Lucian Constantin

Romania Correspondent

Lucian Constantin writes about information security, privacy, and data protection for the IDG News Service.

Shadow Brokers boasts of more Windows exploits and cyberespionage data

WannaCry ransomware attacks won't be the last

WannaCry ransomware attacks won't be the last

As the WannaCry ransomware attack evolves, more cybercriminals are likely to attempt to profit from the vulnerability it exploits and similar flaws in the future.

Microsoft finally bans SHA-1 certs in IE and Edge

Microsoft finally bans SHA-1 certs in IE and Edge

The Tuesday updates for Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge force those browsers to flag SSL/TLS certificates signed with the ageing SHA-1 hashing function as insecure.

Microsoft fixes 55 flaws, 3 of them exploited by Russian cyberspies

Microsoft fixes 55 flaws, 3 of them exploited by Russian cyberspies

Microsoft released security patches Tuesday for 55 vulnerabilities across the company's products, including three flaws that have already been exploited in targeted attacks by cyberespionage groups.

Microsoft fixes remote hacking flaw in Windows Malware Protection Engine

Microsoft fixes remote hacking flaw in Windows Malware Protection Engine

Microsoft released an update for the malware scanning engine bundled with most of its Windows security products to fix a highly critical vulnerability that could allow attackers to hack computers.

Supply chain attack on HandBrake video converter app hits Mac users

Supply chain attack on HandBrake video converter app hits Mac users

Hackers compromised a download server for HandBrake, a popular open-source program for converting video files, and used it to distribute a macOS version of the application that contained malware.

Cyberspies tap free tools to build powerful malware framework

Cyberspies tap free tools to build powerful malware framework

Over the past year, a group of attackers has managed to infect hundreds of computers belonging to government agencies with a malware framework stitched together from JavaScript code and publicly available tools.

Cybercrime group abuses Windows app compatibility feature

Cybercrime group abuses Windows app compatibility feature

The FIN7 cybercrime group is abusing the Windows Application Compatibility Infrastructure, a feature that makes it possible for enterprises and developers to quickly resolve incompatibilities between their applications and new Windows...

Russian man receives longest-ever prison sentence in the U.S. for hacking

Russian man receives longest-ever prison sentence in the U.S. for hacking

A 32-year-old Russian hacker was sentenced to 27 years in prison in the U.S. for stealing millions of payment card details from U.S. businesses by infecting their point-of-sale systems with malware.

Email-based attacks exploit unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Word

Email-based attacks exploit unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Word

Attackers for the past few months have been exploiting an unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft Word to compromise computers and infect them with malware.

IoT malware begins to show destructive behavior

IoT malware begins to show destructive behavior

Hackers have started adding data-wiping routines to malware that's designed to infect internet-of-things and other embedded devices.

Apache Struts 2 exploit allows ransomware on servers

Apache Struts 2 exploit allows ransomware on servers

Attackers are exploiting a vulnerability patched last month in the Apache Struts web development framework to install ransomware on servers.

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