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Gotham Security Daily Threat Alerts

by on April 18, 2013

April 17, Softpedia – (International) Oracle fixes 128 vulnerabilities with April 2013 CPU. A Critical Patch Update (CPU) from Oracle closed a total of 128 security vulnerabilities in its various products, including 42 in Java SE, 39 of which can be exploited without authentication. Source:

April 17, The H – (International) Apple updates Safari and Java 6 support. Apple released updates for its Safari browser that correspond to newly-released Java updates, as well as adding a function that allows users better control over when Java applets are run. Source:

April 17, IDG News Service – (International) DDOS attacks have increased in number and size this year, report says. A report by Prolexic found that the volume, frequency, and duration of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have increased significantly during the first 3 months of this year. Source:

April 17, Softpedia – (International) Bots used to attack Israeli websites on April 7 spread out in 27 countries. Trend Micro analyzed a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack by hackers, associated with Anonymous, on Israeli Web sites and found that most of the traffic came from outside Israel and that many IP addresses used in the DDoS attack were in botnets under the control of cybercriminals. Source:

April 17, SC Magazine – (International) ‘Magic’ malware detected, with UK firmly in its sights. Seculert discovered a new variety of malware dubbed ‘Magic’ that can set up backdoors and may have other functions. The malware has gone undetected for almost a year, primarily targeting the U.K. with other targets found in the U.S., Italy, and Germany. Source:

April 16, CSO Online – (International) Tactics of WordPress attackers similar to bank assaults. Security researchers found similarities in recent brute-force attacks on WordPress Web sites and the methods used to create the Brobot botnet used in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on financial institutions. Source:

April 16, SC Magazine – (International) “Syrian Electronic Army” defaces NPR website, Twitter accounts. Members of a Syrian organization devoted hacking into Web sites claimed they defaced National Public Radio’s main Web site, five Twitter accounts belonging to NPR, and its blog April 15. Source:

April 15, Dark Reading – (International) Mobile malware up 163 percent in 2012, study says. A report by NQ Mobile found that malware targeting mobile devices increased 163 percent in 2012, and that the Android operating system was targeted by nearly 95 percent of mobile malware discovered in 2012. Source:

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