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Unlucky 13: Mirai variant uses baker’s dozen of exploits to compromise IoT devices

Researchers at Trend Micro have discovered another new variant of Mirai botnet malware that uses a unique combination of 13 exploits designed to hijack IoT devices. With these 13 exploits, this “Backdoor.Linux.MIRAI.VWIPT” variant is capable of targeting Vacron network video recorders, Dasan GPON routers, D-Link devices, various CCTV-DVR vendors, devices using Realtek SDK with the…

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Uptick in IoT related data breaches as unsecured devices increase

A recent  Ponemon Institute study found, there has been a dramatic increase in IoT-related data breaches specifically due to an unsecured IoT device or application since 2017. The study found these breaches account for 26 percent of incidents, up from 15 percent, although the actual number may be greater as most organizations aren’t aware of…

Three serious vulnerabilities found in PrinterLogic software

The current and older versions of PrinterLogic Print Management Software contain three high-severity vulnerabilities that would-be attackers could exploit to reconfigure the software and remotely execute code. According to a security advisory from the CERT/CC at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute, the PrinterLogic agent fails to properly validate the PrinterLogic management portal’s SSL certificate…

Flawed P2P technology threatens millions of IoT devices

At least two million internet-connected devices featuring the peer-to-peer (P2P) communications technology iLnkP2P contain two major security flaws that could allow malicious actors to discover the products online, snoop on them and hijack them. Security researcher Paul Marrapese discovered the issue in hundreds of brands of security cameras, baby monitors, smart doorbells and digital video…

Chucky is a rogue IoT device in latest Child’s Play trailer

The most recent iteration of the Child’s Play franchise features the murderous doll Chucky as a rogue IoT device gone mad. The new film’s trailer features Chucky connected to the “Buddi” platform which allows users to control all of their connected home devices including various electronics, toys, and anything else that can be forged into…

Mirai variant adds 11 news exploits, shifting focus to enterprise IoT devices

Developers behind a newly discovered variant of the Mirai Internet of Things botnet malware have expanded their target list, placing a greater emphasis on high-bandwidth enterprise devices that are potentially capable of launching heavy-duty distributed denial of service attacks. Detected by the Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 threat research team, the botnet still attempts to infect…

GCA, Mastercard partner on free cybersecurity toolkit for small business (Video)

Small businesses, which make up 99 percent of businesses globally and, on average, 70 percent, grapple with some of the same major cybersecurity challenges as large enterprises, only without the same resources. The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) and Mastercard have teamed on a free Cybersecurity Toolkit aimed at helping smaller and medium-sized businesses. GCA President…

Fearing backlash, IoT hacker ‘TheHackerGiraffe’ no longer sticking neck out for PewDiePie

The hacker who’s taken credit for compromising connected devices such as printers and smart televisions in support of YouTube star PewDiePie has gone dark, apparently due to fears of prosecution as well as death threats. According to multiple reports, the individual known as TheHackerGiraffe deleted his (or her/their) accounts on Twitter, Cloudflare, Patreon and other…

TheHackerGiraffe back in action pushing PewDiePie videos

Thousands of improperly secured Chromecasts, SmartTVs and Google home assistants are being hacked and forced to play PewDiePie’s YouTube channel by a group that claims its actions are altruistic and merely designed to show the users they have poor cybersecurity. TheHackerGiraffe group, which took responsibility for an earlier similar attack against thousands of printers, that…

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