Author Archives: Elizabeth Montalbano

Mirai Creators Cooperate with Feds to Avoid Prison

The three 20-something-year-old creators of the Mirai botnet┬áhave cooperated with the federal investigators on their case to avoid jail time. The three men–Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, New Jersey; Josiah White, 21, of Washington, Pennsylvania; and Dalton Norman, 22, of Metairie, Louisiana–were sentenced by a federal judge in Alaska to...

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Kaspersky: Attacks on Smart Devices Rise Threefold in 2018

Attacks against smart devices are surging, with both old and new threats targeting connected devices that remain largely unsecured, according to researchers at Kaspersky Lab. Kaspersky researchers observed three times as many malware samples against smart devices in the first half of 2018 than they did in all of 2017, according to new findings...

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Report: Financial industry in crosshairs of credential-stuffing botnets

Botnets mounting credential-stuffing attacks against the financial industry are on the rise, with a more than 20-percent uptick in a two-month period, a new report from Akamai has found. Bad actors from the United States, Russia and Vietnam are using credential stuffing attacks to try to compromise financial services firms, Akamai says in its...

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Veeam mishandles Own Data, exposes 440M Customer E-mails

Data-management Veeam found itself in need of some self-help after mismanaging its own data with a misconfigured server that exposed more than 440 million e-mail addresses and other types of customer information. Security researcher Bob Diachenko discovered that a MongoDB server operated by Veeam was left wide open and searchable for some days in...

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Before Senate Facebook, Twitter Defend Efforts to Stop Fake News

Facebook and Twitter executives defended recent efforts to stop the use of their platforms by Russia, Iran and other countries to influence U.S. elections. In testimony before the U.S. Senate, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey on Wednesday defended their employers’ recent efforts to thwart influence...

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