Website misconfigurations and other errors to avoid

Website misconfigurations can lead to hacking, malfunction, and worse. We take a look at recent mishaps and advise site owners on how to lock down their platforms.

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A week in security (November 12 – 18)

A roundup of security news from November 12 to 18, including TrickBot, smart jewelry, Secret Sisters scam, and the compromise of air traffic control.

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Fireball Chinese malware and you

By now, you might have heard about an adware infection operation that has allegedly spread to 250 million systems called Fireball. The threat intelligence and research teams at Check Point wrote a blog post last week describing the operation, what the threat does the system and the alarming potential the malware has for doing some serious damage. We delve into the worst case scenario with this situation and how to remove Fireball if you are infected.

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Hosts file hijacks

The hosts file is the internet variant of a personal phonebook. We discuss a few malware variants that replace or change that phonebook, so you end up calling the wrong sites. The ones they want you to call.

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TopFlix: a DNS Unlocker variant

We take a look at a DNS hijacker called TopFlix. It poses as a media-player and is brought to you by one of the main stream bundle wrappers called SoftPulse.

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DNS Hijacks: Routers

We warn about not changing the default password on your router and how to go about changing it and undoing the damage if you were too late.

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[Update] Video Saver PUP Blocks Search Provider changes

Video Saver PUP puts restrictions in place to block changing search provider settings in Internet Explorer.

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DNS hijacks: what to look for

DNS name resolution. What is it? How does it work? And how can it be altered by malware?

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TeslaCrypt: Video game Safety 101

TeslaCrypt is branching out into uncharted waters for Ransomware by going after video games and music files. We take a look at whether you should be worried by this new development, and what you can do about it.

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