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Smashing Security #154: A buttock of biometrics

The UK’s Labour Party kicks off its election campaign with claims that it has suffered a sophisticated cyber-attack, Apple’s credit card is accused of being sexist, and what is Google up to with Project Nightingale?

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 John Hawes.


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IoT botnet launched massive 13-day DDoS attack against streaming service

Can you put your hand on your heart and say the web application your company has built would be able to handle 292,000 requests per second, from 402,000 different IP addresses?

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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Bayrob malware gang convicted of infecting over 400,000 computers worldwide, stealing millions through online auction fraud

A US court has convicted two Romanian hackers belonging to the Bayrob malware gang after they infected over 400,000 computers around the world, and stole millions of dollars.

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


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Hacker arrested for wave of fake bomb and shooting threats against schools

FBI agents have arrested a 20-year-old man alleged to have been part of a hacking gang which not only launched distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, but also launched a wave of chilling bomb and shooting threats against thousands of schools in the United States and United Kingdom.

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


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User of the world’s biggest DDoS-for-hire website? Police say they’re coming after you

When police shut down the notorious DDoS-for-hire website webstresser.org last year and arrested its administrators, a clear message was sent to the site’s 151,000 users: you’re next.

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


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Smashing Security #111: When rivals hack, and ‘extreme’ baby monitors

Why a business spat resulted in Liberia falling off the internet, how the US Government shutdown is impacting website security, and the perplexing world of extreme IoT devices.

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 special guest Zoë Rose.


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Germany proposes security guidelines for routers, but not everybody is happy

The German government has published draft guidelines on how it believes broadband routers should be secured. But some people think more could be done.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Box blog.


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Spam-spewing IoT botnet infects 100,000 routers using five-year-old flaw

Security researchers are warning that a botnet has been exploiting a five-year-old vulnerability to hijack home routers over the last couple of months.

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


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California’s ban on weak default passwords isn’t going to fix IoT security

Getting rid of hardcoded default passwords is not enough. There is a long way to go before we can feel confident that IoT devices have become significantly safer.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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The makers of the Mirai IoT-hijacking botnet are sentenced

Three men who operated and controlled the notorious Mirai botnet in October 2016 have been sentenced to five years of probation.

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


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MadIoT: How an IoT botnet could launch a major attack on the power grid

Academic researchers claim that hackers could exploit high wattage IoT appliances such as air conditioners, heaters, and cookers, to perform attacks on the power grid.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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Tens of thousands of Android devices are leaving their debug port exposed

Countless Android devices are leaving themselves open to attack after being shipped with a critical port left unsecured.

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


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Smashing Security #081: Hacker no-hopers, Wessex Water has a word, and we win an award

The ‘mastermind’ behind the Owari botnet doesn’t seem to have learnt anything from his victims, someone at Wessex Water forgets to remove an embarrassing sentence from a letter sent to customers, and we’re officially the best security podcast!

All this and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, with cameo appearances by John Hawes, John Leyden, Paul Ducklin, and Mikko Hyppönen.


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VPNFilter botnet has hacked 500,000 routers. Reboot and patch now!

At least half a million routers and storage devices in dozens of countries around the world have been infected by a sophisticated botnet, in preparation for an alleged planned cyber attack on Ukraine.

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


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Smominru! Half a million PCs hit by cryptomining botnet

Why go to all the bother of writing ransomware that demands victims pay a Bitcoin ransom? If all you want is cryptocurrency, why not use the infected computers to mine the crypto coins themselves?

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


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Jail for man who launched DDoS attacks against Skype, Google, and Pokemon Go

A British man has been sentenced to two years in jail after admitting to a series of computer crime offences, which included over 100 attempts to knock the likes of Google, Skype and Nintendo’s popular video game Pokemon Go offline.

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


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