Security

Authorities take down ‘Imminent Monitor’ RAT malware operation

Image: ZDNet Law enforcement agencies from all over the world announced today they took down the infrastructure of the Imminent Monitor remote access trojan (IM-RAT), a hacking tool that has been on sale online for the past six years. According to a press release from Europol, the operation had two stages. The first occurred in June 2019, when Australian and ...

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iOS apps could really benefit from the newly proposed Security.plist standard

Image: Ivan Rodriguez Earlier this month, security researcher Ivan Rodriguez proposed a new security standard for iOS apps, which he named Security.plist. The idea is simple. App makers would create a property list file (plist) named security.plist that they would embed inside the root of their iOS apps. The file would contain all the basic contact details for reporting a ...

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Hotel front desks are now a hotbed for hackers

Alexa is coming to your hotel room Forgot your toothbrush? Just use Alexa for Hospitality. It seems that any possible way cybercriminals can exploit the hospitality industry, they will.  Hotels, restaurant chains, and related tourism services have been subject to a range of techniques when it comes to cybercrime; the compromise of Point-of-Sale (PoS) terminals to harvest guest data, phishing ...

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Best tech gadgets of 2019

(Image: gargantiopa / Getty Images) As the year comes to an end, it’s time to sit back and reflect. This year we saw Samsung almost fold the Fold, the Motorola Razr make a comeback, and Apple impresses with the iPhone 11’s camera. We also saw gadgets from tech companies, large and small, that made a splash over the past year.  ...

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Microsoft says new Dexphot malware infected more than 80,000 computers

Image: Microsoft Microsoft security engineers detailed today a new malware strain that has been infecting Windows computers since October 2018 to hijack their resources to mine cryptocurrency and generate revenue for the attackers. Named Dexphot, this malware reached its peak in mid-June this year, when its botnet reached almost 80,000 infected computers. Since then, the number of daily infections has ...

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Cheap kids smartwatch exposes the location of 5,000+ children

Image via SMA website A cheap $35 kids’ smartwatch made in China was caught exposing the personal details and location information for more than 5,000 children and their parents. In a report published today by the Internet of Things testing division of AV-TEST, researchers said they found egregious security measures put in place to protect the backend and mobile app ...

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Smartphone maker OnePlus discloses data breach

Smartphone maker OnePlus disclosed today a security breach that impacted users of its online store. The breach ocurred last week and was discovered right away, according to a FAQ page published earlier today. OnePlus says hackers gained access to past customer orders. Exposed information included details like customer names, contact numbers, emails, and shipping addresses, but not passwords or financial ...

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Extensive hacking operation discovered in Kazakhstan

Chinese cyber-security vendor Qihoo 360 published a report on Friday exposing an extensive hacking operation targeting the country of Kazakhstan. Targets included individuals and organizations involving all walks of life, such as government agencies, military personnel, foreign diplomats, researchers, journalists, private companies, the educational sector, religious figures, government dissidents, and foreign diplomats alike. The campaign, Qihoo 360 said, was broad, ...

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New bypass disclosed in Microsoft PatchGuard (KPP)

A security researcher published proof-of-concept code last month for an exploit that can bypass the Microsoft Kernel Patch Protection (KPP) security feature, more commonly known as PatchGuard. Named ByePg, this is the second Patchguard bypass discovered and publicly disclosed in the past six months, after InfinityHook, which was disclosed in July this year. What is Microsoft PatchGuard Microsoft PatchGuard is ...

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