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Was SWIFT to blame for the Bangladesh Ce...

Hi folks, There were allegations that SWIFT  technicians made the nation’s central bank more vulnerable to hacking before an $81 million cyber heist in February. SWIFT rejected these allegations. the Brussels-based bank-owned cooperative said in a statement posted on its website: “SWIFT was not responsible for any of the issues cited by the officials, or party to the related decisions,” “As a SWIFT user like any other, Bangladesh Bank is responsible for the security of its own systems interfacing with the SWIFT network and their related environment...
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Poison Ivy...

Hey everybody, The infamous Remote Access Trojan (RAT) Poison Ivy has emerged again recently with some new features.  It has been observed that PIVY targeted a number of Asian countries for various purposes over the past year. New Poison Ivy Activity Targeting Myanmar, Asian Countries. In a recent blog post by Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 they discussed a new Poison Ivy variant targeting Hong Kong activists dubbed SPIVY that uses DLL sideloading. This operates quite differently from a variant recently observed by ASERT that has been active for at least the past 12...
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Tumblr Was Hacked — Years Ago...

Hi guys, Tumblr recently revealed  that a data breach had affected  “a set” of users’ email addresses and passwords, in a 2013 data breach.  The company did not give a figure of how many were affected but independent studies have shown that about 65 million were affected. The owner of the awareness portal ‘Have I been Pwned’  Troy Hunt recently obtained a copy of the stolen data set. According to him, 65,469,298 unique emails and passwords were released. However, the passwords were hashed and were not in plaintext. Tumblr did not mention what algorithm was...
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German Nuclear Plant Infected With Virus...

Recently, a nuclear power plant in Germany was found infected with viruses but has not posed any threat to the facility’s operation as it’s isolated from the internet. The Gundremmingen plant, located about 120 km (75 miles) northwest of Munich, is run by the German utility RWE (RWEG.DE). Two of the prominent viruses “W32.Ramnit” and “Conficker”, were discovered at Gundremmingen’s B unit in a computer system retrofitted in 2008 with data visualization software associated with equipment for moving nuclear fuel rods, RWE said. They...
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That lock was supposed to be ‘smart’...

Hi folks, Did you know that Samsung’s ‘Smart’ Home was found to have flaws that allow hackers unlock doors and set off fire alarms? Internet-connected door lock with a PIN that can be programmed from your smartphone for your “smart home” suddenly seems like a dumb idea. A group of researchers at the University of Michigan and Microsoft have published a paper called the first in-depth security analysis of one such “smart home” platform that allows anyone to control their home appliances from light bulbs to locks with a PC or smartphone. They are planning to...
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Ransomware Targeting Manufacturers Now...

Hi guys, Last year several healthcare organizations were hit by ransomware. But now according to research conducted by Fortinet, Manufacturing will be the next industry targeted. During the time period between the 1st of October 2015 and 30th of April 2016, Fortinet monitored network traffic for 59 medium to large manufacturers in 9 countries across the Americas, EMEA, and APAC. During those seven months,  8.63 million attempted attacks were recorded on those 59 manufacturers. And 78% of this malicious activity was targeted at large manufacturers with 1000 or more...
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Waking Up To Facebook Messages You Did N...

Hello all, Most of us are on Facebook and it’s comforting to know they respond to vulnerabilities very fast. Check Point Security team discovered a vulnerability in Facebook Online chat and messenger App. This allows a malicious user to change a conversation thread and modify or remove any sent message, photo, file and link. The Facebook security team has immediately responded when the vulnerability was disclosed. This type of vulnerability can cause a lot of damage and have a severe impact especially because people use social media like Facebook for their daily...
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Rumors about Dropbox Breach...

Hello everybody! LifeLock and other identity theft protection firms accidentally alerted their customers about a breach at Dropbox.com. However, DropBox wasn’t the site breached, it was the social network site Tumblr. It was revealed recently that over half billion usernames and passwords were stolen from Tumblr, MySpace and LinkedIn. These credentials from the social media sites were stolen years ago but the full extent of the breach was made clear recently. The false positive alerts sent by LifeLock has been received by a third party threat intelligence service,...
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VK.com Experienced a Massive Data Breach...

Hello everybody, The same hacker who previously sold data dumps from MySpace, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Fling.com has claimed to have stolen 100,544,934 records from VK.com, a Russian-based social network. A hacker named Peace (or Peace_of_mind) has tried to sell this entire dataset for 1 Bitcoin (~$570) and is available for sale on The Real Deal Dark Web marketplace. LeakedSource, Data breach search engine service has got this data from someone who bought it. The dataset has been analyzed and added to its service. Users can use their search engine and see if their data...
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Belgian Police Talks About Facebook Reac...

Hey folks! Facebook launched six new ways of reacting to a post in February which was partly a way of answering to the calls for a ‘ Dislike button’. The Belgian police now say that the site is collecting information about people to help them in advertising and so it could be a problem to user privacy. “The icons help not only express your feelings, they also help Facebook assess the effectiveness of the ads on your profile,” a post on Belgian’s official police website reads. “By limiting the number of icons to six, Facebook is counting on you to express your...

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