Attacks

Microsoft Disables Word DDE Feature To Prevent Further Malware Attacks
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An anonymous reader writes: As part of the December 2017 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has shipped an Office update that disables the DDE feature in Word applications, after several malware campaigns have abused this feature to install malware. DDE stands for Dynamic Data Exchange, and this is an Office feature that allows an Office application to […]

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Victims of Mystery Attacks In Cuba Left With Anomalies In Brain Tissue
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: American victims of mysterious attacks in Cuba have abnormalities in their brains’ white matter, according to new medical testing reported by the Associated Press. But, so far, it’s unclear how or if the white-matter anomalies seen in the victims relate to their symptoms. White matter is […]

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Newly Revealed Flaw Could Subject IoT Devices to Airborne Attacks
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Billions of voice-activated Internet of Things devices may be subject to external attack due to BlueBorne vulnerabilities, Armis revealed on Wednesday. Hackers could exploit BlueBorne to mount an airborne attack, using Bluetooth to spread malware and access critical data, including sensitive personal information. More than 20 million Amazon Echo and Google Home digital assistant speakers […]

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Singapore leads the world in cyber attacks     – CNET
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The small country overtakes the US, Russia and China.

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Mystery of Sonic Weapon Attacks At US Embassy In Cuba Deepens
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: The blaring, grinding noise jolted the American diplomat from his bed in a Havana hotel. He moved just a few feet, and there was silence. He climbed back into bed. Inexplicably, the agonizing sound hit him again. It was as if he’d walked through some invisible […]

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More pseudo-ransomware attacks are probably on the way
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 The last few months saw some major malware moments, most notably the WannaCry and NotPetya (a.k.a. ExPetr/Nyetya/Petya) attacks. Kaspersky Labs’ quarterly report suggests that the trend is likely here to stay for now, as waves of increasingly sophisticated hacks further the veiled aims of shadowy individual actors and governments alike. Read More

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Account Registrations Enable 'Password Reset Man In The Middle' Attacks
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“Attackers that have set up a malicious site can use users’ account registration process to successfully perform a password reset process on a number of popular websites and messaging mobile applications, researchers have demonstrated.” Orome1 quotes Help Net Security: The Password Reset Man in the Middle attack exploits the similarity of the registration and password […]

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Hackers Are Trying to Reignite WannaCry With Nonstop Botnet Attacks
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The “sinkhole” domain that’s held the ransomware in check is coming under repeated denial-of-service attacks. The post Hackers Are Trying to Reignite WannaCry With Nonstop Botnet Attacks appeared first on WIRED.

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Microsoft patches Windows XP to fight 'WannaCrypt' attacks
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Microsoft officially ended its support for most Windows XP computers back in 2014, but today it's delivering one more public patch for the 16-year-old OS. As described in a post on its Windows Security blog, it's taking this "highly unusual" step aft…

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