Cyber Security News Roundup: Fake News Edition
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Cyber Security News Roundup: Fake News Edition

An assist for Qatar, Marcher Malware, Internet-wide outages, Fake News and Printer Problems

It’s Tuesday, November 7th and here are the most interesting cyber security stories of the day! Remember, our news roundup is going to become a daily feature. So keep an eye out for it every morning!

In today’s news roundup we have plenty to cover, including the UK lending a hand to Qatar, Marcher Malware, internet outages, Google’s fake news problem and a DDoS vulnerability with Brother printers.


UK Helping Qatar Implement Better Cyber Security Standards

The United Kingdom has offered its expertise to Qatar as the latter works to implement a better level of cyber security protection. Specifically Qatar is working to secure its financial sector from cyber threats. The UK’s help, while invaluable, is hardly selfless. By helping Qatar shore up its Cyber Security infrastructure it ensures that a key economic partner will be more reliable and less susceptible to attack. Qatar is also set to host the World Cup in 2022, so the UK’s expertise should also lead to a safer event in five years.

[Source: Gulf Times]

Marcher Malware Targeting Android Users

Researchers from ProofPoint have discovered a new form of the “Marcher” malware that is targeting Android users’ bank accounts. The report, released on Friday, states that the current scheme has been going on since January and has impacted more than 20,000 people. The hackers would begin with an email that included a link to a fake Bank of Austria page. The hackers then used the stolen credentials to prompt users into downloading a fake app. Once the app is downloaded, it takes administrator permissions and begins deploying credit card phishing scams. So, if you’re a Bank of Austria member, beware!

[Source: ProofPoint]

No, the Internet wasn’t Hacked

Large swaths of the North American internet went down yesterday. And given the date, nearly a year to the dat that a major DDoS attack hit the Dyn servers and knocked huge portions of the US offline, people were more than a little bit nervous. Fortunately, yesterday’s outage wasn’t as a result of cyber crime, but rather just a good old fashioned “configuration error.” Or at least that’s what ISP, Level 3, told Mashable yesterday.

[Source: Mashable]

Google’s Fake News Problem Resurfaces

Part of the problem with living in this day and age is that people expect instant gratification. On-demand refers to more than just our primetime television now. People want their news in real time, too. Unfortunately, this creates a problem for companies like Twitter and Google, because when there is no news available something has to fill that vacuum. And lately its been fake news. In the wake of this past weekend’s tragedy in Texas, Google’s algorithm began to populating news feeds with misinformation about the shooter and his political ties. This is a big deal, because while this is happening Google and Facebook are being made to testify to congress about fake news in the elections.

[Source: Tech Crunch]

DDoS Printer Flaw

If you own a Brother printer with a Debut Web front end, you’ve won the DDoS lottery! A vulnerability discovered in the Debut embedded Web front-end in ALL Brother printers could allow an attacker to exploit with a single malformed HTTP Post request. There is currently no patch.

How’s that for some good news to end on?

[Source: Dark Reading]


Patrick Nohe

Patrick started his career as a beat reporter and columnist for the Miami Herald before moving into the cybersecurity industry a few years ago. Patrick covers encryption, hashing, browser UI/UX and general cyber security in a way that’s relatable for everyone.