Thousands of infected FTP servers net attackers $88k in cryptocurrency

Targets foot hardware and electricity costs of mining Minero coins. sci tech news

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Apple Releases Patch for iPhone, iPad After Israeli Spyware is Discovered

Apple Releases Patch for iPhone, iPad After Israeli Spyware is Discovered:

Apple issued a security update for those devices Thursday after researchers discovered spyware that turns hand-held Apple devices into the mother of all snoops, allowing remote operators to intercept all voice and data communications and pass along every photograph and video.

Researchers said spyware had never been found before this month that could “jailbreak” an iPhone or iPad and seize total control of its functions.

Efforts to use the spyware have surfaced in Mexico and the United Arab Emirates, where critics of the government appear to have been targeted for surveillance….

The Israeli company thought to have produced the spyware said in a statement that it insisted that governments that bought its products use them only in lawful ways….

Apple Inc. was notified by Citizen Lab and Lookout on Aug. 15 of the vulnerability in the iPhones and iPads, and it said the security update provided Thursday blocked the use of Trident spyware.

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Cisco confirms NSA-linked zeroday targeted its firewalls for years

Company advisories further corroborate authenticity of mysterious Shadow Brokers leak. sci tech news

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Mysterious Group Says They Hacked NSA

Mysterious Group Says They Hacked NSA:

A mysterious hacker or hackers going by the name “The Shadow Brokers” claims to have hacked a group linked to the NSA and dumped a bunch of its hacking tools. In a bizarre twist, the hackers are also asking for 1 million bitcoin (around $568 million) in an auction to release more files.

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20 hotels suffer hack costing tens of thousands their credit card information

Starwood, Hyatt, Marriott, and Intercontinental hotels across the country hacked. sci tech news

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Scientists just found an advanced form of malware that’s been hiding for at least 5 years

Scientists just found an advanced form of malware that’s been hiding for at least 5 years:

Security researchers have announced the discovery of an advanced malware platform that has operated undetected for at least five years.

According to experts, “ProjectSauron” is so advanced and well designed that it’s likely the work of a state-sponsored hacking group – ie. backed by a government intelligence organisation.

The malware has been active since at least 2011, targeting high-profile networks in Russia, China, Sweden, and other countries.

Researchers at computer security firms Symantec and Kaspersky Lab detected the malware in a joint effort, and say it’s been discovered in more than 30 infected sites so far – including an airline in China, an embassy in Belgium, and an unidentified organisation in Sweden.

Unlike the kind of consumer-targeting malware that affects regular PCs, ProjectSauron – which also goes by the name Remsec – has a more specific focus, although it does run on common Microsoft Windows platforms.

The malware is designed to infiltrate computer networks run by organisations such as governments, military sites, scientific research centres, and corporate IT systems.

It aims to spy on infected networks, opening a back door to compromised systems, logging keystrokes, and stealing personal information, like user credentials and passwords.

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Researchers crack open unusually advanced malware that hid for 5 years

Espionage platform with more than 50 modules was almost certainly state sponsored. sci tech news

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Oracle-owned point-of-sale service suffers from malware attack

Oracle confirms to Krebs that all MICROS customers have been asked to reset passwords. sci tech news

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Snowden designs device to warn when an iPhone is ratting out users

“Introspection Engine” might one day work with wide variety of smartphones. sci tech news

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