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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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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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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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tripwire.com

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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The Mirai botnet: three men plead guilty after weaponizing the Internet of Things

The Mirai botnet launched an attack on the internet, the scale of which had never been seen before.

And now some of its perpetrators have admitted their criminal involvement.

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


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Satori botnet rears its head, exploiting IoT vulnerabilities

A new IoT botnet has quietly hijacked more than 100,000 routers, readying them for paralysing distributed denial-of-service attacks against websites.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender BOX blog.


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Reaper IoT botnet could be more devastating than Mirai

Think the Mirai botnet which launched a DDoS attack that knocked major websites offline last year was bad?

It’s possible that you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Box blog.


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Budding malware author uses same Skype ID across job applications and IoT botnet ads

A young malware developer is using the same Skype ID for applying to jobs and advertising their Internet of Things (IoT) botnet.

David Bisson reports.


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Spiderman pleads guilty to knocking 900,000 German broadband routers offline

It seems that Spiderman is in a spot of trouble, tangled in a web of his own making.

Read more in my article on the We Live Security blog.


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