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WikiLeaks suffer defacement at the hands of OurMine group

WikiLeaks’ whistleblowing website suffered an attack from the group known as OurMine on Thursday, when Julian Assange’s data-leaking site found itself on the receiving end of a ‘hack’.

The incident took the form of a defacement of WikiLeaks(dot)org and meant that visitors to the site were redirected to a page created by OurMine with a messages that said: “Hi, it’s OurMine, don’t worry we are just testing your…. blablablab, oh wait, this is not a security test! Wikileaks, remember when you challenged us to hack you?”

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Twitter Bots Use Likes, RTs for Intimidation

Recently Brian Krebs realized that he'd gained almost 12000 new followers on Twitter, almost as many followers as the number of re-tweets (RTs) earned for a tweet published on Tuesday, related to Russian President Vladimir Putin & President Trump.
Upon further examination, it appears that almost all of new followers were compliments of a social media botnet that is being used to amplify fake news and to intimidate journalists, activists and researchers.

After tweeting about his new bounty of suspicious-looking Twitter friends, he realized he was not the only one as several journalists and nonprofit groups have experienced the same.

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BankBot trojan tries to sneak apps onto your Android smartphone without permission

The BankBot malware family is abusing Android's accessibility services to try to install additional apps without users' permission.

In this particular attack campaign, the trojan has concealed itself inside of two applications available for download on Google's PlayStore.

The first app, "Bubble Shooter Wild Life," is advertised as a "fun and addictive" mobile game.

The second app goes by the name "Earn Real Money GiftCards"; it claims it can help users gain rewards for free.

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Zerodium Paying Up to $500K for Mobile Messaging App Vulnerabilities

Zerodium updated its exploit acquisition payout schedule on Aug.23, adding new targets and prices for zeroday exploits. Among the new targets are mobile messaging apps including:

  • WhatsApp
  • iMessage
  • Signal

Zerodium will pay up to $500,000 for a remote code exploit with local privilege escalation zero-day vulnerability in each of these apps.

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8 More Chrome Extensions Hijacked to Target 4.8M Users

Google's Chrome web browser extensions are under attack with a series of developers being hacked within last one month.

Almost two weeks ago, we reported how unknown attackers managed to compromise the Chrome WebStore account of a developer team and hijacked Copyfish extension, and then modified it to distribute spam correspondence to users.

Just two days after that incident, some unknown attackers then hijacked another popular extension 'Web Developer' and then updated it to directly inject advertisements into the web browser of over its 1M users.

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Oopss! HBO Itself Accidentally Leaked 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Episode 6

HBO doesn't need hackers to leak its widely watched "Game of Thrones" episodes, as it is sufficient enough to leak them by its own. In what seems to be a terrible blunder, HBO Spain appeared to have accidentally broadcast the next episode—Episode 6—of Game of Thrones season 7 five days before its official premiere. And as expected, the GoT episode 6 quickly began circulating online. HBO has recently been facing trouble from a hacker or group of hackers who claimed to have obtained nearly 1.5TBs of information from the entertainment company.

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