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Gotham Security Daily Threat Alerts

by on August 16, 2013

August 15, Softpedia – (International) Frutas RAT used in targeted attacks against high-profile companies in Asia and Europe. Researchers at Symantec identified a cybercriminal campaign targeting high-profile Asian and European organizations in the mining, finance, telecoms, and government sectors that utilizes the Frutas remote access trojan (RAT) to collect information for future targeted attacks. Source:

August 15, Softpedia – (International) ZeuS variant uses infected systems to check for availability of Instagram usernames. Researchers at RSA discovered a variant of the Zeus malware that infects computers and can then run search engine queries, check the availability of Instagram account names for use in selling fake followers, and automatically ‘like’ photos on Instagram.

August 15, Softpedia – (International) Google releases patch for Android flaw that can be exploited for Bitcoin wallet theft. Google released a patch that closes an Android vulnerability in the SecureRandom class implementation that could be used to compromise Bitcoin wallets. Source:

August 14, Bloomberg News – (International) New York Times website back online after ‘internal issue.’ The Web site and email systems of the New York Times experienced an outage of more than 2 hours August 14 due to an internal server malfunction. Source:

August 14, Softpedia – (International) Chinese hackers develop automated tools to exploit Apache Struts vulnerabilities. Trend Micro researchers found that Chinese hackers created tools for use against vulnerabilities in Apache Struts that were recently closed in the latest Struts update. Source:

August 14, SC Magazine – (International) New ransomware threat “Browlock” freezes computers and demands payment. Researchers at F-Secure identified a new ransomware called Browlock being used against users in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K and originating on a server in Russia. Source:

August 14, IDG News Service – (International) Microsoft yanks troublesome Exchange security patch. Microsoft withdrew a security update for Exchange Server 2013 after it caused installation and access issues for users. Source:

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