BOSTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Hackers have begun exploiting
the newly identified “Shellshock” computer bug, using
fast-moving worm viruses to scan for vulnerable systems and then
infect them, researchers warned on Thursday.
“Shellshock” is the first major Internet threat to emerge
since the discovery in April of “Heartbleed,” which affected
OpenSSL encryption software that is used in about two-thirds of
all web servers, along with hundreds of technology products for
consumers and businesses.
BOSTON (Reuters) – Hackers have launched attacks exploiting the newly identified “Shellshock” computer bug, researchers warned on Thursday, as news surfaced that an initial patch for the issue was incomplete, suggesting even updated systems were vulnerable.
The attacks came as security experts scrambled to determine how many systems and what types of computers are vulnerable to “Shellshock,” which some say may be as serious as the “Heartbleed” vulnerability that surfaced in April.
BOSTON (Reuters) – A newly discovered security bug in a widely used piece of Linux software, known as “Bash,” could pose a bigger threat to computer users than the “Heartbleed” bug that surfaced in April, cyber experts warned on Wednesday.
Bash is the software used to control the command prompt on many Linux computers. Hackers can exploit a bug in Bash to take complete control of a targeted system, security experts said.
NEW YORK/BOSTON (Reuters) – Your medical information is worth 10 times more than your credit card number on the black market.
Last month, the FBI warned healthcare providers to guard against cyber attacks after one of the largest U.S. hospital operators, Community Health Systems Inc, said Chinese hackers had broken into its computer network and stolen the personal information of 4.5 million patients.
BOSTON/DETROIT (Reuters) – General Motors Co (GM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Tuesday named an engineer to serve as its first cybersecurity chief as the No. 1 U.S. automaker and its rivals come under increasing pressure to better secure their vehicles against hackers.
The No. 1 U.S. automaker promoted manager Jeff Massimilla to the post as part of an eight-month review of its product design and engineering, said GM Vice President of Global Product Development Mark Reuss.
BOSTON/CHICAGO (Reuters) – Home Depot Inc (HD.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Thursday said some 56 million payment cards were likely compromised in a cyberattack at its stores, suggesting the hacking attack at the home improvement chain was larger than last year’s unprecedented breach at Target Corp (TGT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).
Home Depot, in providing the first clues to how much the breach would cost, said that so far it has estimated costs of $62 million. But it indicated that costs could reach much higher.