In a post on the F-Secure Labs blog, Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen says the firm received a hard drive image from a “contact” within Syria who believed that his computer had been compromised. An F-Secure analysis of the drive’s contents and Web history revealed evidence of a targeted attack that used a malicious Skype chat link to install a copy of Xtreme RAT, a remote access tool that’s commercially available online.
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An Iranian man who revealed a vulnerability in a widely used point of sale (POS) system in Iran had his blog confiscated by Google, which cited violations of its Terms of Service.
The dust still hasn’t cleared from revelations that many of RuggedCom brand networking products contain an easily-exploited back door account, and that it is working on a fix for the problem, according to a statement from Siemens, which recently bought RuggedCom.
Car maker Nissan became the latest high profile firm to acknowledge being hacked. The company issued a statement last week saying that it detected a virus infection on its network that resulted int he theft of employee login credentials from a company data store.
UPDATE: Security researchers are warning about the risk posed by an embarrassing security hole in industrial control software by the firm RuggedCom. A hidden administrative account could give remote attackers easy access to critical equipment that is used to manage a wide range of critical infrastructure, including rail lines, traffic control systems and electrical substations.
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said it is looking into a possible data breach of the Website used by organizers of the London Marathon – major, international sporting event that attracted more than 37,000 runners for the 37th running on April 22nd.
[img_assist|nid=11043|title=|desc=|link=popup|align=left|width=96|height=37]In what looks like the IT equivalent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, purloined data and documents, including source code belonging to the U.S. software firm VMWare, continue to bubble up from the networks of a variety of compromised Chinese firms, according to “Hardcore Charlie,” an anonymous hacker who has claimed responsibility for the hacks.
Data from the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs & Business Regulation (OCABR) shows that 3.2 million residents – almost half the population of the state- have been the victim of a data breach in the last four years.
The Iranian Oil Ministry has acknowledged that a virus outbreak has compromised servers and Web sites used by the Ministry, but denies that any non-public data was exposed.
BOSTON–Accountability, not superior technology, has kept Apple’s iOS ecosystem free of viruses, even as the competing Android platform strains under the weight of repeated malicious code outbreaks, say researchers Dan Guido of the firm Trail of Bits and Michael Arpaia of iSEC Partners.