Lucian ConstantinRomania Correspondent, IDG News Service

Lucian Constantin writes about information security, privacy, and data protection for the IDG News Service.

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Beware! Malware distributors are switching to less suspicious file types

After aggressively using JavaScript email attachments to distribute malware for the past year, attackers are now switching to less suspicious file types to trick users.

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Hacker hijacks thousands of publicly exposed printers to warn owners

A hacker forced thousands of publicly exposed printers to spew out rogue messages in order to warn their owners about the risks of printer hacking.

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Microsoft will likely fix Windows SMB denial-of-service flaw on Patch Tuesday

Microsoft will likely wait until February 14 to fix a publicly disclosed vulnerability in the SMB network file sharing protocol that can be exploited to crash Windows computers.

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Zero-day Windows file-sharing flaw can crash systems, maybe worse

The implementation of the SMB network file sharing protocol in Windows has a serious vulnerability that could allow hackers to, at the very least, remotely crash systems.

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Cisco patches critical flaw in Prime Home device management server

Cisco Systems has fixed a critical vulnerability that could allow hackers to take over servers used by telecommunications providers to remotely manage customer equipment such as routers.

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WordPress silently fixes dangerous code injection vulnerability

Developers of the widely used WordPress content management system intentionally delayed announcing that a recent patch fixed a severe vulnerability.

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In treason case, Russia alleges security experts aided U.S.

Two officers of the Russian Federal Security Service, the FSB, and a cybercrime investigator from Kaspersky Lab have reportedly been charged with treason for allegedly helping U.S. intelligence services.

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Mobile security firm offers cash to hackers for their old exploits

Mobile security firm Zimperium has launched an exploit acquisition program that aims to bring undisclosed attack code for already patched vulnerabilities out in the open.

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Easy-to-exploit authentication bypass flaw puts Netgear routers at risk

It has taken Netgear over half-a-year to identify router models vulnerable to a serious authentication bypass vulnerability and to release patches for them.

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Ransomware disrupts Washington DC's CCTV system

Around 70 percent of police cameras in Washington D.C. were reportedly unable to record footage for several days before President Trump's inauguration due to a ransomware attack.

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Five arrested for hacking into ATMs and stealing $3.2 million

Law enforcement authorities from Europe and Asia have dismantled a cybercriminal group that specialized in hacking into automated teller machine (ATMs).

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Cisco starts patching critical flaw in WebEx browser extension

Cisco Systems has patched a critical vulnerability in its WebEx collaboration and conferencing extension for Google Chrome and is working on similar patches for the Internet Explorer and Firefox versions.

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AI-based typing biometrics might be authentication's next big thing

Thanks to advances in artificial intelligence identifying people based on how they type can now be done with a very high level of accuracy, making it a viable replacement for other forms of authentication on the Web.

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Gmail will block JavaScript attachments, a common source of malware

Starting February 13, Google will no longer allow JavaScript attachments on its Gmail service, killing one of the main methods of malware distribution over the past two years.

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Kaspersky Lab employee reportedly arrested in Russia on treason charges

One of the leading cybercrime investigators at antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab was reportedly arrested in Russia as part of a probe into activities that could represent high treason.