Ashley Madison hack, Kaspersky allegations and Stagefright 2: The week in security

Security news last week was dominated by two words: Ashley and Madison. The cyber attack on the adultery website resulted in the release of 30GB of personal information on subscribers.

In other news, Android continued to suffer from software vulnerabilities after Stagefright 2 emerged, and in the US the IRS was forced to admit that an additional 220,000 taxpayers than previously thought were affected by a cyber attack on its systems. 

Here is the week in security from the V3 newsdesk:

Ashley Madison hackers release huge second batch of data including CEO’s email address

Ashley Madison

The hacking collective behind the cyber attack on adultery website Ashley Madison uploaded a huge 19GB file that appeared to contain source code to the website and the personal emails of Avid Life Media CEO Noel Biderman.

Microsoft releases ‘critical’ out-of-band security fix for Internet Explorer


Microsoft released a ‘critical’ security patch for all versions of Internet Explorer after the discovery of a major vulnerability that could allow hackers to remotely attack Windows systems.

Android users urged to patch after ‘Stagefright 2’ vulnerability revealed


Android users were urged to update their devices after the discovery of a new security vulnerability that can be used by hackers to inject malware via malicious media applications. The flaw, designated CVE-2015-3842, was found by researchers at Trend Micro and affects devices running Android 2.3 to 5.1.1.

Security flaw affecting Volkswagen, Fiat and Volvo cars revealed after two-year injunction

VW Polo

Researchers revealed vulnerabilities in a vital security chip used in vehicles from companies including , Fiat and Volvo after a two-year court injunction prevented them from releasing the information.

IRS admits additional 220,000 users affected in tax record cyber attack

IRS building

The US Internal Revenue Service is in the process of notifying an additional 220,000 taxpayers after finding that a cyber attack on its computer systems revealed in May was worse than previously thought.

Adobe settles hacking case that affected 38 million people and pays $1.2m legal bill

Adobe building in San Jose

Court documents revealed that Adobe paid an “undisclosed sum” to settle customer allegations of “shoddy security protocols” after a cyber attack in 2013 resulted in the loss of 38 million customer records.

Eugene Kaspersky slams report alleging malware malpractice

Eugene Kaspersky is chief executive of Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab co-founder Eugene Kaspersky criticised allegations published by Reuters claiming that the company knowingly published fake malware in order to damage security company rivals.

Mobile privacy open to global cyber snooping from ‘SS7 protocol’


An experiment carried out for Australian TV programme 60 Minutes demonstrated a vulnerability in Signalling System Number 7, a global system used by around 800 telecoms companies across the world to share mobile data while roaming.

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