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Weekly Cybersecurity Report - Hackers Expose Internet Connected TVs

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Weekly Cybersecurity Report - Hackers Expose Internet Connected TVs

Emotet Botnet Adopts New Tactics

darkreading.com- Author: Kelly Sheridan - Date: December 3rd, 2018 

Over the past year Emotet, a malicious botnet, has proven to be increasingly dangerous as its operators adjust and adopt new methods of attack. It has now become a major threat to business organizations due to its new capability of dropping additional payloads via business email compromise (BEC). Emotet is a banking trojan that first appeared in 2014 that was designed to steal banking credentials and other sensitive information. The threat was most frequently spread through phishing campaigns allowing it to propagate very quickly within affected organizations.

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Disguised Android Spyware Collects Sensitive User Data

darkreading.com- Author: Dark Reading Staff - Date: Janary 3rd, 2019 

Researchers at Trend Micro have discovered disguised Android Spyware that allows it to collect user "personal information, including location and SMS conversations, using Firebase Cloud Messaging to send information to its command and control server"(darkreading.com). Additionally the same spyware can download files to the android device and create fake google or facebook login pages to phish even more personal information. The spyware has disguised itself as six different Android apps, five of which have been removed from the Google Play store.

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Breach compromises 7.6 Million 'Town of Salem' Player Accounts

darkreading.com- Author: Dark Reading Staff - Date: Janary 3rd, 2019 

More than 7.6 million video game players of 'Town of Salem' have had their personal information compromised from a data breach at BlankMediaGames(BMG) servers. Some of which includes usernames, emails, passwords, IP addresses, game activity, and payment information. Additionally, some of the users who used paid features in the game have had their billing data compromised as well.

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Arrested Contractor Suspected in NSA Tools Leak

darkreading.com- Author: Jai Vijayan - Date: January 2nd, 2019 

According to Politco, a new court opinion finds that Harold Martin, a former NSA contractor was indeed a main suspect in the case where classified NSA hacking tools were leaked to the Internet. In August 2016, law enforcement agents raided Martin's home and found nearly 50 terabytes (50000 gigabytes!) of government data. The collection of the data among other speculated illegal activities are believed to have occurred between 1996 and 2016.

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Hackers Expose Internet Connected Smart TVs and Promote YouTube personality, Pewdiepie

 

A screenshot of the message displayed on hacked devices raising awareness of the smart TV vulnerability and to promote ‘Pewdiepie’ on youtube.

cnet.com- Author: Jai Vijayan - Date: January 2nd, 2019 

'Hacker Giraffe' the same pseudonymous person who exposed Internet connected printers to forcefully print messages telling people to subscribe to famous YouTube personality "Pewdiepie" has now exposed over 5,500 smarts TV's and Chromecast devices. Compromised devices displayed a message on screen telling people to adjust their security settings and to subscribe to Pewdiepie. The hackers behind this prank said the true purpose of this hack was to raise awareness about how many online enabled devices are exposed to the Internet, while promoting Pewdiepie's YouTube channel.

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