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Samsung Backdoor Capable of Siphoning Data Remotely, Replicant Developers Say

Developers of the free Android library Replicant have discovered a backdoor in Samsung’s proprietary software capable of siphoning storage data remotely, according to The Free Software Foundation. The proprietary program manages the modem communication protocol. Today, smartphones have two distinctive processors; on one runs the operating system and on the other one, known as modem, runs a proprietary syste...

Tenda Wireless Routers Feature Backdoor

Some wireless router models produced by Chinese company Tenda Technology are vulnerable to remote attacks, says Craig Heffner, the researcher who also spotted the backdoor in D-Link routers. Unpacking the firmware update for the Tenda networking kit, Heffner found “suspicious code” that enables an unauthorized person to highjack the router “by sending a UDP packet with a special string.” Apparently the bug ...

OSX Backdoor Found on Angolan Activist’s Mac, Apparently Downloaded from Romania

The Bitdefender labs are currently working on an analysis of a Mac OS X backdoor that has been discovered by independent security researcher Jacob Applebaum on an Angolan activist. The victim, who had fallen victim to a phishing scam, ended up installing a malicious piece of code that acts as a backdoor, taking screenshots, and then uploading them to the command and control center. While relatively basic, t...

Former Hostgator Employee Charged for Planting Backdoor on 2,700 Servers

Police apprehended 29-year-old Eric Gunnar Gisse of San Antonio, Texas and charged him with rooting 2,700 servers of his former employer, Hostgator. Gisse, a medium-level administrator, is believed to have installed the Trojan with the intent of remotely accessing all the rooted servers at will. Prosecutors with the district attorney’s office of Harris County in Texas accused Gisse of felony breach of compu...

Backdoor Agent Infects ACH Clients with Fake Successful Transaction Notice

A Backdoor Agent is circulating with the aim of infecting Automated Clearing House clients via a fake payment receipt attached to notification e-mails, Bitdefender Labs has found. The e-mails are part of a rising wave of spam messages that carry a Trojan meant to grab users’ credit card details. “WIRE transaction is completed. $XXX has been successfully transferred. If the transaction was made by mistake pl...

Barracuda Firewall Rigged With Hard-Coded Backdoor

A number of hardware security appliances made by Barracuda Networks ship with an undocumented backdoor in their firmware, according to a report by SEC Consult Vulnerability Lab. This backdoor allows an attacker to gain access to the appliances by simply tapping into them via SSH and logging in with a pre-defined username and password. The backdoor is built into a variety of products, such as Spam and Virus ...

Backdoors, Password-Stealers Most Common Threats to Windows 8 Security, Bitdefender Test Reveals

Last week, Bitdefender carried out a Windows 8 security test on the most frequently-encountered 100 families of malware. The test revealed that 15 percent of these well-known pieces of malware can bypass security mechanisms built into Windows 8. As Windows 8 in conjunction with an antivirus solution can block rootkit-based malware via ELAM technology and the SafeBoot option stops bootkit interference, Troja...

Huawei Hands In Source Code to Fight Cyber-Espionage Accusations

Huawei, one of China’s largest networking and telecom hardware providers, has offered the Australian government access to the company’s source code to fight cyber-espionage accusations issued earlier this month by the Intelligence Committee of the US House of Representatives. After being publicly blamed for bundling their device firmware with backdoors, Huawei is trying to clear its name and keep its ties w...

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