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Phishing in the iCloud and Vegas

Up noticeably this month, a new form of broader bank phishing attacks seems to be targeting various parts of the U.S. including Las Vegas where 63 percent of all reported SMS spam turns out to be bank phishing. The trend continued during the finals days of August as an average 46 percent of all reported […]

Android Worms And How To Prevent Them

Recently, a malware attack in China infected around 100,000 Android devices in a few days. FireEye described the attack in their blog, and christened it XXShenqi. They call it a phishing attack, but I prefer the term worm, in that infected devices sent SMS messages to the owner’s contact list attempting to convince them to […]

Black Hat/Defcon 2014: Hacking the Internet of Things, and Things not on the Internet

Security researchers have been talking a lot lately about the Internet of Things: the refrigerator that was unfairly suspected of sending spam, the light bulbs that display your WiFi network password, and so on. There were some fine examples of this at Black Hat and Defcon this year. Jesus Molina was staying in a luxury […]

Defcon 2014: How should home routers get secured?

The risk posed by vulnerable home internet routers was a common theme at this year’s Black Hat and DEF CON conferences. These devices are becoming notorious for having security vulnerabilities, which often go unpatched. The SOHOpelessly Broken contest at DEF CON provided a dramatic demonstration of these flaws, as contestants attacked consumer-grade routers and quickly broke into them. But […]

Defcon 2014: Blackphone Beefs Up Android Security

The vendor area at Black Hat goes by the name of The Business Hall, and that sums it up. It is full of security companies, large and small, pitching their products in typical trade show fashion. The vendor area at Defcon is not like that. It is a jumble of vendors selling hacker equipment, lock […]

Black Hat 2014: Why I Hate Free Stuff

I was watching an excellent presentation by Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar when I realized that I hate free stuff. Not of course the free stuff that I use, I’m fine with that. It’s all the free stuff that spammers and other cyber criminals exploit that ticks me off. Let me explain what Ragan and […]

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