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Unpatched MS Word Flaw Could Allow Hackers to Infect Your Computer

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Unpatched MS Word Flaw Could Allow Hackers to Infect Your Computer

Unpatched MS Word Flaw Could Allow Hackers to Infect Your Computer Cybersecurity researchers have revealed an unpatched logical flaw in Microsoft Office 2016 and older versions that could allow an attacker to embed malicious code inside a document file, tricking users into running malware onto their computers. Discovered by researchers at Cymulate, the bug abuses the 'Online Video' option in Word documents, a feature that allows users to embedded an online video with a link to YouTube, as shown. When a user adds an online video link to an MS Word document, the Online Video feature automatically generates an HTML...

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Alphabet and Amazon want to protect you from hackers

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Alphabet and Amazon want to protect you from hackers

Alphabet and Amazon want to protect you from hackers Big tech companies are plunging deeper into the cybersecurity business. The news: Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has launched a new cybersecurity firm called Chronicle, which is spinning out from its X research lab. Amazon has just acquired Sqrrl, a security startup launched by ex-NSA staffers, and reportedly wants to offer more security services to customers of its AWS cloud. The blessing: Giant tech companies have hoovered up some of the brightest minds in security to protect their digital crown jewels—so customers using their cloud services can benefit from this know-how and...

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43% of all online login attempts are made by hackers

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43% of all online login attempts are made by hackers

43% of all online login attempts are made by hackers trying to break into your account A report from Akamai reveals that 43% of all online login attempts are malicious. The three most-attacked industries are hospitality (82%), high tech (57%), and retail (36%). Credential theft is a digital epidemic, and it requires action from both website operators and users to treat. Companies need to pay more attention to their login portals to recognize suspicious activity, and users need to use unique, hard-to-guess passwords and password managers. —TechRepublic US-based content delivery network Akamai, in its Q4 2017 State of the Internet/Security...

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Cryptojacking Attacks Continue as "Los Angeles Times" Falls Prey to Hackers

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Cryptojacking Attacks Continue as "Los Angeles Times" Falls Prey to Hackers

Cryptojacking Attacks Continue as "Los Angeles Times" Falls Prey to Hackers An unknown hacker or group of hackers have secretly inserted lines of code into the Los Angeles Times server to tap into the publication’s CPU resources and mine the cryptocurrency Monero. This compromise of the news organization’s website was initially spotted on Wednesday by Troy Mursch, a security researcher at Bad Packets Report. The code he found was an obfuscated Coinhive script, a cryptocurrency-mining company that offers users a JavaScript miner as a way to monetize websites. The miner has since been removed. While this untraditional method of mining...

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Hackers Have Already Targeted the Winter Olympics—and May Not Be Done

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Hackers Have Already Targeted the Winter Olympics—and May Not Be Done

Hackers Have Already Targeted the Winter Olympics—and May Not Be Done The Olympics have always been a geopolitical microcosm: beyond the athletic match-ups, they provide a vehicle for diplomacy and propaganda, and even, occasionally, a proxy for war. It stands to reason, then, that in 2018 they've also become a nexus of hacker skullduggery. The Olympics unfolding next week in Pyeongchang may already be the most thoroughly hacked in the games' history—with potentially more surprises to come. More so than any previous Olympics, the run-up to Pyeongchang has been plagued by apparent state-sponsored hackers: One Russia-linked campaign has stolen and...

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