Browsing Category: Hacks

New Version of Stoned Bootkit Said to Bypass Windows 8 Secure Boot

Categories: Hacks, Microsoft

A security researcher who has in the past has created low-level rootkits capable of staying resident on an infected machine after reboots, said he has now accomplished the same feat on Windows 8, which hasn’t even hit the shelves yet. Peter Kleissner said he has created a new version of his Stoned bootkit that defeats the pre-boot security checks included in the forthcoming OS and survives reboots.

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Citing Crisis, Senate Leader Puts Cybersecurity Bill On 2012 Agenda

Citing a looming crisis over lax computer security, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Wednesday that the Senate will debate cybersecurity legislation. The move comes despite the lack of a coherent Senate plan and could set up a showdown with House Republicans over the government’s role in forcing industry to strengthen cyber protections, according to a report by The Hill.

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Researchers ‘Convinced’ Duqu Written By Same Group as Stuxnet

Categories: Hacks, Malware

Researchers are fairly confident now that whoever wrote the Duqu malware also was involved in some way in developing the Stuxnet worm. They’re also confident that they have not yet identified all of the individual components of Duqu, meaning that there are potentially some other capabilities that haven’t been documented yet.

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FBI To Probe California University Hack That Changed Student’s Grades

More than 60 current and former students at Santa Clara University had their academic records hacked into and grades changed – for the better, according to a letter posted to the school’s site on Monday by university president Michael Engh.

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Stolen Government Certificate Used to Sign Malware

F-Secure researchers claim that malware spreading via malicious PDF files is signed with a valid certificate stolen from the Government of Malaysia, in just the latest evidence that scammers are using gaps in the security of digital certificates to help spread malicious code.

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TDSS Rootkit and DNSchanger: An Unholy Alliance

Categories: Hacks, Malware

The TDSS rootkit has proven to be more pliable and adaptable than a campaigning politician, and attackers have used it in various forms for the last three or four years for all sorts of different attacks. It shows up in drive-by downloads, targeted attacks and just about everything in between, and one of the newer jobs it’s been assigned is to deliver the DNSchanger Trojan.

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Steam’s 35 Million Users Compromised in Hack

Gamers who use the digital distribution network Steam were warned that their account information may have been exposed to hackers following a compromise of the company’s Web page and back end databases.  The incident yielded a slew of sensitive customer information, including user’s passwords and encrypted credit card numbers, Steam said.

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Apple Releases iOS Patch Fixing Flaw That Led to Charlie Miller’s Expulsion

Apple shipped an update to their IOS mobile platform on Thursday that included patches for a number of security vulnerabilities, including a resolution for a vulnerability that led to the expulsion of renowned security researcher, Charlie Miller, from Apple’s developer program.

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