Tag Archives: malware

Huge IOT Attack now Publicly Available, A Credit Card That Defends Against Fraud, and More in Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week

The Internet of Things-based botnet attack that silenced security researcher Brian Krebs’ blog for a short period was a chilling reminder of how insecure most IOT devices still are. The source code behind the attack has been released, and that means more hackers can perform similar attacks wherever they choose. The biggest vulnerability in your […]

Handing The Reigns of Censorship to Hackers, an Incredible Tech Partnership and More in Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week

Information security researcher and journalist Brian Krebs’ site was hit with a truly massive DDOS attack. The attack was mostly performed not with bot-netted computers, but with unsecured internet of things devices (like smart alarms, thermostats, refrigerators, and televisions). Unsecured equipment so widely distributed could mean that we’ve democratized the means to censor any site […]

Possibly the Largest Hack of all Time, Getting Hacked Instead of Upgrading, and more: Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week

The hack that Business Insider is reporting as possibly the biggest data breach in history, the Yahoo hack, was just confirmed by Yahoo and could have implications on the sale of the company to Verizon. When it comes to hacks on large companies, the first question asked tends to be “why wasn’t the IT infrastructure […]

Exploding Handsets, Internet Under Attack: Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week

Hard drive manufacturer Seagate is in the middle of a lawsuit filed by its own employees for leaking their tax information in a phishing attack. The future of the global economy may look grim from down here, but there could be a bright future for industry in space.  Samsung recently recalled the Galaxy Note 7 […]

The Handover of the Internet, The History of Ransomware, and how to Hack on $50 – Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 09/09/2016

A lot of opinion is mixed in with the facts on the US government’s handover of the internet to ICANN – but it’s clear that something has got to give. Fake a USB ethernet adapter with a $50 linux computer, and you can fool a computer into spitting out its own password. Ransomware continues to […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 09/02/2016

You might have heard about the Dropbox hack – security expert Troy Hunt says it’s worse than originally thought, a lot worse.  Modular smartphones were the big-ticket idea a few years ago, though many everyday consumers didn’t quite get it. Google has announced the suspension of their modular smartphone project, Project Ara. Artificial intelligence is […]

New Phishing Tactic Targets Voicemail Users – Here’s What to Look for

Stop and think before you click on anything. Xavier Mertens of the SANS Internet Storm Center has released information on a clever phishing attack designed to look like a voicemail message from someone at a company the victim is familiar with. Often, phishing attempts will be disguised as documents like bills or reports. The victim […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 08/26/2016

Technology will never stop changing. If you want to get ahead, you need to adopt early and learn fast. What’s 200 times stronger than steel and smaller than 10 nanometers? The incredible graphene bubble! It’s still a little like the wild west, but even in the field of info security the unjust get what’s coming […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 08/12/2016

Facebook recently announced that they would be circumventing ad-blocking browser addons. The Adblock Plus team was quick to find a workaround, but they’ll have to be even quicker to keep up with Facebook’s next move. Researchers have discovered a vulnerability affecting up to 100 million Volkswagens, and it could render the vehicles’ remote locking systems […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 08/05/2016

Hacking continues to grow more sophisticated. A proof-of-concept at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas has demonstrated that malicious ads can steal user information from HTTPS pages. That bus concept that was tall enough to roll over two lanes of traffic? Well there’s a prototype out in China – and it is spacious. Apple […]

2016 Cisco Midyear Security Report Released, the Key Takeaways

Ransomware is the most profitable malware type in history, and Cisco predicts that ransomware as a whole will become more sophisticated, destructive, and dangerous as time goes on. Attackers continue to innovate, and defenders are struggling to plug the holes in their networks. The 2016 Cisco Midyear Security report was released last week, and Cisco’s […]

Defend Your Network With Cisco Meraki MX, AMP, and Threat Grid

The online threat landscape is constantly evolving, and responsive protection makes all the difference. Last week during Cisco Live it was revealed that Cisco’s world-class Advanced Malware Prevention (AMP) and Threat Grid are coming to the Cisco Meraki MX family of security appliances, and that means your business network will be safer than ever. You […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 07/15/2016

Ransomware is designed to get you to pay for access to your files, but there’s a new ransomware variant that asks for ransom and just deletes your files. Cisco’s Talos has more details in their report.  “Null” is the computer science concept/term used to represent a value of 0. Null Island is a “place” at 0°N […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 07/01/2016

Newfound vulnerabilities in Norton and Symantec security software could allow hackers to infect machines simply by sending emails containing malicious code. A study conducted on 200 resold hard drives concluded that 78% of them contained personally identifiable information or other sensitive data, even when they were supposed to have been wiped totally clean. Tesla teased […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 06/03/2016

Google’s self-driving cars just get more and more sophisticated. Their newest upgrade? They recognize when to honk! Bloatware that comes pre-installed on a computer isn’t just a pain because it takes up space. The preloaded update systems on computers from OEMs like Asus and Dell actually open your computer up to exploits. Elon Musk thinks […]

Android Malware Posing as Legitimate Apps, Stealing Bank Account Info

FireEye reports that they have identified an Android malware family named SlemBunk that is actively phishing for specific financial institutions’ customer login credentials. SlemBunk monitors app activity on the phone, and when a targeted bank app is launched it injects a phishing overlay onto the legitimate login screen – stealing any credentials that the user […]

Scammers Taking Advantage of Prince’s Death – What to Watch out for

Yesterday, news broke that Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead in his home in Minneapolis at age 57. He was found unresponsive in an elevator and was declared dead shortly after. He performed in Atlanta last week as part of his “Piano and a Microphone” tour, a stripped down show that has featured a mix […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week 04-15-2016

USB-C is the latest, greatest USB protocol, but it has flaws big enough to convince anyone to be wary of third-party cables (they can fry your equipment or steal your data, if engineered in a certain way) — that’s why the committee behind USB-C is putting a safety net in place to catch bad cables. […]

Liberty Technology’s Links of the Week – 03/18/2016

Tax season is when identity theft pays off for cybercriminals, and it can happen to anyone. Even Lifehacker’s Eric Ravenscraft has been affected by identity theft. Ransomware is scary. Ransomware thwarted by a newbie mistake? Hilarious. One software developer’s example code was used in a real species of ransomware, and he easily unraveled the malicious […]

High-Profile Malvertising Attack Puts Millions of Users at Risk

Malware attacks include more than phishing attempts and spoofed emails. On Sunday, March 13, websites like nfl.com, aol.com, nytimes.com, msn.com, and many other extremely high-traffic sites were serving up ads weaponized with malware. Malvertising is a malware delivery method where the attacker designs a convincing ad to put on an online ad network. Usually, when […]