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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.

First exploitation of Internet Explorer ‘Unicorn bug’ in-the-wild

Microsoft released a patch last week for a critical vulnerability allowing remote code execution in Internet Explorer. This vulnerability is significant because it exploits an old bug present in Internet Explorer versions 3 through 11.

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.

“More human” carder malware emerges for sale in dark web

A carder like tool for cybercriminals that promises to use stolen credit card details in a more ‘human way’ to bypass fraud detection has been found on sale for as little as $180, according to The Register.

Stealthy malware uses Gmail drafts to steal data

A new strain of malware that uses Gmail drafts in an invisible Internet Explorer window, has been discovered. According to Network World, the malware uses the drafts folder as “the command and control to steal data.”

White House hit by “sustained” cyber attack, hackers breach unclassified network

IT security staff have spent the last few weeks fighting hackers in the White House, after a computer network was breached. But can we tell who was behind the attack?

Tor users targeted with exit node malware

An exit node on the Tor network has been discovered to be slipping malware on top of downloads, according to The Register. The server, based in Russia, has been flagged as bad by The Tor Project, but this “would not prevent copycat attackers from the more than 100 exit nodes in operation.”

Top 5 Scariest Zombie Botnets

An army of the undead, wreaking havoc on the Internet – it’s a nightmare scenario that has played out many times as the population of humans online has exploded. Some zombie plagues have been particularly troubling, and we will take a look at the worst of the worst.

Yahoo, Match and AOL hit by ransomware

Cybercriminals taking advantage of a ‘malvertising’ attack on big name sites including Yahoo!, Match.com and AOL were making in the region of $25,000 per day, according to Forbes.

Botnet malware: What it is and how to fight it

Malware or malicious computer code has been around in some form or other for over 40 years, but the use of malware to take control of a group of computers that are then organized into something called a botnet is more a twenty-first century phenomenon.

Myths about malware: an exploit is the same as malware

In this post we want to share with you a question that arose from the first post in this series: whether exploits are the same as malware. What are we talking about? The best way to debunk any myth is to start by understanding what it is we are talking about.

Staples the latest to be hit by credit card breach?

Stationary and office supply store Staples is the latest company to be dealing with a credit and debit card breach, according to Brian Krebs at Krebs on Security.

Botnets: remote controls for cybercriminals

As promised in our post about the European Cyber Security Month during October, we are publishing about Botnets and Exploits this week. Even though we had the Poodle flaw in the web encryption standard a few days ago, we are using this week to explain what are botnets and exploits and how they work.

A brief history of malware 28 years later

Malware has come a long way since its earliest days, and aided by the rapid development of the internet it’s certainly faster spreading than the weeks it took in the days of floppy disk transfer.

Operation Windigo: “Good job, ESET!” says malware author

Following the recognition at Virus Bulletin 2014 of ESET’s research on Operation Windigo, I took the opportunity to ask Marc-Etienne Léveillé – who worked directly on the Operation Windigo report a few questions. Marc-Etienne is a malware researcher at ESET.

Kmart hit by malware credit card breach

Sears Holding Co. is the latest high profile name to announce the discovery of malicious credit and debit card stealing malware in its point of sale registers at its Kmart stores, writes Brian Krebs on his Krebs on Security website.

Week in security: Dubai Police use Google Glass facial recognition, Bugzilla gets bugged and ‘Unpatchable’ USB exploit lands on GitHub

This week in security, we covered a full range of privacy and malware, with controversial plans to equip police officers with facial recognition packed Google Glass in Dubai, and the BadUSB malware finding its way on to GitHub.

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