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Phishing, exploits and botnets – how can they affect your business?

How can phishing exploits and botnets affect a business?

Nine bad botnets and the damage they did

Responsible for a great deal of the hacking, spamming and malware every day: here are some of the worst botnets of all time.

Microsoft phishing email targeting corporate networks with ‘neurotic malware’

Security researchers have uncovered a trojan that evades sandboxes specifically targeted at corporate users, hidden in legitimate looking phishing email that apes Microsoft’s Volume License.

Patch Now – Adobe Vulnerabilities Under Attack

This has not been a great week for Adobe; they have been scrambling to fix a number of critical vulnerabilities in their Flash Player product that are being used in active attacks. But a patch is now available to cover all these vulnerabilities – so patch now!

The utterly crazy story of the death threat hacker (involves a cat)

A cat leads to a notorious death threat hacker finally being caught and jailed in Japan.

Facebook porn scam infects 110k users in 48 hours

A new porn scam is spreading startlingly quickly through Facebook – one that has managed to spread malware to over 110,000 users in 48 hours, reports The Guardian.

MSIL/Agent.PYO: Have botnet, will travel

ESET’s researchers recently encountered a piece of malware targeting the filling of the forms belonging to the Consulate of Poland. To understand why it is first necessary to have a brief look at the application process for visas.

Microsoft warns of banking malware targeting German speakers

Microsoft has warned of a new variant of a banking malware that appears to be targeting German speakers, according to PC World.

Hackers damage German factory

An online attack on a German steelworks caused massive damage to the infrastructure, according to reports.

Gamer PCs – how to keep yours clean and mean

Gamers have become major targets for hackers – from large-scale attacks against gaming companies, to small-scale scams carried out via game chat channels. But a few easy security steps should help keep your precious rig at full speed – and safe.

Cyber Monday – 12 tips to help you shop safely online

Technology might evolve, but cyber gangs rely on tried-and-tested tactics. With a bit of care and attention, it’s easy to sort the genuine bargains from the too-good-to-be-true fakes.

Do I need to worry about state-sponsored threats like Regin?

Since the discovery of Stuxnet several years ago, there has been a parade of targeted malware that may have been created or sponsored by nation states. Does an average person or business really need to worry about these things?

‘Citadel’ trojan attacking password managers

Using password managers is often recommended as good practice in order to prevent overusing the same logins, but a new malware has been uncovered that specifically targets the password managers that hold all the variants.

Can e-cigarettes give you malware?

The long-term health effects of electronic cigarettes – or E-cigarettes – are still open for discussion – but the devices could harm your computer, at least if one report is to be believed.

Week in Security: Grief for gamers, Unicorn spotted – and America wakes up

Cybercriminals once again had gamers in their sights this week, with leaks of multiple account details and a new Steam scam – but there was good news in the form of upgraded security on Whatsapp, and dawning awareness on privacy.

Wireless attacks against ‘air gapped’ targets are possible, Israeli team claims

A team of Israeli researchers has demonstrated a way to hack into an ultra-secure air-gapped network, install malware, and retreive information – without using hardware such as USB keys.

Steam gamers targeted with ‘free screensaver’ phishing scam

Gamers on the popular Steam gaming service have been targeted with phishing scams via the service’s popular Marketplace – with apparent ‘bargains’ offering a sting in the tail.

BadUSB potential not as widespread as originally thought, but remains difficult to avoid

The BadUSB malware which potentially turns any USB stick into a ‘unpatchable’ malware carrier doesn’t quite have the potential for mayhem it was originally feared, according to the researcher who uncovered the exploit.

WireLurker: new malware targets Apple users

A new malware has been discovered that targets both Apple Mac computers and iPhones, Neowin reports. It is the first known malware that can infect iPhones that have not been jailbroken.

Hacking planes – researchers developing system to stop in-flight malware

City University professor Dr David Stupples and a team of researchers are looking into ways of minimizing the risk of hacking planes in the future.

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