Security in the News

Article: Hijack of Amazon’s internet domain service used to reroute web traffic for two hours unnoticed

Between 11am until 1pm UTC today, DNS traffic — the phone book of the internet, routing you to your favourite websites — was hijacked by an unknown actor. The attackers used BGP — a key protocol used for routing internet traffic around the world — to reroute traffic to Amazon’s Route 53 service, the largest commercial cloud provider who count major websites such […]

Article: Europol shuts down largest cyberattack-for-hire website

A website that police say was behind millions of cyberattacks has been closed following a series of international arrests. Europol said Wednesday morning that it’s shut down Webstresser.org, a page that carried out distributed denial-of-service attacks for a price, sometimes as cheap as $18.26 a month. The page had more than 136,000 users and carried […]

Article: First Case of X-Ray Malware Revealed?

Security nightmare as new attack campaign targets healthcare providers – and even high-end medical scanning machines…   Researchers have uncovered an unusual campaign seemingly targeted at healthcare providers in the West, but with some intriguing elements. The attack group have been dubbed Orangeworm, and are clearly targeting the healthcare sector – more than 40 per […]

Article: Hackers built a ‘master key’ for millions of hotel rooms

Security researchers have built a master key that exploits a design flaw in a popular and widely used hotel electronic lock system, allowing unfettered access to every room in the building. The electronic lock system, known as Vision by VingCard and built by Swedish lock manufacturer Assa Abloy, is used in more than 42,000 properties […]

Article: #deletefacebook

Facebook is using us. It is actively giving away our information. It is creating an echo chamber in the name of connection. It surfaces the divisive and destroys the real reason we began using social media in the first place – human connection. It is a cancer. I’ve begun the slow process of weaning myself […]

Why are Hospitals Easy Targets for Ransomware?

Ransomware, a vicious form of malware which locks up files, programs or even entire computer systems and prevents users from accessing them until a ransom is paid, has been a growing problem for all manner of consumers and businesses in recent years. One type of business that has been hit hard by ransomware attacks recently […]

New Threat Can Auto-Brick Apple Devices

If you use an Apple iPhone, iPad or other iDevice, now would be an excellent time to ensure that the machine is running the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system — version 9.3.1. Failing to do so could expose your devices to automated threats capable of rendering them unresponsive and perhaps forever useless. Full Story: http://krebsonsecurity.com/2016/04/new-threat-can-auto-brick-apple-devices/

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