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Articles tagged with: online security

Skype Vulnerability Allows Intruders, Fix Coming Soon

The popular Voice Over IP service, Skype, has a serious security issue that can allow a hacker to gain access into a contact’s account. The guy who discovered the serious flaw is Levent Kayan, and he claims that the vulnerability can even make the computer itself prone to a cyber attack.

The problem is based off a cross-site scripting vulnerability that enables hackers to embed JavaScript in the mobile phone field of the victims profile description.

Zitmo: A New Malicious Trojan That Steals Your Bank Info

The people responsible for the horrible ZeuS botnet have started exploiting a vulnerability in mobile banking that allows them to steal bank passwords. The spyware app is a Trojan called Zitmo and it has recently been modified to attack Android devices.

The malware works by posing as bank activation software, in where it preys upon its victims and steals all your bank details as you bank online.

Security Firm CloudFlare Raises $20 Million In Funding

A web security startup, dubbed CloudFlare has just raised $20 million in series B funding led by New Enterprise Associates. The San Francisco startup plans on using the money to hire more manpower and fuel its infrastructure.

If you’ve never heard of CloudFlare before, it’s basically a cloud-based software program that helps protect websites from vicious attacks such as DoS (Denial of Service) and other types of cyber attacks.

LulzSec Brazil Takes Down Brazilian Government

It seems like LulzSec is a group of hackers that are spread all over the world, and not just in the previously suspected U.S., Spain, and U.K, but also Brazil. A branch of LulzSec called LulzSec Brazil has taken down the Brazilian government portal and the homepage of the President of Brazil.

It appears that both websites under a packet flood as neither can be reached at the time of this blog. The LulzSec Brazil group started on June 19th, and promised to attack the government of Brazil if they had reached 1,000 followers on Twitter. The group currently has 1,200 followers on Twitter

Dropbox- 25 Million Accounts Left Unprotected

We’ve covered Dropbox a number of times, from the critical flaw discovered to Dropbox employees having access to your files, there’s no question that Dropbox is a bit of a sketchy place to trust cloud storage.

Well, it seems like the cloud-storage system continues to have major security issues. Dropbox “accidentally” turned off password authentication for 25 million users for four hours on Monday evening. Of the unprotected accounts, about 100,000 were accessed, or less than 1% of total affected accounts.

Sega Gets Hacked- 1.3 Million Accounts Compromised

Sega Corporation, the massive videogame manufacturer said on Friday that there was a massive hack to Sega’s network, compromising data from 1.3 million customers. Fortunately, no bank information was stolen as that info is stored on a different system.

This comes after the Sony hack, Xbox hack, and Nintendo hack, leaving little doubt at the next possible targets, most likely video game corporations. Of the stolen information, names, birth dates, e-mails, encrypted passwords.

New Malware Disguised As Microsoft Update

Be careful, a new anti-virus scam has appeared on the web that appears to be a Microsoft update popup, the only exception is that it happens on Mozilla Firefox browsers. Machines infected by the drive-by downloads from compromised sites, receive the malware that make the user think they need to click-through the urgent update notification.

Anti-virus security group, Sophos states that legitimate updates only come through the Internet Explorer browser. Unfortunately, some victims click through and that’s when their computers become infected with the malware.