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Latest IT Security News and Updates for the Week

January 18, 2014
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Let’s have a quick look at what types of scrupulous plans and tricks cybercrooks came up with this week.

#1.
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A recent scam that is doing the rounds on Facebook is a post that claims to show a footage of a zookeeper being swallowed by a giant snake. This is but a scam and there is no such video. Read more about this here.

#2.
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Hackers shoot 750,000 malicious emails to targets using a compromised Smart refrigerator and other Internet-enabled home appliances. This new breed of cyberattack is an attempt by hackers to increase the size of their botnets. Read more about this cyberattack here.

#3.
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The Syrian Electronic Army first had some social networking sites of Microsoft for dinner. And for dessert, e-mail accounts of some of the company’s employees. Find the complete story here.

#4.
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Windows XP support ends on April 8, 2014. But Microsoft has announced that it will still push anti-malware signature and engine updates through July 14, 2015. Know more about this here.

#5.
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The ownership of Google chrome extensions is transferable. That’s bad news, because if these are bought by a hacker (yes, it is possible!), then they can push silent adware and malware updates to your browser, thus compromising your machine. Read more about this here.

#6.
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95% of the world’s ATM machines still run on Windows XP. Post April 8, 2014, these ATMs will be at risk unless their OS gets upgraded. Read more on this here.

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Rajiv is an IT security news junkie and a computer security blogger at Quick Heal. He is passionate about promoting cybersecurity awareness, content and digital...
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