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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A recently patched Flash Player exploit is being used in widespread attacks

It took hackers less than two weeks to integrate a recently patched Flash Player exploit into widely used Web-based attack tools that are used to infect computers with malware.

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Worm infects unpatched Ubiquiti wireless devices

Routers and other wireless devices made by Ubiquiti Networks have been infected by a worm that exploits a one-year-old remote unauthorized access vulnerability.

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Cisco patches high severity flaws in its Web Security Appliance

Cisco Systems has fixed four denial-of-service vulnerabilities that attackers could exploit to cause Web Security Appliance devices to stop processing traffic correctly.

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TeslaCrypt ransomware victims can now decrypt their files for free

Victims of the widespread TeslaCrypt ransomware can now decrypt files affected by recent versions of the malicious program.

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A hacker is selling 167 million LinkedIn user records

A hacker is trying to sell a database dump containing account records for 167 million LinkedIn users.

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Stealthy malware Skimer helps hackers easily steal cash from ATMs

Security researchers have found a new version of a malware program called Skimer that's designed to infect Windows-based ATMs and can be used to steal money and payment card details.

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A critical Symantec antivirus engine flaw puts PCs at risk of easy hacking

The antivirus engine used in multiple Symantec products had an easy to exploit vulnerability that could have allowed hackers to easily compromise computers.

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An HTTPS hijacking click-fraud botnet infects almost 1 million computers

Over the past two years, a group of cybercriminals has infected almost 1 million computers with malware that hijacks search results, even when they're served over encrypted HTTPS connections.

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Researchers crack new version of CryptXXX ransomware

Researchers from Kaspersky Lab have developed a method of decrypting files affected with the latest version of CryptXXX, a malware program that combines ransomware and information stealing capabilities.

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The Petya ransomware just got a whole lot worse

The Petya ransomware now bundles a second file-encrypting program for cases where it cannot replace a computer's master boot record to encrypt its file table.

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Flash Player update fixes zero-day vulnerability and 24 other critical flaws

Adobe Systems has released a security update for Flash Player in order to fix a publicly known vulnerability, as well as 24 privately reported security flaws.

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Dangerous 7-Zip flaws put many other software products at risk

Two vulnerabilities recently patched in 7-Zip could put many software products and devices who bundle the open-source file archiving library at risk of compromise.

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US House of Representatives bans Yahoo Mail and Google App Engine over malware concerns

The IT department of the U.S. House of Representatives has blocked access to Yahoo Mail and the Google App Engine platform due to malware threats.

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Hackers are exploiting an unpatched Flash Player vulnerability, Adobe warns

Adobe Systems is working on a patch for a critical vulnerability in Flash Player that hackers are already exploiting in attacks, but has released other security patches for Reader, Acrobat and ColdFusion.

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Microsoft fixes actively attacked IE flaw and 50 other vulnerabilities

Microsoft released patches for 51 vulnerabilities Tuesday, including one affecting Internet Explorer that hackers have exploited in targeted attacks against organizations in South Korea.