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FBI Points Fingers at China, Warns U.S. Enterprises of Cyber-Attacks

The Federal Bureau of Investigation blames China for hackings targeting U.S. companies, and warns enterprises to stay on guard to prevent future breaches, according to Reuters. The agency said it recently got information regarding a group of Chinese cyber-actors affiliated to the Beijing government, who are regularly stealing “high-value information from U.S. commercial and government networks through cyber...

Facebook Bug Bounties for Ads Code Just Doubled

Facebook doubled the bounties for security vulnerabilities discovered in the code behind its advertising system, according to PC World. Researchers who find bugs in the ads code will be paid at least $1,000, and not $500 as until now. Typical vulnerabilities include wrong permission checks, insufficient rate-limiting, edge-case CSRF issues, and Flash problems in the ads code. The social network announced it...

Bitdefender Warns Stock Brokers of New ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Scam

Millions of penny stock spam emails have been flooding inboxes these days, spreading a new ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ scam and inflating stock values of a mineral deposit company based in Canada, according to the Bitdefender Antispam Lab. With over 3 million unique samples, the wave started to grow last Thursday and soon became the largest stock spam attack in 2014, and also the most successful. The transactions...

SysAdmins Should Lose Exclusive Root Access, Pen Testers Say

System aministrators should not be the only ones with root access rights in a company, penetration testers Aaron Beuhring and Kyle Salous said, according to The Register. To help enterprises deter hackers, the researchers shared a series of security commandments at the recent MIRCon conference in Washington. Companies should first make targeted malware too expensive by hardening their systems, the pen teste...

Emma Watson Leaked Facebook Video Reveals Trojans, Not Nude Pictures

A new scam takes advantage of Emma Watson’s growing popularity, using the actress as bait to spread malware on Facebook, according to the Bitdefender Labs. The alleged sexy videos of the British actress drop more Trojans than actual pictures and, just as in many other sex tape scams, users don’t get to see the promised content. The scam comes a couple of weeks after a nude photo leak threat targeting Watson...

JPMorgan Hackers Breach Fidelity Investments; No Data Stolen

The JPMorgan hackers breached Fidelity Investments as well, but stole no confidential data from the mutual fund company, according to Reuters. The cyber-attack targeted another dozen financial institutions including the JPMorgan Chase breach, which affected 76 million households. While the US Secret Service and the FBI just started investigating, the media points fingers at Russia. Hackers didn’t manage to...

Shellshock Bug Exploited in the Wild, Now Patched by Apple

Apple has patched the Shellshock vulnerabilities almost a week after the first disclosure, according to media reports. The company said a "vast majority" of OS X users weren’t at risk, as the systems were safe “by default and not exposed to remote exploits of [GNU Bash] unless users configure advanced UNIX services.” Bitdefender’s analysis shows the typical attack scenario recalls a vulnerable script, toget...

Ad-Free Facebook Challenger Ello Down in DDoS Attack

Facebook challenger Ello was knocked out in a DDoS attack over the weekend, but got back up again after 30 minutes, according to The Register. The new ad-free social network, designed as an alternative to Facebook, started to investigate the attack but hadn’t issued a release by the time of publication. We are undergoing a potential denial of service attack,” the message shown on the DDoS-ed website read. “...

Linux, OS X Users May Be Vulnerable to Bash Flaw Exploit

A bug discovered in Bash Shell, a command-line interface used by Linux and Unix, could leave web servers, systems and embedded devices such as routers vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Cyber-criminals are getting ready to launch multiple attacks, and Bitdefender warns users and sys admins to be cautious with the vulnerability.  Although code allowing the exploit of Bash-using CGI scripts is already available on...

Malware Writers Target SMB Employees with Fake Policy Violation

A new cyber-crime attack tricks SMB employees into downloading Zbot and other Trojans by accusing them of violating company policy, according to antivirus software provider Bitdefender. The spam wave started to accelerate a week ago with dozens of unique .ARJ compressed files infecting computers, as the Bitdefender AntiSpam Laboratory has determined.  The malware attack is based on Zbot or Zeus, which inclu...

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