Lucian ConstantinRomania Correspondent, IDG News Service

Lucian Constantin writes about information security, privacy, and data protection for the IDG News Service.

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Microsoft releases one of its smallest monthly security patch bundles ever

Microsoft has released one of its smallest monthly patch bundles ever, with only three vulnerabilities fixed across its entire product portfolio.

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Adobe patches critical flaws in Flash Player, Reader, and Acrobat

Adobe Systems released security updates for its Flash Player, Adobe Reader, and Acrobat products fixing critical vulnerabilities that could allow attackers to install malware on computers.

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Disk-wiping malware Shamoon targets virtual desktop infrastructure

A cyber sabotage program that wiped data from 30,000 computers at Saudi Arabia's national oil company in 2012 has now returned and is able to target server-hosted virtual desktops.

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This tool can help weed out hard-coded keys from software projects

A security researcher developed a tool that can automatically detect sensitive access keys that were hard-coded inside software projects.

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More than 10,000 exposed MongoDB databases deleted by ransomware groups

Groups of attackers have adopted a new tactic that involves deleting publicly exposed MongoDB databases and asking for money to restore them.

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KillDisk cyber sabotage tool evolves into ransomware

A malicious program called KillDisk that has been used in the past to wipe data from computers during cyberespionage attacks is now encrypting files and asking for an unusually large ransom.

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Plone dismisses claim that flaw in its CMS was used to hack FBI

The security team behind the Plone content management system has dismissed claims that hackers have access to information about an unpatched critical vulnerability.

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HTTPS scanning in Kaspersky antivirus exposed users to MITM attacks

Security vendor Kaspersky Lab updated its antivirus products to fix an issue that could have exposed users to traffic interception attacks.

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Ransomware on smart TVs is here and removing it can be a pain

Over the Christmas holiday, a user reported the first in-the-wild case of a ransomware attack that infected an Android-based smart TV.

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New year's resolution for IoT vendors: Start treating LANs as hostile

Insecure default configurations are prevalent in the IoT world, but many of them could be easily avoided if device manufacturers would include LAN-based attacks in their threat modelling.

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It’s 2017 and changing other people’s flight bookings is incredibly easy

The travel booking systems used by millions of people every day lack modern authentication methods and allow attackers to easily modify other people’s reservations.

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Critical flaw in PHPMailer library puts millions of websites at risk

A critical remote code execution vulnerability in PHPMailer, one of the most widely used PHP email sending libraries, could put millions of websites at risk of hacking.

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Apple gives iOS app developers more time to encrypt communications

Apple has backtracked on a plan to force iOS developers to encrypt their app communications by the end of the year.

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The group that hacked the DNC infiltrated Ukrainian artillery units

The cyberespionage group blamed for hacking into the U.S. Democratic National Committee (DNC) has also infiltrated the Ukrainian military through a trojanized Android application used by artillery units.

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Encrypted messaging app Signal uses Google to bypass censorship

Developers of the popular Signal secure messaging app have started to use Google's domain as a front to hide traffic to their service and to sidestep blocking attempts.