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Gotham Security Daily Threat Alerts

by on March 24, 2014

March 21, Softpedia – (International) GitHub falls victim of another DDoS attack. GitHub reported March 21 that it was the target of an ongoing distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack and was taking measures to mitigate the attack. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/GitHub-Falls-Victim-of-Another-DDOS-Attack-433465.shtml

March 20, Threatpost – (International) Google encrypts all Gmail connections. Google announced March 20 that it has switched all Gmail connections to HTTPS, with all connections using SSL encryption in order to protect users’ data and privacy from attackers. The change follows Google’s encryption of all links between its data centers. Source: http://threatpost.com/google-encrypts-all-gmail-connections/104918

March 20, Softpedia – (International) BlackOS: New malicious software used by cybercriminals to redirect traffic. Researchers at Trend Micro analyzed a piece of malware called BlackOS which automates the redirection of traffic from malicious or compromised Web sites. BlackOS started being advertised on underweb forums in February and is based on the “Tale of the North” software. Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/BlackOS-New-Malicious-Software-Used-by-Cybercriminals-to-Redirect-Traffic-433325.shtml

March 19, Seattle Post-Intelligencer – (International) Ex-Microsoft employee charged with passing blogger trade secrets. A former Microsoft employee was arrested March 19 and charged with allegedly stealing Microsoft trade secrets while working for the company and sharing them with a blogger. Source: http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Ex-Microsoft-employee-charged-with-passing-5331715.php

March 21, Associated Press – (National) Fake IRS agent scam bilks taxpayers of $1 million. The inspector general of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) stated March 20 that over 200,000 individuals have been targeted by the largest phone scam the agency has seen, with over $1 million stolen by callers claiming to be IRS agents. The criminals behind the scam obscure caller ID indicators to make it appear as if they are calling from a legitimate number, and in some cases know the last four digits of targets’ Social Security numbers. Source: http://www.tulsaworld.com/business/finance/fake-irs-agent-scam-bilks-taxpayers-of-million/article_1e830ad1-a47c-59d4-b3d3-c81a936921c2.html

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