Tag: Credentials

Premera Hackers Make Off With Massive Medical Haul

This week, a representative for the healthcare insurance provider Premera revealed that the core servers of their customer database had been breached, unearthing the details of millions of medical records and putting the majority of their userbase at risk for possible identity theft or worse. The heist, which yielded its perpetrators a mind-numbing 11 million […]

Internet Explorer Bug Puts User Credentials at Risk

This week a new, previously unknown exploit appeared on the scene that can work its way through fully patched versions of Internet Explorer. The problem affects Windows 7 and 8.1, and for the time being at least, can not be stopped by the browser’s in-house anti-phishing firewall. Exposed by David Leo of the security research […]

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Windows 8.1 Vulnerability Discovered by Google Security Team

Members of Google’s highly-regarded Zero security team have released details about a new privilege exploit they discovered buried deep in the central architecture of Windows 8.1. The exploit works by hijacking the way Microsoft validates impersonation level access keys in system bound processes (such as BITS). It was first reported to representatives at Technet back […]

Anonymous Hits Email Accounts of Swedish Officials After Pirate Bay Raid

Over the weekend it was revealed that in response to the recent raid on The Pirate Bay in Sweden, Anonymous has launched attacks against email providers for Swedish authorities in order to voice their displeasure with the takedown of one of their favorite online P2P portals. The subgroup of Anonymous in question, identifying themselves only […]

Asprox Botnet Responsible for 80% of All Attacks in October

This week, the security research group at Palo Alto Networks revealed their annual Threat Landscape Review, which alleges that 80 percent of all global malware traffic in October of this year came from a single place, the ancient, yet still fully functional Asprox botnet. Asprox, which made its debut appearance back in 2008, was used […]

Lazy Password Practices Are All Too Common Says New Study

UK Internet users are reusing passwords and exercising poor password practices, which is putting their data at risk, according to a new study. In a survey conducted by TeleSign of more than 2,000 consumers, the mobile identity company discovered that 62 percent of consumers risked compromise of their online accounts and other similar credentials because […]

MalwareBytes Forum Hacked, User Passwords Reset

A few days ago, it was confirmed that the forum for the popular anti-virus company MalwareBytes had been compromised by an unknown assailant, and that user credentials could have possibly been stolen in the attack. Obviously the hack doesn’t bode well for the faith that MalwareBytes would expect its users to have in its anti-virus […]

Major Game Publishers Hacked by DerpTrolling

On Friday, a hacking group calling themselves “DerpTrolling” posted on their Twitter that they had been the culprits behind many of the year’s biggest gaming-related server hacks, including PlayStation Network, Windows Live, and Blizzard Entertainment. To prove it, Derp posted a glut of username/password combinations on Pastebin, many of which were stolen from another game […]

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More Limitless Keyloggers Now Available ‘Off the Shelf’

Trend Micro’s new research paper sheds light on Limitless and Predator Pain keyloggers, unscrupulous but effective tools that scammers are increasingly making use of. According to Ryan Flores, senior threat researcher, more of these remote access tools are “simple, off-the-shell” offerings that are used to commit email fraud in corporations on a significant scale. The […]

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Darkhotel Targets High Level Executives Through Hotel Wi-Fi

A group of sophisticated cyber criminals has compromised the Wi-Fi networks of luxury hotels for the past few years to launch malicious attacks against business people in the Asia-Pacific region. Researchers from Kaspersky Lab dubbed the cyber-espionage group as ‘Darkhotel’ and tell us that it operates by injecting malicious codes into the Web portals used […]

BlackEnergy Malware Inside Critical US Infrastructure Since 2011

This week, researchers at Kaspersky Labs released their latest report on the infamous BlackEnergy malware, claiming that Russian hackers have been using the program to infiltrate vital pieces of the US energy infrastructure including power plants, hydroelectric dams, and manufacturers of equipment destined for nuclear-powered facilities. The bug, which targets both Windows and Linux-based machines, […]

Avast Responds to How-To Geek Allegations

Yesterday morning, we posted a story detailing a fresh discovery by a blogger at the tutorial website How-To Geek. In the article, he discusses a process he found inside the SafePrice module that’s built into the Avast web browser toolbar. The toolbar, which is good for everything from keeping users safe from phishing links as […]

Online Black Market Trade is Booming Says New Study

Trading on online black markets is at an all-time high according to new research from Experian, which states that over 110 million items have been traded between cybercriminals in 2014 alone. This is a 40 percent increase on 2013 and a staggering 300 percent increase on 2012. The vast majority, 96.5 percent in fact, of […]

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Ebola-Themed Emails Used To Spread Malware

As of today, 4,881 deaths of Ebola had been reported in West Africa. While the rapid spread of the virus and risk of a pandemic is causing fear around the globe, cyber criminals are trying to exploit the situation as casual email users forget basic security practices in an attempt to keep themselves ‘updated’. Security […]

Email Breach at UC Davis Health Systems, 1,300 Patients Affected

A doctor at UC Davis Health Systems, California has been the victim of an email intrusion that puts over 1,300 patients’ data at risk. The breach did not impact health records, Social Security numbers or any personal financial data but UC Davis notified all affected patients on October 7. In total, 1,326 patients have been […]

Potential Data Breach at Marquette University

Students at Marquette University in Milwaukee may have seen their personal information compromised due to a login glitch on the university’s website. The glitch allowed anyone with login details to access other students’ data on an internal server including social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, exam results, and financial information. The university says it […]

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Apple Now the World’s Most Frequently Phished Brand

Apple is already recognized as the world’s second-most valuable brand. So it may not come as a surprise that Apple is the most popular brand in the world when it comes to phishing. Anti-Phishing Working Group released its latest (H1-2014) Global Phishing Survey, which analyzed 756 brands in phishing campaigns during the first half of […]

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Private WiFi’s Kent Lawson on VPNs, Public Wi-Fi & Safe Browsing

We all do it, but only 0.05 percent of us ever make an effort to actually protect ourselves before we hit the login screen. Whether you’re sitting down with a latte at the local Starbucks, signing in while chomping down on a hamburger at McDonald’s, or just using the hotspot that was recently installed on […]