Stories by Lucian Constantin

After pushing malware, ad networks also used for DDoS

Experts believe a recent large-scale distributed denial-of-service attack was launched through malicious ads displayed on mobile devices.

Silent Circle aims at the enterprise market with Blackphone 2

The Blackphone 2 is designed to meet the management and security needs of enterprises, while not alienating workers who will end up using it for their personal affairs as well.

Cookie handling in browsers can break HTTPS security

Man-in-the-middle attackers can inject cookies over HTTP connections in order to extract information from encrypted HTTPS traffic.

Ransomware pushers up their game against small businesses

File encrypting ransomware creators are increasingly focusing their attention on small and medium-sized businesses because they're more likely to pay up the ransom fees.

New malware program infects ATMs, dispenses cash on command

A new malware program called GreenDispenser infects automated teller machines (ATMs) and allows attackers to extract cash on command.

US govt's OPM underestimated the number of stolen fingerprints by 4.5 million

The fingerprints of 5.6 million people have been stolen as a result of hackers penetrating the computer systems of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year.

Thousands of iOS apps infected by XcodeGhost

Security researchers have identified over 4000 iOS apps that have malicious code added by a rogue version of the Xcode development tool.

Hack iOS 9 and get $1 million, cybersecurity firm says

Zerodium, an exploit acquisition company, promises to pay $1 million to researchers who provide it with an exclusive, browser-based and untethered jailbreak for the latest Apple iOS 9 operating system.

HP adds protection against firmware attacks to enterprise printers

Hewlett-Packard has started building defenses against hackers directly into its printers' firmware.

Malware implants on Cisco routers revealed to be more widespread

Attackers have installed malicious firmware on nearly 200 Cisco routers used by businesses from over 30 countries.

Critical Flash Player updates patch 23 flaws

Adobe Systems released new updates for Flash Player to patch critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to install malware on computers.

Attackers install highly persistent malware implants on Cisco routers

Researchers have detected an attack that has installed rogue firmware on business routers in four countries.

Website hackers hijack Google webmaster tools to prolong infections

Some hackers verify themselves as owners for the websites they compromise in the Google Search Console.

Ashley Madison coding blunder made over 11 million passwords easy to crack

A team of password cracking experts found flaws in the Ashley Madison code that allowed them to recover 11.2 million passwords from data leaked by hackers.

Cyberattack exposes 10 million records at US health insurer Excellus

Hackers gained access to over 10 million customer records from U.S. health insurer Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.