It took less than a week for a functional exploit for a recently patched Adobe Flash Player vulnerability to be added to the Magnitude exploit kit, Trend Micro researchers warn.
In the first quarter of 2015, McAfee Labs registered a 165 percent increase in new ransomware driven largely by the new, hard-to-detect CTB-Locker ransomware family, a new ransomware family called Teslacrypt, and the emergence of new versions of CryptoWall, TorrentLocker and BandarChor.
Bas Venis has been programming since he was 14 years old.
APT28, believed to consist of Russian hackers, has been spotted wielding two zero-day exploits in the latest targeted attack aimed at an "international government entity in an industry vertical that aligns with known APT28 targeting." According to FireEye researchers, the group, which seems to be the same one behind the "Pawn Storm" campaigns and which has been recently found targeting NATO members and the White House, has been exploiting the Adobe Flash CVE-2015-3043 vulnerability and a local privilege escalation vulnerability in Windows (CVE-2015-1701 - does not affect Windows 8 and later) since April 13, 2015.
Adobe released a new version of Flash Player (188.8.131.52) for Windows and Macintosh, and for Linux (184.108.40.2067).
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