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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Advantech industrial communication devices vulnerable to remote code execution

Industrial equipment owners are advised to install the latest firmware updates to protect their Advantech Modbus gateway devices

Worried about spying smart TVs? Try a home theater PC

In the wake of revelations about eavesdropping Samsung and LG smart TVs, don't forget the wide world of HTPC options available.

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Sneaky Linux malware comes with sophisticated custom-built rootkit

XOR.DDoS is distributed through SSH brute-force password guessing attacks

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Attackers exploit zero-day flaw in popular WordPress plug-in

Users should install newly released security patches or remove the affected plug-in

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Hackers are unknowingly gathering intel for the NSA

The NSA and its partners are intercepting information stolen by hackers from intelligence targets

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Siemens patches critical flaws in industrial wireless gear

The vulnerabilities allow attackers to take control of affected Ruggedcom WIN systems

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Hacked again? Russian hackers still inside Sony Pictures' network, security firm says

Taia Global says that either intruders from the November breach never left, or Sony Pictures was hacked a second time

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Scareware found hidden in Google Play apps downloaded by millions

Days after installation the apps started displaying fake warning messages promoting other rogue apps and services

Dangerous Internet Explorer vulnerability opens door to powerful phishing attacks

The flaw can be used to steal authentication cookies and inject rogue code into websites

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Flash Player plagued by third zero-day flaw in a month, but updates are coming

Users are being targeted via mass malvertising attacks again, researchers warn.

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Google will motivate bug hunters to keep probing its products with research grants

The company seeks new ways to incentivize researchers as bugs become harder to find

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Can't keep this bad boy down: ZeroAccess botnet back in business

After a six-month break the ZeroAccess botnet resumes click-fraud activity

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Critical 'Ghost' Linux flaw can be exploited through WordPress, other PHP apps

Some Web applications written in PHP call a vulnerable glibc function, potentially opening the door to attacks.

Mozilla puts old hardware to new use running Tor relays

The organization opted for running middle relays, although exit relays would have probably helped the anonymity network more.

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The end for 1024-bit SSL certificates is near, Mozilla kills a few more

Website owners still using 1024-bit SSL certificates should replace them with 2048-bit ones