Anglo African weekly news wrap on trending cyber-attacks, to keep you alert.

April 12, 2018

Facebook’s chief executive has revealed that his data was among that harvested in a privacy scandal. Mark Zuckerberg made the disclosure during his second day of being questioned in Washington. In a related development, the political consultancy at the heart of the affair has announced its acting chief executive is stepping down.

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Cloudflare made its name proxying traffic for web servers, on network ports 80 (HTTP) and 443 (HTTPS), as a defense against denial of service attacks and their ilk. On Thursday, the online security biz broadened its ambitions by extending its watch over the remaining possible TCP/IP network ports under IPv4. Cloudflare introduced a service called Spectrum, saying its distributed denial of service protection.

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Botnet operators and cyber-espionage groups (APTs) are abusing the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) protocol that comes with all modern routers to proxy bad traffic and hide their real location from investigators. In a report published on Monday, Akamai revealed that it detected bad actors abusing at least 65,000 routers to create proxy networks for various types of secret or illegal activities.

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A number of high-profile music videos disappeared from YouTube and had their titles and hold images defaced, after the video streaming website was targeted by hackers. This includes the most viewed video of all time ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee.

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Over 130,000 Finnish citizens have had their credentials compromised in what appears to be third largest data breach ever faced by the country, local media reports.

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Microsoft emitted a patch for all supported versions of Outlook on Patch Tuesday this month to prevent attackers harvesting credentials from users who simply preview a carefully crafted Rich Text (RTF) email. The vulnerability (CVE-2018-0950) exploited Outlook’s unfortunate habit of retrieving remotely hosted Object Linking and Embedding (OLE) content when previewing a RTF email.

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