Most routers full of firmware flaws that leave users at risk

If you own a Wi-Fi router, it may well be riddled with security holes that expose you to a host of threats. Five out of every six (83%) Wi-Fi routers in US homes and offices leave their users at risk of cyberattacks, because their firmware is inadequately updated for security vulnerabilities, research by The American Consumer … More Most routers full of firmware flaws that leave users at risk

Kodi add-ons launch cryptomining campaign

ESET researchers have discovered several third-party add-ons for the popular open-source media player Kodi being used to distribute Linux and Windows cryptocurrency-mining malware. If you use Kodi, you may have noticed that a popular, Dutch repository for third-party add-ons, XvBMC, was recently shut down upon copyright-infringement warnings. Following the shutdown, we discovered that the repository was … More Kodi add-ons launch cryptomining campaign

Could home appliances knock down power grids?

Far-fetched though it may sound, the answer is yes, according to researchers, who show that electrical grids and smart home appliances could make for a dangerous mix. Cybercriminals could rope internet-connected household appliances into a botnet in order to manipulate the demand side of the power grid and, ultimately, cause anything from local outages to large-scale blackouts, … More Could home appliances knock down power grids?

American hacker gets jail time for serial DDoS attacks

The tale of “Bitcoin Baron” reveals a worrying picture and illustrates how easy it has become to wreak havoc on the internet. A 23-year-old man from Arizona, USA, was sentenced to 20 months in jail for launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks at the computer networks of Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, three years … More American hacker gets jail time for serial DDoS attacks

Losses from Business Email Compromise scams rising fast and furious

In 2017, the victims of BEC fraud were stung for $676 million, almost double the loss totals reported in the previous year. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received a record-high 301,000 complaints of internet-facilitated fraud and other cybercrimes in 2017, with reported losses adding up to $1.42 billion. Pegged at over $676 million, … More Losses from Business Email Compromise scams rising fast and furious

World’s biggest DDoS marketplace taken down, six suspected admins nabbed

For as little as $15 per month, anyone with a criminal bent could rent the services of webstresser.org to take down a targeted site. An international law enforcement operation has shut down a website widely thought to be the world’s biggest marketplace for hiring distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, according to an announcement by the United Kingdom’s National … More World’s biggest DDoS marketplace taken down, six suspected admins nabbed