Asus pushes patch after hackers used updates to send malware

Mar 25, 2019

Kaspersky Lab estimates that the attack could have affected more than a million users. Thousands of Asus computers were infected with malware from the company's own update tool, researchers from Kaspersky Lab said Monday. The researchers discovered the attack in January, after hackers took over the Asus Live Update Utility to quietly install malware on devices. The hack was first reported by Motherboard. On Tuesday, Asus said it's fixed the vulnerability in the latest version of its Live Update tool, meaning you'll have to trust the software to resolve the issue. "Asus customer service has bee...

New cyber security service helps protect Australian democracy

Mar 20, 2019

With the Federal election on the horizon and  NSW poll just days away it’s timely to reflect on the importance of  democracy to all Australians and to take stock of how well we are able  to protect our democratic rights and institutions. Last year in the US, we launched Microsoft AccountGuard, a security  service designed to provide additional critical cyber protection to  customers operating in the political sphere. It forms a key plank in our  Defending Democracy initiative. I’m delighted to announce that Microsoft AccountGuard is now available to eligible organisations and individuals in Au...

Norwegian aluminium firm goes manual after Windows ransomware attack

Mar 20, 2019

Norwegian aluminium maker Norsk Hydro has been under what it describes as "an extensive cyber attack" that has affected several areas of the company's operations. The malware affecting the firm is believed to the LockerGoga ransomware that attacks Windows systems. The attack began late on Monday evening, the firm said. Norway is 10 hours behind AEDT. At 5am this morning UTC somebody from Norway uploaded a signed copy of LockerGoga ransomware. It uses the same certificate me and @malwrhunterteam team identified several weeks ago, which the CA has now revoked. pic.twitter.com/PxYS690oYs— 🦀

Microsoft targeted by 8 of 10 top vulnerabilities in 2018: study

Mar 20, 2019

Microsoft was targeted by eight of the top ten vulnerabilities in 2018, a study by the security intelligence firm Recorded Future has found. This was the second successive year that Microsoft topped this list, the firm's Kathleen Kuczma said in a blog post, pointing out that the Redmond behemoth had been affected by seven out of the top ten vulnerabilities in 2017. In the previous two years, 2015 and 2016, the majority of vulnerabilities targeted Adobe's Flash Player. In 2018, only one Flash vulnerability was in the top 10 and the remaining one in the top 10 was aimed at Android. As with ...

Australia charges China with backing IP theft, MSP hacking campaign

Dec 21, 2018

Australian Cyber Security Centre releases advice for managed service providers and their customers  Foreign affairs minister Marise Payne and home affairs minister Peter Dutton have issued a statement “expressing serious concern” over intellectual property theft by the hacking group dubbed APT10, which the Australian government has charged has been acting on behalf of the Chinese Ministry of State Security.  APT10 is associated with ‘Operation Cloud Hopper’: A sustained effort to compromise the security of major managed service providers (MSPs) to access the IP and data of both the MSPs themse...

Hackers Can Spy on Wireless Keyboards From Hundreds of Feet Away

Jul 15, 2016

There’s a gaping security hole in eight popular models. Several popular brands of wireless keyboards have been betraying their owners, broadcasting their keystrokes for savvy hackers to intercept from hundreds of feet away. According to research published by Bastille, a cybersecurity company, eight wireless keyboards manufactured by major electronics companies transmit information in a way that makes it possible for a hacker to eavesdrop on every sentence, password, credit card number, and secret typed on them. Wireless keyboards generally protect their users by encrypting the data that they s...

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