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IT Security Newsletter - 10/4/2019


Four U.S. Food Chains Disclose Payment Card Theft via PoS Malware

Hackers caused havoc at four restaurant chains in the U.S. over the summer after compromising their payment systems with malware that stole customers' payment card information. In the last two days, McAlister's Deli, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Schlotzsky’s, and Hy-Vee disclosed publicly that their networks were infected with point-of-sale malware copying data from cards used in person at certain locations.


Magecart strikes more than 2 million websites as more groups get involved

Digital scammers have included malicious Magecart code on more than 2 million websites, according to new research that demonstrates how hackers exploit seemingly trivial website vulnerabilities to easily steal customer payment information. “Magecart” is an umbrella term that applies to hacks in which outsiders inject specific, malicious JavaScript code onto e-commerce websites to collect shoppers’ payment information.

Egyptian government caught tracking opponents and activists through phone apps

The Egyptian government has been targeting and tracking citizens in a sophisticated spying program that allows it to read emails, log contacts and record their location, according to a new report by Check Point. A wide range of Egyptian citizens, ranging from journalists to politicians, activists and lawyers, have been targeted in the program, the security organization claims, with most of the spying done through apps downloaded onto their smartphones.


New Reductor Malware Hijacks HTTPS Traffic

Researchers have discovered a new malware strain, dubbed Reductor, that allows hackers to manipulate Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) traffic by tweaking a browser’s random numbers generator, used to ensure a private connection between the client and server. Once infected, Reductor is used to spy on a victim’s browser activity, said the Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) at Kaspersky, which discovered the malware.


Attackers exploit 0-day vulnerability that gives full control of Android phones

Attackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in Google’s Android mobile operating system that can give them full control of at least 18 different phone models, including four different Pixel models, a member of Google’s Project Zero research group said on Thursday night. There’s evidence the vulnerability is being actively exploited, either by exploit developer NSO Group or one of its customers, Project Zero member Maddie Stone said in a post.

Foxit PDF Reader Vulnerable to 8 High-Severity Flaws

Patches are available for eight high-severity flaws impacting the popular PDF software Foxit Reader. The bugs, which exist on Windows versions of the software, enable a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable systems. This week, Foxit Software, the company behind Foxit Reader, released the patches. While the number of Foxit Reader users is unclear, the company claimed last year it has over 475 million users of its products.