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PDF Smuggles Microsoft Word Doc to Drop Snake Keylogger Malware
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PDF Smuggles Microsoft Word Doc to Drop Snake Keylogger Malware

Threat analysts at HP Wolf Security have discovered a recent malware distribution campaign that uses PDF attachments to transport Word documents with malicious...

Cyberspies Use IP Cameras to Deploy Backdoors, Steal Exchange Emails
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Cyberspies Use IP Cameras to Deploy Backdoors, Steal Exchange Emails

An Advanced Persistent Threat gang discovered by researchers at security company Mandiant is penetrating corporate networks to steal Exchange emails from those...

Chinese Hackers Abuse VLC Media Player to Launch Malware Loader
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Chinese Hackers Abuse VLC Media Player to Launch Malware Loader

Symantec researchers have identified a campaign perpetrated by a hacker group associated with the Chinese government using VLC Media Player to launch a custom malware...

Hundreds of HP Printer Models Vulnerable to Remote Code Execution
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Hundreds of HP Printer Models Vulnerable to Remote Code Execution

HP issued security advisories for three critical-severity vulnerabilities impacting its LaserJet Pro, Pagewide Pro, OfficeJet, Enterprise, Large Format, and DeskJet...

HP Patches 16 UEFI Firmware Bugs Allowing Stealthy Malware Infections
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HP Patches 16 UEFI Firmware Bugs Allowing Stealthy Malware Infections

Researchers at Binarly discovered 16 high-impact UEFI firmware vulnerabilities affecting multiple HP models.

New Windows Server Updates Cause DC Boot Loops, Break Hyper-V
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New Windows Server Updates Cause DC Boot Loops, Break Hyper-V

The updates cause Windows domain controllers enter a boot loop, with servers getting into an endless cycle of Windows starting and then rebooting after a few minutes...

Honeypot Experiment Reveals What Hackers Want From IoT Devices
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Honeypot Experiment Reveals What Hackers Want From IoT Devices

A honeypot experiment has clarified hackers' goals in targeting Internet of Things devices.

Large-Scale Phishing Study Shows Who Bites the Bait More Often
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Large-Scale Phishing Study Shows Who Bites the Bait More Often

Researchers at Switzerland's ETH Zurich found that study participants aged 18-19 and those aged 50-59 are most likely to click on phishing links.

BotenaGo Botnet Targets Millions of IoT Devices with 33 Exploits
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BotenaGo Botnet Targets Millions of IoT Devices with 33 Exploits

AT&T researchers found the BotenaGo malware botnet uses 33 exploits to attack millions of routers, modems, network attached storage, and Internet of Things devices...
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