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  • WPA3 Standard Officially Launches With New Wi-Fi Security Features

    June 25, 2018

    The Wi-Fi Alliance today officially launched WPA3—the next-generation Wi-Fi security standard that promises to eliminate all the known security vulnerabilities and wireless attacks that are up today including the dangerous KRACK attacks. WPA, or Wi-Fi Protected Access, is a standard designed to authenticate wireless devices using the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) protocol and is intended to prevent hackers ...

  • VPNFilter Malware Infects 500k Routers Including Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR

    May 23, 2018

    Malware called VPNFilter has infected 500,000 router brands ranging from Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR and TP-Link that are mostly used in home offices. Researchers at Cisco Talos said they decided to warn the public of the threat despite the fact the infected devices and malware are still under investigation. Researchers said their investigation into VPNFilter has been ...

  • DNS-Hijacking Malware Targeting iOS, Android and Desktop Users Worldwide

    May 21, 2018

    Widespread routers’ DNS hijacking malware that recently found targeting Android devices has now been upgraded its capabilities to target iOS devices as well as desktop users. Dubbed Roaming Mantis, the malware was initially found hijacking Internet routers last month to distribute Android banking malware designed to steal users’ login credentials and the secret code for two-factor authentication. Read more… Source: The ...

  • 5 Powerful Botnets Found Exploiting Unpatched GPON Router Flaws

    May 10, 2018

    Well, that did not take long. Within just 10 days of the disclosure of two critical vulnerabilities in GPON router at least 5 botnet families have been found exploiting the flaws to build an army of million devices. Security researchers from Chinese-based cybersecurity firm Qihoo 360 Netlab have spotted 5 botnet families, including Mettle, Muhstik, Mirai, Hajime, and Satori, ...

  • Sierra Wireless Patches Critical Vulns in Range of Wireless Routers

    May 8, 2018

    Sierra Wireless has patched two critical vulnerabilities for its range of wireless gateways that would leave the enterprise devices helpless to an array of remote threats, including the charms of the Reaper IoT botnet. The more critical of the two (with a 9.4 CVSSv3 Temp Score) is a privilege-escalation bug (CVE-2018-10251), which could allow a remote attacker ...

  • Millions of Home Fiber Routers Vulnerable to Complete Takeover

    May 1, 2018

    Consumers lucky enough to have blazing-fast 1Gbps internet access in their homes are likely to use the internet more than lower-broadband households; however, millions of them are at risk for hackers to gain wide-ranging access to their internet activities (including being able to view full browsing histories). A comprehensive assessment of various GPON home routers by vpnMentor has ...

  • Warning – 3 Popular VPN Services Are Leaking Your IP Address

    March 13, 2018

    Researchers found critical vulnerabilities in three popular VPN services that could leak users’ real IP addresses and other sensitive data. VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a great way to protect your daily online activities that work by encrypting your data and boosting security, as well as useful to obscure your actual IP address. While some choose VPN ...

  • 23,000 HTTPS certs will be axed in next 24 hours after private keys leak

    March 1, 2018

    Customers of HTTPS certificate reseller Trustico are reeling after being told their website security certs – as many as 23,000 – will be rendered useless within the next 24 hours. This is allegedly due to a security blunder in which the private keys for said certificates ended up in an email sent by Trustico. Those keys ...

  • Cisco Patches Critical VPN Vulnerability

    January 30, 2018

    Cisco Systems released a patch Monday to fix a critical security vulnerability in its Secure Sockets Layer VPN solution called Adaptive Security Appliance. The vulnerability, according to a Cisco Security Advisory, could allow an unauthenticated and remote attacker to execute remote code on affected devices. The vulnerability impacts nearly a dozen Cisco products ranging from 3000 Series ...

  • 19-Year-Old TLS Vulnerability Weakens Modern Website Crypto

    December 13, 2017

    A vulnerability called ROBOT, first identified in 1998, has resurfaced. Impacted are leading websites ranging from Facebook to Paypal, which are vulnerable to attackers that could decrypt encrypted data and sign communications using the sites’ own private encryption key. The vulnerability is found in the transport layer security protocol used for Web encryption. A successful attack could ...

