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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Flaws in smart toy back-end servers puts kids and their families at risk

Researchers from Rapid7 found privacy-invading vulnerabilities in the Web services used by the Smart Toy line of interactive stuffed animals and the hereO GPS watch for children.

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Socat vulnerability shows that crypto backdoors can be hard to spot

The Socat networking service used a non-prime number for its key exchange mechanism, potentially allowing attackers to eavesdrop on encrypted connections opened with the tool.

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Google fixes critical Wi-Fi and media-processing flaws in Android

Google has patched thirteen new vulnerabilities in Android, two of which could allow attackers to take control of Android devices located on the same wireless network.

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Trojanized Android games hide malicious code inside images

Over 60 Android games hosted on Google Play had Trojan-like functionality that allowed them to download and execute malicious code hidden inside images.

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Cisco patches authentication, denial-of-service, NTP flaws in many products

Cisco Systems has released security patches for flaws affecting a wide range of products, including for a critical vulnerability in its RV220W wireless network security firewalls.

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Attack disrupts HSBC online banking services in the UK on tax deadline

A denial-of-service attack against HSBC in the U.K. left customers unable to access their accounts via the bank's online system.

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Increasingly popular "hot patching" update tool for iOS apps puts users at risk

An increasing number of iOS application developers use a technique that allows them to remotely modify the code in their apps without going through the official app store's review process, an action that poses security risks for users.

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Oracle's killing a favorite security hole for attackers: the Java browser plug-in

Next year, the Java browser plug-in, which is frequently the target of Web-based exploits, will be retired by Oracle.

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New Android ransomware uses clickjacking to gain admin privileges

A new Android ransomware app called Lockdroid.E is abusing system dialogs to hijack user clicks and grant itself administrator privileges.

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PayPal is the latest victim of Java deserialization bugs in Web apps

PayPal has fixed a serious vulnerability in its back-end management system that could have allowed attackers to execute arbitrary commands on the server and potentially install a backdoor.

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U.S. Congress to federal agencies: You have two weeks to tally your backdoored Juniper kit

Around two dozen U.S. government departments and federal agencies are being questioned by the U.S. Congress on whether they were using backdoored Juniper network security appliances.

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Critical vulnerabilities patched in Magento e-commerce platform

The latest patches for the Magento e-commerce platform fix critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to hijack administrative accounts.

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FortiGuard SSH backdoor found in more Fortinet security appliances

Network security vendor Fortinet has identified an authentication issue that could give remote attackers administrative control over FortiSwitch, FortiAnalyzer and FortiCache devices.

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Cisco fixes critical flaws in digital encoder, unified computing manager and security appliance

Cisco released security updates to fix a hard-coded root password in its Modular Encoding Platform D9036 and a vulnerable CGI script in the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) Manager and the Cisco Firepower 9000 Series appliances.

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Google creates fix for zero-day kernel flaw, says effect on Android is greatly exaggerated

Google has developed a patch for a recently reported vulnerability in the Linux kernel and shared it with Android manufacturers.