A week in security (December 04 – December 10)

A week in security (December 11 – December 17)

Last week we explained what fast flux is and how it’s being abused, we showed you all kinds of Bitcoin-related scams, presented a video recording of a tech support scammer trying to sell free software, and pointed out some free software to keep an eye on your Internet traffic. We also informed you about an ad server found predominantly on adult websites, which has taken the lead in the number of URLs blocked by our web protection module.

Other news

  • South Korea is preparing a bill that will ban minors and foreigners from trading in cryptocurrencies or opening investment accounts for them within South Korea. (Source: Techspot)
  • Security researchers have publicly disclosed an unpatched zero-day vulnerability in the firmware of AT&T DirecTV WVB kit after trying to get the device manufacturer to patch this flaw over the past few months. (Source: The Hacker News)
  • Intel will implement a hardware lock on management engine equipped chips to defend against patch rollbacks. (Source: The Register)
  • Dutch security firm Fox-IT handled a security breach in an exemplary way after a man-in-the-middle (MitM) attack. (Sources: Fox-IT and Security Affairs)
  • Lawsuit based on a surreptitiously recorded phone call claims Google doesn’t refund advertisers who spend money on fraudulent clicks. (Source: Business Insider)
  • Australian airport hack was “a near miss,” says government’s cybersecurity expert, and could easily have been prevented. (Source: Hot for Security)
  • Hackers utilizing the Triton malware have managed to close down industrial operations in the Middle East, researchers warned. (Source: ZDNet)
  • A two-decade-old security hole lets hackers unlock encrypted data and was found in the software of at least eight IT vendors and open-source projects. (Source: The Register)
  • MoneyTaker, a cybercriminal group believed to be operating out of Russian-speaking territories, has hit at least 20 banks and financial companies and stolen millions of US dollars in the process. (Source: BleepingComputer)
  • Politicians from California, Washington, and New York said they’ll use a mix of legislative action and legal moves to fight the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality regulation, shortly after the vote. (Source: Cnet)

Stay safe, everyone!