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BlackEnergy cyberespionage group targets Linux systems and Cisco routers  07 November 2014 
Source: ComputerWorld AU - Posted by Alex   
A cyberespionage group that has built its operations around a malware program called BlackEnergy has been compromising routers and Linux systems based on ARM and MIPS architectures in addition to Windows computers.
 
Researchers observe a new phishing technique  06 November 2014 
Source: SC Magazine - Posted by Anthony Pell   
An effective new phishing technique identified by researchers with Trend Micro allows attackers to go after information without having to spend as much time developing copies of websites.
 
An Unprecedented Look at Stuxnet, the World’s First Digital Weapon  04 November 2014 
Source: Wired - Posted by Alex   
In January 2010, inspectors with the International Atomic Energy Agency visiting the Natanz uranium enrichment plant in Iran noticed that centrifuges used to enrich uranium gas were failing at an unprecedented rate. The cause was a complete mystery—apparently as much to the Iranian technicians replacing the centrifuges as to the inspectors observing them.
 
Remote code execution flaws fixed in tnftp and wget  03 November 2014 
Source: The Register UK - Posted by Alex   
The maintainer of the tnftp FTP client has patched a remote code execution vulnerability which affected operating systems including NetBSD, FreeBSD and Mac OS X. The flaw (CVE-2014-8517), which did not affect OpenBSD due to modifications, was patched over the weekend.
 
Preventing Linux rootkit threats through secure boot design  31 October 2014 
Source: New Electronics UK - Posted by Dave Wreski   
The Linux OS is likely to become even more popular as 32bit computing becomes a commodity and projects like Yocto make it easier to create, develop and maintain Linux based systems for embedded applications.
 
Advisory says to assume all Drupal 7 websites are compromised  30 October 2014 
Source: CSO Online - Posted by Anthony Pell   
If your organization uses Drupal, you might have a serious problem on your hands. On October 15, Drupal urged users to apply an update that fixed a SQL Injection flaw. However, unless that patch was installed within seven hours, Drupal now says it's best to assume the website was completely compromised.
 
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.
 
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