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Thousands of WordPress Sites Compromised through MailPoet Vulnerability

Around 50,000 websites have been compromised through a vulnerability in the MailPoet WordPress plugin discovered this month, according to researchers at Sucuri labs. The MailPoet vulnerability allows attackers to upload malicious themes to a Wordpress website and plant a backdoor code to get full control of the site. The compromised website can be exploited for malware injections, defacement, spam campaigns...

European Central Bank Web Site Breached; 20,000 Email Addresses Stolen

The European Central Bank's (ECB) web site has been breached by cybercriminals and the e-mails and contact details of 20,000 people were stolen, according to the IBTimes. The ECB says its internal system is physically separate from its contacts database and no other sensitive data was lost. Photo Credit: Huffington Post "The theft came to light after an anonymous email was sent to the ECB seeking financial ...

Piracy Groups Caught Selling Fake Android Apps

Leading members of three piracy groups that target Android, Appbucket, Applanet and SnappzMarket, have been arrested for illegally distributing Android mobile apps, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. “As a result of their criminal efforts to make money by ripping off the hard work and creativity of high-tech innovators, the defendants are charged with illegally distributing copyrighted apps,” said...

Hacker Finds Undocumented Functions in Apple’s iOS That Could Siphon Data

Jonathan "NerveGas" Zdziarski, an iOS researcher and developer, has found several undocumented functions in Apple's mobile iOS that allegedly siphon data back to Apple, according to a blog post. The functions retrieve data, without authentication, from an iOS-based device using wireless or USB connections and have no other purpose other than data retrieval from devices, Zdziarski says. "I have emailed both ...

Google Blocks Access to Less Secure Apps

Google added a sign-in security feature to its Gmail service in an effort to help users keep their accounts safe from suspicious apps and devices, the company says. Google announced that users can opt to disable access for apps that use “insecure sign-in technology.” Apps that don’t comply with the latest security standards may be blocked by default, in which case the user will receive a “Password incorrect...

Apache Server Vulnerability Allows Attackers to Execute Code Remotely Without Authentication

An Apache HTTP server buffer overflow vulnerability could allow attackers to execute code remotely, according to an advisory by the Zero Day Initiative. The vulnerability can be exploited without authentication by attackers, as the flaw is found in the "mod_status" module. “A race condition in mod_status allows an attacker to disclose information or corrupt memory with several requests to endpoints with han...

Europol Takes Down Romanian Cyber-Crime Organized Group

The European Cybercrime Center (EC3) has taken down a cyber-crime ring based in Romania and France accused of electronic payment crimes throughout Europe, detaining 65 people and interrogating more than 100, Europol announced.  “The cybercrime network is suspected of sophisticated electronic payment crimes including intrusions into international non-cash payment systems (through malware attacks), illegal wo...

Botnets Infect 18 Computers per Second, FBI Warns

Botnet armies have become attackers’ favorite tool to control and distribute malicious software, infecting more than 500 million computers per year, or roughly 18 systems per second, according to V3. "The use of botnets is on the rise. Industry experts estimate that botnet attacks have resulted in the overall loss of millions of dollars from financial institutions and other major US businesses," Joseph Dema...

Israeli TV hijacked by Hamas hackers

Some satellite TV viewers in Israel got a surprise on Monday, when their regular programming was interrupted by an unscheduled transmission calling for an end to Israeli airstrikes in Gaza. Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian political organisation Hamas, claimed responsibility for the hack, which took over the satellite feed of Channel 10 for a few minutes to broadcast images of wounde...

Are typewriters really the way to stop cyberspying? Germany seems to think so

German politicians think they have come up with a novel way to keep their sensitive documents secret. They're going to stop using computers. Okay, okay. They're not going to completely throw out all of their computers - that would be preposterous. But concern about electronic surveillance by other countries has become such a big issue in Germany that prominent politicians say they are seriously considering ...

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