Articles In Security

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

April 8, Softpedia – (International) Stored XSS glitch in WP-Super-Cache may affect over 1 million WordPress sites. Security researchers from Sucuri discovered a cross-site-scripting (XSS) vulnerability in WP-Super-Cache plug-in versions prior to 1.4.4 for WordPress sites that could allow attackers to add new administrator accounts to the Web sites or inject backdoors due to improper sanitization of information originating from users. The plugin currently has over 1 million active installations, and develop... read more.

  • April 10, 2015

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

April 7, Help Net Security – (International) New crypto-ransomware “quarantines” files, downloads info-stealer. Security researchers at Trend Micro discovered a new piece of crypto-ransomware dubbed CryptVault that uses open-source GnuPG to create RSA-1024 public and private key pairs that encrypt files to make them resemble files quarantined by an anti-virus solution, before asking for ransom and downloading and executing Browser Password Dump to extract passwords stored by Web browsers. Attackers spread t... read more.

  • April 08, 2015

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

April 6, Softpedia – (International) Google certificate expires, email clients return security warnings. An expired intermediate certificate signed by Google Internet Authority G2 for simple mail transport protocol (SMTP) in Google’s Gmail resulted in users receiving error messages on outgoing email activity for over 2 hours April 4. The company renewed the certificate through December 2015. Source April 6, Securityweek – (International) Flaw in Schneider Electric vamp software allows arbitrary code exec... read more.

  • April 07, 2015

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

April 3, Help Net Security – (International) Mozilla revokes trust for CNNIC certificates. A spokesperson at Mozilla announced that the company will no longer allow its products to recognize digital certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), following an incident during the week of March 23 in which an intermediate certificate authority (CA) operating under CNNIC issued a number of unauthorized digital certificates for Google domains. The company will ask CNNIC to provide... read more.

  • April 06, 2015

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

April 1, Help Net Security – (International) WordPress sites compromised to redirect to Pirate Bay clone, exploit kit. Security researchers at Malwarebytes identified a malware campaign that uses an unknown number of compromised WordPress Web sites containing iframes that direct users to a site hosting the Nuclear exploit kit, which leverages an Adobe Flash Player vulnerability in versions before 16.0.0.287 to download a banking trojan. Source April 1, Softpedia – (International) Firefox 37 fixes critica... read more.

  • April 06, 2015

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

March 30, nj.com – (International) FBI investigates cyber attack that crippled Rutgers internet service. Federal law enforcement is helping to find the source of the weekend cyber attack that crippled Rutgers University internet service, a university spokesman confirmed Monday. "Rutgers is working with the FBI to investigate the incident," spokesman E.J. Miranda said in an email to NJ Advance Media. Miranda added that the university's Office of Information Technology continues to work to fully restore inter... read more.

  • April 01, 2015

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

March 31, Softpedia – (International) Anonymous proxies used for “Shotgun DDoS” attacks. Security researchers at Incapsula released findings from a one-month study revealing that 20 percent of all application layer (Layer 7) distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks from January – February were “Shotgun DDoS” attacks carried out through anonymous proxies to bypass mitigation systems by spreading across multiple internet protocols (IPs) and multiple geo-locations. Approximately 45 percent of the incidents... read more.

  • April 01, 2015

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

March 30, Help Net Security – (International) Massive DDoS against GitHub continues. Systems engineers at GitHub reported that complex, large-scale distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against the company’s servers that started March 26 are ongoing but that all of the Web site’s services are available to users. Security researchers from Insight Labs traced the start of the attack to advertising and visitor tracking provided by the Chinese search engine Baidu. Source   ... read more.

  • March 31, 2015

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

March 26, Softpedia – (International) Microsoft revokes rogue digital certificate for Google and other web domains. Microsoft updated its Certificate Trust List (CTL) for Windows operating systems, and pushed automatic updates to revoke a certificate fraudulently issued by Egypt-based MCS Holdings. The fraudulent certificates affected several Google domains, as well as other domains, and left Windows users vulnerable to Web content spoofing, phishing, and man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks. Source March 26... read more.

  • March 27, 2015

By Nancy Rand, Posted in Security

March 25, Securityweek – (International) Over 15,000 vulnerabilities detected in 2014: Secunia. Secunia released its annual vulnerability review and found that 15,435 vulnerabilities across 3,870 applications from 500 vendors were discovered in 2014, 11 percent of which were considered highly critical, while .3 percent were rated extremely critical. The report also states that over 60 percent of attacks occurred through remote networks, making it the most common attack vector, among other trends. Source ... read more.

  • March 26, 2015