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Use of DNS Tunneling for C&C Communications

Often, virus writers don't even bother to run encryption or mask their communications. However, you do get the occasional off-the-wall approaches that don't fall into either of the categories.

Take, for instance, the case of a Trojan that Kaspersky Lab researchers discovered in mid-March and which establishes a DNS tunnel for communication with the C&C server.

Lawsuit: Fox News group hacked, surveilled, and stalked ex-host Andrea Tantaros

Lawsuit: After a sexual harassment claim, Fox News planted spyware on ex-host's computer.

Hajime, the mysterious evolving botnet

Hajime (meaning ‘beginning’ in Japanese) is an IoT worm that was first mentioned on 16 October 2016 in a public report by RapidityNetworks.
In this blogpost we outline some of the recent ‘improvements’ to Hajime, some techniques that haven’t been made public, and some statistics about infected IoT devices.

The DSA welcomes South Africa’s ICASA publishing draft TV White Space...

Federal Communications Commission (FCC), ICASA, OPIC, IFC, Microsoft Corporation, HP Enterprise, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and more set to speak at leading spectrum sharing conferenceCape Town, South Africa, 20 April 2017: With three weeks to go until the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s Fifth Annual Global Summit, which is this year returning to Africa, co-host ICASA, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, has published draft regulations on the use of TV White Space (TVWS) in the... Source: RealWire

Join Dark Reading for a 4/20 Twitter Chat on AppSec

The @DarkReading team will host a conversation about application security on 4/20 at 2 p.m.

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With robots on the job, it won’t be IT as usual

With robotics making great strides and more companies welcoming robots into the workforce, IT managers need to start prepping for the changes coming their way."Robotics will probably touch every business over the next decade," said Dan Olds, an analyst with OrionX. "I think we're nearing a tipping point where more businesses will be adding robots and robotics to their operations.

They'll be doing everything from manufacturing, to delivering food to restaurant tables to cleaning chores and farming -- and lots of stuff in between."[ Give in to the dark side: 10 steps to becoming a horrible IT boss. | Have a tech story to share? If we publish it, we’ll send you a $50 American Express gift card — and keep you anonymous.
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While robots have been working on assembly lines and in giant warehouses for some time, they've become much more than giant hulking arms moving car doors and stacking boxes. With advances in technologies like artificial intelligence, computer vision and mobility, robots are taking on a host of new roles.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Cyber Security Chicago to Debut in October 2017

Fast-Growing Cybersecurity Event Series Makes its Way into U.S. with Upcoming Show in ChicagoCHICAGO, IL, APRIL 2017: Imago Techmedia announces the launch of the first annual Cyber Security Chicago conference and exposition.

The event will take place f...

DMCA “safe harbor” up in the air for online sites that...

Etsy, Kickstarter, Pinterest, and Tumblr say site moderation hangs in the balance.

Travel Routers, NAS Devices Among Easily Hacked IoT Devices

A researcher poked holes in seven different IoT devices at last week's Security Analyst Summit, including a host of travel routers, NAS devices, and an IP-enabled camera.

Google Cloud to host open source Elasticsearch

The Elastic stack -- Elasticsearch, Kibana, and Logstash -- has become a powerful open source alternative for doing real-time searches on generated data like logs.

And now Google is turning one of them into a cloud commodity.Google has partnered with Elasticsearch BV, the group that commercially supports the Elasticsearch stack's cloud -- called Elastic Cloud, appropriately enough -- and is preparing to offer managed editions of Elastic Cloud on Google Cloud Platform.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Giant viruses likely not involved in the origin of cells after...

More giant virus genomes suggest their DNA is mostly random scraps.

Europe supplants US as biggest source of child abuse hubs

Scumbags host 92% of it in just 5 countries Europe now hosts majority of child sex abuse images (60 per cent), pushing North America into second place (37 per cent), according to an annual report from the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF).…