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

May 30, 2019

Nvidia is urging gamers to update its GeForce Experience software after patching two high-severity vulnerabilities. Nvidia, which makes gaming-friendly graphics processing units (GPUs), has patched two high-severity flaws in its GeForce Experience software, which could allow denial of service, information disclosure and privilege escalation on impacted systems.

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Using code from the famous Mirai worm and the Azazel rootkit, HiddenWasp is a newly discovered malware strain targeting Linux systems. HiddenWasp is slightly unusual in having Linux in its sights, and the targeted remote control tool is able to avoid detection by all major antivirus software. The malware is described as “sophisticated” as it comprises a deployment script, a trojan and a rootkit. This an advanced backdoor attack tool that allows for complete remote control of a system.

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Google is cracking down again on deceptive Chrome extension installation practices. The browser maker listed new rules yesterday that extension developers must follow, or face the possibility of having their extension removed from the official Chrome Web Store.

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A new phishing campaign is underway that pretends to be from the “Office 365 Team” warning you that your email account cancellation has been approved and that all your email will be deleted unless you cancel the request within the hour. This particular phishing campaign is interesting as it uses an uncommon bait of the risk of losing all your email and a time limit to make you act quickly and potentially without thinking. These phishing emails have a subject line of “Urgent Request” and state that unless you want your email account to be canceled and your email to be deleted, you need to cancel the request.

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Siemens LOGO!, a PLC for small automation projects, open to attack. LOGO!, a programmable logic controller (PLC) manufactured by Siemens, sports three vulnerabilities that could allow remote attackers to reconfigure the device, access project files, decrypt files, and access passwords.

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