The InfoSecond, Week of Feb. 15: Hacking Smart Buildings, WordPress Ransomware and More!


First it’s chilly, now it’s hot in here. Perhaps the office climate control system is malfunctioning?

In this latest edition of the InfoSecond, we’re showcasing a new target for hackers seeking access to corporate networks, bringing to light a potential explanation for the sharp drop in Dyre’s recent infection rates, highlighting a dangerous attack on visitors to WordPress-managed pages, identifying a sophisticated malware attack on the WhatsApp platform and raising awareness of potential security concerns for fitness trackers.

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Smart Buildings: A Target for Hackers?: IBM researchers have identified several security holes that are providing hackers with a backdoor into corporate networks through an unlikely source: office climate control systems. This recent discovery highlights the dangers of unsecured connected devices within the Internet of Things (IoT) and how they can lead to a data breach if not properly secured.

Dire Straits for Dyre Gang?: If the latest news from Reuters proves to be true, the most active Trojan of 2015 might just be on its way to extinction. While the reports of a successful law enforcement raid against Dyre are unconfirmed at the moment, recent research from IBM X-Force shows encouraging signs that Dyre may be out of business.

WordPress Ransomware Attacks: Websites currently running on the WordPress content management system are finding themselves vulnerable to hacks that can lead to users being infected with Teslacrypt ransomware. Site owners and users alike should ensure they’re taking the proper security precautions to avoid becoming victims.

WhatsApp, Malware?: Be careful what links you click on WhatsApp. That’s because a sophisticated new attack targeting users of the popular app is leading to a noticeable increase in the number of phones infected with data-stealing malware.

Are Fitness Trackers Tracking More Than Your Fitness?: Tracking your fitness is great, but a hacker tracking you is decidedly less so. Owners of wearable fitness trackers should be careful after a recent examination into the mobile security and privacy of several devices uncovered vulnerabilities.

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Thanks for reading/watching/listening! We’ll be back with another round of top cybersecurity news stories next week. In the meantime, be sure to like our video and share any interesting stories with us on Twitter using the hashtag #InfoSecond! We’ll see you next week.

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