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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Stealthy USB Trojan hides in portable applications, targets air-gapped systems

A Trojan program is being distributed through USB drives and seems to be designed for stealing information from so-called air-gapped computers that are not connected to the Internet.

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Microsoft adds macros lockdown feature in Office 2016 in response to increasing attacks

Microsoft has added a new option in Office 2016 that allows administrators to block macros -- embedded automation scripts -- from running in Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents that originate from the Internet.

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Prepare to patch a critical flaw in Windows and Samba file sharing in 3 weeks

Systems administrators should get ready to fix a critical vulnerability on April 12 that affects the Windows and Samba implementations of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.

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Google warns of Android flaw used to gain root access to devices

An application that allows users to root their Android devices is taking advantage of a security flaw in the Linux kernel that has remained unpatched in Android since its discovery two years ago.

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Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and others publish new email security standard

Engineers from Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Comcast, LinkedIn and 1&1 have devised a new mechanism that improves the encryption of email traffic.

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Pwn2Own contest highlights renewed hacker focus on kernel issues

Hackers have used 21 new vulnerabilities in their attacks against browsers and operatings systems during this year's Pwn2Own hacking contest.

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Safari, Chrome and Flash Player hacked during first day at Pwn2Own, some of them twice

Security researchers exploited previously unknown vulnerabilities in Apple Safari, Google Chrome and Flash Player to compromise the latest versions of OS X and Windows during the first day of the annual Pwn2Own hacking contest.


Attack campaign uses keylogger to hijack key business email accounts

A new email-based attack campaign is targeting key employees from companies in the US, Middle East and Asia with the goal of compromising their computers and email accounts.

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Cyberespionage groups are stealing digital certificates to sign malware

An increasing number of cyberespionage groups are using stolen code-signing certificates to make their hacking tools and malware look like legitimate applications.

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Symantec partners with hosting providers to offer free TLS certificates to websites

Symantec will offer free basic SSL/TLS certificates to domain owners through Web hosting companies that join its new Encryption Everywhere program.

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Documents with malicious macros deliver fileless malware to financial-transaction systems

A new spam campaign combines documents with malicious macros, encoded PowerShell scripts and fileless malware to compromise computers used for financial transactions, researchers from Palo Alto Networks found.

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Two-year-old Java flaw re-emerges due to broken patch

A two-year-old vulnerability in Java can still be exploited in the latest versions because the patch for it is ineffective, security researchers have found.

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Emergency Flash Player patch fixes actively exploited vulnerability

Adobe Systems released new versions of Flash Player in order to fix 18 critical vulnerabilities that can be exploited to take over computers, including one flaw that's already targeted by attackers.

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Cisco patches serious flaws in cable modems and home gateways

Cisco Systems has patched high-impact vulnerabilities in several of its cable modem and residential gateway devices that are distributed by some ISPs to their customers.

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Mac ransomware KeRanger has flaws that could let users recover files

The KeRanger file-encrypting ransomware program for Mac OS X is based on Linux.Encoder and contains crypto flaws that could allow users to recover their files without paying cybercriminals.