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Bloke is paid to scour hashtags for threats, spots civil rights boss's tweets, gets fired, sues

3/29/2017

State investigator, Oregon DoJ attorney lash out in lawsuits

A chap whose job was to investigate threats on social networks is suing the Oregon Department of Justice – for allegedly retaliating against him after his online sleuthing led him to the agency's own director of civil rights.…

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Strange Mirai botnet brew blamed for powerful application layer attack

3/29/2017

Varmints cooked up variant after malware code went public

Hackers have created a potent new variant of the Mirai IoT malware.…

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RIP: Antivirus veteran Raimund Genes, 54

3/28/2017

Trend Micro CTO suffered fatal heart attack

Colleagues and friends are mourning the sudden death of distinguished antivirus industry veteran Raimund Genes last Friday.…

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Apple squashes cert-handling bug affecting macOS and iOS

3/28/2017

Flaw posed remote code execution risk

Apple has resolved a certification validation vulnerability affecting both macOS and iOS users.…

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World+dog had 1.4 BEEEELLION of its data records exposed last year

3/28/2017

That's 86% up on 2015... and it's mostly identity theft

Almost 1.4 billion data records were compromised worldwide during 2016, a whopping increase of 86 per cent compared to the year before.…

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As of today, iThings are even harder for police to probe

3/28/2017

iOS 10.3 lands, complete with heavily encrypted Apple File System

Apple today released iOS 10.3, watchOS 3.2 and tvOS 10.2 (14W265), the first two of all of which bring some pleasing extra functionality to iThings, But the main attraction in the new release is Apple File System, because it adds comprehensive encryption to the iPhone and Apple Watch.…

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CompSci boffins propose scheme to protect privacy in database searches

3/28/2017

Queries indicate your intentions, so they're worth hiding

From stock searches to map directions, any time a user queries a database, they tell the database owner something valuable.…

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FYI Docs.com users: You may have leaked passwords, personal info – thousands have

3/27/2017

Just call it Doxx.com

Thousands of netizens inadvertently shared passwords and other highly private information with the rest of the planet – via Microsoft's publicly searchable Docs.com service.…

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LastPass scrambles to fix another major flaw – once again spotted by Google's bugfinders

3/27/2017

Ormandy sets snowflakes off over disclosure

For most of us, Saturday morning is a time for a lie in, a leisurely brunch, or maybe taking the kids to the park. But for some it's bug-hunting time.…

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Ex-military and security firms oppose Home Sec in WhatsApp crypto row

3/27/2017

'We are in real trouble if we apply blunt weapons to this'

UK government ministers calling for increased surveillance abilities in the wake of last Wednesday's terrorist attack have encountered opposition from a somewhat unexpected quarter.…

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iPhone-havers think they're safe. But they're not

3/27/2017

Growing mobile threats affect iOS

Mobile malware is at the highest level yet recorded, infecting 1.35 per cent of all mobile devices in October, according to a study by Nokia out today. The high water mark in October compares to figures of 1.06 per cent in April 2016.…

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USA can afford golf for Trump. Can't afford .com for FBI infosec service

3/27/2017

So guess what spoofers are doing with the fake site? Yup – getting dupes to log in

InfraGard.org is supposed to be one of the United States' defences against online criminals. But the FBI-led service is currently the subject of a typosquatting and email attack that could see organisations seeking protection instead send their personal data straight to parties unknown.…

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Dishwasher has directory traversal bug

3/27/2017

Thanks a Miele-on for making everything dangerous, Internet of Things firmware slackers

Don't say you weren't warned: Miele went full Internet-of-Things with a network-connected dishwasher, gave it a web server, and now finds itself on the wrong end of a security bug report – and it's accused of ignoring the warning.…

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Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

3/25/2017

Uncle Sam turns up the heat on visa hopefuls

US embassies have been told to examine social media accounts of visa applicants who have ever set foot in Islamic-State-controlled areas.…

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GiftGhostBot scares up victims' gift-card cash with brute-force attacks

3/24/2017

Software nasty can burn through 1.7 million account numbers per hour

Cybercrooks are using a bot to automate the process of breaking into and draining online gift card accounts.…

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UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

3/24/2017

Also confirms earlier operational date for HMS Queen Elizabeth

Britain is not buying V-22 Osprey aircraft to fly from its new aircraft carriers, the government has confirmed.…

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Did you know: Crimelords behind DDoS attacks offer customer loyalty points?

3/24/2017

Tweaking business models for greater 404 kerching

The DDoS attack business has advanced to the point that running an attack can cost as little as $7 an hour, while the targeted company can end up losing thousands, if not millions of dollars.…

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Inside OpenSSL's battle to change its license: Coders' rights, tech giants, patents and more

3/24/2017

Devs who fail to respond to call for change will count as 'yes' votes for AL 2.0

Analysis The OpenSSL project, possibly the most widely used open-source cryptographic software, has a license to kill – specifically its own. But its effort to obtain permission to rewrite contributors' rights runs the risk of alienating the community that sustains it.…

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Google slaps Symantec for sloppy certs, slow show of SNAFUs

3/24/2017

Certs will keep working, but Chrome will be suspicious, soon

Updated Google's Chrome development team has posted a stinging criticism of Symantec's certificate-issuance practices, saying it has lost confidence in the company's practices and therefore in the safety of sessions hopefully-secured by Symantec-issued certificates.…

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Amazing new WikiLeaks CIA bombshell: Agents can install software on Apple Macs, iPhones right in front of them

3/23/2017

And in 2009 – just 8 years ago

Startling leaked documents show the CIA could purchase Apple Macs and iPhones, install spyware onto them, and give them to targets.…

