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Gotham Security Daily Threat Alerts

by on August 19, 2014

August 18, Securityweek – (International) Windows security update causing system crash. Microsoft removed the download links to a Windows security update and is investigating after several users reported their systems crashing upon startup after applying the update. The “blue screen of death” (BSoD) issue was found to be incorrect handling of the Windows font cache file in specific circumstances, according to a Sophos researcher. Source:

August 18, Softpedia – (International) New TorrentLocker ransomware uses CryptoLocker and CryptoWall components. Researchers with iSIGHT Partners identified a new piece of ransomware known as TorrentLocker that uses elements of the CryptoLocker and CryptoWall ransomware to encrypt victims’ files and demand a ransom. The ransomware is spread by spam emails and uses the Rijndael encryption algorithm. Source:

August 18, Help Net Security – (International) Gyroscopes on Android devices can be used to eavesdrop on users’ conversations. Researchers published a paper showing how the gyroscope sensors in Android devices can be combined with a speech recognition algorithm to eavesdrop on conversations due to Android gyroscopes using a sampling rate that is within a range of human voice frequency. The researchers stated that the initial results did not present a significant eavesdropping threat currently, but that it could become a vulnerability with further refinements in the speech recognition algorithm. Source:

August 17, Securityweek – (International) Average peak size of DDoS attacks spiked in Q2: Verisign. Verisign released its second quarter (Q2) 2014 distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack report, which found that the size of DDoS attacks increased by 216 percent compared to the first quarter of the year and that 65 percent of attacks exceeded 1 Gbps, among other findings. The report stated that the entertainment and media industry was the most attacked during Q2, followed by IT services. Source:


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