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Who will stand up for European democracy? Us! says US software giant Microsoft

2/20/2019

Nefarious activity of cyber villains continues, but don't fret: AccountGuard will save you

American tech giant Microsoft revealed this morning it has detected a wave of attacks against European democratic institutions as miscreants continue malware insertion attempts.…

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Password managers may leave your online crown jewels 'exposed in RAM' to malware – but hey, they're still better than the alternative

2/20/2019

The alternative being memorizing a bunch of really long unique passphrases

A bunch of infosec bods are taking some of the most popular password managers to task after an audit revealed some mildly annoying, non-world-ending security shortcomings.…

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Unearthed emails could be smoking gun in epic GDPR battle against Google, adtech giants

2/20/2019

As ICO goes on fact-finding missions over 'concerns' about security, transparency

Privacy warriors have filed fresh evidence in their ongoing battle against real-time web ad exchange systems, which campaigners claim trample over Europe's data protection laws.…

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Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

2/19/2019

Spared court costs as he reveals £120-a-week income

"Mr Love, you're not the victim in this. You brought this on yourself; you're the victim of your own decisions," District Judge Margot Coleman told accused hacker Lauri Love in court today as she refused to return computers seized from him by the National Crime Agency.…

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Revealed: Numbers show extent of security fears about security biz Kaspersky Lab

2/19/2019

Global sales up 4% but North America element down 25%

Eugene Kaspersky's security biz saw turnover crash by a quarter in North America following the US government's decision to remove the antivirus software from federal systems.…

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Australian prime minister blames 'state level' baddies for Oz parliament breach

2/18/2019

China, Russia, Israel and the US floated as potential culprits

Australia's prime minister has blamed a "sophisticated state actor" for a hack on the country's parliament and some of its prominent political parties.…

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Data-spewing Spectre chip flaws can't be killed by software alone, Google boffins conclude

2/18/2019

While browsers have got their act together, any other apps interpreting user-supplied code need to be aware of this

Google security researchers have analyzed the impact of the data-leaking Spectre vulnerabilities afflicting today's processor cores, and concluded software alone cannot prevent exploitation.…

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Tens of millions more web accounts for sale after more sites hacked, Mac malware spreads via Windows.exe, and more

2/18/2019

Standby for a 'we woz haxx0ed' email from one of these sites this week...

Roundup Let's kickstart your Monday with some lovely juicy computer security and screwups news, beyond what we reported last week.…

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Well Holby damned! We've caught a virus: Brit medical soap operas team up for 'cyber' episode

2/15/2019

WannaCry? You will do

BBC "sister" medical drama shows Holby City and the venerable Casualty from which it sprang have announced that they are teaming up for a two-part "cyberattack special". NHS techies, stop sniggering at the back!…

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'This collaboration is absolutely critical going forward'... One positive thing about Meltdown CPU hole? At least it put aside tech rivalries...

2/15/2019

Execs, experts hope this cooperation continues to hold for the next big bug

A panel of eggheads from Intel, the US government, and academia held court this week to figure how they can keep the likes of El Reg from spoiling their next major bug reveal.…

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Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

2/14/2019

CorrectHorseBatteryStaple once again more secure and memorable than ff3sd21n

HashCat, an open source password recovery tool, can now crack an eight-character Windows NTLM password hash in less time than it will take to watch Avengers: Endgame.…

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Bad news for WannaCry slayer Marcus Hutchins: Judge rules being young, hungover, and in a strange land doesn't obviate evidence

2/14/2019

When in America, STFU and get a lawyer. Even if you're innocent

Marcus Hutchins, the Brit white-hat hacker who halted 2017's WannaCry ransomware outbreak, has failed to stop the American legal system using statements he made while recovering from the effects of holidaying in Las Vegas.…

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US man and Brit teen convict indicted over school bomb threat spree

2/14/2019

Roses are reddish, don't cry into your beer... but Hoonigan.com is better than Top Gear

A 20-year-old American man who allegedly used the Twitter handle @WantedByFeds has been charged with DDoSing, sending bomb threats and more along with a British teenager who is already in prison.…

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Cover your NASes: QNAP acknowledges mystery malware but there's no patch yet

2/14/2019

Anti-antivirus root-rooting weirdness just gets deeper

Taiwanese NAS maker QNAP has admitted its devices are affected by mysterious malware that alters hosts files on infected boxen following The Register's report.…

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Oh Snapd! Gimme-root-now security bug lets miscreants sock it to your Ubuntu boxes

2/14/2019

Get an update, or risk giving a dodgy user or malware an upgrade

Canonical has issued an update for Ubuntu to address a security vulnerability that can be exploited by malware and rogue users to gain root access.…

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US counterintelligence agent helped Iran lob cyber-bombs at America, say Uncle Sam's lawyers

2/14/2019

Prosecutors accuse Monica Witt of helping Tehran target her former colleagues

US prosecutors on Wednesday announced the indictment of a former US counterintelligence agent on charges of helping Iran conduct cyberattacks on her former colleagues.…

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ACLU: Here's how FBI tried to force Facebook to wiretap its chat app. Judge: Oh no you don't

2/13/2019

Federal court shoots down attempt to reveal Feds' decryption demands

A US federal judge has refused to unseal court paperwork that would show how the FBI tried to force Facebook to snoop on calls made through its instant-messaging app.…

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Hackers KO Malta's Bank of Valletta in attempt to nick €13m

2/13/2019

Hapless bank goes into lockdown mode, vanishes from the internet

Malta's Bank of Valetta (BOV) has pulled the plug on its entire internet access, including shutting down cashpoints and branch offices, after detecting a "cyber intrusion" by crims that tried to steal nearly €13m.…

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British and US militaries' drone swarm hackathon definitely isn't about army tech

2/13/2019

It's about fighting fires, not starting them, right defence bods?

