Week in Geek: Official 64-Bit ‘Nightly Builds’ of Mozilla Firefox have been Discontinued

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By Akemi Iwaya on November 25th, 2012

Our last edition of WIG for November is filled with news link coverage on topics such as how Microsoft gave Windows 8 Pro to pirates by mistake, Nintendo warns against interrupting the Wii U update, a new trojan is using Google Docs to communicate with its control server, and more.

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Weekly News Links

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Security News

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  • New Linux Rootkit Emerges
    A new Linux rootkit has emerged and researchers who have analyzed its code and operation say that the malware appears to be a custom-written tool designed to inject iframes into Web sites and drive traffic to malicious sites for drive-by download attacks.
  • Default WPA2 password on Belkin routers is easily worked out
    Jörg Schneider and Jakob Lell from TU Berlin have discovered that there is a simple means of working out the default WPA2-PSK password on some Belkin routers. They found that the default password can be calculated from the device’s WAN MAC address using a substitution table.
  • Windows 8 Update Fails on KB2770917
    Microsoft’s Patch Tuesday updates were supposed to fix several issues in Windows 8, but there’s one patch that actually does more harm than good.
  • Trojan uses Google Docs to communicate with its control server
    IT security firm Symantec has discovered a trojan called Backdoor.Makadocs that hides in Rich Text Format (RTF) and Microsoft Word documents and injects malicious code via Trojan.Dropper. Apparently, it uses the Google Docs service’s Viewer feature to communicate with its command-and-control (C&C) server.
  • Beware Card- and Cash-Trapping at the ATM
    Many security-savvy readers have learned to be vigilant against ATM card skimmers and hidden devices that can record you entering your PIN at the cash machine. But experts say an increasing form of ATM fraud involves the use of simple devices capable of snatching cash and ATM cards from unsuspected users.
  • Professional trojan targets SEPA transactions
    Cyber-criminals are targeting the European SEPA payments network, according to a report from security specialist McAfee. Within the EU, SEPA transactions are uncomplicated because they make no distinction between domestic and cross-border transactions. In this case, that also benefits the online crooks who usually transfer money from the victim’s account to foreign bank accounts.
  • If You’re Greek, Someone Probably Just Stole Your Identity
    Potential math-test question for Greek children: If someone steals nine million computer files containing the personal data of Greek citizens, and the population of Greece is 11 million, what percentage of Greek citizens have had their personal data stolen?
  • Yahoo Email-Stealing Exploit Fetches $700
    A zero-day vulnerability in yahoo.com that lets attackers hijack Yahoo! email accounts and redirect users to malicious Web sites offers a fascinating glimpse into the underground market for large-scale exploits.
  • Lost+Found: Photo glitch, a wardriving bike, radio problems
    Too short for news, too good to lose; Lost+Found is a roundup of useful and interesting security news. In this edition: a revealing UK MOD photo, a custom wardriving motorcycle, libraries for reverse engineering, exploit toolkits, and radio troubles.
  • Mat Honan leading you out of digital hell
    The Wired senior reporter is taking up the case against passwords – and with good reason.
  • Small businesses still underestimate cost of security breaches
    The good news is that more SMBs are shoring up cyber-security defenses, but many worry the measures they are taking won’t be adequate.
  • U.S. ‘used malware and Facebook’ to hack French president’s team
    The staff of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy fell victim to a hack attack while he was still in office, and the finger of blame is being pointed at the U.S.

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 11/25/12
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