Note: Each week we bring you the latest hacking news on the internet. Read on to find out who and what was hacked this week.
A malware that infected millions of computers across the world in 2012 is back.
Called DNSChanger, the malware exists in advertisements that could appear on any website, even legitimate ones. The malware hides in malicious code in image data.
DNSChanger then changes DNS server entries in the infected computers to point to malicious servers under the control of the attackers. So when an infected user tries to go to a site like TechDecision.co, the malware will redirect to a phishing site, for example.
The DNSChanger exploit kit has been discovered on more than 166 router models, including:
- D-Link DSL-2740R
- NetGear WNDR3400v3 (and likely other models in this series)
- Netgear R6200
- COMTREND ADSL Router CT-5367 C01_R12
- Pirelli ADSL2/2+ Wireless Router P.DGA4001N
A group of hackers is making between $3 Million and $5 Million each day from US brands and media companies.
Dubbed “Methbot,” it’s being called the biggest digital ad fraud ever.
The hackers registered more than 6,000 domains and 250,267 distinct URLs impersonating brand and names of high-profile websites like ESPN, Vogue, CBS Sports, Fox News and the Huffington Post, and selling fake video ad slots.
It has been found that the bot army watched as many as 300 Million ads per day, with an average payout of $13.04 per 1000 faked views.
Vulnerabilities in an in-flight entertainment system could let hackers hijack several flight systems and even take control of the plane. Airlines include Emirates, United, American Airlines, Virgin, and Qatar,
According to Ukrainian energy provider Ukrenergo, a cyberattack on Kyiv’s power grid may have caused power outages in the country.
Ukrenergo engineers switched to manual and began restoring power within 30 minutes. Power was fully restored an hour and 15 minutes after the blackout.
It is believed that the cyberattacks are connected to similar power outages cause by cyberattacks in the Ukraine in December of 2015.
A massive multi-day cyberattack on Infowars began Saturday and has been traced back to China.
The nation state attackers used hijacked computers and Internet-connected devices to flood Infowars’s servers – using both SYN Floods and DDoS attacks – with one of the largest attacks ever.