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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Poor WordPress documentation trips developers, yields plug-ins with XSS flaw

Website administrators should check if they have any affected plug-ins and update them in order to avoid attacks

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HTTPS snooping flaw in third-party library affected 1,000 iOS apps with millions of users

The flaw in the AFNetworking library broke HTTPS certificate validation, enabling man-in-the-middle attacks

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Google's push to encrypt ads will improve security, but won't kill malicious advertising

Google's push to encrypt ads might encourage more websites to deploy HTTPS, however.

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Pawn Storm cyberespionage group increases activity, targets NATO

New attacks were observed this year from the group, including against people with links to the White House

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IBM opens up its threat data as part of new security intelligence sharing platform

The IBM X-Force Exchange platform will allow companies to share and compare data from security incidents

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New malware program Punkey targets point-of-sale systems

All signs point to an increase in the number of memory scraping malware programs infecting PoS terminals to steal payment card data

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With latest patches, Oracle signals no more free updates for Java 7

The company released patches from 98 security issues in its products, 14 in Java

Critcal Adobe Flash Player patches include fix for exploited zero day flaw

The company warned of a public exploit for one of the 22 vulnerabilities fixed in Flash Player.

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Web app attacks, PoS intrusions and cyberespionage leading causes of data breaches

Phishing attacks continue to be effective, but mobile threats are not a big concern, according to a Verizon report.

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Police operation disrupts Beebone botnet used for malware distribution

The U.S. has the largest number of computers infected with Beebone

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Islamist hackers take French television network TV5Monde off air

The attack disrupted the network's broadcasting for hours and also affected its websites and social media accounts

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Flaw in WordPress caching plug-in could affect over 1 million sites

Attackers could exploit the vulnerability to inject malicious code into WP Super Cache admin pages, a researcher found

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Malicious, large-scale Google ad campaign slams users with malware

A Google ad reseller in Bulgaria was potentially compromised

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Researchers show that IoT devices are not designed with security in mind

Lack of encryption and other security issues found in home automation hubs could facilitate burglary, stalking and spying

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Vulnerable Dell support tool now detected and flagged as risky software

Older versions of Dell System Detect contain a serious vulnerability that allows hackers to install malware on users' computers.