Security Alerts & News
by Tymoteusz A. Góral

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#2011 IoT botnet bogs down college campus network
Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report is scheduled to come out soon, but the team released an incident involving a college campus being hit by an internet of things (IoT) botnet — a botnet that took control of 5,000 systems.

The Verizon RISK Team performs cyber investigations for hundreds of commercial enterprises and government agencies annually. In 2015, Verizon's team was retained to investigate more than 500 cybersecurity incidents occurring in over 40 countries. (See last year's cases.) As a sneak peek of its latest report, Verizon released a case of an unnamed university attacked by a botnet.

Senior members of the university’s help desk had been receiving an increasing number of complaints from students across campus about slow or inaccessible network connectivity. Even with limited access, the help desk had found a number of concerns. The name servers, responsible for Domain Name Service (DNS) lookups, were producing high-volume alerts and showed an abnormal number of sub-domains related to seafood, according to the Verizon report.
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#2011 IoT botnet bogs down college campus network
#2010 A glimpse into how much Google knows about Russian government hackers
#2009 Researchers discover self-healing malware that targets Magento stores
#2008 Android phone hacks could unlock millions of cars
#2007 Penetration testing tools cheat sheet
#2006 A corporate inbox receives 4.3 times more malware than a regular inbox
#2005 German parents told to destroy Cayla dolls over hacking fears
#2004 USB Killer now lets you fry most Lightning and USB-C devices for $55
#2003 Google discloses another unpatched Windows vulnerability
#2002 Permadelete: remove files securely on Windows PCs
#2001 Mongoaudit helps you secure MongoDB databases
#2000 CyberX discovers large-scale cyber-reconnaissance operation targeting Ukrainian organizations
#1999 PHP becomes first programming language to add modern cryptography library in its core
#1998 Trends in Android ransomware (PDF)
#1997 EU privacy watchdogs say Windows 10 settings still raise concerns
#1996 Lazarus’ false flag malware
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