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    Home Depot has confirmed via their corporate website that their payment systems were breached. This followed reports last week, which suggested that Russian and Ukrainian cybercriminals had successfully breached the Atlanta-based retailer's PoS terminals. The statement offered full details, but suggested the breach affected users who shopped at their US and Canadian branches from April onwards. Home Depot's investigation began on September 2, which indicates a worse-case scenario of a breach of four to five months. It has been claimed that up the information ...

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    Last July, the US Department of Homeland Security warned of a new kind of criminal attack: "Google dorking". This refers to asking Google for things they have found via special search operators. Let's look closely and see what this is. Google finds things online using a program that accesses web sites: the Google web crawler, called the Googlebot. When the Googlebot examines the web and finds "secret" data, it adds it to Google's database just like any other kind of information. If it's ...

    Posted in Targeted Attacks |



    Being able to adapt to change is one of the most important abilities in security today, mostly because attacks to defend against are able to do the same. The sophistication of current threats is mainly seen in their skill to adjust based on the weaknesses of the environment they are targeting. In this post, we will try to see networks the way attackers see them -- through their vulnerabilities -- and turn these around into guides for how IT administrators should protect their network. People are ...

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    We recently investigated a targeted attack against a device manufacturer, and in our analysis, we found that the malware deployed into the target network is a variant of a well-known backdoor, BIFROSE. BIFROSE has been around for many years now, highly available in the cybercriminal underground, and has been used for various cybercriminal activities. One of the past incidents we saw use BIFROSE was the "Here you have" spam campaign from 2010. The attack targeted human resource (HR) personnel of government offices such ...

    Posted in Malware, Targeted Attacks |



    A recent report published by Amtrak’s Office of the Inspector General revealed that an employee of the passenger rail company had been selling passenger data for two decades. The buyer of this data was none other than the Drug Enforcement Agency, which paid the employee $854,460 over the period. Iowa’s senior senator, Check Grassley, sent a letter to the DEA raising serious concerns over the incident. The most significant part of this security breach is the fact that this former employee was able to sell ...

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