Stories by Lucian Constantin

Hacker group targets video game companies to steal source code

A group of attackers with links to the Chinese hacking underground has been targeting companies from the entertainment and video game industries for years with the goal of stealing source code.

Internet of Things devices contain high number of vulnerabilities, study finds

A security audit of 10 popular Internet-connected devices - components of the so-called Internet of Things - identified an alarmingly high number of vulnerabilities.

Antivirus products riddled with security flaws, researcher says

It's generally accepted that antivirus programs provide a necessary protection layer, but organizations should audit such products before deploying them on their systems because many of them contain serious vulnerabilities, a researcher warned.

Canada blames China for cyber intrusion at National Research Council

The IT infrastructure of the National Research Council of Canada was recently compromised by highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored hackers, the Canadian government said Tuesday.

Android vulnerability allows malware to compromise most devices and apps

The majority of Android devices currently in use contain a vulnerability that allows malware to completely hijack installed apps and their data or even the entire device.

Attackers install DDoS bots on Amazon cloud, exploiting Elasticsearch weakness

Attackers are exploiting a vulnerability in distributed search engine software Elasticsearch to install DDoS malware on Amazon and possibly other cloud servers.

Russian government offers money for identifying Tor users

The Russian Ministry of Interior is willing to pay 3.9 million roubles, or around US$111,000, for a method to identify users on the Tor network.

Thousands of sites compromised through WordPress plug-in vulnerability

A critical vulnerability found recently in a popular newsletter plug-in for WordPress is actively being targeted by hackers and was used to compromise an estimated 50,000 sites so far.

Hackers steal user data from the European Central Bank website, ask for money

Hackers have stolen user contact information, including email addresses and phone numbers, from the website of the European Central Bank and attempted to extort money from the institution.

File-encrypting Android ransomware 'Simplocker' targets English-speaking users

A ransomware threat that encrypts files stored on the SD memory cards of Android devices has been updated to target English-speaking users with FBI-themed alerts.

Tor Project working to fix weakness that can unmask users

Developers of Tor software believe they've identified a weakness that was scheduled to be revealed at the Black Hat security conference next month that could be used to de-anonymize Tor users.

Open Wireless Router firmware aims for better router security, network performance

Advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation wants to address the poor security track record of home routers with a new firmware project that will encourage users to share their Internet connection publicly by setting up guest Wi-Fi networks.

Stealthy ransomware 'Critroni' uses Tor, could replace Cryptolocker

Cybercriminals are spreading a new file-encrypting ransomware program that's more powerful and resilient than Cryptolocker, a threat recently shut down by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Home router security to be tested in upcoming hacking contest

Researchers are gearing up to hack an array of different home routers during a contest next month at the Defcon 22 security conference.

Romanian gang used malware to defraud international money transfer firms

Romanian and French authorities have dismantled a cybercriminal network that infected computers at money transfer outlets across Europe and used them to perform illegal transactions.