Ongoing Hijack DNS Attack to be Found

Attackers use old vulnerabilities and they are targeted at unupdated consumer devices
05 April 2019   561

Researchers at Bad Packets revealed a continuing wave of automated attacks from December aimed at changing DNS settings on home and office routers. In case of a successful attack on the device, DNS servers of attackers are registered, which return fake IP addresses for some domains, which leads to redirection to scam sites created for phishing and capturing authentication parameters.

The attack is aimed at hitting routers running non-updated firmware containing known vulnerabilities. For example, to attack D-Link devices, a vulnerability identified as early as 2015 is used, allowing you to change the DNS settings without passing authentication. To scan the network, hacked Google Cloud environments are used.

During the attack, D-Link routers (DSL-2640B, DSL-2740R, DSL-2780B and DSL-526B), ARG-W4 ADSL, DSLink (260E), Secutech and TOTOLINK are affected. The largest number of compromised systems falls on the D-Link DSL-2640B (14327 vulnerable devices) and TOTOLINK (2265 vulnerable devices) devices. After a successful attack on the device, one of the DNS servers controlled by the attackers is registered: 144.217.191.145, 66.70.173.48, 195.128.124.131 and 195.128.126.165.

TIOBE Index June 2019 to be Rolled Out

Java is still on the top, but experts noted fast growth of Python search queries, and they believe it can reach 1st place in 3-4 years
13 June 2019   302

June 2019 TIOBE Index has been released. Analysts noted a sharp increase in the proportion of searches for Python.

This month Python has reached again an all time high in TIOBE index of 8.5%. If Python can keep this pace, it will probably replace C and Java in 3 to 4 years time, thus becoming the most popular programming language of the world. The main reason for this is that software engineering is booming. It attracts lots of newcomers to the field. Java's way of programming is too verbose for beginners. In order to fully understand and run a simple program such as "hello world" in Java you need to have knowledge of classes, static methods and packages. In C this is a bit easier, but then you will be hit in the face with explicit memory management. In Python this is just a one-liner. 
 

TIOBE Team

Experts attributed the growing popularity of Python to the fact that now many have hit the development of software. And newcomers prefer Python - succinct and concise. According to analysts, Java for beginners is too verbose, and C sooner or later will force to understand the intricacies of memory management.