health care devices from attack. “Many medical devices contain configurable embedded computer systems that can be vulnerable to cyber security breaches,” the advisory said. “In addition, as medical devices are increasingly interconnected, via the internet,…
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Purdue Students Accused of Hacking into Professors’ Accounts to Change Grades

(Softpedia) Three Purdue University students have been charged with multiple felonies and misdemeanors after the educational institution discovered that they hacked into their professors’ accounts to change their grades. Two of them – Mitsutoshi Shirasaki, an aeronautics and astronautics major from Japan, and Sujay Sharma, a nuclear engineering major – were seniors at the university…
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Flash Player Clickjacking Flaw Allows Hackers to Hijack Your Webcam

(Softpedia) Back in October 2011, Adobe reported fixing a clickjacking issue in the online Adobe Flash Player Settings Manager. However, experts say that the flaw can still be leveraged, at least with some web browsers, to allow access to a user’s webcam and microphone. According to security researcher Egor Homakov, the exploit he has developed…
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Cyberespionage Operators Work In Groups, Process Enormous Data Workloads

(Dark Reading) In a study of the lifecycle of cyberespionage attacks, a group of researchers at a Taiwanese security startup have found that the nation’s major government agencies encounter a dozen such attacks each day and that the operators behind the attacks have virtual data centers that appear to be processing enormous workloads. The research,…
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Bank accounts of several Mumbai policemen hacked

Mumbai (NDTV)  A total of 29 Axis Bank accounts, including those of Mumbai police officials, have been hacked. Around 12-14 of these were held by policemen. Some of the policemen in the city had received text messages on their phones that cash has been withdrawn from their accounts with the Axis account in euro currency,…
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FDA, facing cybersecurity threats, tightens medical-device standards

(Washington Post) The Food and Drug Administration is tightening standards for a wide range of medical devices — from fetal monitors used in hospitals to pacemakers implanted in people — because of escalating concerns that the gadgets are vulnerable to cybersecurity breaches that could harm patients. Increasingly, officials said, computer viruses and other malware are…
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