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Skype has confirmed that its VoIP software contains a bug which could result in instant messages (IMs) being sent to unintended recipients. The privacy bug was first reported in the Skype Support Network by a user who, after an update to their Skype client last month, encountered the problem in which some of their messages went to another contact. Following this report, a number of other users also confirmed having experienced the problem.
The hacker team D33Ds Co has published a text file that contains 453 491 emails with user passwords for a wide Internet audience. Among them there are more than 138 thousands of Yahoo accounts.
Associated Press has reported that despite repeated alerts, tens of thousands of Americans may still lose their Internet service Monday unless they do a quick check of their computers for malware that could have taken over their machines more than a year ago.
As the start of the Summer Olympics in London nears, consumers need to be on the lookout for malware creators and scammers trying to make a quick buck off of the festivities, reports Naked Security.
According to the largest study of password security ever conducted, people over the age of 55 pick passwords double the strength of those chosen by people under 25 years old. It also found that most of us choose passwords that are less secure than security experts recommend.
A few years ago, social media was literally unheard of. Fast forward today, it is something that is engrained in our lives. Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, Instagram (and list goes on…) become household names overnight with other social networking sites sprucing up trying to catch up or rather ‘imitate’ the giants’ formula.
On 28th May 2012, Iran National CERT published a report describing a new and complex threat dubbed “Flame” that was thought to be responsible for incidents of “mass data loss in Iran”. The report linked this newly discovered threat with the notorious Stuxnet and Duqu attacks.
Shortly after, the Laboratory of Cryptography and System Security at Budapest University of Technology and Economics published a report describing an apparently identical threat that may have been active “for as long as five to eight years”.
Lavasoft, the original anti-malware company, today announced that Alexander Adamov will lead its new, expanded malware labs. Adamov joins Lavasoft from the Design and Test Lab, a research lab that provides malware analysis services for Kaspersky Labs.
Developing malware from scratch is a highly complex task that requires considerable skill and effort. In recent years, crimeware toolkits have taken the heavy lifting out of creating malware. Toolkits, such as MPack, Neospoit and Zeus, can be found for sale on underground hacking forums, lowering the skills barrier for would-be criminals. For a fee and with little effort, hackers can generate their own malware that can be used for stealing credit card details, passwords and other sensitive information.
Microsoft have published a Security Bulletin Summary for October 2011. Eight updates have been released including two "critical" and six "important" severity updates.
The patches address remote code execution, elevation of privilege and denial of service vulnerabilities within Windows, Internet Explorer, Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft Silverlight, Microsoft Forefront United Access Gateway and Microsoft Host Integration Server.
Lavasoft attended the 21st Virus Bulletin conference in Barcelona from 5-7 October.
Virus Bulletin is a leading security industry publication who's annual conference presents the latest research, defensive procedures and the chance to discuss future developments and countermeasures. It also provides an opportunity for experts in the anti-malware arena to share their research interests, discuss technologies, as well as meet with - and learn from - those who put their technologies into practice in the real world.
A huge amount of personal data was exposed in a recent Sony hack. Today, Sony disclosed that the security breach affecting almost 77 million PlayStation Network users, may also have affected 24.5 million users of Sony Online Entertainment, making this the largest personal data heist in history.