Browsing Category: Social Engineering

How Facebook Prepared to Be Hacked

VANCOUVER–When Facebook announced last month that its corporate infrastructure had been compromised through a watering-hole attack against several of its employees, it was major news, both because of the attack itself and because the company had come out and owned up to it. The interesting thing, however, is that this was not the first major problem that the Facebook incident response team had handled. In fact it was the third one in less than a year. 

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Google Says Gmail Security Measures Have Reduced Account Hijacks By 99 Percent

Gmail accounts are high-priority targets for attackers of all stripes, particularly spam crews and state-sponsored attackers who use them to monitor the activities of activists and journalists. Hijacking those accounts can be quite useful for spammers and malware gangs as well, but Google said that it has put security measures in place that have greatly reduced the number of successful hijack attempts.

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Facebook Graph Search Mines Potentially Rich Data for Phishers, Attackers

Categories: Social Engineering

Facebook is serious about its new Graph Search feature, which helps users of the social media site narrowly search for friends with common interests in a much more intuitive fashion than a Google search, for example. Founder Mark Zuckerberg had tagged Graph Search the third Facebook pillar, right alongside the site’s news feed and timeline. So why are security and privacy experts nervous? There’s some serious horsepower behind Graph Search, and there are users whose interests aren’t as benign as finding friends of friends in a particular location who happen to like country music, fine wine and yoga.

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Attackers Exploit Java, Compromise Reporters Without Borders Site

The Java saga continued when unknown, and apparently well concealed goons exploited recent Java and Internet Explorer zero-days to compromise the website of the French-based, free-press advocacy group, Reporters Without Borders. The attack, which attempted to take advantage of the time-gulf that separates Oracle’s patch release from their users’ application of it, is part of a watering hole campaign also targeting Tibetan and Uygur human rights groups as well as Hong Kong and Taiwanese political parties and other non-governmental organizations.

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Rocra Espionage Malware Campaign Uncovered After Five Years of Activity

For five years, it hid in the weeds of networks used by Eastern European diplomats, government employees and scientific research organizations, stealing data and infecting more machines in an espionage campaign rivaling Flame and others of its ilk. The campaign, called Rocra or Red October by researchers at Kaspersky Lab, focused not only on workstations, but mobile devices and networking gear to gain a foothold inside strategic organizations. Once inside, attackers pivoted internally and stole everything from files on desktops, smartphones and FTP servers, to email databases using exploits developed in China and Russian malware, Kaspersky researchers said.

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Chrome Clickjacking Vulnerability Could Expose User Information on Google, Amazon

An apparent clickjacking, or UI redress vulnerability, in Google’s Chrome web browser could make it possible for attackers to glean users’ e-mail addresses, their first and last names and other information according to recent work done by an Italian researcher.Luca De Fulgentis, who writes about security for Nibble Security’s blog, detailed the issue earlier this week, along with another separate data extraction method.

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Bans on Employer Demands for Personal Passwords Go Into Effect

In spring of last year, reports began surfacing that some employers were demanding that current and sometimes prospective employees hand over the log-in credentials or otherwise provide access to their various social media accounts. People were outraged. Such invasions of what many perceive as their personal, albeit, online privacy prompted much debating and the writing of a never-ending slew opinion pieces.

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