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backdoor is a method, often secret, of bypassing normal authentication in a product, computer system, cryptosystem or algorithm etc. Backdoors are often used for securing unauthorized remote access to a computer, or obtaining access to plaintext in cryptographic systems.

A backdoor may take the form of a hidden part of a program, a separate program (e.g. Back Orifice may subvert the system through a rootkit), or may be a hardware feature. Although normally surreptitiously installed, in some cases backdoors are deliberate and widely known. These kinds of backdoors might have “legitimate” uses such as providing the manufacturer with a way to restore user passwords.

Default passwords can function as backdoors if they are not changed by the user. Some debugging features can also act as backdoors if they are not removed in the release version.

In 1993 the United States government attempted to deploy an encryption system, the Clipper chip, with an explicit backdoor for law enforcement and national security access. The chip was unsuccessful internationally and in business.

Sofacy, also known as APT28, Fancy Bear, and Tsar Team, is a highly active and prolific APT.

From their high volume 0day deployment to their innovative and broad malware set, Sofacy is one of the top groups that we monitor, report, and protect against. 2017 was not any different in this regard.
"Chaos" gives attackers, and follow-on attackers, full control over infected boxes.
For years, a quintet of hackers penetrated large companies, raking in millions.

Spam and phishing in 2017

The share of spam in email traffic in 2017 fell by 1.68% to 56.63%.

The lowest share (52.67%) was recorded in December 2017.

The highest (59.56%) belonged to September.
In 2017, the Anti-Phishing system was triggered 246,231,645 times on computers of Kaspersky Lab users as a result of phishing redirection attempts.
Brilliant boffins back bullsh*tting bureau bollocking Four cryptography experts have backed a US Senator's campaign to force the FBI to explain how exactly a Feds-only backdoor can be added to strong and secure encryption.…
Of all the forms of attack against financial institutions around the world, the one that brings traditional crime and cybercrime together the most is the malicious ecosystem that exists around ATM malware.

Criminals from different backgrounds work together with a single goal in mind: jackpotting.
Attacks first took place in March 2017 and are being carried out by Russian cybercrime gangs, says Kaspersky Lab.
A search online lead me to a discovery I didnrsquo;t think was possible nowadays.
I realized almost immediately that critical security issues were probably involved.
I found that out of the many tens of thousands of gas stations the company claimed to have installed their product in, 1,000 are remotely hackable.
Broken security? More like broken record UK Prime Minister Theresa May has reiterated calls for a special magic version of encryption to be developed by technologists so law enforcement can access everyone's communications on demand – and somehow engin...
A leading senator isn't happy, and is demanding answers.