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Gotham Security Daily Threat Alerts

by on October 23, 2013

October 22, The Register – (International) Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED. Google removed several Android apps from its Google Play store found to be using an unnamed mobile app library dubbed Vulna after it was reported that the library poses a major security risk. Google also canceled several Developer accounts associated with apps found to be exploiting the app library vulnerability. Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/22/vulna_mobile_ad_threat_followup/

October 22, Softpedia – (International) Cutwail cybercriminals replace BlackHole with Magnitude exploit kit. Researchers at Dell’s SecureWorks reported that a cybercriminal group that uses the Cutwail spam botnet to distribute malware has switched from using the BlackHole exploit kit to using Magnitude (Popads) following the arrest of BlackHole’s alleged creator. Trend Micro also reported that all major campaigns utilizing BlackHole have ended following the arrest. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Cutwail-Cybercriminals-Replace-BlackHole-with-Magnitude-Exploit-Kit-393271.shtml

October 22, The Register – (International) D-Link hole-prober finds ‘backdoor’ in Chinese wireless routers. Security researchers reported finding a backdoor in Tenda wireless routers that could be used by attackers to take over the router and execute commands via a UDP packet with a special string. Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/22/tenda_router_backdoor/

October 21, The Register – (International) Facebook switches itself off and on again after GLOBAL meltdown. Facebook suffered an outage October 21 that prevented users from posting comments and using other functions for around 2 hours. Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/21/facebook_back_online_outage/

October 21, The Register – (International) Now swallow: Microsoft hands out cure for Surface RT tabs killed by Win 8.1. Microsoft released a recover image for Surface RT tablets that were affected by a faulty Windows 8.1 upgrade that caused some tablets to boot to an error message. Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/21/surface_rt_recovery_image/

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