Security Alerts & News
by Tymoteusz A. Góral

#18 According to Akamai there were 1500 DDoS attacks in 2015 - an increase of 180%
Akamai reports that 2015 saw about 1500 DDoS attacks, an increase of 180% as compared with the previous year. However, the attacks were shorter and smaller than in the past. The average DDoS attack lasted 18 hours, which is less than the 22 hour average in 2014. Nevertheless, we can still expect attacks that last as long as a few days.
#17 GM embraces white-hat hackers with public vulnerability disclosure program
General Motors quietly flipped the switch on Detroit's first public security vulnerability disclosure program, launched in partnership with the bug bounty and disclosure portal provider HackerOne.
#16 Malvertising campaign via Pop-under Ads sends CryptoWall 4
A new malvertising campaign on the PopAds network launching the Magnitude exploit kit via pop-under ads distributes CryptoWall 4.
#15 Star Wars BB-8 IoT toy hacked
Awesome fun, but the lack of SSL for firmware upgrades allows for rougue firmware to be loaded, turning the toy to the Dark Side.
#14 Malware on the Smart TV?
A Smart TV can be equally vulnerable as any device connected to the Internet. Has the time come for firewalls on TVs?
#13 Juniper drops NSA-developed code following new backdoor revelations
Claims by Juniper in 2013 that its Netscreen encryption couldn't be subverted have been contradicted by researchers at the Real World Cryptography conference. The NetScreen line of firewalls contains unauthorized code that can surreptitiously decrypt traffic sent through virtual private networks. As a result, Juniper said it will remove the National Security Agency-developed function widely suspected of also containing a backdoor for eavesdropping.
#12 How Nvidia breaks Chrome Incognito
A bug in Nvidia GPU drivers opens a vulnerability in Chrome's Incognito mode, allowing the contents of one application to leak into another.
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