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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North Korean official news agency site serves malware

The site hosts malware that masquerades as a Flash Player installer, security researchers found

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OpenSSL patches eight new vulnerabilities

The flaws are of moderate and low severity, but server admins should still update

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Exploit allows Asus routers to be hacked from local network

Users should install firmware updates as soon as they become available and should block untrusted devices on their networks

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Apple blocks tool that brute-forces iCloud passwords

The tool allowed attackers to try a large number of passwords for Apple ID accounts

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Watch out! Macro-based malware is making a comeback

Attackers bypass defenses aganst macros with social engineering to install malware.

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Moonpig jeopardizes data of millions of customers through insecure API

The company failed to fix a security flaw reported over a year ago, a developer said

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Why Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi is secretly peeking at your secure web traffic

In-flight Internet provider Gogo replaces the HTTPS certificates on sites like YouTube with self-signed ones.

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Free tool automates phishing attacks for Wi-Fi passwords

The tool can disconnect Wi-Fi users and trick them into disclosing their access password to a rogue access point

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Think that software library is safe to use? Not so fast!

Flaws in third-party software libraries often find their way into products, a problem that will occupy developers and sysadmins next year

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Romanian version of EU cybersecurity directive allows warrantless access to data

The law could impact international businesses, as Romania is a hub for IT outsourcing and development

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Thunderbolt devices can infect MacBooks with persistent rootkits

The rogue code will run in the boot ROM and will be hard to detect or remove, a researcher said

Flaw in open-source PDF viewer could put WikiLeaks users, others at risk

The flaw could be exploited to launch XSS and content spoofing attacks

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Two-factor authentication oversight led to JPMorgan breach, investigators reportedly found

The attackers stole an employee's access credentials and used them to access a server that lacked a stronger authentication mechanism

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Cybercrime group steals millions from Russian banks, targets US and European retailers

The group compromised computer networks and ATMs operated by financial institutions, as well as point-of-sale terminals

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Exploits for dangerous network time protocol vulnerabilities can compromise systems

Systems administrators are urged to install critical patches that address remote code execution flaws in NTP