Weekly Security Summary Around The World

This week we wrote two articles about three WordPress plugins and Microsoft Word Vulnerability. Microsoft Word Vulnerability was there for 17 years but no one was aware of this. Read and take action as now these vulnerability is now in public domain.

The most important story of the week was the one about Apple’s Face ID system and how security researchers found a way to hack it using a mask. As usual, we gathered the most important stories of the past days in this weekly round-up, so let’s find out the rest of the cyber security news.

  1. iPhones Rarely Targeted by Malware, Nokia Study Reveals

We know that Android platform is more vulnerable to cyber attacks than iOS, and Nokia’s latest Threat Intelligence Report is here to confirm this. According to their findings, Android is by far the most attacked mobile platform with no less than 68.50 percent of the malware specifically aimed at Google’s operating system. It is followed by Windows with 27.96 percent, while the remaining 3.54 percent goes to the “other” category that also includes the iPhone.

  1. Microsoft Patch Tuesday – November 2017

If it’s Tuesday, it’s time for Patch day! This month, Microsoft released its security updates and patched 53 vulnerabilities, 19 of which were rated critical. As always, customers are advised to keep their software programs up to date and avoid clicking on suspicious links or malicious attachments.

  1. Apple Face ID Tricked with $150 Mask

When Apple announced the new iPhone X, one of its new features was the Face ID system, which makes your face the password to unlock your phone. New security researchers have found a way to bypass Apple’s Face ID security system using a mask that cost $150.

  1. Spam Bots Incorporated Star Wars Quotations Into Attack Requests

Several thousand spambots incorporated quotations from a Star Wars novel into the attack messages they sent out to their targets. Cyber criminals took advantage of the send-to-a-friend forms many companies are using so visitors can share in-site content with their friends.

  1. Forever 21 Clothing Stores Hit By Credit Card Data Breach After Encryption Failure

Forever 21, the American fashion outlet, announced it has suffered a data breach at some of its store. The cause? The company said “certain point of sale devices in some Forever 21 stores were affected” because encryption “was not in operation.”

  1. IT Leaders Failing to Prepare for Cyber Attacks, Despite Fears

According to a new survey, nearly half of 500 IT leaders in the UK, France, Germany and the US believe it is likely that their organisation will face a major, disruptive cyber attack in the next 12 months. While they seem to be “ready” for such attacks, study found that at the same time they fail to take the right measures.

  1. Firefox to Offer Tacking Protection for All in Its Next Update

If you are a Firefox user, you might have noticed some changes in the latest Firefox 57 update, also known as Quantum, released on 14 November.

This next major update comes with an option to turn on Tracking Protection, which—as the name implies—protects you from tracking. Specifically, it stops sites from loading code that can be used to track you across multiple websites.

  1. Cryptojacking Malware Coinhive found on 30,000+ Websites

The threat actors now use crypto jacking method to spread malware and infect users’ devices. Cryptojacking typically begins after Coinhive (JavaScript code) is embedded on a compromised website. Unsuspecting visitors then begin mining cryptocurrency in their browser and get infected.

  1. Mobile Malware Incidents Hit 100% of Businesses

Malware infections against BYOD and corporate mobile devices are expected to continue to grow, new data shows. According to a Check Point report, businesses have been exposed to mobile malware incidents, noting that 94% of security professionals anticipate actual mobile malware attacks to continue to increase, with nearly 66% doubting they can prevent them.

  1. New Android Trojan Malware discovered in Google Play

Android users, beware of what you download from Google Play! A new piece of mobile malware has been discovered in Google Play being disguised as multiple apps: an alarm clock app, a QR scanner app, a compass app, a photo editor app, an Internet speed test app, and a file explorer app.

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