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Cyber Bites

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The security firm Check Point has recently discovered a new malware called WAPDropper. The malware is spread through malicious apps and is targeting Android users in Southeast Asia. If victims download the infected app through unofficial app stores then they will be charged an expensive premium mobile service. This is a similar method of malware attacks to those which became popular in the late 2000s. Check Point's security researchers said that the new Android malware...

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One of Denmark's largest news agency that delivers text and photos to the Danish media has recently been pushed offline after they were targetted by a hacking attack. The CEO of Ritzau, Lars Vesterloekke, said "Ritzau has been the target of a hacker attack early this morning. It appears to be a professional attack." He continued to say that "we have now chosen to shut down all our servers because we were unsure how much...

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Two Android applications owned by Chinese tech giant Baidu have recently been removed from the Google Play Store following a scandal where they were found to be collecting sensitive data from their users. Two of Baidu's apps, Baidu Maps and Baidu Search Box, were removed from Google's app store after they received a report from Palo Alto Networks, a US cybersecurity firm. Both of Baidu's apps had over 6 million downloads combined before they were...

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Brazil's public sector institution, the Superior Electoral Court (STJ, in the Portuguese acronym), recently suffered the most server cyberattack to ever target their government. Following this attack, the STJ is finally managing to get their systems back up and running, after over two weeks of disruptions. On the Novermber 3 the ransomware attack targetted STJ's systems, making them totally unavailable for 26 hours in order to allow the Federal Police to gather evidence. The investigation...

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Tesla Interiors

Security researcher, Lennert Wouters, at Belgian university KU Leuven has discovered a number of security vulnerabilities in Tesla Model X cars and their keyless entry fobs. Wouters found that a combination of the uncovered vulnerabilities could be exploited by anyone who can read a car's vehicle identification number, which is typically visible on a car's dashboard, and could also come within roughly 15 feet of the victim's key fob. The hardware kit that enables someone...

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Spotify on a mac book

Hackers who stole 350,000 Spotify passwords stored them on a cloud server without a password. The hackers access the passwords using a cache of login credentials stolen from other data breaches, as all of the the users who had their Spotify passwords stolen were reusing the same password acorss multiple accounts- the biggest error of password security. The hackers who stole the passwords then fell victim to a similar security faux pas, as they saved...

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Manchester United football stadium

The football club Manchester United have recently been hit by a major cyberattack, but they report that they are not "currently aware of any breach of personal data associated with our fans and customers.” Manchester United, who hosted West Bromwich Albion at their home stadium on Saturday, has confirmed the attack took place on Friday evening, assuring fans that all the systems needed for the match remained secure. In a public statement, Manchester United said:...

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The South Korean fashion retailed, E-Land, has recently fallen victims to a major security threat after a ransomware attack plagued the company's corporate network. The ransomware attack resulted in E-Land having to shut down almost half of their operations in South Korea, with the attacks becoming one of the country's largest mass attacks to date. E-Land has publically disclosed that they suffered the attack on Sunday, November 22. However, there is currently no news of...

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Four female British athletes have recently been victims of a cyber-attack which has resulted in their intimate photos and videos being posted online. The attacks that the athletes were victims of also targeted hundreds of other female sports stars and celebrities. The latest victims of these attacks were British female sports stars, with one of the victims having almost 100 private images stolen from her iCloud. The athletes who were victims of these attacks will...

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Robot cleaner

Researchers have discovered a new way for bad actors to listen to homeowners' private conversations by hacking into their robot vacuums. Robot vacuums, such as Roombas, use smart sensors to autonomously operate. Attackers hack into the targets vacumes using the LiDAR smart sensors, with researchers thus giving the attacks the name “LidarPhone”. LiDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging and is the remote sensing method robot vacumes use to sense when they are near to...

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