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We also get a look at System76’s in-house OS (with in-house gear on the horizon).

DDoS attacks in Q2 2017

The second quarter quite clearly showed that the DDoS-attack threat is perceived rather seriously.
Some companies were prepared to pay cybercriminals literally after their first demand without waiting for the attack itself.

This set off a whole new wave of fraud involving money extortion under threat of a DDoS attack, also known as “ransom DDoSrdquo;.
The Adwind Trojan can conduct espionage on operating systems including Windows, Mac OSX, Linux and Android.
MacSpy and MacRansom are two early variants of malware-as-a-service portals targeting the broader population of Mac users.
MacRansom is the first known instance of ransomware-as-a-service targeting OS X.

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In this research we'll be revisiting the USB port – this time in attempts to intercept user authentication data on the system that a microcomputer is connected to.

As we discovered, this type of attack successfully allows an intruder to retrieve user authentication data – even when the targeted system is locked.
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The news of the week is discussed, including this week's Microsoft Malware Protection Engine bug, Handbrake OS X malware, the HP keylogger, Trump's Cybersecurity EO, and more.
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 Lamberts is a family of sophisticated attack tools that has been used by one or multiple threat actors against high-profile victims since at least 2008.

The arsenal includes network-driven backdoors, several generations of modular backdoors, harvesting tools, and wipers.
Thanks to Intel, I just got a 20X speed-up in Python that I can turn on and off with a single command.

And this wasn’t even in ideal conditions. but in a virtual environment: openSUSE Linux (Tumbleweed) running on a VBox on my quad-core iMac. What I did can be done on Windows, Linux, or OS X.  Intel doesn’t list openSUSE on their list of tested Linux configurations (SUSE Enterprise is on the list), but it worked perfectly for me.Here’s how I did it:1.     Download the Anaconda command-line installer from https://www.continuum.io/downloads.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Apple has a surprise for OS X Yosemite and El Capitan users -- a security update.