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Easily guessed password led to downfall of Russian cybercriminal’s empire, DOJ officials say

The fate of convicted Russian hacker Roman Seleznev was all but sealed after federal authorities were able to easily gain access to his confiscated laptop containing incriminating information, according to U.S. Department of Justice officials who spoke at Black Hat on Wednesday. When Seleznev was arrested in 2014 while vacationing in the Maldives, “law enforcement was…

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Active Directory Botnet sets up C&C infrastructure inside infected networks, while bypassing defenses

Researchers at Australian infosec company Threat Intelligence Pty Ltd. have developed a potentially devastating new botnet that abuses infected victims’ Active Directory Domain Controllers, turning them into internally hosted command and control servers. Even more frightening, the attack technique can use the AD as a central connection point for any infected node or endpoint on…

Expect ransomware to increasingly target back-up files, panelist warns

Ransomware attacks could one day evolve to increasingly target back-up files, one of the few effective tools security professionals managers have to remediate an infection, according to a panelist at the RiskSec Toronto 2017 conference this week. “They’re probably going to trigger this so that you can’t do a restore from your backups without… the encryption…

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