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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Vulnerable Dell support tool now detected and flagged as risky software

Older versions of Dell System Detect contain a serious vulnerability that allows hackers to install malware on users' computers.

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Expired Google certificate temporarily disrupts Gmail service

Google let a certificate linked to the Gmail SMTP server expire, causing issues for third-party email clients

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Don't panic! Under 1 percent of Android users hit by potential malware in 2014

Devices configured for the Russian or Chinese languages had higher rates of infection, however.

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This tool can alert you about evil twin access points in the area

The new tool can even attack rogue Wi-Fi access points for you, the developer says

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Like Google, Mozilla set to punish Chinese agency for certificate debacle

The organization's current proposal is to reject future CNNIC-issued certificates, but to trust existing ones

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Over 100,000 devices can be used to amplify DDoS attacks via multicast DNS

Some implementations of the multicast DNS protocol are configured to accept queries from the Internet, which is a risky behavior

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Google cracks down on ad-injecting Chrome extensions

But the rogue advertising problem extends way beyond browser add-ons, unfortunately.

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New malware program used in attacks against energy sector companies

The Trojan program is used for reconnaissance and distribution of additional malware, researchers from Symantec say

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Lebanese cyberespionage campaign hits defense, telecom, media firms worldwide

A cyberespionage group compromised hundreds of organizations by getting in through Web servers, researchers from Check Point said


British Airways warns frequent flyers of possible account breach

Many users had their reward points removed from their accounts as a precaution

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New mobile-malware detection technique uses gestures

The technology checks if attempts to use certain phone functions are accompanied by natural gestures users are expected to make.


Popular hotel Internet gateway devices vulnerable to hacking

Researchers found a serious vulnerability in a popular brand of devices used by hotels to manage visitor-based networks

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Cisco patches autonomic networking flaws in IOS routers and switches

The flaws could allow attackers to gain limited access over affected devices or to disrupt their normal operation

Microsoft blacklists latest rogue SSL certificates, Mozilla mulls sanctions for issuer

Microsoft revoked trust in an intermediate CA certificate that was used to issue unauthorized certificates for Google websites

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Dell support tool put PCs at risk of malware infection

Weak authentication in Dell's System Detect utility could have enabled drive-by malware attacks