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Mozilla issues patches for Firefox 73, Firefox ESR 68.5 and Thunderbird 68.5

Mozilla today pushed out nine patches today covering three products Firefox 73, Firefox ESR 68.5 and Thunderbird 68.5. Firefox 73 had six vulnerabilities with CVE-2020-6796, CVE-2020-6800 and CVE-2020-6801 regarded as having a high impact. The first is a missing bounds check that could cause a memory corruption and a potentially exploitable crash. The second and…

Iranian internet attacked Saturday, knocked partially offline

An extensive, several-hour-long interruption to Iran’s telecom infrastructure and internet hit that took place on February 8 that was likely caused by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. The non-governmental organization Netblocks reported that at 11:45 a.m. local time Iranian internet connectivity from that country’s primary network operators was down by 25 percent eventually…

Israel comes under cyber attack

Netanyahu’s Likud Party election app leaked personal info on Israel’s 6.4M voters

If the technology failure at the heart of the Iowa caucus debacle seemed bad, consider that an app used by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud Party just exposed personal data on more than 6.4 million Israelis – in other words, the entirety of the country’s voter database.  Likely at fault, according to a report…

OurMine hackers intercept NFL teams’ social media accounts

Over a dozen NFL teams may want to consider hiring a cyber defensive coordinator after their Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts were reportedly hijacked and defaced on Sunday and Monday by the mischievous OurMine hacker group, which has emerged from hibernation. According to multiple news sources, the hackers compromised the NFL’s league Twitter and Facebook…

It’s a trap! Cybercriminals use Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker as bait

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is just being released into theaters today but cybercriminals were already assembling fake websites and social media profiles to deliver malware to fans, instead of something useful like the Death Star’s plans. Kaspersky researchers have found 30 fraudulent websites and social media profiles disguised as official movie accounts advertising…

Real-time phishing alerts and stolen password warnings added to Chrome

Google yesterday announced that its latest Chrome release adds real-time phishing alerts and password breach warning capabilities to the browser. The real-time anti-phishing capabilities represents an upgrade to Google’s Safe Browsing service, which compiles an ever-changing blacklist of dangerous websites that browsers can check against. Typically, when a Chrome user visits a website, the browser…

Researchers: WP-VCD malware is No. 1 in WordPress infections since August

Researchers at WordFence have eyed a recent uptick in attacks on WordPress involving WP-VCD backdoor malware. Since August 2019, no other WordPress-targeting malware has yielded a higher rate of new infections that WP-VCD, the company reported this week in a blog post and in-depth white paper. Such findings suggest that the malware, whose main purpose…

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