Fake Christmas offers by Santa infect PCs with banking Malware

THIS SEASON, SANTA’S GOT “CHRISTMAS OFFERS” AND A VIRUS OR TWO IN STORE FOR YOU ‘It’s the season to be jolly and to infect a few hundred PC’s with a nasty virus too while you’re at it! Spammers are taking advantage of the Christmas season to infect computers all over the world by emailing you …

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Yet another old Windows 8 build has leaked, this time it’s build 8888

Yesterday, we reported than an older build of Windows 8 leaked onto the internet in psuedo localized. The build in question was 8331, and was compiled back in 2012. Today, another build of Windows 8 has leaked onto the internet, which is a nice little gift for beta collectors this holiday. Todays leak is build …

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Top Security Highlights from 2014

2014 has been a busy and exciting year for security at Cisco! The team has worked extremely hard to provide our customers with unmatched visibility, continuous control and advanced threat protection across the entire attack continuum. Among many things, Cisco launched the first threat-focused Next Generation Firewall: Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services. This solution delivers …

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DeepSound is a steganography tool that hides secret data into audio files – wave and flac. The application also enables you to extract secret files directly from wav, flac, wma lossless or audio CD tracks. DeepSound might be used as copyright marking software for wave, flac, wma and audio CD. DeepSound also support encrypting secret …

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North Korea’s Cyberattack Capabilities

North Korea’s microscopic corner of the Internet has had a rough couple of days, suffering seven outages in 48 hours, according to one Web traffic monitor. The mysterious problems have some talking of a retaliatory cyberattack by the United States, which holds Pyongyang responsible for last month’s spectacular hack of Sony Pictures. American officials have …

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North Korea Experiencing Internet Outages, Raising Questions About US Retaliation

Is it coincidence, or is a DDoS on North Korea’s Internet infrastructure a “proportional response” by the US? Three days after the US government officially blamed the North Korean government for masterminding the Sony attacks and President Obama promised that the US would “respond proportionally” to them, North Korea is reportedly experiencing widespread Internet outages …

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SilentEye is a cross-platform application design for an easy use of steganography, in this case hiding messages into pictures or sounds. It provides a pretty nice interface and an easy integration of new steganography algorithm and cryptography process by using a plug-ins system. SilentEye is free to use (under GNU GPL v3). Main Features Hide …

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Why Digital Forensics In Incident Response Matter More Now

By understanding what happened, when, how, and why, security teams can prevent similar breaches from occurring in the future. In the 1991 movie Backdraft, Robert De Niro plays the part of Donald ‘Shadow’ Rimgale, a fire department detective investigating a series of arsons in Chicago. As a former firefighter himself, De Niro’s character works closely …

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Who Disrupted Internet in North Korea?

Companies that monitor Internet traffic say the Internet went dark in North Korea on Dec. 22, days after President Obama pledged there would be a “proportionate response” to the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment that the FBI blames on the North Koreans. See Also: ‘Black Friday’ Cybersecurity Challenges for the Banking & Merchant Community “I …

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Cyberwarfare: Digital weapons causing physical damage

While the attack on Sony is considered “unprecedented,” it was not the worst corporate hack in 2014. More records were stolen from JPMorgan, Home Depot and even eBay. But details of two of the scariest cyberattacks just hit the news in December…and one of those — about Turkish pipeline explosion — has been a secret …

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Mac users: Beware of increased tech support scam pop-ups

Last month, we warned you about a rise in tech support scam pop-ups primarily affecting Windows where severe virus warnings often accompanied with audio cues urge the user to call for emergency tech support. In a worrying trend, we are now also seeing an increase in similar fake sites targeting Apple users. The modus operandi is …

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