Cybercriminals Hide Malware Commands in Malicious Memes

Trend Micro security researchers have discovered a new piece of malware that receives commands via malicious memes its operators published on Twitter.  The method used to conceal malicious commands is called steganographyand has long been abused by cybercriminals to hide malicious payloads inside files in order to evade security solutions. Several years ago, security researchers observed the technique being abused in exploit kitand malvertising campaigns. The use of social media platforms such as…

January 3, 2019
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Miori IoT Botnet Targets Vulnerability in ThinkPHP

A recent variant of the Mirai botnet is targeting a remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in the ThinkPHP framework, Trend Micro security researchers warn. Dubbed Miori, the threat leverages a relatively new exploit that was published on December 11, and which targets ThinkPHP versions prior to 5.0.23 and 5.1.31. Other actors might also target ThinkPHP for their nefarious purposes, a recent surge in events related to the ThinkPHP RCE suggests.  Miori,…

January 3, 2019
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Segway unveils Loomo Delivery, an autonomous delivery robot, and Shared Scooter Model Max, a rugged scooter aimed at scooter-sharing startups (Dean Takahashi/VentureBeat)

January 3, 2019

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat: Segway unveils Loomo Delivery, an autonomous delivery robot, and Shared Scooter Model Max, a rugged scooter aimed at scooter-sharing startups  —  Segway-Ninebot has morphed its signature electronic scooter technology for use in two new kinds of vehicles: the Shared Scooter Model Max and the Loomo Delivery robot. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Airmobile Groups

The Ground Troops of Russia’s Southern MD are resurrecting airmobile groups. Recent Mil.ru press-releases have highlighted them. Though clearly still developing, they are far enough along to advertise them. Continue reading

January 3, 2019
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Hey Juul, you made it bad

Many might choose Facebook as the most questionable tech company of 2018. The allegedly sexy vaping company that’s taken tobacco money is my winner. Source: http://www.zdnet.com

January 3, 2019
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Microsoft is testing a project codenamed “Bali” that lets users “visualize, manage, control, share, and monetize” data that the company collects about them (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

January 3, 2019

Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet: Microsoft is testing a project codenamed “Bali” that lets users “visualize, manage, control, share, and monetize” data that the company collects about them  —  Microsoft Research is looking to provide users with access to their own ‘personal data bank’ via its ‘Project Bali’ effort. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Google Shifted $23 Billion To Tax Haven Bermuda in 2017, Filing Shows

schwit1 shares a report: Google moved 19.9 billion euros ($22.7 billion) through a Dutch shell company to Bermuda in 2017, as part of an arrangement that allows it to reduce its foreign tax bill, according to documents filed at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. The amount channeled through Google Netherlands Holdings BV was around 4 billion euros more than in 2016, the documents, filed on Dec. 21, showed. For more…

January 3, 2019
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Taming the Digital Wild West

Congress must do more to encourage good Samaritan efforts in the cybersecurity community and make it easier for law enforcement to consistently collaborate with them. Source: http://www.darkreading.com

January 3, 2019
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