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DoubleDirect attack targets smartphones and tablets

DoubleDirect attack targets smartphones and tablets
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The newest tool that hackers have in their arsenal is called DoubleDirect. The man-in-the-middle hacker attack is sneakier than you'd expect.

Man-in-the-middle attacks get technical, but it's easiest to think of them like a cheesy horror movie. They're basically the small-town gas station attendant that tricks your router into driving down a "shortcut" to its destination.

In truth, the shortcut is actually a server owned and operated by a hacker. From there, the real horror begins as they try to figure out ways to exploit the fact that you're sending data through their servers.

After pulling off a man-in-the-middle attack, hackers can snoop on your data or sneak malware onto your computer.

While security researchers haven't yet seen any DoubleDirect attacks in the wild, they suspect that OSX users might be vulnerable. I'll keep you posted about any hacks that could potentially exploit DoubleDirect.

For now, though, be sure that you've locked down your computer with these three essential security tasks.

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Source: The Register
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