Monthly Archives: January 2017

iPhone lock: Did hackers drive Apple to kill iCloud activation checker?

An iPhone serial number hack could explain why Apple killed its iCloud Activation Lock checker.  By Liam Tung | January 31, 2017   The hack may also explain recent cases of people's new iPhones being already tied to someone else's Apple ID.  Image: Apple     Apple's decision to remove its Activation Lock status checker…
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These hackers set a ‘trap’ for security researchers probing their malware

Malicious Word document with 'Russian doll' technique targets NATO countries.  By Steve Ranger | January 31, 2017 The attack uses an usual 'nested' approach. Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto     Security researchers have identified a hacking campaign seemingly targeted at NATO members, which employs a sophisticated method to infect victims and lays a trap for those…
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WordPress patches dangerous XSS, SQL injection bugs

The security release fixes three flaws in the content management system.  By Charlie Osborne | January 30, 2017   CNET   WordPress has patched three security flaws including a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability and SQL injection problem which could lead to the creation of new vulnerabilities. Last week, the content management system's (CMS) developers said…
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Charger Android Ransomware Infects Apps on Google Play

By Ionut Arghire on January 25, 2017   A newly discovered piece of Android ransomware embedded in apps available on Google Play threatens to sell a victim's personal data on the black market if they don’t pay, Check Point security researchers warn. Dubbed Charger, the threat was found embedded in an application called EnergyRescue, and…
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Sage 2.0 Ransomware Demands $2,000 Ransom

By Ionut Arghire on January 25, 2017     A newly observed ransomware variant is being distributed via malicious spam normally distributing Cerber and is demanding a $2,000 ransom for the decryption key. Dubbed Sage 2.0, the new ransomware family was initially spotted in December, but hasn’t been seen in major campaigns until now, with…
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