Security threats

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Microsoft worm warning: Windows users urged to patch now

Microsoft is urging computer users to patch their systems now against a critical vulnerability that could be exploited by a fast-moving worm.

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


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Urgent! Update WhatsApp NOW to add new sticker support

Yes, you should update WhatsApp.

But not for the reasons they’re telling you.


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bitdefender.com

Spying on personal alarms and GPS trackers is as simple as sending an SMS

Security experts found that the devices – manufactured in China, and rebadged by multiple companies around the world – are vulnerable to a simple hack that could allow a hacker to track their location, and even secretly listen in via the microphone.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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IRS extends tax filing deadline following attack on Wolters Kluwer CCH cloud accounting service

The IRS will waive penalties and interest if your tax filing was delayed due to the CCH outage.


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Students pull off below-the-belt mailing list prank

Students at Labelle Senior High School sent an email addressed to all faculty, staff, and students about a “Mandatory Penis Inspection”…


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RobbinHood ransomware attack brings down parts of City of Baltimore’s computer network

For the second time in a year, Baltimore city government computers have been infected by ransomware. Malicious hackers are demanding that a ransom is paid for the safe recovery of encrypted files on affected computers and servers.

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


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Smashing Security #127: I do love the Dutch

Israel strikes back at Hamas’s hacking HQ, a new sextortion email comes with a twist, and Carole saves the world with some help from hacked Roomba vacuum cleaners.

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 Malicious Life’s Ran Levi.


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bitdefender.com

$40 million worth of Bitcoin stolen from Binance cryptocurrency exchange

Binance, one of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges by trading volume, says that it has suffered a security breach that saw hackers steal more than $40 million worth of Bitcoin.

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


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Malware takes Wolters Kluwer CCH cloud accounting service offline

Wolters Kluwer, the company behind cloud accounting software CCH, has confirmed that its service was knocked offline after malware was discovered on its systems.


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An attempt to phish my Amazon Web Services account

An email arrived purporting to be from Amazon Web Services (AWS). It claimed that unless I confirmed I had given my correct contact information for a domain’s WHOIS record, a website I administer could be suspended.


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Israel bombs building containing alleged Hamas hackers

“HamasCyberHQ.exe has been removed” tweeted the Israeli Defense Force.


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bitdefender.com

Japan is developing a computer virus to fight cyberattacks, claim reports

According to a report in the Japan Times, the Japanese Defense Ministry is considering creating “its first ever computer virus… as a defense measure against cyberattacks.”

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


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Sky Broadband firmware update bricks routers using third-party DNS settings

Some Sky Broadband users are experiencing problems with the latest firmware update that was rolled out to their routers.


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Nine men arrested in United States for stealing millions through business email compromise and romance scams

Nine men have been arrested in the United States in connection with a string of scams that allegedly netted them a cool US $3.5 million.


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Hackers steal $1.75 million from Catholic church in Ohio

Fraudsters hacked into email system, and tricked church staff into believing that a construction company’s bank account details had changed.


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tripwire.com

Operation ShadowHammer: Hackers planted malware code in video games

Hackers infected Asian video game software houses by poisoning developer tools, leaving game players with trojanised code running on their computers.

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


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