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Akamai, Backoff malware, Outlook phishing campaign, CryptoWall, Twitter, etc.

By Brian Warkoczeski
October 24, 2014 8:34 am


Some news from the world of IT...

Akamai sees record-setting spikes in DDoS attacks

Computerworld - The cloud services company detected 17 DDoS attacks in the third quarter that generated traffic of more than 100 Gbps.

The 'Backoff' malware used in retail data breaches is spreading

InfoWorld - A rising number of devices are connecting to Backoff-related infrastructure.

Cyberespionage group launches sophisticated phishing attacks against Outlook Web App users

CIO - A cyberespionage group has been using advanced spear-phishing techniques to steal email log-in credentials from the employees of military agencies, embassies, defense contractors and international media outlets that use Office 365's Outlook Web App.

Disaster as CryptoWall encrypts US firm's entire server installation

CSO - A firm has seven of its servers, containing 75GB of data, encrypted by a recent variant of the hated CryptoWall ransom Trojan.

Malvertising Campaign on Yahoo, AOL, Triggers CryptoWall Infections

Threat Post - Attackers have been leveraging the FlashPack Exploit Kit to peddle CryptoWall 2.0 ransomware on unsuspecting visitors to sites like Yahoo, The Atlantic and AOL.

Abandoned subdomains pose security risk for businesses

Network World - Many companies set up subdomains for use with external services, but then forget to disable them when they stop using those services, creating a loophole for attackers to exploit.

Fabric: Twitter launches new service aimed at app developers

The Guardian - Service that aims to integrate Twitter into new generation of apps is unveiled at company's first developers conference in four years.

Three House Dems, three proposals for net neutrality. Here's what they look like.

Washington Post - They're all variants on a theme.

One-Third of Top Websites Restrict Customers' Right to Sue

New York Times - Tucked into the dense legalese of their terms-of-service rules, many of the Internet's most popular sites have inserted language that forbids users from suing if something goes wrong.

Attackers bypass Sandworm patch with new 0-day

Help Net Security - The newer vulnerability relates to OLE files that have the executable payloads embedded within them.

SecTor Speaker Shows How Credit Card Thieves Get Caught

eWeek - Credit card theft is a common digital crime, but there are a few ways law enforcement tracks down carders, a Nuix consultant says.

Aereo barred from retransmitting broadcast TV

CNET - Judge grants broadcasters' request for a temporary restraining order against the embattled video streaming service, which has sought to reclassify itself as a cable provider.

Google Poaches Oxford Brains for Artificial Intelligence Research

NBC News - Google has visited the hallowed halls of Oxford University and come out with several of the school's most prized minds in the field of artificial intelligence.

Amazon posts huge loss, warns of more

USA Today - Amazon had warned that it would lose bundles of cash in the third quarter, and it didn't disappoint.



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