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Posts for January 2nd, 2013

Android Malware that can DDoS Attacks from your smartphone

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 - Information Security  

By Wang Wei The Russian anti-virus vendor Doctor Web has found a new malicious program for Android which allows hacker groups to carry out mobile denial of service attacks. While it’s not entirely clear how the Trojan is spread, researchers suspect that the attackers use social engineering tactics since the malware appears to disguise itself […]

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The threat landscape continues to expand rapidly

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 - Information Security  

ThreatMetrix announced cybersecurity trends and risks businesses and consumers must keep top of mind in 2013. These include cyberwarfare, data breaches, migrating malware, BYOD, cloud computing, and mobile and social media fraud. In today’s threat environment, the reach of cybercriminals expands to more industries each year, with financial services, insurance, retailers, enterprises and government agencies […]

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Facebook Patches Webcam Snooping Vulnerability

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 - Information Security  

By Brian Donohue Late last week the social networking giant Facebook patched a particularly voyeuristic security vulnerability in the platform that could have given malefactors the ability to remotely turn on the webcams of other users and post videos to their profiles, according to a Bloomberg News report. The vulnerability was discovered in July by […]

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Senate Reauthorizes FISA, Rejects Proposed Privacy Amendments

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 - Information Security  

By Brian Donohue The Senate today rejected the inclusion of four privacy-friendly amendments before voting to reauthorize the controversial Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that grants the federal government the authority to clandestinely monitor electronic communications involving foreign citizens coming into or out of the United States without the probable cause required for traditional warrants. […]

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Microsoft confirms zero-day bug in IE6, IE7 and IE8

Posted: January 2nd, 2013 - Information Security  

By Gregg Keizer Microsoft on Saturday confirmed that Internet Explorer (IE) 6, 7 and 8 contain an unpatched bug — or “zero-day” vulnerability — that is being used by attackers to hijack victims’ Windows computers. The company is “working around the clock” on a patch, its engineers said. They have also released a preliminary workaround […]

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