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WikiLeaks posts CIA documents on ways to install malware

“Details CIA procedures to install malicious programs”

WikiLeaks took to the internet again on Friday to publish a new array of classified documents from the CIA. The new leak has outlined the Grasshopper framework, a malware installation system that provides weaponized code onto a computer without the security systems blocking it.

Sathurbot Malware Spreads via Torrent Files, Attacks WordPress Sites

“Attempts at remote takeover of sites”

ESET security researchers have revelaed a new malware strain dubbed ‘Sathurbot,’ which uses malicious torrent files ro spread to new vitims. It proceeds to carry out coordinated WordPress attacks, with the intention of the eventual commandeering of the site. The common outcome is a host for malware download centers or SEO spam filters.

McAfee: Trend indicates 2017 will be bumper year for new malware

“Current trends bolster expectations”

McAfee labs has shown that new malware is being pumped out at incredible rates, and if the past two years are any indication this won’t end any time soon. Malware innovation to a net hit last year, with a nine-month lull in identified new strains, but this dip seems to have tapered off with new creators releasing several new strains over the last few months.

 

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WikiLeaks releases ‘entire hacking capacity of the CIA’

“Over 8,000 pages disclosed”

WikiLeaks has released what is being called the entire hacking capacity of the CIA in a large data dump on Tuesday. Within the 8,761 documents included in ‘Vault 7’ were acquired from a ‘high-security’ CIA network from the Center of Cyber Intelligence in Virginia. The group of data had been “circulated among former U.S. government hackers and contractors,” and was released to WikiLeaks by one of these contractors.

StoneDrill wiper malware finds new targets

“European and Middle Eastern hard drives affected”

Wiper malware has made a huge come back from it’s 2012 debut, attacking several targets in multiple continents. Security experts worry over the maware’s past, citing the Shamoon attack against Saudi Aramco which resulted in the loss of 30,000 workstations and their data. “Dark Seoul Gang” have more recently used the software to attack South Korean bank hard drives and facilities maintaining broadcasting and financial services.

macOS RAT Uses 0-Day for Root Access

“Unpatched zero-day vulnerability used to gain remote access to devices”

Currently being advertised in one of the leading underground markets, the RAT Proton was found on a cloned Russian cybercrime message board. Sixgill researchers report that it is being offered for two bitcoins, or roughly $2,500 for single installations, a cause for concern among those that use MacOS products.

Why email is safer in Office 365 than on your Exchange server

“Running your own servers doesn’t do much for security it seems”

Bypassing the complicated management and monitoring of private servers isn’t the only plus to a cloud service application. The sheer scale of cloud-based mail providers, such as Office 365, have the capabilities to prevent advanced malware and phishing attempts making them easier to spot, along with other protections.

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