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Mac OS X gets rootkit coding manual

Over the past decade, the world has seen advances in rootkits running on Windows and Unix operating systems that few would have thought possible. Now, it's Mac OS X's turn, as a security researcher plans to share a variety of techniques for developing the ultra-stealthy programs for the Apple platform. At a talk titled …
Dan Goodin, 20 Jul 2009
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Clever attack exploits fully-patched Linux kernel

A recently published attack exploiting newer versions of the Linux kernel is getting plenty of notice because it works even when security enhancements are running and the bug is virtually impossible to detect in source code reviews. The exploit code was released Friday by Brad Spengler of grsecurity, a developer of …
Dan Goodin, 17 Jul 2009
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'Secure' Wyse thin clients vulnerable to remote exploit bugs

A popular brand of thin client device used by nuclear labs, military contractors and Fortune 100 companies is susceptible to exploits that put entire fleets of the machines in the control of online attackers. Wyse Technologies, maker of the slimmed-down computing devices, touts them as being as secure, "or better" than PCs …
Dan Goodin, 10 Jul 2009
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Three 'critical' Windows fixes due on Patch Tuesday

Microsoft on Tuesday plans to release updates patching three critical Windows security vulnerabilities, two of which are already under attack. One of the updates plugs a hole in an Internet Explorer component that handles online video. Hundreds of thousands and possibly millions of websites - mostly catering to Chinese- …
Dan Goodin, 9 Jul 2009
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Windows users ambushed by attack on fresh IE flaw

Thousands of websites have been hit by fast-moving exploit code that installs a cocktail of nasty malware on visitors' computers by targeting a previously unknown vulnerability in some versions of Internet Explorer. The compromised websites link to a series of servers that exploit a zero-day vulnerability in an IE component …
Dan Goodin, 6 Jul 2009
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McAfee false-positive glitch fells PCs worldwide

IT admins across the globe are letting out a collective groan after servers and PCs running McAfee VirusScan were brought down when the anti-virus program attacked their core system files. In some cases, this caused the machines to display the dreaded blue screen of death. Details are still coming in, but forums here and here …
Dan Goodin, 3 Jul 2009
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iPhone crashing bug could lead to serious exploit

Updated This story was updated to correct factual errors contained in an IDG News article that first reported the vulnerability. If you own an iPhone, security researcher Charlie Miller can knock it off the network. And if his hunch is right, he just might be able to do a lot more, at least until Apple fixes the flaw. Exploiting a …
Dan Goodin, 2 Jul 2009
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Speculation mounts over AVG plans for OS X client

AVG bosses aren't saying much, but there's new evidence the anti-virus maker is seriously considering building an application for the Mac. A job posting on the company's website seeks a senior software developer who is familiar with the OS X platform. Responsibilities for the full-time position include the following: …
Dan Goodin, 2 Jul 2009
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Feds: Hospital hacker's 'massive' DDoS averted

The leader of a malicious hacker collective who used his job as a security guard to breach sensitive Texas hospital computers has been arrested just days before his group planned a "massive DDoS" attack for the July 4 Independence Day holiday. Jesse William McGraw, 25, of Arlington, Texas, was taken into custody late Friday …
Dan Goodin, 1 Jul 2009
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Torrentreactor breach serves potent exploit cocktail

Torrentreactor has long been regarded as one of the top bit torrent search engines, and with the demise of The Pirate Bay, it's likely bigger than ever. Now, it's been breached and is serving a potent cocktail of exploits to people browsing the site, Websense Security Labs says. Attackers have managed to inject an iframe into …
Dan Goodin, 1 Jul 2009
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Mitnick site targeted in DNS attack on webhost

A website belonging to security expert Kevin Mitnick was compromised after hackers managed to access a domain name server maintained by the site's webhost and redirect visitors to pages that displayed pornographic images. It was the second time in the past few years that a security lapse at has allowed hackers …
Dan Goodin, 29 Jun 2009
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Buggy 'smart meters' open door to power-grid botnet

New electricity meters being rolled out to millions of homes and businesses are riddled with security bugs that could bring down the power grid, according to a security researcher who plans to demonstrate several attacks at a security conference next month. The so-called smart meters for the first time provide two-way …
Dan Goodin, 12 Jun 2009
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Microsoft patches record number of security bugs

Microsoft on Tuesday patched a record number of security vulnerabilities, plugging 31 holes in its Windows operating systems, Internet Explorer browser, and other products. The updates were packaged into 10 bulletins, five of which were rated "critical," Microsoft's top severity rating. What's more, Microsoft warned that 15 of …
Dan Goodin, 10 Jun 2009
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Apple security is 'struggling,' researcher says

A well-known security consultant says Apple is struggling to effectively protect its users against malware and other online threats and suggests executives improve by adopting a secure development lifecycle to design its growing roster of products. "Based on a variety of sources, we know that Apple does not have a formal …
Dan Goodin, 9 Jun 2009
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Adobe's quarterly patch cycle to commence Tuesday

Adobe Software's new quarterly patch cycle will commence on Tuesday with an update that patches a severe vulnerability in some versions its Reader and Acrobat products. The program is part of a push by Adobe to beef up security after complaints earlier this year that the software maker was too slow in plugging security holes …
Dan Goodin, 6 Jun 2009
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US Federal Trade Commission shuts down ISP

Federal authorities have shut down what they said was the worst US-based web hosting provider after convincing a judge it actively participated in the distribution of child pornography, spam, malware, and other net-based menaces. The US Federal Trade Commission obtained the court order against, a service provider with …
Dan Goodin, 4 Jun 2009
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Plague of web bugs descend on British sites

It's been a busy week for high-profile web vulnerabilities, with discoveries of careless bugs on the sites of three British companies. Online banking sites for HSBC and Barclays Group and the website for The Telegraph were caught with their pants down, as hackers published screenshots and other details that showed all three …
Dan Goodin, 1 Jun 2009
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Critical Windows vulnerability under attack, Microsoft warns

Microsoft has warned of a critical security bug in older versions of its Windows operating system that is already being exploited in the wild to remotely execute malware on vulnerable machines. The vulnerability in a Windows component known as DirectX is being targeted using booby-trapped QuickTime files, which when parsed can …
Dan Goodin, 28 May 2009

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