HyphBot botnet malware is forcing infected PCs to sneakily view high-priced video ads, allowing fraudsters to reap upwards of $1.3 million in daily ad spending, a Danish advertising technology firm warns. The scheme highlights the challenges facing online advertisers seeking legitimate viewers.
Give crooks credit for topicality: they remain loathe to miss a trick. Indeed, hardly any time elapsed after Uber came clean about the year-old breach it had concealed before crack teams of social engineers unleashed appropriately themed phishing messages designed to bamboozle the masses.
Uber paid hackers $100,000 to keep quiet about a 2016 breach that exposed 57 million accounts belonging to customers and drivers, Bloomberg reports. But was the payment a bug bounty, as Uber has suggested, or really an extortion payoff and hush money?
U.S. prosecutors have unsealed an indictment against an Iranian man charged with trying to extort entertainment company HBO for $6 million in bitcoins. The case marks a rare public naming of someone accused of cyber extortion, which poses an increasing risk for all organizations.
Recent versions of Windows have a security problem: They're not random enough, CERT/CC warns. The problem centers on certain uses of ASLR, which is designed to block return-oriented programming techniques and code reuse attacks.
A veteran security researcher has become entangled in a conflict with Chinese drone manufacturer DJI over his security vulnerability report, which initially qualified for the manufacturer's bug bounty program. The researcher says communications broke down after he refused to sign a legal agreement.
Kaspersky Lab says it "inadvertently" scooped up classified U.S. documents and code from an NSA analyst's home computer, but suggests it wasn't the conduit by which the material ended up in Russian hands. It claims that the computer was riddled with malware.
Businesses need to find more ways of incentivizing good researchers to find flaws in technology before bad actors discover them, says Rafael Narezzi, CIO of financial services firm TS Lombard. For every bug hunter with good intentions, how many more are developing weaponized exploits for sale on darknet markets?
A security service from McAfee designed to scan and block malicious links sent via email appears to have given a free pass to "Emotet" banking malware, a researcher warned. But McAfee contends that its ClickProtect service worked as intended.