This Week in Security News: Skimming and Phishing Scams Ahead of Black Friday and Polish Hacking Team Wins Capture the Flag Competition

Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days. This week, learn about recent skimming and phishing scams as we head into the holidays and how you can protect yourself and your organization. Also, read about how the p4 hacking team from Poland won Trend Micro’s Capture the Flag (CTF) competition in Tokyo.

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Skimming Scams and Redirection Schemes Phish Consumers Credentials Days Before Black Friday

Ahead of Black Friday, cybercriminals are busy rolling out schemes to trick consumers into sharing their card credentials. In one skimming operation, threat actors faked a retailer’s third-party payment service platform (PSP), resulting in a hybrid skimmer-phishing page. Another campaign used redirection malware on WordPress websites so that users would land on their malicious phishing page.

Polish Hacking Team Triumphs in Trend Micro CTF Competition

Machine learning, reverse engineering, and unearthing mobile and IoT vulnerabilities were among the disciplines tested during Trend Micro’s latest international capture the flag (CTF) competition. The fifth Raimund Genes Cup final pitted 13 teams of young hackers against one another. The winning team, p4 from Poland, claimed a ¥1 million prize (US $9,000) and 15,000 Zero Day Initiative points per player at the Tokyo event.

Patched GIF Processing Vulnerability CVE-2019-11932 Still Afflicts Multiple Mobile Apps

CVE-2019-11932, a vulnerability in WhatsApp for Android, was patched with version 2.19.244 of WhatsApp, but the underlying problem lies in the library called, which is part of the android-gif-drawable package. While this flaw has also been patched, many applications still use the older version and remain at risk.

Don’t Overlook the Security of Your Supply Chain

In its 2020 Predictions report, Trend Micro states that organizations will face a growing risk from their cloud and the supply chain. The reliance on open source and third-party software and the introduction of modern workplace practices all present immense risks.

Trickbot Appears to Target OpenSSH and OpenVPN Data in Upgraded Password-Grabbing Module

Trickbot, which was a simple banking trojan when it arrived in 2016, has since mutated into a constantly evolving malware family that includes information theft, vulnerability exploitation, and rapid propagation among its capabilities. In Trend Micro’s recent blog, learn more about how to combat Trickbot and other similarly sophisticated threats.

Stranger Hacks into Baby Monitor, Tells Child, ‘I Love You’

A stranger hacked a Seattle couple’s baby monitor and used it to peer around their home remotely and tell the pair’s 3-year-old, “I love you,” the child’s mother said. It’s not the first time the monitor brand in question, Fredi, made by Shenzhen Jinbaixun Technology Co., Ltd., according to its website, has come under fire for being comparatively easy to access.

Microsoft Says New Dexphot Malware Infected More Than 80,000 Computers

Microsoft security engineers detailed today a new malware strain that has been infecting Windows computers since October 2018 to hijack their resources to mine cryptocurrency and generate revenue for the attackers. Named Dexphot, this malware reached its peak in mid-June this year when its botnet reached almost 80,000 infected computers.

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