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TeamViewer affected by permissions bug

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The recent announcement of a permissions bug in popular application TeamViewer, which allows users to ‘switch sides’ by seizing unauthorised control of each other’s mouse without permission, has caused some consternation. Engineers have responded swiftly by releasing a hotfix for the bug, which affects Windows, macOS and Linux. While it… Read more »

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Google releases several critical fixes

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Amongst the fifty fixes recently issued by Google for its Pixel and Nexus devices, one rated ‘critical’ rectifies an encryption bug in Qualcomm closed-source components. Of the five other patches rated ‘high’, four deal with glitches that potentially allowed denial of service attacks and the fifth resolves an elevation of… Read more »

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WordPress site infected by keylogger

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US security firm Sucuri has detected that nearly 5,500 sites managed through popular CMS WordPress have been contaminated with malicious cryptojacking script loaded from the cloudflare.solutions domain (which, it should be noted, is nothing to do with Cloudflare). This keylogger can record every keystroke made by the user and also… Read more »

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Man arrested for attempted cyber jailbreak

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A man from Michigan has hacked into the computer system of his local prison to alter the records of a friend in order to secure his early release. After his early spear-phishing attempts failed to fool staff into giving him access to court records, he succeeded in persuading a handful… Read more »

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British shipping giant Clarkson takes a cyber-hit

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British shipping services provider Clarksons is a big fish in international shipbroking waters. Recently, the company played by the best-practice-rulebook and refused to be bullied into paying a ransom demanded by… let’s call them cyber pirates. Apparently, the privateers breached a single isolated user account, allowing them access to Clarkson’s… Read more »

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Attackers use fake screenshots for extortion

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The Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is the nightmare of any Windows user. What joyous announcement, then, that the next time you see it, you may ‘just’ be getting spammed. It goes like this: up pops the BSOD, accompanied by some irritating beeping, followed by a Windows Troubleshooter pop-up offering… Read more »

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Sneaky! There’s a crypto-miner under my taskbar

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Crypto-miners are all the rage at the moment. When a movie pirating site ran one surreptitiously, it raised a few eyebrows, but then a well-respected news site was found out to do so as well, and now it seems the list of sites secretly using visitors’ browsers to mine for… Read more »

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Hacking made easy

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Well that’s awkward. Apple, which prides itself on its in-built gold standard security, last week announced that it was releasing a patch for a rather crucial vulnerability. It seems that for a while, all you needed to do to gain access to any Apple machine running the new High Sierra… Read more »

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Intel finally releases critical security patches

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As the world’s number two supplier of microchips and processors, Intel products feature in millions of PCs and servers all over the globe. It is therefore no laughing matter to discover that malicious actors can use long-standing vulnerabilities in Intel’s Trusted Execution Engines, Management Engines and Server Platform Services firmware… Read more »

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Firefox to launch breach alert

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Mozilla engineers are planning to release a new feature in the Firefox web browser which automatically notifies users when they visit a site that has previously been compromised by a data breach. Working in conjunction with the Have I Been Pwned website that allows internet users to check if their… Read more »

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