The entire corpus of science fiction has trained humanity to fear the day when helpful household and industrial robots turn against it, in a Skynet-style uprising. But a much more near-term threat lurks in the age of automation: not that anthropomorphic gadgets will develop minds of their own, but that a very human hacker will take control of them.
IT systems at the Scottish Parliament have been struck by a "brute force cyber-attack" from an unknown source. Staff have been advised to change passwords as a result of the attack.
Paul Grice, Chief Executive at Holyrood, says that the attack is similar to the one Westminster suffered back in June. The hackers have attempted to crack passwords as well as trying to access parliamentary emails.
Researchers at Kaspersky Lab have found a well-hidden backdoor in NetSang's server management software.
The secret access route, dubbed Shadowpad by its discoverers, lurks in the nssock2.dll library within NetSarang's Xmanager and Xshell software suites. It pings out every eight hours to a command-and-control server with the identity of the compromised computer, its network details, and user names.
Cyber criminals are using Microsoft PowerPoint to install malware. The Windows Object Linking Embedding (OLE) interface is the technology that allows exporting part of a document with a different editing application than the original. According to a report from Trend Micro (via Neowin), users are exploiting the use with PowerPoint slideshows.
A single threat actor has aggressively bombarded Android users with more than 4,000 spyware apps since February, and in at least three cases the actor snuck the apps into Google's official Play Market, security researchers said Thursday.