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Gotham Security Daily Threat Alerts

by on April 19, 2013

April 18, IDG News Service – (International) US Bitcoin exchange BitFloor shuts down again. Due to issues with financials, BitFloor, the largest Bitcoin exchange in the U.S. closed down indefinitely and will return all funds. The exchange is unable to provide the same amount of USD deposits and withdrawals as it has in the past. Source:

April 18, Softpedia – (International) Malware alert: Fertilizer plant explosion near Waco, Texas. Hackers are utilizing current U.S. events in order to send bogus emails depicting the incidents in the form of malicious links and videos that push malware onto victims’ computers through a RedKit exploit kit. Source:

April 18, Softpedia – (International) Snapchat warns users of spam campaign. The creators of Snapchat are warning users of hoax accounts that are targeting public accounts and sending spam messages inviting users to Skype conversations that could potentially link them to malicious sites or even make automated phone calls to spread bogus antivirus warnings. Snapchat temporarily disabled new account registrations and have prevented users from receiving messages from individuals not included on their friends list to help mitigate the issue. Source:

April 18, IDG News Service – (International) Popular home routers contain critical security vulnerabilities. Researchers offered consumers options to mitigate potential attacks on their home and small office routers that contain security problems. Thirteen popular routers were discovered vulnerable in allowing a hacker to snoop or modify network traffic as well as access credentials. Source:

April 18, Help Net Security – (International) Backdoor Trojan uses “magic code” to contact C&C server. Researchers discovered a backdoor-opening malware that uses a “magic code” in order to start communication with the same IP address and port once the C&C server instructs it to do so. The attackers gain permanent access to the machine once the account is created. Source:

April 18, Softpedia – (International) Fake SourceForge website serves ZeroAccess malware. Experts from a security firm determined hackers are using the SourceForge Web site to drop the ZeroAccess Trojan onto user’s computers and inject malware. Source:

April 17, Network World – (International) Large-scale Google outage affects customers worldwide. Google is working to identify the cause of a nearly 3-hour outage of their web services April 17 when users noticed service disruptions worldwide. Source:

April 17, – (International) Malwarebytes cripples thousands of computers with faulty software security update. Malwarebytes released a definitions update April 16 that treated essential Windows .dll and .exe files as malware, thereby stopping them from running and knocking thousands of IT systems and computers offline. The company is reworking the update and posted details for firms affected on their forum page. Source:

April 17, Softpedia – (International) Official UGG blog hacked, abused for HSBC phishing scheme. The official UGG blog has been breached by hackers who are using the space to host a phishing scheme designed to look like the HSBC Web site and lure users into providing their personal information. The attack is executed through an email with the malicious HTML file attached. Source:

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