The British military has commissioned a hackathon to develop drone swarms – while claiming that it's definitely not about developing dual-use military tech.…

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One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

2/13/2019

Oh snap. UK netizens better hope they don't have twitchy mouse-click finger

It will be an offence to view terrorist material online just once – and could incur a prison sentence of up to 15 years – under new UK laws.…

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Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

2/12/2019

The 'VF' now stands for 'virtually f*cked'

A hacker wiped every server and backup of VFEmail this week in a "catastrophic" attack, according to the webmail service.…

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Q. What's a good thing to put outside a building of spies? A: A banner saying 'here we are!'

2/12/2019

UK's Huawei handlers are proud of themselves

The Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC) has a giant banner hanging outside declaring its purpose to the world.…

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First they came for Equifax and we did nothing because America. Now they are coming for back-end systems and we're...

2/12/2019

Imag-I-Nation Technologies (no, not that one) fesses up to database security breach

A company that develops and supports software for handling consumer reports and background checks says it was hacked by a miscreant who made off with thousands of people's information.…

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Intel SGX 'safe' room easily trashed by white-hat hacking marauders: Enclave malware demo'd

2/12/2019

Handy for smuggling expensive zero-days onto targets and executing them, without antivirus realizing

Updated Security researchers have found that Intel's Software Guard Extensions (SGX) don't live up to their name. In fact, we're told, they can be used to hide pieces of malware that silently masquerade as normal applications.…

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620 million accounts stolen from 16 hacked websites now for sale on dark web, seller boasts

2/11/2019

Dubsmash, Armor Games, 500px, Whitepages, ShareThis, and more said to be up for grabs for $$$s in BTC

Exclusive Some 617 million online account details stolen from 16 hacked websites are on sale from today on the dark web, according to the data trove's seller.…

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Network kit biz Phoenix takes heat as flaws may leave industrial control system security in ashes

2/11/2019

Oil, gas, maritime systems affected by latest bug findings

Companies running a popular brand of industrial Ethernet switch are being advised to update their firmware ASAP following a series of bug disclosures.…

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Patch this run(DM)c Docker flaw or you be illin'... Tricky containers can root host boxes. It's like that – and that's the way it is

2/11/2019

'Doomsday scenario' unless devops crowd walks this way

Aleksa Sarai, a senior software engineer at SUSE Linux GmbH, has disclosed a serious vulnerability affecting runc, the default container runtime for Docker, containerd, Podman, and CRI-O.…

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'Now is the winter of our disk contents'... Decision on Lauri Love's seized gear due next week

2/11/2019

Accused hacker can write Reg headlines. Who knew?

Lauri Love will find out whether he is getting his computers back from the National Crime Agency on 19 February, a judge ruled today.…

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Accused hacker Lauri Love tries to retrieve Fujitsu lappie and other gear from Britain's FBI in court

2/11/2019

Western Digital hard drive also among the spoils

Accused computer hacker Lauri Love is in court today arguing with the National Crime Agency over whether the British government agency should return PCs they seized from him.…

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Oh dear, Lads: Spam marketing bosses banned from forming UK firms for clobbering folk with 500k calls and texts

2/11/2019

Lad Media, The Lead Expert don't look so 'expert' now

The bosses of lead-generation firms Lad Media and The Lead Experts have been slapped with four and six-year bans on forming companies respectively after they fell foul of direct marketing laws.…

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QNAP NAS user? You'd better check your hosts file for mystery anti-antivirus entries

2/11/2019

NAS-ty: Strange activity sinkholes antivirus update checks

Network attached storage maker QNAP's customers have reported being hit by a mystery malware that disables software updates by hijacking entries in host machines' hosts file.…

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Alleged SIM swapping crypto-crooks cuffed, iOS app snooping, ad-fraud botnets, and more

2/9/2019

All your extra bits and bytes of this week's infosec news in less than 5 minutes

Roundup Here's a summary of more infosec news beyond what we've already reported this week – enjoy.…

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Big trouble Down Under as Australian MPs told to reset their passwords amid hack attack fears

2/8/2019

'No evidence that any data has been accessed time' say Australian officials as fingers pointed at foreign spies

The Australian Parliament has reset all passwords on the parliamentary computing network following an unspecified security incident.…

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Cop films chap on body-worn cam because he 'complains about cops a lot'. Chap complains

2/8/2019

Snooping court says police kit can be surveillance tool

Police's body-worn cams can be surveillance tools, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has said.…

