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Android DIY DoS App Boosts Hacktivism in South America

Hacktivism has become very popular in recent years; one of its leading agents is the online community Anonymous. Hacktivist groups use digital tools to perform denial of service (DoS) attacks for pursue political ends or to protest against controversial laws in countries around the world. One of the most common ...

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Networked Printers at Risk

Multifunction printers (MFPs) have been common in offices for years. They let employees print, scan, and copy documents. Two separate talks at the 28th Chaos Communications Congress (28c3) show how attackers can infect these trusted office devices. Hacking MFPs In Andrei Costin’s presentation “Hacking MFPs,” he covered the history of printer ...

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Fighting Mobile Phone Impersonation and Surveillance

Yesterday at the 28th Chaos Communications Congress (28C3), in Berlin, security researchers along with Karsten Nohl and Luca Melette showcased a number of flaws and solutions in GSM mobile phone networks. Day 1 Defeating GSM encryption is not new. Nohl and Melette detailed how attackers can use known network control ...

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Inside Adobe Reader Zero-Day Exploit CVE 2011-2462

Recently a critical vulnerability has been identified in Adobe Reader X and Adobe Acrobat X Versions 10.1.1 and earlier for Windows and Mac OS, Reader 9.4.6 and Reader 9.x Versions for Unix. This zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2011-2462) could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code and silently take the control of a victim’s ...

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ZeroAccess Rootkit Launched by Signed Installers

Digital certificates and certificate authorities have been much in the news recently. Attacks–such as those used by Stuxnet, Duqu, and other malware–involving stolen certificates show an increasingly worrisome new security trend. Certificate authorities have been targeted several times in the recent past with some success. There is a large chunk ...

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French Magazine Suffers Web Hack, Firebombing

To celebrate the recent victory of the Tunisian Islamist party, the French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” published a special issue in which it named the prophet Muhammad (also spelled Mohammad) as its editor-in-chief. Late night, the magazine’s offices in Paris were destroyed by a Molotov cocktail attack. The entire French ...

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Android Malware Spreads Through QR Code

Last week, there was quite a buzz in the mobile-malware researchers community about a new Android malware. It came to light not because of its sophistication or complexity but due to the simple method that it uses to spread. Most Android malware we have witnessed are repackaged malicious apps made ...

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Satanbot Employs VBScript to Create Botnet

Malware is on the rise. At the beginning of 2008, our malware collection had 10 million samples. Today we have already surpassed 70 million. Most of the malicious samples are Trojans (backdoors, downloaders, fake alerts), but there are also a lot of viruses, worms, and bots that in a short ...

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The Day of the Golden Jackal – The Next Tale in the Stuxnet Files: Duqu Updated

Stuxnet was possibly the most complex attack of this decade, and we expected that similar attacks would appear in the near future. One thing for sure is that the Stuxnet team is still active–as recent evidence has revealed. McAfee Labs received a kit from an independent team of researchers that ...

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No Winners at QR Code Roulette

Last year a friend had a bright idea for a party game that involved a series of QR codes in a circle on paper. He called it QR Code Roulette. Unlike the gambling game, selecting the right 2D barcode did not make you a winner. It turned out that every ...

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