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Heartbleed, Shellshock, Tor and more: The 13 biggest security stories of 2014  19 December 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Epic hacks, major vulnerabilities, and other security surprises rolled across the Internet like a tidal wave in 2014. We thought we’d seen it all after an SSL vulnerability pierced the heart of the Internet and the crypto world lost a major asset. But then Sony (once again) fell prey to one of the most devastating cyberattacks ever.
 
University of California, Berkeley Hacked, Data Compromised  17 December 2014 
Source: TechWorm - Posted by Dave Wreski   
In September 2014, cyber criminals managed to breach the security of the University of California, Berkeley servers. The Real Estate Division of the UC Berkeley was apparently hacked and the personal information of approximately 1600 people including student and faculty may have been compromised.
 
OphionLocker, A New Ransomware uses Elliptic Curve for Encryption  16 December 2014 
Source: TechWorm - Posted by Dave Wreski   
A new variety of Ransomware has been discovered by Trojan7Malware researchers. Dubbed as OphionLocker, this Ransomware is very unique in the sense that it uses elliptic curve cryptography for file encryption, and Tor for communication. Another unique signature of OphionLocker is that it uses malvertising campaigns to propagate itself rather then traditional spear phishing methods.
 
Sony hackers release more data, promise ‘Christmas gift’  15 December 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Alex   
A further dump of Sony Pictures corporate secrets appears to have been put on the Internet over the weekend, with hackers warning of more to come.
 
Two stealthy Linux malware samples uncovered, following in Windows variants' tracks  10 December 2014 
Source: ZDNet Blogs - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Security researchers have uncovered two Linux variants of a complex piece of Windows malware, which is known to have previously targeted embassies, the military, and pharmaceutical companies.
 
Attackers knock PlayStation Network offline for hours  09 December 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Many gamers couldn’t access Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) for hours on Sunday evening after an apparent attack against the service. The PlayStation Store was also reportedly affected.
 
Pirated Joomla, WordPress, Drupal themes and plugins contain CryptoPHP backdoor  03 December 2014 
Source: SC Magazine - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Illegal search engine optimization (SEO) is the goal of attackers who are freely distributing pirated Joomla, WordPress and Drupal themes and plugins that are packaged with a backdoor being referred to as CryptoPHP.
 
FBI: Watch out for HDD-BUSTING Sony megahack malware  02 December 2014 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Alex   
The FBI has warned US businesses to maintain a heightened state of alert following a high profile cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment last week.
 
Attackers Using Compromised Web Plug-Ins in CryptoPHP Blackhat SEO Campaign  24 November 2014 
Source: ThreatPost - Posted by Anthony Pell   
Researchers have discovered a group of attackers who have published a variety of compromised WordPress themes and plug-ins on legitimate-looking sites, tricking developers into downloading and installing them on their own sites. The components then give the attackers remote control of the compromised sites and researchers say the attack may have been ongoing since September 2013.
 
Most Targeted Attacks Exploit Privileged Accounts  21 November 2014 
Source: ThreatPost - Posted by Dave Wreski   
We all like to write and talk about flashy zero-day vulnerabilities. However, a new threat report cautions enterprises not to flatter themselves, because the majority of criminals are not using valuable zero-days exploits to penetrate corporate networks: they’re phishing privileged account credentials from executives and IT staffs, or simply guessing passwords for automated service accounts and, in turn, exploiting that access to gather valuable information.
 
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