Today’s Cyberthreats: Pwned Cyberwarriors, Digital Speed Trap
Each weekday, TechNewsDaily’s colleagues at SecurityNewsDaily give us a roundup on what’s worrying the guardians of cyberspace. Here’s what’s happening today.
SUCH A BARGAIN: No one’s immune to hackers. The U.S. Army’s cyberwarriors learned this over the weekend after a hacker offered “full site admin control” with “root access” of http://cecom.army.mil for the bare-bones price of $499. That’s the website of the Army’s Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center --- in other words, a cyberwarfare unit. The hacker’s dozen-odd other goodies ranged from “full site admin control” of an Indian university’s website for $55 to “full site admin control” of the official website of the Albanian armed forces for $499.
TRICKSTER TWEET: A worm – a piece of malware that needs no human help to spread itself – has been crawling through Twitter, sending out tweets consisting of “goo.gl” shortened URLs. The links lead to a “rogueware” Web site warning users their PCs have been infected and they must immediately download and install anti-virus software – which is of course itself a Trojan.
SPEED TRAP: Trapster, a smartphone and GPS-unit app that aggregates reports of police speed traps worldwide, is warning its users to change their passwords after a data breach that may have let a hacker get access to account information. No word on whether the hacker was waiting by the side of the road behind a billboard.
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