Monthly Archives: September 2017

Ransomware surges again, as cybercrime-as-a-service becomes mainstream for crooks

Europol report warns on increasingly professional nature of cybercrime and how the likes of WannaCry demonstrate how ransomware is eclipsing most other online crime.   By Danny Palmer | September 29, 2017    Organised criminal gangs are increasingly using the dark web to aid their nefarious activities. Image: iStock             Purchasing cybercrime-as-a-service tools for…
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Flawed Apple Mac firmware updates may leave them vulnerable to attack

Researchers have found ​the pre-boot Extensible​ ​Firmware​ ​Interface​ ​(EFI)​ ​in​ ​many​ ​popular​ ​Macs​ ​is​ ​not always​ ​receiving​​ ​security​ ​updates​ as expected.     By Danny Palmer | September 29, 2017  Some Apple Macbook models have been found to potentially contain a firmware vulnerability. Image: Sarah Tew/CNET     A flaw in the way Apple Mac firmware is updated…
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New Verizon leak exposed confidential data on internal systems

Dozens of documents reveal detailed maps and configurations of internal Verizon servers.     By Zack WhittakerSeptember 22, 2017 (Image: file photo)     Security researchers have found yet another data exposure at Verizon. Confidential and sensitive documents, including server logs and several instances of credentials for internal systems, were found on an unprotected Amazon…
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This new app can detect wireless credit card skimmers at gas pumps

Credit card skimmers are getting more advanced — but that’s making them easier to detect.     By Zack WhittakerSeptember 22, 2017 (Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive)           Credit card skimmers on gas pumps and ATMs are more common than you think — and anyone (including yours truly) can get hit by them.…
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New Bluetooth vulnerability can hack a phone in 10 seconds

  Posted Sep 20, 2017 by John Biggs             Security company Armis has found a collection of eight exploits, collectively called BlueBorne, that can allow an attacker access to your phone without touching it. The attack can allow access to computers and phones, as well as IoT devices. “Armis believes…
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Revenge Hacking Is Hitting the Big Time

Companies are hacking back against cybercriminals to try to prevent—or at least limit the damage of—Equifax-style disasters. One problem: It’s not all that legal. Joseph Cox 09.19.17 Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast         The plan was to hack the hackers. Cybercriminals had targeted a global bank’s customers with phishing emails to…
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