Android OS Set Top Boxes Target of Botnet

A new botnet known as “Ares” is targeting misconfigured set top boxes that run the light-weight Android OS.  Two older botnets, Fbot and Trinity, are also targeting this misconfiguration.  A module, the Android Debug Bridge (ADB), is the specific vulnerability, and it should not be available at all.  The debug bridge is used by software developers during code writing to check for flaws, ...

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Hack Turns iPhones and Android phones into Ultimate Surveillance Tool

If you visited certain websites with your iPhone (or Android or Windows device**) over the last two years, it is possible that your iPhone downloaded and installed malware that allowed attackers to intercept and record everything you did and everywhere you went with your iPhone.  This includes real-time location information, all your emails and messaging (including encrypted versions such ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


FBI Releases Article on Think Before You Post Campaign

Original release date: September 5, 2019

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has released an article on their Think Before You Post campaign, designed to educate students on the use of social media and how to avoid making poor choices when posting, texting, or emailing thoughts or grievances that ...

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Many Popular Printers Provide Easy Attack Surfaces

Printers seems to be simple devices that we use to convert information into a physical form, usually text on paper.  But all printers are really small special purpose computers.  They have processors, RAM memory, and storage in the form of solid state chips or entire hard drives.  The operating system is often some form of Linux.  They usually can be accessed and configured ...

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What Happened to Klaus?

We are surrounded by helpful electronic female voices in the guises of Siri, Alexa, Cortana, and Hello Google.  As a man, I find these soothing female assistants to be cheerful, calming, and reassuring, sort of like an electronic Mom.

While some people want to get into the inherent sexist gender bias of having all these helpers be female, here’s ...

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Guest Post – Have an Android Smartphone? Beware of Agent Smith

Another guest post by Tony Chiappetta of CHIPS

Agent Smith is frightening Google Android users around the world. This malware has replaced legitimate apps with malicious versions on 25 million Android devices. Here is what you need to know.

Around 25 million Google Android devices have been infected with a new variant of mobile malware. Once ...

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Weekend Update

A quick Saturday digest of cybersecurity news articles from other sources.


U.S. Cyber Command Shares 11 New Malware Samples

Original release date: September 8, 2019

U.S. Cyber Command has released 11 malware samples to the malware aggregation tool and repository, VirusTotal. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) encourages users and administrators to review U.S. Cyber Command’s VirusTotal page to view the samples. CISA also ...

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