  • Banking Apps Found Vulnerable to MITM Attacks

    December 7, 2017

    Leading US and UK-based banks have patched a flaw found in their Android and iOS mobile apps that allowed adversaries to conduct man-in-the-middle attacks to steal customer credentials and view and manipulate network traffic. According to researchers at the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham that found the flaw, the vulnerability impacted nine apps belonging ...

  • DUHK Attack Exposes Gaps in FIPS Certification

    October 24, 2017

    Despite the obligatory logo and clever name, this week’s assault on crypto, the so-called DUHK attack (Don’t Use Hardcoded Keys), isn’t likely to be part of many threat models. Though the attack can be used to passively decrypt VPN and encrypted browser traffic, it relies on a host of implementation errors in admittedly ancient security appliances to trigger ...

  • Google Finds 7 Security Flaws in Widely Used Dnsmasq Network Software

    October 2, 2017

    Security researchers have discovered not one or two, but a total of seven security vulnerabilities in the popular open source Dnsmasq network services software, three of which could allow remote code execution on a vulnerable system and hijack it. Dnsmasq is a widely used lightweight network application tool designed to provide DNS (Domain Name System) forwarder, ...

  • Internet-wide security update put on hold over fears 60 million people would be kicked offline

    September 28, 2017

    A multi-year effort to update the internet’s overall security has been put on hold just days before it was due to be introduced, over fears that as many as 60 million people could be forced offline. DNS overseer ICANN announced on Thursday it had postponed the rollout of a new root zone “key signing key” (KSK) used to secure the internet’s foundational ...

  • D-Link router riddled with 0-day flaws

    September 12, 2017

    A security researcher has shamed D‑Link by publicly disclosing 10 serious, as-yet unpatched vulnerabilities in a line of consumer-grade routers without notifying the vendor first. Security researcher Pierre Kim went public on a series of flaws in D‑Link DIR 850L wireless AC1200 dual-band gigabit cloud routers without disclosing the issue to D‑Link beforehand because of a ...

  • US Warns of ‘DeltaCharlie’ – A North Korean DDoS Botnet Malware

    June 14, 2017

    The United States government has released a rare alert about an ongoing, eight-year-long North Korean state-sponsored hacking operation. The joint report from the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided details on “DeltaCharlie,” a malware variant used by “Hidden Cobra” hacking group to infect hundreds of thousands of computers globally as part of its ...

  • WikiLeaks Vault 7: CIA’s “Pandemic” Tool Replaces Files with Malware

    June 2, 2017

    WikiLeaks has released a new set of documents from its Vault 7 series, this time detailing a tool that the CIA allegedly uses to spread malware on a targeted organization’s network. Appropriately called “Pandemic,” the tool can install a file system filter driver on a network, replacing legitimate files with malicious payload when they are accessed ...

  • Taiwan government to block Google’s public DNS in favor of HiNet’s

    May 11, 2017

    The Taiwanese government intends to block Google’s public DNS service, citing cybersecurity concerns. The question is whether those concerns are the government’s or its citizens’, with the government pushing its own DNS service – a setup that is typically used to spy on people’s internet communications. The announcement comes, somewhat unusually, in the form of a PDF ...

  • Russian-controlled telecom hijacks financial services’ Internet traffic

    April 28, 2017

    On Wednesday, large chunks of network traffic belonging to MasterCard, Visa, and more than two dozen other financial services companies were briefly routed through a Russian government-controlled telecom under unexplained circumstances that renew lingering questions about the trust and reliability of some of the most sensitive Internet communications. Anomalies in the border gateway protocol—which routes large-scale ...

  • Symantec API Flaws reportedly let attackers steal Private SSL Keys and Certificates

    March 27, 2017

    A security researcher has disclosed critical issues in the processes and third-party API used by Symantec certificate resellers to deliver and manage Symantec SSL certificates. The flaw, discovered by Chris Byrne, an information security consultant and instructor for Cloud Harmonics, could allow an unauthenticated attacker to retrieve other persons’ SSL certificates, including public and private keys, ...