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In a recent discovery, hackers have turned a security camera into a spying tool using a malware and infrared light. This technique is called aIR-Jumper and is used to infiltrate or exfiltrate data and steal passwords. In addition, this method can be used to manipulate LED doorbells as well because they detect IR lights.
This ransomware is a troublesome ransomware and has been given a distinction of being the second most affecting malware in 2017. The primary reason of earning that feat is because it was distributed using malspam campaigns, exploit kits, and malvertising. Thus, users should keep their devices updated and backup all their data.
Fake voicemail notifications
Hackers are getting clever by the day and are utilizing newer malware distribution methods. Recently, it has been found that cybercriminals are sending fake voicemail notification emails to the target victims with a malicious attachment which ultimately drops the Locky ransomware. Users are advised not to open unknown and suspicious email attachments.
Several researchers are talking and highlighting the dangers associated with Cisco’s SMI switches that are functioning in a high number online. The faulty SMI allows an attacker to take complete control over the configuration of the target switch. This means that the possibility of information disclosure spurts unexpectedly.
Unpatched HVAC systems
Researchers have recently discovered that bridging the air-gapped networks with heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems can allow attackers to send malicious commands and target the system. The old bugs from the unpatched HVAC systems are the cause of the attacks. Users are advised to keep their HVAC systems patched.
Microsoft’s mixed-language flaw
Several users complained about Outlook 2007’s mixed-language display in the user interface after the September Public Update. To fix the imperative flaw Microsoft has now released a fix known as KB 4011110 to the issue dubbed KB 4011086.
It has been reported that attackers are spreading cryptocurrency miners through content management system (CMS). Through that, the hackers are targeting industries from various sectors including manufacturing, finance, retail, IT and communications. The cybercriminals are using many innovative methods to exploit the systems. The first set of victims are CMS platforms like WordPress, Joomla and JBoss server.
Recently, the trading regulator revealed that hackers had breached its system for storing documents filed by publicly traded companies in 2016. The hackers laughed their way to the bank by illegally profiting from the secret information. The agency's cybersecurity risk profile showed the signs of a faulty filing system attributed to EDGAR filing system.
Posted on: September 21, 2017
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