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USB is now UEC (use with extreme caution)  22 October 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
USB is an acronym for Universal Serial Bus; at least that is what it has stood for since 1999 when it was patented. But now it may take on a new meaning and instead stand for Ultimate Security Breakdown.
 
Leaked Snapchat videos and pictures posted online  13 October 2014 
Source: ZDNet Blogs - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Thousands of Snapchat videos and images have been posted online over the weekend, some after apparently leaking from a third-party website where they had been stored.
 
That Unpatchable USB Malware Now Has a Patch … Sort Of  07 October 2014 
Source: ThreatPost - Posted by Alex   
When security researchers Adam Caudill and Brandon Wilson publicly released attack code two weeks ago that takes advantage of an insidious vulnerability in USB devices, they argued that publishing their exploits would get the problems fixed faster. Now they’ve released a partial fix themselves—albeit one that’s so messy it includes coating your USB thumb drive in epoxy.
 
Release of Attack Code Raises Stakes for USB Security  06 October 2014 
Source: ThreatPost - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Rarely in security is anything an absolute, but in the case of the BadUSB research that emerged during this year’s Black Hat conference, phrases such as “completely compromised” and “undetectable” paint a grim picture for the security of devices that communicate over USB.
 
JPMorgan says breach impacted 76M households and 7M small businesses  03 October 2014 
Source: CSO Online - Posted by Dave Wreski   
On Thursday, JPMorgan Chase (JPMC) updated investors about their recently disclosed data breach in an 8-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The update comes hours after the financial giant disputed reports from the New York Times that they had experienced an additional security incident, calling the reports false.
 
OpenVPN Vulnerable to Shellshock Bash Vulnerability  02 October 2014 
Source: ThreatPost - Posted by Alex   
OpenVPN wasn’t immune to the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL, and it’s not going to sidestep Shellshock either. Fredrick Stromberg, cofounder of Mullvad, a Swedish VPN company, reported that OpenVPN servers are vulnerable to Shellshock , the vulnerability in Bash plaguing Linux, UNIX and Mac OS X systems.
 
Report: Hacker collective Anonymous joins Hong Kong’s Occupy Central  02 October 2014 
Source: Washington Post - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Reporting on the hacker collective Anonymous is always fraught. This loosely organized group has no clear leader and no clear agenda. The anarchic nature of its technological attacks make it difficult to establish a who-what-where-when-why. And, of course, hackers use nom de guerres. Heck: Even the Islamic State has a spokesman.
 
Hacker Group Lizard Squad Takes Down Destiny, Call of Duty, FIFA And More  29 September 2014 
Source: Forbes - Posted by Dave Wreski   
It’s been over a full month since hacker collective ‘Lizard Squad’ rose to notoriety for taking down Sony's PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and other gaming servers, but above all else attracting the FBI’s attention for tweeting out a bomb threat to a Sony executive’s American Airlines flight, which grounded the plane and launched a nationwide hunt for the group.
 
Shellshock makes Heartbleed look insignificant  29 September 2014 
Source: ZDNet Blogs - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Somehow there always seems to be another Internet security disaster around the corner. A few months ago everyone was in a panic about Heartbleed. Now the bug called Shellshock (officially CVE-2014-6271), a far more serious vulnerability, is running uncontrolled over the Internet.
 
Hackers Are Already Using the Shellshock Bug to Launch Botnet Attacks  26 September 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
With a bug as dangerous as the “shellshock” security vulnerability discovered yesterday, it takes less than 24 hours to go from proof-of-concept to pandemic. As of Thursday, multiple attacks were already taking advantage of that vulnerability, a long-standing but undiscovered bug in the Linux and Mac tool Bash that makes it possible for hackers to trick Web servers into running any commands that follow a carefully crafted series of characters in an HTTP request.
 
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