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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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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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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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Ransomware a rare(r) but potent threat

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A recent report by AV-Test states that despite the amount of airtime and articles devoted to ransomware, this particular type of malware only accounts for a small percentage of global cyberattacks. Despite its relatively small share of the cybercrime market, the study by AV-Test, an independent organisation that evaluates antivirus… Read more »

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Payment card data theft prolific in US

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When it comes to card security, shopping online is now much safer than shopping in-store, according to new research contained in Trustwave’s Global Security Report. While hacking attacks against sales tills (also referred to as Point of Sale, or PoS) rose by almost a third in 2016, e-commerce incidents decreased… Read more »

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The 10 most hacked countries

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At a time when interest in the popular music charts is on the wane, a new Top Ten has emerged – the Hacking Chart. Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Labs has produced a cyberattack map, revealing that the ten most hacked countries are Vietnam, Russia, India, Germany, US, Indonesia, Brazil, Mexico,… Read more »

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PowerPoint malware runs near-automatically

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Regular PowerPoint users will be familiar with the instruction to disable macros when opening the Microsoft Office document. However, a new form of social engineering attack – using PowerShell commands embedded inside a PowerPoint file – can now embed malware without unwary victims needing to enable macros. It doesn’t even… Read more »

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Google declares war on phishing

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Give a man a fish and you’ll feed him for a day; teach a man to phish and he’ll make millions from ransomware and identity fraud. Phishing is well-known threat and nobody is safe – not even one of the largest corporations on the planet. Google is the latest high… Read more »

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WannaCry cyberattack holds the world to ransom

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The recent well-publicised WannaCry global cyberattack is believed to be the largest so far, infecting over 200,000 computers across 150 countries with ransomware. As previously reported by many news outlets (and subsequently on this blog), ransomware is big business, and incidents have increased dramatically over the past few years. It… Read more »

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