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Gotham Security Daily Threat Alerts

by on August 14, 2013

August 13, Softpedia – (International) Security firm warns of Joomla exploit, users advised to update their installations. Researchers from Verasafe warned users of a zero-day attack in the wild that can control Joomla Web sites and advised them to update their installations. Servers become compromised after users are redirected to a Blackhole landing page and become infected with a Zbot variant. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Security-Firm-Warns-of-Joomla-Exploit-Users-Advised-to-Update-Their-Installations-375148.shtml

August 13, The Register – (International) Revealed: Simple ‘open sesame’ to unlock your HOME by radiowave. Researchers identified a vulnerability in the Z-Wave home-automation standard that allowed them to unlock doors and disable sensors controlled by the technology through a flaw in the implementation of the commands sent to the lock from the encrypted network controller using AES128. Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/13/wave_goodbye_to_security_
with_zwave/

August 12, Softpedia – (International) Facebook scam: Free tickets to Las Vegas from Southwest Airlines. Researchers warned Facebook users about scam posts claiming to give away free Southwest Airline tickets to Las Vegas that are actually malicious links hidden behind a survey used to extract money from unsuspecting users. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Facebook-Scam-Free-Tickets-to-Las-Vegas-from-Southwest-Airlines-374930.shtml

August 12, Threatpost – (International) Counter.php found redirecting to sites peddling Styx exploit kit. Kaspersky Lab researchers discovered the counter.php strain of malware while searching through Web sites and suggested the sites FTP accounts may have been compromised as they passed out the Styx exploit kit. Source: http://threatpost.com/counter-php-found-redirecting-to-sites-peddling-styx-exploit-kit/101967

August 12, IDG News Service – (International) Chinese hacker group behind New York Times attack returns with updated tools. FireEye researchers believe a Chinese hacking group responsible for breaking into the New York Times and other high-profile organizations, launched a new attack using variants of Backdoor.APT.Aumlib and Backdoor.APT.lxeshe malware programs. The researchers recommended companies ensure their detection tools are updated to identify new variants. Source: http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/081213-chinese-hacker-group-behind-new-272765.html

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