Lucian ConstantinRomania Correspondent, IDG News Service

Lucian Constantin writes about information security, privacy, and data protection for the IDG News Service.


Website hackers hijack Google webmaster tools to prolong infections

Some hackers verify themselves as owners for the websites they compromise in the Google Search Console.

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Cyberattack exposes 10 million records at US health insurer Excellus

Hackers gained access to over 10 million customer records from U.S. health insurer Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

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Ashley Madison coding blunder made over 11 million passwords easy to crack

A team of password cracking experts found flaws in the Ashley Madison code that allowed them to recover 11.2 million passwords from data leaked by hackers.

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Turla cyberespionage group exploits satellite Internet links for anonymity

The Turla cyberespionage group is hijacking satellite-based Internet connections in order to hide servers from security researchers and law enforcement agencies.

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Microsoft patches yet another Hacking Team zero-day exploit

Microsoft fixed a previously unreported vulnerability discovered in the cache of files leaked from Italian surveillance company Hacking Team in July.

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Blurred lines: Cyberespionage group caught borrowing banking malware code

A group of hackers that have been targeting military and government organizations from NATO countries have borrowed code from a leaked online banking Trojan.

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Credentials stored in Ashley Madison's source code might have helped attackers

The Ashley Madison developers stored sensitive credentials like database passwords, AWS API secrets, authentication tokens and SSL private keys in their source code repositories.

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Kaspersky Lab pushes emergency patch for critical vulnerability

Kaspersky Lab has released an emergency patch for some of its antivirus products after a security researcher found a critical vulnerability that could allow hackers to compromise computers.


LinkedIn-based intelligence gathering campaign targets the security industry

A LinkedIn-based intelligence gathering campaign has been using fake LinkedIn profiles to map out the professional networks of IT security experts.

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Shopperz adware takes local DNS hijacking to the next level

The Shopperz adware program uses a cunning technique to make DNS (Domain Name System) hijacking harder to detect and fix.

Web attack silently modifies DNS configurations in routers

Despite reports of hacking, baby monitors remain woefully insecure

A security analysis of nine baby monitors from different manufacturers revealed serious vulnerabilities and design flaws that could allow hackers to hijack their video feeds or take full control of the devices.

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Employees put business data at risk by installing gambling apps on their phones

The average company has more than one gambling application installed on some of its employees' mobile devices, and in some cases as many as 35.

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Popular Belkin Wi-Fi routers plagued by unpatched security flaws

The Belkin N600 DB wireless dual band router model has unpatched vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to compromise affected devices.

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Intel says GPU malware is no reason to panic—yet

Malware that runs inside GPUs (graphics processing units) can be harder to detect, but is not completely invisible to security products.


Linux Foundation's security checklist can help sysadmins harden workstations

The Linux Foundation published a list of security recommendations for hardening Linux workstations used by systems administrators.