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Samsung updates Smart TV privacy policy to clarify collection of user data
Malware, Security News

Smart TVs spoofed to deliver billions of fake ad impressions

A cybergang created a botnet that used SmartTVs to generate fake eyeballs for a massive ad fraud campaign that saw billions of ad requests being generated per week. The campaign, nicknamed Icebucket, was uncovered by a team of researchers at White Ops. At its peak in January 1.9 billion fake ad requests were being generated…
Executive Insight, Opinion

IoT proliferation and widespread 5G: A perfect botnet storm

By now, we’ve heard the many promises of the 5G era. Organizations across industries are poised to take advantage of the enhancements 5G will bring to boost their products and services in ways that were difficult or expensive to achieve using 4G networks. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a big part of this shift,…
Samsung updates Smart TV privacy policy to clarify collection of user data
Security News, Vulnerabilities

Zero-day being used to turn LILIN DVRs into botnets

A zero-day vulnerability in a digital video recorders (DVR) made by LILIN is being used by malicious actors to create botnet armies. Using a zero day to infect a device is a new tactic, reported NetLab 360, which uncovered the trend last year when multiple campaigns operated by several different attack groups were found using…
IoT, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Mirai variant Mukashi searching out Zixel NAS devices

The new Mirai variant Mukashi is targeting Zyxel network attached storage (NAS) devices using brute force attacks based on the default admin credentials and then exploiting CVE-2020-9054. Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 said almost all Zyxel NAS products running firmware versions up to 5.21 are susceptible. CVE-2020-9054 is a pre-authentication command injection vulnerability, which may…
Executive Insight, Opinion

Evolving DDoS security toward self-defending networks

A new era of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks has arrived. In 2018 DDoS attacks broke the terabit barrier, and have become even more frequent and sophisticated (or vicious) as they now commonly combine several different attack techniques that vary — both in time and geographically — to maximize impact. Even the giants of…
Executive Insight, Opinion

Bots vs. Bad actors: How to spot the difference and protect yourself

Hackers. Bots. Trolls. Cybercriminals. We’ve all heard these terms used – sometimes interchangeably – to describe alleged perpetrators of cyberattacks and other malicious online activity. But as social media grows as the cyberattack vector of choice, it’s important for businesses to understand and be able to recognize the differences so they can spot the real…
Network Security, Security News

Mushtik botnet now shopping for Tomato routers

A new variant of the Mushtik botnet has been found attacking routers using the open-source Tomato router firmware with about 4.600 routers currently exposed on the internet. Musthtik has been operating since March 2018 using a worm-like propagating ability to infect and harvest Linux servers and IoT devices. The good news is the new variant…
Executive Insight, Opinion

The psychology of ransomware

While there is some debate over whether the number of ransomware attacks is rising, there is no arguing that the losses suffered by both public and private sector organizations have increased. Hardening your organization’s security posture requires an understanding not only of how ransomware works technically, but also how the attacks psychologically compel victims to…
Mobile Security, Security News

2020 Predictions: Mobile Security

Anthony Di Bello, vice president, strategic development, OpenText 2020 will be a key year for mobile device security given new demands placed on these devices. While employees and consumers have started to take a more proactive approach when it comes to cyber security over the past few years, there is still more that can be…
Malware, Security News

Momentum botnet spotted in the wild

A new botnet dubbed Momentum has been found targeting Linux systems running on a variety of different processors and pushing a list of well-known backdoors with the goal of being able to launch DDoS attacks. Trend Micro reported Momentum has been found launching Mirai, Kaiten and Bashlite variants in a series of attacks that use…
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