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Hackers Are Using Gmail Drafts to Update Their Malware and Steal Data  29 October 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Dave Wreski   
In his career-ending extramarital affair that came to light in 2012, General David Petraeus used a stealthy technique to communicate with his lover Paula Broadwell: the pair left messages for each other in the drafts folder of a shared Gmail account. Now hackers have learned the same trick. Only instead of a mistress, they’re sharing their love letters with data-stealing malware buried deep on a victim’s computer.
 
Linux botnet 'Mayhem' spreads through Shellshock exploits  28 October 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Alex   
Shellshock continues to reverberate: Attackers are exploiting recently discovered vulnerabilities in the Bash command-line interpreter in order to infect Linux servers with a sophisticated malware program known as Mayhem.
 
Vulnerability in widely used 'strings' utility could spell trouble for malware analysts  28 October 2014 
Source: Network World - Posted by Dave Wreski   
One of the first things a malware analyst does when encountering a suspicious executable file is to extract the text strings found inside it, because they can provide immediate clues about its purpose. This operation has long been considered safe, but it can actually lead to a system compromise, a security researcher found.
 
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.
 
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