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Gotham Security Daily Threat Alerts

by on March 5, 2015

March 4, Softpedia – (International) Strong SSL/TLS ciphers downgraded to use weak crypto key in FREAK attack. A security researcher at INRIA and the Microsoft Research Team identified a serious vulnerability in the implementation of secure sockets layer (SSL) and transport layer security (TLS) protocols on Apple and Android devices that can be abused through man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks that capitalize on abandoned policies to force the use of weak RSA keys, potentially leaving a wide range of government and other Web sites vulnerable. The researchers have dubbed the attack FREAK (Factoring RSA Export Keys), and Akamai cloud platform announced that it patched the vulnerability. Source

March 4, Securityweek – (International) Google fixes 51 vulnerabilities with release of Chrome 41. Google addressed 51 security issues and added new apps, extension application program interfaces (APIs), and stability and performance improvements in the release of Google Chrome version 41. The addressed vulnerabilities include 13 high-severity and 6-medium-severity issues discovered by external researchers. Source

March 3, Softpedia – (International) Banking malware targets almost 1,500 financial institutions in 86 countries. Security researchers from Symantec reported an analysis of 999 banking malware configurations that targeted 1,467 financial institutions worldwide in 2014, most of which were in the U.S. where consumers have been attacked with 95 percent of the trojans analyzed. The analysis also revealed that 4.1 million users’ systems had been compromised in 2014. Source

March 3, Threatpost – (International) New POS malware uses mailslots to avoid detection. Security researchers from Morphick discovered that the new LogPOS point-of-sale (PoS) malware uses Microsoft Windows’ mailslots technology to avoid detection, inject code, and act like a client while it relays stolen payment card numbers to a command and control (C&C) server. Source


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