Cadre Information Security Report

Hacker Infects Gas Pumps with Code to Cheat Customers
Authorities in Russia have broken up a widespread scheme involving dozens of gas-station employees who used software programs on electronic gas pumps to con customers into paying for more fuel than then actually pumped into their tank
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6 ways hackers will use machine learning to launch attacks
Defined as the “ability for (computers) to learn without being explicitly programmed,” machine learning is huge news for the information security industry.
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Software Updates

Patching meltdown: Windows fixes, sloppy .NET, warnings about Word and Outloo
On the heels of the Jan. 17 release of 14 Windows and .NET patches, we now have a huge crop of new patches, revised older patches, warnings about bugs, and a bewildered ecosystem of Microsoft customers who can’t figure out what in the blue blazes is going on.
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Malicious Chrome extension is next to impossible to manually remove
Proving once again that Google Chrome extensions are the Achilles heel of what`s arguably the Internet`s most secure browser, a researcher has documented a malicious add-on that tricks users into installing it and then, he said, is nearly impossible for most to manually uninstall. I
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Dridex redux, with FTP serving the nasties
Keep your eyes open for yet-another Dridex-based malware attack. Forcepoint researchers spotted the campaign last week, noting that instead of hitting up HTTP links the attackers are targeting compromised FTP sites (and exposing those sites` credentials).
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Information Security

Stock exchange finally fixes telnet router weakness
Oman’s stock exchange has fixed a serious router security misconfiguration after months of apparently ignoring the pleas of the researcher who tried to report it.
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Escape future ransomware attacks by leveraging the right technology
Last year, multiple industry verticals saw the extreme effects of ransomware, with WannaCry and Petya leading the pack in terms of damage. To make matters worse, according to a report by Kaspersky, the number of ransomware threats is expected to increase in 2018.
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On This Date...
  • 1931, singer/songwriter and "King of Soul" Sam Cooke was born in Clarksdale, MS.
  • 1940, veteran English actor John Hurt ("The Elephant Man", "Alien", "I, Claudius") was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
  • 1953, independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch ("Down By Law", "Dead Man", "Only Lovers Left Alive") was born in Cuyahoga Fall, OH.
  • 1968, the unmanned Apollo 5 mission was launched, which was a test of the Lunar Module`s ascent and descent systems in space.
  • 1973, a plane returning Muslim pilgrims from Mecca crashes in Kano, Nigeria, killing 176 people. It was the deadliest air disaster of its time.
  • 1973, former President Lyndon Baines Johnson dies in Johnson City, Texas, at the age of 64.
  • 1973, in an historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rules in Roe v. Wade that women has the right to a selective abortion.
  • 1973, in Jamaica, 24-year-old George Foreman pulls off an upset, defeating champion Joe Frazier in four minutes and 35 seconds to win the heavyweight championship.
  • 1984, Apple Computer introduces their Macintosh brand with a Super Bowl commercial inspired by George Orwell`s "1984".

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