Browsing Category: Hacks

CANCUN–The skill of attackers, combined with the difficulty and cost of finding and fixing vulnerabilities in software–especially after deployment–has reached the point that it’s now more effective and efficient for vendors to concentrate on making life more difficult for those attackers looking to exploit bugs.

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Threatpost’s exclusive interview with Ralph Langner continues, as our conversation shifts from  the legacy of the Stuxnet worm to larger issues facing the critical infrastructure sector including mounting attacks, tensions between vendors and security researchers over responsible disclosure, and what’s needed to secure critical infrastructure and industrial control systems.  

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Researchers at the security firm M86 report that hackers have compromised hundreds of Web sites that use the WordPress content management system. The sites, mostly small Web pages and blogs, are being used to fool spam filters and redirect unwitting visitors to drive by download Websites that will install malicious software on vulnerable systems.

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Categories: Hacks, Malware

The groups of attackers that employ the Zeus toolkit for their scams and malware campaigns have long used sites in the .ru Russian TLD as homes for their botnet controllers. Security researchers and law enforcement agencies have had a difficult time making headway in getting these domains taken down, but now it seems that some changes in the way that the Russian organization in charge of the .ru domain is enforcing rules for fraudulent domains is forcing attackers to move to a long-forgotten TLD owned by the former Soviet Union.

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Categories: Hacks, Vulnerabilities

The Pwn2Own contest at the CanSecWest conference has become one of the landmark events on the calendar each year, as researchers gather with nervous vendors in a tiny room to see who can own which browser on which platform and how quickly. But this year’s contest will have a much different look than past editions, with participants vying for more than $100,000 in cash by amassing points over the course of three days.

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