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Researchers have unearthed a massive black hat malicious redirect malware campaign affecting over 15,000 websites. One odd feature of this campaign is that it promotes a handful of fake low-quality Q&A sites, such as for pharma, essay writing services, and not-so-popular designer products. In other news, a new malware, StrelaStealer, attempted to trouble Outlook and Thunderbird users. The malware specifically goes after Spanish-speaking users.
What more? Nearly a dozen sensitive vulnerabilities were patched for Google Chrome that concern users across Windows, Mac, and Linux. However, Google hasn’t disclosed full details about several of the bugs sighting the fear of exploit development by hackers.
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Users of Outlook and Thunderbird email clients are being actively targeted in an information-stealing campaign. Hackers deploy the new StrelaStealer malware to extract email account credentials of users. They use Spanish-speaking lures to trick users.
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Google Chrome patches vulnerabilities
Google has patched 10 security gaps in its latest Chrome update for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Six of the bugs addressed were labeled 'high severity'. These bugs could be exploited for heap corruption via a specially crafted HTML page. Google has recommended applying the Chrome security patches with version 107.0.5304.106/.107 for Windows and version 107.0.5304.110 for Mac and Linux.
Bug in Lenovo UEFI firmware
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SEO poisoning campaign via thousands of websites
A black hat SEO campaign was spotted in the wild by website security firm Sucuri. The scammers have been able to compromise nearly 15,000 websites, that redirect users to fake Q&A discussion forums. The attackers targeted a majority of WordPress PHP files, such as 'wp-singup.php', 'wp-settings.php', 'wp-cron.php', 'wp-mail.php', and 'wp-blog-header.php.'
Posted on: November 10, 2022
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