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Android Sensor Attack Can Guess PINs with 94% Accuracy
Device Security, Hacking

Android Sensor Attack Can Guess PINs with 94% Accuracy

With each new generation of smartphone, manufacturers are adding more and more sensors to enhance the user’s experience, but this also means that more and more apps are asking for blanket permission to use those sensors. This proliferation of sensors and permissions is creating serious privacy and security issues, as researchers at Newcastle […]

Microsoft Patched Shadow Brokers Flaws Before Latest Disclosure
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Microsoft Patched Shadow Brokers Flaws Before Latest Disclosure

The latest release of exploits and vulnerabilities from the Shadow Brokers came as a surprise to many observers, but not to the security team at Microsoft. It turns out that the company already has patched most of the flaws in its products that were exposed in last week’s exploit dump. […]

Unicode Domain Phishing Attack Resurfaces
Hacking, Social Engineering

Unicode Domain Phishing Attack Resurfaces

Researchers are warning about a phishing attack that abuses the way some browsers handle unicode characters to display attack domains that are identical to legitimate ones. The concept behind the attack is quite old, but it has resurfaced in the current versions of both Firefox and Chrome. The attack relies […]

CSRF Bug Haunts Magento E-Commerce Platform
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CSRF Bug Haunts Magento E-Commerce Platform

There is a serious vulnerability in a version of the Magento e-commerce platform that could allow a remote attacker to access a target site’s database. The bug can be used for remote code execution, and the researchers who discovered it say they notified Magento of the vulnerability in November, but the […]

Government, Cybercrime Attackers Target Word Flaw
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Government, Cybercrime Attackers Target Word Flaw

At least two separate groups of attackers, with disparate motives, have been exploiting the Microsoft Word vulnerability disclosed several days ago. Researchers say that both government-backed attackers and cybercrime groups are targeting the flaw, installing high-level professional malware as well as banking malware. Microsoft on Tuesday released a patch for […]

Microsoft Word Flaw Used in Dridex Malware Campaign
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Microsoft Word Flaw Used in Dridex Malware Campaign

UPDATE–The zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft Word disclosed in the last few days is now being used as a vector for attackers to install the nasty Dridex banking Trojan. Researchers from a number of security companies have warned about the vulnerability, which Microsoft has yet to acknowledge publicly. The flaw allows […]

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FBI Disrupts Notorious Kelihos Botnet

The Justice Department has disrupted the Kelihos botnet, one of the more prolific and long-running spam and malware networks, by sinkholing the botnet’s command-and-control servers after the arrest of a Russian man officials allege is Kelihos’s operator. The botnet has been operating since at least 2010 and has infected hundreds […]

Attackers Targeting Microsoft Word Zero Day
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Attackers Targeting Microsoft Word Zero Day

Attackers are targeting a newly disclosed, unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Word that can be used to install malware silently on victims’ computers. The attacks are using rigged Word documents attached to phishing emails, and when a victim opens one of the malicious documents, the embedded exploit code will immediately connect […]

On the Wire Podcast: Katie Moussouris
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On the Wire Podcast: Katie Moussouris

Katie Moussouris has pretty much seen it all in her nearly two decades in the security industry as a pen tester, consultant, Microsoft employee, and many other roles. Now she’s putting that experience and knowledge to work helping governments and enterprises work out the problem of vulnerability disclosure and response […]