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WannaCry ransomware used in widespread attacks all over the world

Earlier today, our products detected and successfully blocked a large number of ransomware attacks around the world.
In these attacks, data is encrypted with the extension “.WCRYrdquo; added to the filenames. Our analysis indicates the attack, dubbed “WannaCryrdquo;, is initiated through an SMBv2 remote code execution in Microsoft Windows.

Slip-triggered wearable robot twists elderly people’s hips to prevent falls

Prototype quickly learned peoplersquo;s gaits and kicked in at a misstep.

Prysmian Group and the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU bring...

Milan, 11 May, 2017 - Prysmian Group, world leader in the energy and telecom cable systems industry, and the Italian Permanent Representation to the EU today co-hosted a meeting with Ambassadors, Commission officials, the European Investment Bank and telecoms industry representatives, to discuss the EU’s ambitions for its telecoms networks at a crucial moment in the legislative process.With the Parliament poised to finalise its negotiating position on the telecoms reform, and the Council not far... Source: RealWire

Samsung develops emoji-based chat app for people with language disorders

For when emojis are even more necessary than words.

Facebook stops location sharing in Italy after losing copyright suit

Court ordered Facebook to suspend the feature or pay 5,000 euros per day.

Mobile malware evolution 2016

In 2016, the growth in the number of advertising Trojans capable of exploiting super-user rights continued.

Throughout the year it was the No. 1 threat, and we see no sign of this trend changing.

Russia Suspect In Italian Ministry Hack

Italy's foreign ministry was victim of a cyberattack last year, but hackers did not gain access to classified information.

Malwarebytes acquires Italian security firm Saferbytes

The Italian startup's offerings are destined to join the Malwarebytes enterprise portfolio.

Microsoft fixes remote desktop app Mac hole

Full read/write access was there for the taking Microsoft has patched a code execution hole in its Mac remote desktop client that grants read and write to home directories if users do no more than click a link, says Italian security researcher Filippo Cavallarin. The hole was patched 17 January. Cavallarin says the flaw allowed remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable machines if users did not more than click phishing links. From there, attackers would gain read and write access to Mac home directories. "Microsoft Remote Desktop Client for Mac OS X allows a malicious terminal server to read and write any file in the home directory of the connecting user," Cavallarin says. "The vulnerability exists to the way the application handles rdp urls.
In the rdp url schema it's possible to specify a parameter that will make the user's home directory accessible to the server without any warning or confirmation request. "If an attacker can trick a user to open a malicious rdp url, they can read and write any file within the victim's home directory." Mac OS X apps like Safari, Mail, and Messages by default open clicked rdp urls without confirmation. Youtube Video This drastically shortens the attack chain of most phishing attacks which require users to be convinced by some form of narrative to open links and attachments, and again to fill out personal data and credentials into fake forms. Cavallarin included a proof-of-concept with his disclosure, increasing the need for users to apply the Microsoft updates. ® Sponsored: Want to know more about Privileged Access Management? Visit The Register's hub

Original “patent troll” law firm is shutting down

EnlargeAlan Levine/Flickr reader comments 7 Share this story The Chicago law firm that became synonymous with "patent troll"-type litigation is shutting down, following the death of founding partner Raymond Niro. The remaining partners of the Niro Law Firm are shuttering the firm, according to a report in Crain's Chicago Business. A core group, including Niro's son Dean Niro, will launch a new firm called Vitale Vickrey Niro & Gasey. "We wanted a new start," said Paul Vickrey, who became Niro Law's managing partner after Ray Niro passed away in September of last year. "The Niro firm has been synonymous with patent litigation, and a group of us wanted a new firm with a broader focus." While the move is directly connected to Niro's death, it's also a sign of the times. There's far less room in the new legal landscape for sharply crafted patent lawsuits against big companies, the kind of cases that could yield settlements or verdicts worth tens of millions of dollars. Pioneer for Patent Plaintiffs Raymond Niro made a name for himself in patent litigation back in the late 90s by representing a company called TechSearch that wanted to assert its patents in court. Intel, a defendant against TechSearch patents, came up with the term "patent troll" as a derogatory way to define the TechSearch's business model, which involved buying up patents and focusing solely on licensing and litigation. "Troll was a derivative of, er, me," Niro told IP Law & Business in 2001. "I'm the first." He was also one of the most successful. In an era when many patent lawsuits were criticized as nuisance litigation, defendants may not have agreed with Niro's views, but they knew he was willing and able to be a formidable force in front of a jury. Niro always maintained that he was standing up for the small inventor. Born in Pittsburgh, he was the son of a bricklayer who was also an Italian immigrant. After getting his degree in chemical engineering, he went on to law school at George Washington University. Many in the tech sector loathed Niro for lawsuits they deemed an abuse of the system. His more controversial actions included litigation campaigns like the one brought by Innovatio IP, which sent out more than 8,000 letters demanding license fees from small businesses like chain hotels and coffee shops. Niro had a heart attack while vacationing in Italy in 2015. Crain's reported that he won more than $1 billion in settlements and jury verdicts over the course of his two decades in the patent trenches. He was 73 years old. By then, his firm was already shrinking, having gone from 30 lawyers to 14. After the Supreme Court's Alice and Octane Fitness cases were decided in 2014, the kind of high-stakes patent litigation Niro was an expert at became riskier. In 2015, the Niro firm was ordered to pay more than $4 million in legal fees to HTC due to a court's finding that Niro lawyers knew an inventor had made false statements to the US Patent and Trademark Office. "The stand-alone patent case is dead on arrival, and I don't think we're unique," Niro told Crain's Chicago Business a few months before his death.

Brother-and-sister duo arrested over hacking campaign targeting Italy’s bigwigs

EyePyramid operation targeted politicians and business leaders A hacking operation featuring the EyePyramid trojan successfully compromised the systems of numerous high-profile Italian targets, including two former prime ministers, say Italian police. High-profile targets were targeted by a spear-phishing campaign that served a remote-access trojan codenamed "EyePyramid" as a malicious attachment. Targets of the spying included bankers, businessmen and even several cardinals.

The president of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, and two former Italian prime ministers, Matteo Renzi and Mario Monti, were among targets of the campaign, according to a copy of an Italian arrest warrant obtained by Politico. The malware was used to successfully exfiltrate over 87 gigabytes worth of data – including usernames, passwords, browsing data, and other files – from compromised systems. Federico Maggi, a senior threat researcher at Trend Micro, has published a blog post here and in a technical summary (on GitHub) here. Brother and sister Giulio Occhionero, 45, and Maria Occhionero, 48, were arrested in Rome on Tuesday and detained over hacking and espionage charges related to the EyePyramid campaign, Reuters reports.
Investigators appear to be proceeding on the basis that the hacking operation was used to harvest insider intelligence as part of a criminally tainted investment strategy rather than politically motivated cyber-espionage. The "stolen data was stored in servers in Prior Lake, Minnesota, and Salt Lake City, Utah," according to a court document seen by Reuters. The FBI has seized the servers and will ship them to Italy, the head of Italy's cyber crime unit told the news agency. Hackers behind the spear-phishing campaign used the compromised email accounts of attorneys and associates in several law firms as a platform to launch the second stage of the attacks, targeting businessmen and politicians, according to Trend Micro's Maggi. ® Bootnote Grazie molto to Milan-based reader Alex for the heads-up on this interesting case, which is unsurprisingly getting a lot of coverage in the Italian press. Sponsored: Want to know more about Privileged Access Management? Visit The Register's hub