Cool News Story Bro! Week of 7-25-2014

by Otakun
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News…we got them! So let’s get to it.

  1. Internet Explorer is the ‘sweet spot’ for cyber criminals

    1. First, a piece by The Inquirer. It notes some statistics by Bromium labs that show IE being the most exploited, and patched piece of software for the year.  This isn’t really much of a surprise, but interesting non-the-less. Race to the bottom between Adobe, Oracle and Microsoft continues and right now IE is winning.
    2. Read More @ www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2357288/internet-explorer-is-the-sweet-spot-for-cyber-criminals
  2. Goodwill investigates compromise of credit, debit card info

    1. Another week, another breach. This time it’s Goodwill. Not much in terms of details so far, but heads up. So many breaches these days,they are all starting to blur together.
    2. Read More @ http://www.scmagazine.com/goodwill-investigates-compromise-of-credit-debit-card-info/article/362092/
  3. Pacific Ring of Fire: PlugX / Kaba

    1. Next, we have another awesome article by FireEye. This time they take a look at the APT.Kaba campaign that’s mostly targeting the Asia Pacific region. Good stuff, as always.
    2. Read More @ http://www.fireeye.com/blog/technical/malware-research/2014/07/pacific-ring-of-fire-plugx-kaba.html
  4. Angler Exploit Kit delivers Tor-using Critroni ransomware

    1. Obligatory Exploit Kit post incoming. This is fairly interesting one too. Seems like Angler has added a new tor-using ransomware to it’s list of payloads. I suppose with CryptoLocker out of commission for the time being, something else had to take its place.
    2. Read More @ http://www.scmagazine.com/angler-exploit-kit-delivers-tor-using-critroni-ransomware/article/362227/
  5. IT manager fired following massive Maricopa college district breach

    1. Remember the Maricopa Community College data breach from a while back? Someone was always bound to lose their job over it, and it looks like its the IT Manager. However, his claim that he notified them several times of the security issues is interesting if true.
    2. Read More @ http://www.scmagazine.com/it-manager-fired-following-massive-maricopa-college-district-breach/article/362718/
  6. Hackers Could Take Control of Your Car. This Device Can Stop Them

    1. I usually don’t have much interest in car hacking, and things of that nature but this article was interesting. Essentially, a couple of researches that were responsible for several successful car hacks built a device to prevent those hacks, and more. I find this interesting as I have often wondered about the potential safety issues we will run into as cars become more reliant on computers. We seen a fair amount of hacks but very few countermeasures, maybe that’s set to change. We will see.
    2. Read More @ http://www.wired.com/2014/07/car-hacker/?linkId=9012803
  7. With RATs at their disposal, 419 scammers target businesses

    1. Lastly, an article on the Nigerian 419 scammers. I’ve had some experience dealing with this group in a business environment, so this was interesting to read about. Seems like they are adding some new tools to their arsenal, and shifting their priorities from home users to business users as well. Nothing terribly advanced, but still something to be on the lookout for.
    2. Read More @ http://www.scmagazine.com/with-rats-at-their-disposal-419-scammers-target-businesses/article/362488/

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