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Gotham Security Daily Threat Alerts

by on July 25, 2014

July 23, The Register – (International) Android ransomware demands 12x more cash, targets English-speakers. Researchers at ESET identified a new version of the Simplocker ransomware for Android that displays a fake law enforcement ransom note in English and demands a higher ransom than previous versions that were written in Russian and demanded payment in Ukrainian hryvnias. The new version of the ransomware contains additional features such as the encryption of more types of files on victims’ devices and actions that make it more difficult to remove. Source:

July 23, Securityweek – (International) Mozilla fixes 11 vulnerabilities with release of Firefox 31. Mozilla released new versions of its Firefox Web browser and Thunderbird email client July 22, closing 11 vulnerabilities, including 3 rated as critical. Source:

July 23, Help Net Security – (International) 40% of orgs running VMware still susceptible to Heartbleed. Data collected and analyzed by CloudPhysics found that 57 percent of deployed VMware vCenter servers and 58 percent of ESXi hypervisor hosts remain vulnerable to the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL, affecting 40 percent of organizations in the CloudPhysics data set. Source:

July 23, Help Net Security – (International) Internet Explorer vulnerabilities increase 100%. An analysis by Bromium Labs surveyed vulnerabilities in popular Web browsers and common software and found that vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer increased by more than 100 percent in the first quarter of 2014. Other findings included that Action Script Sprays were leveraged in zero day attacks and that zero day vulnerabilities in Java have declined greatly in the first quarter of 2014 compared to 2013. Source:


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