Hackers compromise 300 apps in the Google Play Store to launch a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) on widely used CDN’s (Content Delivery Networks) causing headaches and disrupting the business of multiple organizations.
The attackers hid their malicious payload within legitimately functioning apps like media players, ringtones and storage managers. The DDoS attacks would occur when the smartphone device was turned on, but not in use, making it difficult for the victim to detect malicious activity.
Spam operators inadvertently leave directory browsing open and expose more than 700 million email addresses, along with some usernames and passwords. Researchers believe this could be the largest number of email addresses exposed during a single breach.
Enticing potential victims to click on a malicious link in an email is still the most successful way for hackers to initiate an attack. Known malicious software delivered via SpamBots may infect computers, collect credentials and lead to other accounts being compromised.
References: 700 Million-Plus Email Addresses Leaked by Spam Operation | Inside the Massive 711 Million Record Onliner Spambot Dump | If Your Email Address Is On This List, Change Your Password Right Now
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