This Week In Security – Week 15 (Mumblehard, Flash Player, Hacking Team, FBI, WhatsApp, Nitol, Chrome)

Mumblehard Linux Botnet

Mumblehard a botnet made up of both Linux and FreeBSD servers was taken down through a joint operation between ESET, Ukraine Cyber Police and CyS Centrum. The botnet was used for Spamming but is no longer operational.

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Flash Player Updates

Adobe has released patches for a security flaw in its Flash Player which allowed the Magnitude Exploit Kit to take advantage of a memory corruption vulnerability. The platforms affected are Windows, Macintosh, Linux and ChromeOS.

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Hacking Team License

Hacking Team have had their global license to sell Spyware to governments of 46 countries predominantly outside of the european union revoked by the Italian Government.

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FBI Admits APT Attacks

The FBI have admitted that a group being called Advanced Persistent Threat 6 hacked into government systems continually since 2011 without being noticed. Details of what systems have been compromised or of the actual attacks are limited.

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Germany and France are the worst hit by the Locky ransomeware with 3989 and 2372 incidents respectively being reported by Kaspersky software. The actual figures may be much larger than this when summed with figures from other vendors.

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WhatsApp recently added encryption to its messaging communications. New public keys are used for each and every message and encryption should be end-to-end.

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Nitol Botnet

The Nitol botnet has broken all previous records for an application layer botnet consuming the most bandwidth.

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Chrome Extensions Ad Redirection

The better history chrome extension has been found to be redirecting 50% of users to ad pages through a proxy. Google as a consequence has banned the extension after receiving complaints.

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