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Gotham Security Daily Threat Alerts

by on April 4, 2014


April 3, Threatpost – (International) Yahoo encrypts data center links, boosts other services. Yahoo announced April 2 that it has begun encrypting all traffic moving between its data centers, turned encryption on between its email servers and others who support the SMTPLS standard, and turned on encryption on its home page, searches, and other properties to enhance user privacy and security. Source:


April 3, Softpedia – (International) Cybercriminals add new component to Sality to hijack the DNS addresses of routers. Researchers at ESET analyzed a new component of the Sality malware that was recently added and allows the malware to hijack the primary DNS address of routers. The analysis showed that the malware targets specific router models and attempts to use a brute force attack to gain administrator access, and then changes the router’s DNS server address in order to direct users to fake installation sites. Source:


April 3, Softpedia – (International) ISPs exposed to DNS DDoS attacks due to millions of vulnerable home routers. Researchers at Nominum reported finding over 5.3 million routers have open DNS proxies, which can put Internet service providers at risk of DNS amplification distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Source:


April 2, IDG News Service – (International) Russia’s Glonass system suffers major disruption. Some smartphones and GPS receivers that rely on the Russian Glonass satellite positioning system may have experienced problems for around 11 hours April 1 after the system was hit with a major but unknown disruption. Source:


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