A week in security (November 26 – December 2)

Credit to Author: Malwarebytes Labs| Date: Mon, 03 Dec 2018 17:06:04 +0000

A roundup of last week’s security news from November 26 until December 2, including the Marriott breach, AV testing, 2019 security predictions, and an ad fraud botnet takedown.

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Dell Lost Control of Key Customer Support Domain for a Month in 2017

Credit to Author: BrianKrebs| Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2017 03:22:34 +0000

A Web site set up by PC maker Dell Inc. to help customers recover from malicious software and other computer maladies may have been hijacked for a few weeks this summer by people who specialize in deploying said malware, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. There is a program installed on virtually all Dell computers called “Dell Backup and Recovery Application.” It’s designed to help customers restore their data and computers to their pristine, factory default state should a problem occur with the device. That backup and recovery program periodically checks a rather catchy domain name — DellBackupandRecoveryCloudStorage.com — which until recently was central to PC maker Dell’s customer data backup, recovery and cloud storage solutions. Sometime this summer, DellBackupandRecoveryCloudStorage.com was suddenly snatched away from a longtime Dell contractor for a month and exposed to some questionable content. More worryingly, there are signs the domain may have been pushing malware before Dell’s contractor regained control over it.

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Tech support scams, stolen data, and botnets

We’ve found a scam in a box company that also offers intelligence leads. That is, they’ll sell you the scam and point you at the most vulnerable targets first.

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