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Webroot dunked in Carbonite: Should be quite well protected – if it survives the freezing process, that is

2/8/2019

Backup biz slurps security firm for $618.5m

Online backup service Carbonite has inked a deal to buy Webroot for over half a billion dollars to help it fling cloud-based endpoint security at smaller biz.…

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Leaky child-tracking smartwatch maker hits back at bad PR

2/8/2019

We're not convinced 'people who want to harm kids will follow the kid, not the watch' is a great comeback

Kids' smartwatch-pusher Enox, whose Safe-KID-One watch was pulled by the European Commission, has hit back against the bad PR – with some rather unusual arguments.…

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EE customer: Creepy ex used employee access to change my mobile number, spy on me

2/8/2019

Chap slapped with harassment warning, sacked from UK mobile network

A staffer at BT Group's EE has been accused of using his employee access to peek at his ex's account details and change her phone number to spy on her texts.…

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Housing biz made to pay £1.5k for sticking fingers in its ears when served a subject access request

2/8/2019

If someone asks for their data, you give it to them, scolds ICO

A Buckinghamshire housing developer has been forced to pay up £1,500 after ignoring a person's request for information the company held on them.…

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US lawmakers furious (again) as mobile networks caught (again) selling your emergency location data to bounty hunters (again)

2/8/2019

Privacy advocates stunned that explicit rules ignored, blame head of FCC

Analysis US lawmakers have again called for an investigation into cell networks after it emerged that they have been selling specially protected user location data intended only for emergency services.…

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Apple puts bullet through 'Do Not Track', FaceTime snooping bug and iOS vulnerabilities

2/7/2019

Patch your iThings – there are at least two holes being exploited right now in the wild

Apple on Wednesday removed the vestigial "Do Not Track" (DNT) privacy technology from Preview Release 75 of its macOS Safari browser, and buried the corpse without ceremony. DNT is also missing from mobile Safari 12.1 in the soon-to-be released iOS 12.2.…

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Mumsnet data leak: Moaning parents could see other users' privates after cloud migration

2/7/2019

Change reversed while forum probes how many affected

Parent gabfest platform Mumsnet has reported a data security breach that it claimed happened amid a "software change" en route to migrating services to the cloud.…

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Trakt app users' personal data exposed: We were hit by a 'PHP exploit'... back in 2014

2/7/2019

No payment info, but users' names, locations, email addies etc all 'lost'

Trakt, the makers of an app that monitors users' TV programme and movie viewing habits, has 'fessed up to falling victim to a PHP exploit more than four years ago that resulted in data leakage.…

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At least Sony offered a t-shirt, says macOS flaw finder: Bug bounties now for Macs if you want this 0-day, Apple

2/7/2019

Cupertino's tight-wads called out by fella who found password, private key leak

Vid The bloke who found a password-spaffing bug in macOS says he won't divulge details on the flaw to Apple until the tech titan agrees to properly compensate vulnerability researchers.…

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Who are the last people you'd expect to spill thousands of student records? A computer science dept? What a fantastic guess

2/7/2019

O(1)? More like O(h) n(O)! Proto-boffins' info leaks out

An errant email leaked academic information on every student at the Cal Poly Pomona College of Science, in California.…

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It's 2019, and a PNG file can pwn your Android smartphone or tablet: Patch me if you can

2/7/2019

Malicious Bluetooth signals, too, it looks like

Google has emitted security fixes for Android that should be installed, should you get the chance, as they can be potentially exploited to hijack devices.…

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Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

2/6/2019

Using Police Property Act 1897 to get PCs, storage devices back, representing himself in court

Lauri Love, the Brit who beat US attempts to extradite him over accusations of hacking, is suing Blighty's National Crime Agency (NCA) to get back computing gear seized in 2013 as part of the case against him.…

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London's Met police confess: We made just one successful collar in latest facial recog trial

2/6/2019

Force will run 1 more full-day rollout after snow stopped play

London cops' use of facial recognition tech last week resulted in only one person being charged, while another was handed a £90 on-the-spot fine after trying to avoid the cams.…

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I won't bother hunting and reporting more Sony zero-days, because all I'd get is a lousy t-shirt

2/5/2019

It's 2019. Should billion-dollar corps do better than offer swag for vulns?

Analysis Hunting for exploitable security bugs in software is not an easy way to make a living, and vulnerability researchers say vendors who don't pay out for reports are making life even harder while putting their own products at risk.…

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Google: All your leaked passwords are belong to us – here's a Chrome extension to find them

2/5/2019

And I'm OK with this, says chief of HaveIBeenPwned

During its incessant web crawling, Google's search engine constantly encounters credentials dumped by hackers or left exposed by the careless. And because it can, the ad confectionery copies and encrypts these spilled usernames and passwords.…

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Webcast: Arm yourself before you go threat hunting in 2019

2/5/2019

Join Carbon Black at livestreamed event based on global independent research

Promo As cyber attackers evolve their techniques, businesses are exposed to a relentless stream of worrying data security breaches. The latest big one hit hotel group Marriott International in November 2018, and may have led to the personal information of up to 500 million guests being compromised.…

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