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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Cybercrime infrastructure being ramped up in Brazil ahead of Olympics

Over the past few months, cybercriminals have set up a large number of malicious domains and servers in Brazil in anticipation to the Rio 2016 Olympics.

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New Android Trojan SpyNote leaks on underground forums

A new and potent Android Trojan has been leaked on several underground forums, making it available for free to less resourceful cybercriminals who are now likely to use it in attacks.

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Long-running malvertising campaign infected thousands of computers per day

Security researchers have shut down a large-scale malvertising operation that used sophisticated techniques to remain undetected for months and served exploits to millions of computers.

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Google beefs Linux up kernel defenses in Android

The future versions of Android will be more resilient to exploits thanks to developers' efforts to integrate the latest Linux kernel defenses into the operating system.a

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Rival gang leaks decryption keys for Chimera ransomware

The creators of the Petya and Mischa ransomware programs leaked around 3,500 RSA private keys allegedly corresponding to systems infected with another ransomware program called Chimera.

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Cyberespionage group Patchwork sets its sights on multiple industries

A cyberespionage group known for targeting diplomatic and governmental institutions has branched out into many other industries, including aviation, broadcasting, and finance, researchers warn.

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Devices with Qualcomm modems safe from critical ASN.1 telecom flaw

Smartphones equipped with Qualcomm modems are not vulnerable to a recently announced vulnerability that could potentially allow attackers to take over cellular network gear and consumer mobile devices.

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Free your files! No-cost decryption tools released for two ransomware programs

Security researchers have released tools this week that could help users recover files encrypted by two relatively new ransomware threats: Bart and PowerWare.

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Dell patches critical flaws in SonicWALL Global Management System

Dell has patched several critical flaws in its central management system for SonicWALL enterprise security appliances, such as firewalls and VPN gateways.

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Flaws in Oracle file processing SDKs affect major third-party products

Seventeen high-risk vulnerabilities out of the 276 flaws fixed by Oracle Tuesday also affect products from third-party software vendors, including Microsoft.

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Oracle issues largest patch bundle ever, fixing 276 security flaws

Oracle has released a new batch of security updates for over 80 products from its software portfolio in order to fix 276 vulnerabilities.

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Security software that uses 'code hooking' opens the door to hackers

Code-hooking techniques used by security, performance, virtualization and other types of programs to monitor third-party processes have introduced vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit.

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Attackers launch multi-vector DDoS attacks that use DNSSEC amplification

Incident responders from Akamai recently helped mitigate a DDoS attack against an unnamed European media organization that used six different attack techniques, including DNSSEC-based DNS amplification.

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Attackers could steal millions through online phone verification systems

A researcher finds he could earn millions of dollars by abusing the online phone verification systems used by Google, Microsoft, and Instagram

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Flaw in vBulletin add-on leads to Ubuntu Forums database breach

Ubuntu support forums users should be on the lookout for dodgy emails after the website's database of 2 million email addresses has been stolen.