Articles By Lucian Constantin

Flame and Stuxnet creators collaborated: Kaspersky Labs

Security researchers from antivirus vendor Kaspersky Labs have found evidence that the development teams behind the Flame and Stuxnet cyberespionage threats collaborated with each other.The Kasperskyresearchers determined that Flame, which is believed to

Published on: June 11th, 2012 Lucian Constantin

Leaked private key allows anyone to build Yahoo-signed Chrome extensions

Yahoo was forced to release a new version of its Axis extension for Google Chrome after the original one contained a private key that allowed anyone to digitally sign extensions in Yahoo's name.Axis

Published on: May 24th, 2012 Lucian Constantin

New trojan steals credit cards from hotel computers

A remote access computer Trojan (RAT) designed to steal credit card details from hotel point-of-sale (PoS) applications is being sold on the underground forums, researchers from security firm Trusteer said in a blog post on

Published on: April 18th, 2012 Lucian Constantin

Adobe Reader update closes vulnerabilities, removes Flash Player

Adobe Systems released new versions of Adobe Reader 10.x and 9.x on Tuesday, addressing four arbitrary code execution vulnerabilities and making several security-related changes to the product, including the removal of the bundled

Published on: April 11th, 2012 Lucian Constantin

Kaspersky releases free tool to scrub Flashback from Macs

Antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab has launched a free removal tool for the Flashback Mac OS X malware and a Web site where users can check whether their computers are infected with it.Flashback is

Published on: April 10th, 2012 Lucian Constantin

Kelihos gang is building a new botnet

The cyber-criminal gang that operated the recently disabled Kelihos botnet has already begun building a new botnet with the help of a Facebook worm, according to security researchers from Seculert.Security experts from Kaspersky

Published on: March 30th, 2012 Lucian Constantin

Average data breach cost falls for first time in seven years

The average organizational cost of data breaches has decreased for the first time in seven years, according to a study released by Symantec and the Ponemon Institute on Tuesday.In 2011 the average cost

Published on: March 20th, 2012 Lucian Constantin

Digitally signed malware becoming prevalent

Security companies have recently identified multiple malware threats that use stolen digital certificates to sign their components in an attempt to avoid detection and bypass Windows defences.When it was discovered in 2010, the

Published on: March 15th, 2012 Lucian Constantin

Bug hunter bags $60,000 for hacking Chrome

During Google's Pwnium contest at the CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver on Wednesday, Russian bug hunter Sergey Glazunov demonstrated a Chrome exploit that completely defeats the browser's much touted security sandbox. Chrome is

Published on: March 8th, 2012 Lucian Constantin

Armageddon DDoS bot uses Apache Killer

The latest version of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) bot called Armageddon integrates a relatively new exploit known as Apache Killer, DDoS mitigation vendor Arbor Networks said on Tuesday.The Apache Killer exploit was released

Published on: March 7th, 2012 Lucian Constantin

Anonymous

Organizations that look to protect themselves against attacks launched by the Anonymous hacktivist collective should make sure that their Web applications are secure before deploying anti-DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) solutions, says security firm Imperva

Published on: February 27th, 2012 Lucian Constantin

Latest Avast Antivirus gets cloud updates, file reputation and remote assistance

Avast Free Antivirus 7 is set to be released on Thursday and will have new features including cloud-based updates, remote assistance and file reputation. Avast Free Antivirus is one of the most popular

Published on: February 23rd, 2012 Lucian Constantin

Hackers picking on Windows Media Player exploit

Security researchers from antivirus vendor Trend Micro have come across a Web-based attack that exploits a known vulnerability in Windows Media Player."Earlier today, we encountered a malware that exploits a recently (and publicly)

Published on: January 27th, 2012 Lucian Constantin

Does breach assessment trump victim notification?

Assessing data breaches is more useful to mitigating the effects of such incidents than notifying affected individuals, according to a survey published on the same day as the European Union proposed a 24-hour

Published on: January 26th, 2012 Lucian Constantin

International Zappos customer access blocked after data breach

Online shoe and apparel shop Zappos.com is advising over 24 million customers to change their passwords following a data breach, but its website is currently inaccessible to people outside the U.S.Zappos employees received

Published on: January 16th, 2012 Lucian Constantin