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Ruby on Rails gets patches for SQL injection vulnerabilities

The two vulnerabilities affect Rails applications that use PostgreSQL as a database system

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Hardcoded SSH key gives backdoor access to Cisco communications manager

Cisco released new software versions to fix the issue and patch another serious vulnerability

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Critical vulnerability in popular WordPress newsletter plug-in endangers many blogs

Attackers could exploit a flaw in the MailPoet Newsletters plug-in to take full control of vulnerable blogs, researchers from Sucuri said

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Israeli security startup firm Hexadite automates cyber incident response

The company claims its product reduces cyber incident response times by up to 95 percent

Microsoft resumes emailed security notifications days after announcing its demise

The next security notifications will go out Thursday ahead of monthly security patches

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New malware program hooks into networking APIs to steal banking data

The Emotet malware can sniff information even from HTTPS connections, researchers from Trend Micro said.

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Rare text message worm targets Android devices

The new Selfmite Android malware spreads by sending text messages with a malicious link to the device owner's contacts

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VMware catches up with some Apache Struts patches

The company updates the version of Struts included in its vCenter Operations Management Suite product.

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Researchers bypass PayPal's two-factor authentication system

An API and mobile app loophole allowed access to 2FA-enabled accounts with only a user name and password, researchers from Duo Security said

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Fewer NTP servers can be abused to amplify DDoS attacks, but threat remains

Despite visible progress 2,000 servers with large amplification factors remain, a security vendor reports

Researchers expect surge of rootkits targeting 64-bit PCs

Rootkits are again on the rise with the number of new samples reaching levels not seen since 2011, a McAfee report said

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New Havex malware variants target industrial control system and SCADA users

Attackers compromised ICS/SCADA vendor sites and altered software downloads to distribute the malware, researchers from F-Secure said

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Ad network compromise led to rogue page redirects on Reuters site

The Syrian Electronic Army compromised a third-party widget to redirect some Reuters.com visitors to a defacement page

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Tool aims to help enterprise IT manage 'honeypot' hacker decoys

Developers of the Modern Honey Network want to simplify deployment and monitoring of these threat-intelligence systems

Android 4.4.4 fixes OpenSSL hijacking vulnerability

A new version of Android for Nexus devices is primarily a security update that patches the bundled OpenSSL library