Gotham Security Daily Threat Alerts

By Gotham
Posted in Security
On July 23, 2013

July 22, Softpedia – (International) Spam botnet StealRat uses 2 hijacked sites, 1 computer to evade detection. Trend Micro researchers identified a spam botnet dubbed StealRat which uses two compromised Web sites and one computer infected with malware to disguise spam emails and make them appear as if they were sent by the infected computer rather than a spam server. Source:

July 22, IDG News Service – (International) SIM cards vulnerable to hacking, says researcher. A researcher due to present his findings at the annual Black Hat conference reported that millions of mobile phones may be vulnerable to being tricked into granting access to information due to old encryption methods in SIM cards. Source:


July 22, CNET News – (International) Researcher: Apple developer site hack? I meant no harm. Apple reported that an intruder attempted to gain access to its Developer Center Web site, and the site was shut down as a precaution. However, a security researcher claimed he was reporting vulnerabilities in the site to Apple shortly before it was shut down. Source:

July 21, IDG News Service – (International) Ubuntu forum defaced, breached by hackers. The Web site was breached and defaced by hackers July 20, with salted, encrypted passwords and email addresses exposed. The CEO of Canonical stated that the site would remain offline until it can be fixed. Source:


July 20, Softpedia – (International) Cybercriminals increasingly use .lc domains in their attacks, experts say. Researchers at Kaspersky found that Santa Lucia .lc domains are increasingly being used in malicious campaigns. Source:

July 19, IDG News Service – (International) Panasonic pleads guilty to laptop battery pack price fixing. Panasonic, a subsidiary, and LG Chem pleaded guilty to their role in laptop battery cell price fixing and agreed to pay about $12 million in fines. Panasonic will also pay $45.8 million for an automotive parts price fixing conspiracy. Source: