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Incapsula introduces 'Backdoor Protect' feature in Cloud-based Website Security

Incapsula introduces 'Backdoor Protect' feature in Cloud-based Website Security

January 30, 2013Mohit Kumar
Incapsula announced this week that they're offering an intriguing Backdoor Protection feature for sites using their cloud-based website security and performance services. What's a Backdoor? A backdoor is a malicious function that enables hackers to remotely operate a site or server, even after whatever exploit they used for initial access has been patched. Installing a backdoor is often the first thing a hacker will do after gaining access to your site - so if you've been hacked before, there's a good chance you've already got one. Hackers love backdoors because they provide easy return access to the site. Once installed, backdoors can used to distribute spam and malware, launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, or to help steal valuable data like credit card numbers. Recently, Incapsula reported how during the ongoing DDoS attacks against United States banks, a backdoor was used to turn a compromised site into a unwilling foot-soldier in the hackers Zombie Bo
Facebook spam messages says WWE Champion Rey Mysterio dies during fight

Facebook spam messages says WWE Champion Rey Mysterio dies during fight

October 21, 2012Mohit Kumar
A spam message is circulating on Facebook that WWE wrestler Rey Mysterio has died in a stunt gone wrong. Social media is now full of spam messages like this. Last week scammers trick users with " John Cena is died " and this week, rumors about the death of Rey Mysterio. The message actually includes a link that supposedly provides more information about the accident, but in real spammer is just tricking users to redirect on survey website using his referral url. Complete message read," ReY Mysterio of WWE was dead on arrival on the hospital, suffering from 6 broken ribs after perfecting thombstone stunt with co-star The BIG SHOW. Local Police are now investigating and looking for evidences. THE Big SHOW is now facing murder charges. Watch the practice video from WWE and how The BIG SHOW failed to execute the stunt. (for 18yrs & above) " " But that's not all. The user is then presented a webpage that promises him/her the chance to win an iPad
Spam campaign tricking thousands with shortened .gov URLs

Spam campaign tricking thousands with shortened .gov URLs

October 21, 2012Mohit Kumar
Symantec has reported an increase in spam messages containing .gov URLs. Cybercriminals are using 1.usa.gov links in their spam campaigns to trick users into thinking the links lead to genuine US government Web sites. Spammers have created these shortened URLs through a loophole in the URL shortening service provided by bit.ly. USA.gov and bit.ly have collaborated, enabling anyone to shorten a .gov or .mil URL into a trustworthy 1.usa.gov URL. The click rate of the campaign has been significant, redirecting more than 16,000 victims over a five day period to a malicious website designed to look like a CNBC news article pushing several work from home scams. According to researchers from security firm Symantec , they simply leveraged an open-redirect vulnerability present on the official government site of Vermont (Vermont.gov) . Therefore, something like 1.usa.gov/…/Rxpfn9 takes you to labor.vermont.gov/LinkClick.aspx?link=[spam site] which then redirects you to the sp
Virus conducting DDoS attack from infected systems

Virus conducting DDoS attack from infected systems

October 15, 2012Mohit Kumar
Russian anti-virus company Doctor Web is warning users about the malicious program which is helping attackers carry out mass spam mailings and allow attacker to use victim's PC as slave of his DDOS Army. According to researchers from the company they have discovered a Trojan " Trojan.Proxy.23012 " application that uses a rare method of distribution through peer networks. " The botnet, consisting of Trojan.Proxy.23012-infected computers, is used by criminals to control proxy servers for the purpose of using them to send spam upon command ". An example of such a spam message is shown in the screenshot below. This Malware work as: 1.) Using peer to peer network it will download the executable file and that will be a encrypted malicious module. A very interesting algorithm used by the Trojan to download the infected computer other malware. 2.) After successfully decrypt it launches another module that reads the image in computer memory or other malicious applica
Firefox 16 pulled just after release to address security vulnerabilities

Firefox 16 pulled just after release to address security vulnerabilities

October 11, 2012Mohit Kumar
The latest version of Mozilla's Firefox browser has been taken offline after a security vulnerability was discovered. Mozilla's Firefox 16 web browser got its regular six-weekly update yesterday but the organisation decided to pull the browser hours after the release. The outfit claimed it became aware of a security vulnerability in Firefox 16 and that updates are expected to ship at some point today. According to the Mozilla Security Blog , Firefox 16 features a security vulnerability that allows " a malicious site to potentially determine which websites users have visited and have access to the URL or URL parameters. " " As a precaution, users can downgrade to version 15.0.1 " - Firefox 16 offers several new features, most of which are aimed at developers. One such feature is the Developer Command Line, which provides keyboard control over the Developer Tools. Other features include CSS3 Animations, Image Values, IndexedDB, Transitions, and Transforms.
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