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For years, a backdoor in popular KiwiSDR product gave root to project developer

Enlarge KiwiSDR Enlarge / A spectrum painted image made using KiwiSDR. xssfox KiwiSDR is hardware that uses a software-defined radio to monitor transmissions in a local area and stream them over the Internet. A largely hobbyist base of users does all kinds of cool things with the playing-card-sized devices. For instance, a user in Manhattan …

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Backdoored password manager stole data from as many as 29K enterprises

Enlarge Getty Images As many as 29,000 users of the Passwordstate password manager downloaded a malicious update that extracted data from the app and sent it to an attacker-controlled server, the app maker told customers. In an email, Passwordstate creator Click Studios told customers that bad actors compromised its upgrade mechanism and used it to …

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Hackers are exploiting a backdoor built into Zyxel devices. Are you patched?

Enlarge Zyxel Hackers are attempting to exploit a recently discovered backdoor built into multiple Zyxel device models that hundreds of thousands of individuals and businesses use as VPNs, firewalls, and wireless access points. The backdoor comes in the form of an undocumented user account with full administrative rights that’s hardcoded into the device firmware, a …

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Undocumented backdoor that covertly takes snapshots found in kids’ smartwatch

Enlarge Xplora A popular smartwatch designed exclusively for children contains an undocumented backdoor that makes it possible for someone to remotely capture camera snapshots, wiretap voice calls, and track locations in real time, a researcher said. The X4 smartwatch is marketed by Xplora, a Norway-based seller of children’s watches. The device, which sells for about …

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Hackers use recycled backdoor to keep a hold on hacked e-commerce server

Enlarge Jeremy Brooks / Flickr Who needs a better mousetrap when the old one is fine? That was the approach of hackers who recently compromised a server running open source e-commerce platform Magento. To guard against the possibility of being locked out of the server should the rightful operators ever discover the breach, the attackers …

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Chinese bank requires foreign firm to install app with covert backdoor

Enlarge Jeremy Brooks / Flickr A large, multinational technology company got a nasty surprise recently as it was expanding its operations to China. The software a local bank required the company to install so it could pay local taxes contained an advanced backdoor. The cautionary tale, detailed in a report published Thursday, said the software …

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