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Unpatched D-Link routers targeted in malicious DNS hijacking campaign

Cybercriminals have been hacking into home routers for the last three months, meddling with DNS settings to redirect users surfing the web towards malicious websites.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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Ticketmaster is hit by a £5 million legal action after online payment card theft

A British firm of solicitors, which specialises in helping victims of cybercrime claim compensation, has launched a £5 million (US $6.5 million) legal action against Ticketmaster.


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Unsecured databases found leaking half a billion resumes onto the net, no password required

A staggering 590 million resumes have leaked from poorly-secured Chinese companies in just the last three months.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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Smashing Security #122: The big fat con at Office Depot

Office Depot and OfficeMax are fined millions for tricking customers into thinking their computers were infected with malware, car alarms can make your vehicle less secure, and facial recognition in apartment blocks comes under the microscope.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by The Cyberwire’s Dave Bittner.


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540 million Facebook records left exposed due to sloppy third-party developer security

Security researchers have discovered a huge amount of data containing information about tens of thousands of Facebook users, left available for anyone to access – no password required.

The culprits? Third-party developers.


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In its ransomware response, Norsk Hydro is an example for us all

It’s been over two weeks now since Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s largest producers of aluminium, was hit by a ransomware attack that hit 160 of its plants worldwide, forcing many of its sites to switch to manual operations.

And they’re handling things really rather well…


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Terrorist’s mainfesto used to spread disk-wiping malware

Following mass-shooting in New Zealand, someone has taken a copy of the terrorist’s Word document and weaponised it to download malicious code from the internet.


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Office Depot fined millions for tricking customers into believing their PCs were infected with malware

Office Depot, and its partner Support.com, have been fined $35 million for using the PC Health Check tune-up service to dupe people into buying unnecessary computer repair and technical services.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.


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Smashing Security #121: Hijacked motel rooms, ASUS PCs, and leaky apps

An app leaking private conversations and intimate photographs is ignoring requests to fix the problem, hackers poison a security update sent to ASUS PCs, and how to protect your privacy in motel rooms.

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.


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Asus pushes out urgent security update after its own automatic Live Update tool was hacked

Taiwan-based technology giant Asus is advising concerned customers to run a newly-created diagnostic tool on their Windows computers after hackers pushed out malware to what some security researchers have estimated to be as many as one million PCs using Asus’s own Live Update software tool.

Read more in my article on the Tripwire State of Security blog.


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A PSA for twits on Twitter

Twitter users have been warned not to fall for a prank that claimed their user interface would change colour if they told the service they were born in 2007, after a wave of users locked themselves out of their accounts for being underage.


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Hackers poison Asus software updates, may have infected one million PCs

Hundreds of thousands of Asus PCs may have been infected with malware installed by Asus’s own automatic Live Update tool.


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