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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Is John McAfee making a comeback in the security industry?

He certainly is eccentric, but software pioneer John McAfee could be making a comeback in the security field with the announcement of his new company Future Tense.

In computers, are random numbers really random?

Computers do not work easily with truly random numbers and it pays off to understand how pseudo-random numbers are used and created.

Lock-Unlock, Biometric adventures, part 2

A follow-up on the updated SignWave Unlock Free by Battelle for Leap Motion on Windows and the new Mac version.

New Solarbot Malware Debuts, Creator Publicly Advertising

A new botnet known publicly as “solarbot” has been making its rounds, according to a report from ESET. Image:ESET In their writeup, ESET analysts explain that solarbot(which they refer to as Win32/Napolar) is capable of: Denial of Service (DOS) attacks Behave as a SOCKS proxy server Stealing information from web forms

Rogue iMessage Chat Client Found in Play Store

Google removed the app iMessage Chat for Android from the Play Store yesterday after discovering it’s not exactly what it claims to be.

Click2Play exploit paired with CVE-2013-2460 guarantees the highest infection rates for anyone running Java 7 update 21 or earlier. But not if you have Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit.

iOS7 and iPhone 5s in the news, but for the wrong reasons

Apple’s release of iOS7 and the new iPhones are making headlines all over this past week, but for the wrong reasons.

Banking (Apps) on Google’s Android

Malware writers have been trying to make an impact on Android’s banking app for some time now. There have been a several families with some of the same gangs targeting PC’s also targeting mobile such like Zeus and SpyEye.

GPS Tracking on the Cheap Part Two

The Tile, a small tag that can send GPS signals to your phone to inform you where your lost keys are, might be too big and expensive to use as a full-fledged tracker, but in comes the I’m Here.

Microsoft releases fix for IE Zero-Day

Microsoft announced a new Internet Explorer zero-day vulnerability yesterday. The zero-day’s target was very limited so far, but could be integrated into future exploit kits.

Newer version of the Reveton ransomware uses Bitcoin mining to always makes a profit, regardless if the users are willing to pay, or not pay, the ransom.

Why you shouldn’t connect to just any access point

The convenience of connecting to a free WiFi hotspot holds unknown dangers such as connecting to a rogue access point where all your info can be accessed by a third party.

Firefox Android zero-day allows execution of malicious code

Exploit found on Android Firefox app that forces the mobile browser to download and execute a (possibly) malicious app. The exploit could also be leveraged by luring Firefox Android users with social engineering tricks.

Hackers are getting good. Their new fake Android Google Play Store is difficult to distinguish from the real thing.

Uncovering an Android botnet involved in SMS fraud

Learn more about a SMS fraud network that is particularly active in Eastern Europe and involves trojanized apps luring users with the usual culprits: fake software updates and porn.

Vulnerabilities Away, it’s Patch Tuesday!

With all the talk about backdoor encryption, phishing attacks and privacy, I think it’s a good time to mention that today is Patch Tuesday! That means that Microsoft is releasing a lot of critical updates to their software today; updates that deal with some of the concerns of the day.

Apple announced today their brand new iPhone to the world. Meanwhile, the bad guys seem to be more interested in robbing Apple users than rejoicing about the big news of the iPhone 5S.

The NSA allegedly spent billions of dollars to crack encryption technologies and worked closely with tech companies to insert backdoors in their software.

‘SBC’ botnet to blame for Tor traffic surge?

Tor traffic has doubled in the month of August. Is a botnet to blame?

The FBI reported 79 percent of all malware targeting mobile devices was directed at Android devices

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