Highlights and Updates

BlackOS software package automates website hacking

Monday, 24th March 2014
BlackOS, a malicious software package designed to automate the process of hacking websites, is being offered in undergound markets for $3800 a year and can be rented for $100 a month. 

MALWARE ALERT: ATTENTION GAMERS! GRAND THEFT AUTO 5 BETA VERSION CONTAINS MALWARE

Thursday, 20th March 2014
A PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 has not yet been released by Rockstar Games. However cyber criminals are sending fraudulent emails offering a Grand Theft Auto 5 Beta test version in a ZIP file. This file contains malware.

Operation Windigo

Thursday, 20th March 2014
Security researchers have uncovered a widespread cybercriminal campaign that has seized control of over 25,000 servers worldwide, in order to send millions of spam messages a day and redirect people to unwanted websites.
This attack has been called "Operation Windigo".

VIRUS ALERT: MISSING MALAYSIAN AIRLINES VIDEO

Thursday, 20th March 2014
There is a file spreading around via email and social media sites named "Malaysian Airlines MH370 5m Video.exe."  Please do not run it. 
Users who attempt to access this attachment are infected with a generic Trojan, which opens a backdoor onto their systems.

Google Play goes down twice this week after hacker exploits vulnerability

Wednesday, 19th March 2014
Google Play became unavailable to Android users and app developers this week after a hacker tested a vulnerability he found in the developer console.

Kenya Establishes Special Dedicated Unit for Cyber-crime

Wednesday, 19th March 2014
Kenya has established a special dedicated unit that will handle all cyber-crime related cases in the country, in a bid to stamp out the growing problem.

Whatsapp CEO addresses data privacy issue.

Wednesday, 19th March 2014
If you still have concerns about the privacy of your personal data due to Whatsapp being bought by Facebook, the CEO of Whatsapp, Jan Koum, has put up a lengthy post on the Whatsapp Company Blog where he attempts to set the record straight about Whatsapp privacy issues. You can read it here.

Mozilla Releases Updates for Firefox, Thunderbird, and Seamonkey

Wednesday, 19th March 2014
Mozilla has released security updates to address multiple vulnerabilities in Firefox, Thunderbird, and Seamonkey. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities may allow an attacker to obtain sensitive information, cause a denial-of-service condition, execute arbitrary code, or operate with elevated privileges on an affected system.

Google Public DNS hijacked for 22 minutes

Monday, 17th March 2014
According to Internet monitoring firm BGPmon, Google's free public DNS (Domain name system) resolvers were hijacked for 22 minutes over the weekend, Causing all international traffic to be rerouted to Venezuela and Brazil for that period of time.

NATO websites hit by massive DDoS attacks

Monday, 17th March 2014
NATO says several of its websites have been targeted in significant DDoS attacks that have been claimed by a Ukrainian hacker group called Cyber Berkut.