Malware

Smashing Security #136: Oops, we created Iran’s hacking exploit

Mac users of the Zoom video conferencing app are warned their webcams could be hijacked, security firms warn of how scammers are deepfaking audio to steal from businesses, and our guest owns up to the role he played in an Iranian cyberattack against US organisations.

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 Charl van der Walt.


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St John Ambulance service hit by ransomware attack

The UK’s St John Ambulance service says that it was hit by a ransomware attack earlier this week, but if the attackers hoped they might massively disrupt the volunteer first aid service then they’ll be massively disappointed.


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Smashing Security #135: Zombie grannies and unintended leaks

We take a bloodied baseball bat to Android malware, and debate the merits of a social media strike, as one of the team bites the bullet and buys a smart lock for the office.

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 Oli Skertchly.


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bitdefender.com

US Cyber Command warns nation-state hackers are exploiting old Microsoft Outlook bug. Make sure you’re patched!

US Cyber Command has issued an alert about an unnamed foreign country’s attempt to spread malware through the exploitation of a vulnerability in Microsoft Outlook, as concerns are raised of a rise in an Iranian-backed hacking group’s activities.

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


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Malware makes an exhibition of itself

If you happen to be in the Netherlands in the next few months you may be interested in dropping into an unusual art exhibition.

From Friday 5 July until 10 November, you’ll be able to check out “Malware: Symptoms of Viral Infection” at the Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam.


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$1.1 million in two weeks – Florida cities pay out big to ransomware gangs

Cybercriminals have learnt something very valuable in the last couple of weeks: in order to regain access to their data, cities in Florida are prepared to pay out huge Bitcoin ransoms to hackers.

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


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Millions of Dell PCs vulnerable to attack, due to a flaw in bundled system-health software

Millions of Dell PCs and laptops running Windows are vulnerable to attack via a high severity security hole, that could be exploited by malicious hackers to seize control of devices.

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


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Smashing Security #133: Cookie cock-ups, Hong Kong protests, and smart TV virus scans

We head to Hong Kong to look at how technology has helped anti-government protesters (and how China has tried to disrupt it), Samsung is skittish over whether to tell TV owners to virus-scan their devices, and you won’t believe whose website is not GDPR-compliant.

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 James Thomson.


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BlueKeep – everyone agrees, you should patch PCs running legacy versions of Windows

I have this horrible feeling that the only way we’re going to wake the world up to the need to patch their ageing versions of Windows against the BlueKeep vulnerability is to wait until a malicious worm begins to spread around the world.

Prove me wrong. Patch now.


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tripwire.com

HiddenWasp malware seizes control of Linux systems

Security researchers have discovered a new strain of malware that they believe is being used in targeted attacks to seize control of Linux systems and open backdoors for remote hackers.

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


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Smashing Security #130: Doctored videos, Bcc blunders, and a diva

You won’t believe who had to report themselves to the data protection agency for a breach, or who has been sharing doctored videos of political rivals, or how much money you can make selling a laptop infected with malware… and how Carole gets her diva on.

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.


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Firms, stop sending out automated emails that look suspicious as hell!

Guest contributor Bob Covello isn’t happy about automated emails being sent out by a legal firm.


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bitdefender.com

$100 million GozNym cybercrime network dismantled as suspects charged

The sophisticated conspiracy saw tens of thousands of victims’ computers infected with the GozNym malware in order to steal online banking passwords, and raid accounts.

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


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tripwire.com

Forbes subscribers warned of Magecart threat skimming credit card details

The notorious Magecart malware, that blights online stores by stealing payment card details from unsuspecting shoppers at checkout, has claimed another high profile victim.

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


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Oh, the irony… Malware spread via Best of the Web security seals

The very thing that websites were using to reassure you that they were secure… was insecure, and putting website visitors’ personal data at risk.


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bitdefender.com

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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