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Mozilla pulls ads from Facebook after spat over privacy controls

The Mozilla Foundation has expressed its discomfort at the Cambridge Analytica revelations by pulling its ads from Facebook.

While the disappearance of Mozilla's modest ad spend is hardly going to bring down The Social Network, the organization's decision to 'pause' its Facebook advertising came after Zuckerland tried to assure Mozilla that the conditions that prevailed in 2015 (when Cambridge Analytica breached its terms of service) had long been addressed.

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Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose

Cambridge Analytics has been hit with an emergency data seizure order in England following an extraordinary series of events Monday night that revolved around a TV undercover expose.

Following a day in which the company became the focus of attention online in the UK & US for unethical use of user data, senior executives from the firm were then shown on camera boasting about the use of dark methods, including honey traps and fake news to entrap individuals.

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Are DDoS Attacks Increasing or Decreasing? Depends on Whom You Ask

DDoS attacks remain unpredictable and dangerous for enterprises, but actual details on how the threat is evolving can differ substantially by the reporting source.

Two reports released this week are good examples, both a general increase in multivector attacks and an overall decrease in the number of DDoS attacks in the Q4 of 2017 compared to Q3 but differed on the details based on data gathered from their customer engagements.

Some reports show a 12%-16% decrease in DDoS attacks between 2016 Q4 and Q3 & Q4 of 2017, others show a 25% decrease from the previous year's attacks.

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A new evil malware found in routers

A malware, dubbed Slingshot, discovered by security researchers, hid in routers for more than six years. The malware is too powerful and sophisticated, it attacks and infects users systems through compromising MicroTik routers and are run in kernel mode, which give them complete control over victims' devices.

The researchers don't know how many devices may have been infected. The attackers installed the malicious app inside MikroTik routers that Slingshot operators got access to.

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North Korea Threat Group Targeting Turkish Financial Orgs

Hidden Cobra, a threat group that the US government previously has linked to North Korea, appears to have turned its sights on financial institutions in Turkey.

Security vendor McAfee reported finding malware associated with the group surfacing on systems belonging to three large financial organizations and at least two major government-controlled entities involved in finance and trade in Turkey.

The malware, dubbed Bankshot, was last seen in 2017 and is designed to persist on compromised systems for further exploits.

Its presence on the systems in Turkey suggests the Hidden Cobra operation is intended to gather specific information that can be used to launch more damaging attacks later, McAfee said.

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New Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Infected Over 500,000 PCs in Just Few Hours

Microsoft encountered a rapidly spreading cryptocurrency-mining malware that infected almost 500,000 computers within just 12 hours and successfully blocked it to a large extent.

Dubbed Dofoil, aka Smoke Loader, the malware was found dropping a cryptocurrency miner program as payload on infected Windows computers that mines Electroneum coins, yet another cryptocurrency, for attackers using victims' CPUs.

On March 6, Windows Defender suddenly detected more than 80,000 instances of several variants of Dofoil that raised the alarm at Microsoft Windows Defender research department, and within the next 12 hours, over 400,000 instances were recorded.

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