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Posted by Xeno on July 22, 2011
By Daily Mail Reporter UPDATED: 12:02 GMT, 7 July 2011 A major security flaw in Apple software could allow hackers to gain remote control over iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch devices, online experts warned today. The bug in the iOS operating system was exposed last night when a hacking website released a 'jail break' code for Apple customers.
Researchers have uncovered a sophisticated and decentralized botnet that combines encryption and rootkit capabilities to make it practically invisible to infected machines.
Microsoft has been granted a patent for a technology that could create wiretaps for several kinds of Internet communications, including video and voice calls over Skype, which Microsoft acquired in May. Federal law enforcement agencies have had difficulties tracking and recording criminal and terrorist conversations online. Back in September, it was reported that law enforcement officials wanted to expand the government’s powers to wiretap Internet services.
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The attacks, which were detected last week, made use of five URLs injected via a PHP script into the compromised sites, according to Trend Micro. In a blog post last week , the security vendor highlighted that the five URLs all resolve to a single, malicious IP server that has been on its radar, and added the URLs have been "proactively blocked" since Mar. 25. The modus operandi of these attacks is to redirect visitors to the compromised sites numerous times, finally leading to the download of a fake antivirus scan. Trend Micro, which classified the fake programs as TROJ_FAKEAV.BBK and TROJ_WORID.A, said "Lizamoon" was the name of the first domain to which victims were re-directed.
A new bit of malware has been making headway across the Internet, but is it really that big of a deal? You've probably seen the news that "Lizamoon," an SQL injection attack designed to point your browser to a piece of fake security malware, had infected hundreds of thousands of pages across the Internet. And this includes links found within Apple's iTunes itself… to a degree.