New botnet capabilities, an updated Google Chrome release schedule, an Okta security incident and more ChatGPT highlight this week’s IT news.
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Microsoft discovers new botnet capabilities
Microsoft says its researchers have discovered new capabilities of the botnet Zerobot, a Go-based botnet primarily spread through IoT and web application vulnerabilities. Monitored by Microsoft’s security team for months, Zerobot now uses new attack methods and exploits that expand the malware’s reach to new devices.
The new version of the malware includes additional DDoS attack capabilities that allow attackers to target resources and make them inaccessible, which can be layered onto a ransomware attack to compel the victim to pay.
Read Microsoft’s blog to learn more about these new Zerobot capabilities and other DDoS-for-hire trends.
Google changes Chrome release schedule to fix issues earlier
Google is making a change to the release schedule for Chrome and will be releasing stable to a small percentage of users, and the majority of users will be getting the release a week later at the normal scheduled date. That date will also be when the new version is available from the Chrome download page.
According to Google, the company is making the change to monitor the release before it rolls out to all users so it can act on any issues without impacting a large user base.
Learn more about this updated Google Chrome release schedule.
Okta GitHub repositories hacked
Okta, one of the largest providers of authentication services and identity and access management (IAM) solutions, has had its GitHub repositories hacked and its source code essentially stolen.
BleepingComputer reported the incident, citing a confidential security incident notification that Okta has been sending to its security contacts. This comes after GitHub alerted Okta of suspicious access to the company’s code repositories, the notification purportedly said.
However, attackers did not gain access to Okta’s service or customer data, the company says, per BleepingComputer.
Read the story for more information.
Google threatened by ChatGPT, report says
Google is reportedly sounding the alarm on Open AI’s ChatGPT and is ramping up its AI chatbot teams in response to the conversational Ai chatbot, reports The New York Times. Google reportedly sees ChatGPT as a threat to Google’s search engine and the company’s own AI chatbot endeavors.
Read The New York Times article for more information.