A Russian programmer who released a hack allowing iOS users to steal paid app content has thwarted Apple's attempts to fix the flaw.
Alexey Borodin published a video on YouTube outlining how users could avoid paying for in-app purchases without even having to gain root access to the system. All they needed to do was install two security certificates and change the DNS settings on their device.
The Citadel trojan is being pulled underground by its authors who fear an impending law enforcement crackdown, researchers at security firm RSA said this week.
Citadel, built on the shoulders of Zeus, was one of the most advanced and quality trojans available, with a sales price of nearly $2,500.
Hackers shut down a United States online video company on Wednesday that was being used by Russian activists to stream live video of protests in Moscow, prompting the company’s leaders to launch a Russian-language version of the site.
Russia has climbed up the global spam rating and now ranks third internationally and first in Europe, according to Symantec’s Internet Security Threat Report.
The country’s ever-increasing hacker activity also took Russia up to sixth place in the global Internet malware activity rating. Last year, the country was tenth. Among the top five are the US, China, India, Brazil, and Germany.
Russian-speaking hackers earned an estimated US$4.5 billion globally using various online criminal tactics and are thus responsible for 36 percent of the estimated total of $12.5 billion earned globally by cybercriminals in 2011, Russian security analyst firm Group-IB said in a report published on Tuesday.