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Shadowpad backdoor left NetSarang software wide open

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While investigating suspicious Domain Name System (DNS) requests for a financial institution, researchers at Kaspersky Labs have discovered a backdoor (which they’ve christened Shadowpad) in recently updated copies of two software suites designed for use on Linux and Unix systems. The software is produced by NetSarang Computer Inc, a developer… Read more »

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State-sponsored hack revealed as lone hacker

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Surely everyone has at some time been the recipient of an amateurish email scam from Nigeria? Well, Nigerian scammers have just got a whole lot more professional – so much so that an international cybersecurity specialist mistook a lone 20-something chancer from the outskirts of Lagos for a full-on, nation-state… Read more »

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Maersk reports large losses as direct result of malware

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Danish multinational A.P. Moller – Maersk, the world’s largest container ship company, took a massive broadside from the NotPetya malware attack earlier this summer – resulting in second quarter losses approaching $300m, despite containment of the attack within 24 hours. Maersk was quick to emphasise that the malware only affected… Read more »

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More Chrome extensions infected

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In terms of worldwide usage of web browsers as a desktop browser, Google’s Chrome has a market share of over 60%. Its extensions – the small software programmes that can modify and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser – are often used as efficiency tools and productivity aides. The… Read more »

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Ukraine postal service hit by DDoS

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Ukraine has been cementing its rather unenviable position as one of the world’s leading cyber trouble hot spots. The Petya (or notPetya) malware strain that ended up wreaking havoc in over 60 countries worldwide originated in a Ukrainian accountancy business before spreading through the country’s airports, banks and supermarkets. In… Read more »

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The ultimate geek-out: DNA used to hack lab system

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Every aspect of daily life seems to be coming under threat from cyber attack – and now it appears that even DNA is not immune. The double helix has been a source of much progress in the bio-medical field – and now, it seems, also in the security field. A… Read more »

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SAP releases patches for its CRM system

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German multinational SAP is the world’s third largest software firm, supplying companies all over the world with enterprise solutions. In its latest patch release, SAP has fixed a number of holes in its business management software – notably in its widely-used CRM application. While the majority of the flaws were… Read more »

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Manufacturers’ production lines are lucrative targets

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Throwing a cyber wrench into the works of a busy factory is becoming an ever more popular and lucrative ploy amongst the hacking community. The more technologically-sophisticated the production line, the more scope attackers have for disrupting it – especial if it involves finely tuned functions such as computer-imaging, barcode… Read more »

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Restaurants face backdoor cyber threat

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A formidable new Trojan is threatening to eat up the hospitality sector. It’s the brainchild of infamous hackers Carbanak (aka FIN7), who have previously cut lucrative swathes through the financial community. Using Bateleur, a sophisticated new JScript backdoor Trojan, the hacking team is launching phishing attacks on restaurants to harvest… Read more »

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