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Mirai Botnet Spreads Across the World

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Mirai Botnet Spreads Across the World

The Mirai botnet responsible for the recent internet outage of almost 1 million Deutsche Telekom customers is going global-- security firm Flashpoint reports the malware variant has spread to at least 10 other countries.

Countries affected by the Mirai variant include the UK, Italy, Ireland, Turkey, Brazil, Iran, Chile, Australia and Argentina and Thailand, as well as Germany. Flashpoint does not know the actual number of infected devices, but some estimates put the number to around 5 million. Either way, as the security company puts it, it makes for a "sizable population."

Mirai first made the news back in October 2016 as the botnet responsible for the DDoS attack big enough to disrupt internet traffic across the US. The malware affects connected devices with weak default passwords, making them easy to infect. A new Mirai strain is responsible for the attack on Deutsche Telekom, specifically through a vulnerability in the SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) services embedded in Zyxel router products.

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Symantec Buys Digital Safety With Lifelock

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Symantec Buys Digital Safety With Lifelock

Symantec announces the acquisition of consumer identity protection services provider LifeLock for $2.3 billion-- a deal Symantec says will turn it into the biggest consumer-facing security outfit in the world.

“As we all know, consumer cybercrime has reached crisis levels. LifeLock is a leading provider of identity and fraud protection services, with over 4.4 million highly-satisfied members and growing.  With the combination of Norton and LifeLock, we will be able to deliver comprehensive cyber defense for consumers,” Symantec CEO Greg Clark remarks. “This acquisition marks the transformation of the consumer security industry from malware protection to the broader category of Digital Safety for consumers.”

Confirmation of the deal follows a 14 November Bloomberg story claiming LifeLock was going to be bought by either Symantec, buyout group Pemira or private equity group TDG Capital. The mention of TDG is of note, since it is the entity handling the spinoff of Intel Security into an stand-alone company. Or  the undoing of the 2010 McAfee acquisition, if one wants to be wholly technical.

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Kaspersky: Microsoft "Killing Off" Security Competition!

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Kaspersky: Microsoft

Kaspersky Labs CEO Eugene Kaspersky insists Microsoft is "killing off" all security competition-- Windows 10 "automatically and without warning" replaces all security software with the company's Defender alternative.

"Microsoft is gradually squeezing independent developers out of the Windows ecosystem if it has its own application for this or that purpose," a blog post by the CEO reads. "In doing so, Microsoft is acting against the interests of users since a lot of its products are of inferior quality."

Kaspersky says Microsoft gave independent developers all of a week to make their software compatible with Windows 10-- an attempt in unfairly beating the competition, he says-- and even violates the Windows 10 rule where only one anti-virus should be active on a system, since Defender occasionally switches on automatically even in the presence of an independent alternative. According to Kaspersky this "demonstrates the results of [Microsoft's] blustery activity, again egging the user on to ditch the other AV and stick with Defender."

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Ixia Boosts Application and Threat Intelligence Processor

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Ixia Boosts Application and Threat Intelligence Processor

Network security vendor Axia announces enhancements on the Application and Threat Intelligence Processor (ATIP), together with a centralised cloud management interface for ThreatARMOR appliances.

Part of the Security Fabric data distribution engine, the improved ATIP enables security and network professionals to extract metadata from network connections, including IOC, spanning URLs, Uniform Resource Identifiers, Session Initiation and Cisco Discovery Protocols, Domain Name System Text and User Agent. Such deeper context aware metadata allows for reporting tools to deliver analysis reports quickly and effectively, leading to improvements in MTTI and MTTR to threats and suspicious activity.

ATIP works with reporting solutions from the likes of Plixer, LiveAction, Splunk and Dynatrace to provide key insights in data breaches, without need for a specialised forensic monitor.

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EU-US Privacy Shield Pact Faces Legal Challenges

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EU-US Privacy Shield Pact Faces Legal Challenges

The EU-US Privacy Shield security agreement faces legal fire, as three French advocacy groups-- La Quadrature du Net, non-profit service provider French Data Network and its Federation FDN industry-- challenge the pact at the Luxembourg-based General Court.

The French legal challenge follows a similar suit filed by Irish group Digital Rights Ireland in September 2016.

"We are aware of the application (for annulment)," an EC spokesman tells Reuters. "We don't comment on ongoing court cases. As we have said from the beginning, the Commission is convinced that the Privacy Shield will live up to the requirements set out by the European Court of Justice which has been the basis for the negotiations."

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