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Two-pronged attack: Argentine site hit by malware and data leak

Lots of confidential information has been leaked in Argentina and we are talking about home addresses, telephone numbers, details of education centers attended, mobile phone numbers, email addresses, marital status, children and even personal references. This is very bad because the same information can easily be used for all kinds of fraudulent activities: on-line ID theft, targeted attacks and so on. Read Full Article

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The Zappos Breach and Textual Password Based Authentication

Following their major database breach, Zappos leadership is doing the right thing by what seems to be quickly and clearly communicating what data was accessed and what was not – there are no unexplained delays or confusion on their part about the event. It’s like another Aurora moment in my book, when Google extraordinarily opened up about their breach while the other 30-odd Aurora-breached major corporations did the opposite, aggressively maintaining NDA’s to hide their Aurora incidents and hide their heads in the sand. Zappos reset 24 million customers’ passwords and emailed all of them about the problem last night.

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IRC bot for Android

Not so long time ago we found a very interesting piece of malware for Android. Unfortunately, it is not clear how it was spread but in any case it’s worth mentioning. The malicious application displays itself as ‘MADDEN NFL 12’ game after the installation. The file size is over 5+ MB and actually is a Trojan that drops a set of malware components onto the system: root exploit, SMS Trojan and IRC bot. The .class file “AndroidBotAcitivity” maintains this dropper functionality. Read Full Article