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Angler exploit kit now hooking execs with Xmas Flash hole

The Angler exploit kit is again sailing the cyber seas and pillaging with impunity, adding one of the more recent machine-hijacking Flash holes to its arsenal. The integration of Adobe Flash vulnerability (CVE-2015-8651) patched last month solidifies Angler's position as the most popular and effective exploit kit on underground criminal markets. Chinese security researcher known as ThreatBook reports the exploit kit is being used in phishing attacks under the so-called DarkHotel campaign.

Those attacks also involve the compromising of hotel networks in order to compromise executives who connect to Wi-Fi. Read more...



Apple Can Still Read Your End-to-End Encrypted iMessages!

 If you are backing up your data using iCloud Backup, then you need you watch your steps NOW! There are still hundreds of Millions of Apple users whose data are stored on Apple's servers in plain text even after Apple's end-to-end encryption practice.

If you have enabled iCloud Backup on your Apple devices, the copies of all your messages, photographs and every important data stored on your device, are encrypted on iCloud using a key controlled by the company , and not you. This allows Apple, and hence anyone who breaks into your account, to see your personal and confidential data. Read more...




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Media Devices sold to feds have hidden backdoor with sniffing functions.

A company that supplies audio-visual and building control equipment to the US Army, the White House, and other security-conscious organizations built a deliberately concealed backdoor into dozens of its products that could possibly be used to hack or spy on users, security researchers said. Members of Austria-based security firm SEC Consult said they discovered the backdoor after analysing the AMX NX-1200, a programmable device used to control AV and building systems.




Even small threats can scare the giants, this is the case of Tinba malware


A new variant of the infamous ‪Tinba‬ banking‬ trojan has emerged in the wild and is targeting ‪financial‬ institutions in the ‪Asia‬ Pacific region.

Tinba is a size 20KB ‪bank‬ ‪‎trojan‬ first seen in the wild in the mid-2012, in July 2014, security experts at Danish CSIS Security‬ Group discovered that the source‬ ‎code‬ of the Tinba banking trojan was published on an underground forum. The new variant Tinbapore has been improved to be more resilient to takeover of law enforcement as explained in a report published by F5. Read more...




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Hyatt says hackers took card data from 250 of its hotels

Hyatt Hotels says a total of 250 of its resorts were hit last year in a massive malware infection that stole customer payment card information. The luxury resort chain said that locations in 50 countries were impacted by malware that collected payment card information from sales terminals at Hyatt restaurants, spas, golf shops, parking lots and check-in desks.

Hyatt is advising people who stayed at any of the 250 breached locations to keep a close eye on their bank statements and report any unauthorized charges. Read more...



602 Gbps! This May Have Been the Largest DDoS Attack in History!

 A group calling itself New World Hacking claimed responsibility for taking down both the BBC's global website and Donald Trump's website last week. Out of two, the largest ‪DDoS‬ ‪attack‬ in the history was carried out against the BBC website: Over 600 Gbps.

The group targeted all ‪BBC‬ sites, including its iPlayer on-demand service, and took them down for at least three hours on New Year's Eve. Read more...




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