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If you were cuffed during Trump's inauguration, cops are trying to crack your smartphone

3/23/2017

More than 100 mobes will only take a week to access

Vid The inauguration of President Donald Trump in the US capital was marked by protests, with cops collaring more than 200 people on the day. Now court documents reveal the US government's efforts to crack the arrestees' locked phones and slurp their contents.…

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Android Forums resets passwords after hack

3/23/2017

Only 2.5 per cent of userbase affected

Add Android Forums to the growing list of web properties that have suffered a security breach.…

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eBay dumps users into insecure authentication mechanism

3/23/2017

Dump dongles and move to SMS, says tat bazaar, oblivious to deprecation advice

Web tat bazaar eBay appears to be suggesting its readers adopt known-to-be-insecure practices when logging on to the service.…

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Fake mobile base stations spreading malware in China

3/23/2017

'Swearing Trojan' pushes phishing texts around carriers' controls

Chinese phishing scum are deploying fake mobile base stations to spread malware in text messages that might otherwise get caught by carriers.…

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It's happening! It's happening! W3C erects DRM as web standard

3/22/2017

World has until April 19 to make its views known on latest draft

The World Wide Web Consortium has formally put forward highly controversial digital rights management as a new web standard.…

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Russian mastermind of $500m bank-raiding Citadel coughs to crimes

3/22/2017

Chap's code infected 11m PCs, helped crooks make off with half a billion bucks, say Feds

The Russian programmer who built the bank-acount-raiding Citadel Trojan has admitted his crimes.…

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Error prone, insecure, inevitable: Say hello to today's facial recog tech

3/22/2017

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a database with every human visage

Facial recognition technology represents a valuable, and likely inevitable, method of identification for cops and Feds. Unfortunately, it's largely unregulated, error prone, and insecure.…

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Malware 'disguised as Siemens software drills into 10 industrial plants'

3/22/2017

Four years of active infection, claims security biz Dragos

Malware posing as legitimate software for Siemens control gear has apparently infected industrial equipment worldwide over the past four years.…

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Bloke, 48, accused of whaling two US tech leviathans out of $100m

3/22/2017

Lithuanian cuffed and charged

Evaldas Rimasauskas, a 48-year-old Lithuanian man, has been charged with defrauding two major US-based internet companies for more than $100m through whaling attacks.…

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Gift cards or the iPhone gets it: Hackers threaten Apple with millions of remote wipes

3/22/2017

'Turkish crime family' says Bitcoin's also OK

Updated Hackers who claim to have gained access to over 300 million iCloud and Apple email accounts are threatening to wipe user data unless Apple pays a ransom.…

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Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech

3/22/2017

Staff association warns that systems 'increasingly' being used for personal reasons

Coppers in England and Wales are "persistently" committing data breaches, according to the Police Federation's head of misconduct.…

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Gemalto profits hit by crummy US card sales, dials back expectations by, oh, €100m

3/22/2017

PINs hopes on some good news next year

Gemalto warned on Wednesday that its first-quarter revenues will be between 7 to 9 per cent lower compared to the same period of 2016.…

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UK vuln 'fessing pilot's great but who's going to give a FoI?

3/22/2017

Too many ppl, amirite? Poor old Brit govt ...

A security researcher has welcomed the UK's launch of a vulnerability co-ordination pilot while cautioning that a strategy for handling Freedom of Information requests needs to be developed.…

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Web smut seekers take resurgent Ramnit malware from behind

3/22/2017

♪ Botnet knocked down, but it gets up again ♪

Aficionados of salacious smut sites in the UK and Canada are picking up some nasty software that infects systems by using corrupted pop-under adverts.…

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Mac OS IM tool Adium lagging on library security vulnerability

3/22/2017

libpurple is a 'binary blob of unknown provenance' says researcher

A developer is warning Adium users to pick a different messaging app because of an exploitable vulnerability in its underlying libpurple version.…

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Microsoft's 'Application Verifier' bug-finder is easily pwnable

3/22/2017

Undocumented feature allows installation of persistent malware

Updated “Don't create undocumented features” should be tattooed in the corner of every developer's eye: there's one in the Microsoft Application Verifier Provider that provides attack vectors on everything Windows since XP.…

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What should password managers not do? Leak your passwords? What a great idea, LastPass

3/21/2017

Critical bugs found in Chrome, Firefox add-ons

Updated Password vault LastPass is scrambling to patch critical security flaws that malicious websites can exploit to steal millions of victims' passphrases.…

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Now UK bans carry-on lappies, phones, slabs on flights from six nations amid bomb fears

3/21/2017

Hit list: Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia

The UK has banned airline passengers on direct inbound flights from six countries in the Middle East and North Africa from taking a range of electronic devices into the cabin due to fears of a terrorist attack.…

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World's worst botnet fiends switch from ransomware to stock scam spam

3/21/2017

IT LIVES!

Cybercriminals behind the Necurs botnet have reactivated the zombie network and returned to their original business of using compromised machines as conduits for spam distribution.…

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Three cops to data breach

3/21/2017

Customers able to view account details of other users

Mobile operator Three has admitted that some customers were able to view the mobile account details of other Three users via their accounts yesterday.…

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Airplane bomb fears spark America's laptop, tablet carry-on ban

3/21/2017

Mid-East airports, airlines hit by tough luggage crackdown amid terror intel

Updated Fears of terrorists smuggling bombs disguised as laptops onto airplanes has triggered a fresh crackdown on carry-on luggage.…

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Tip for darknet drug lords: Don't wear latex gloves to the post office

3/21/2017

Fentanyl merchant was good at Tor, rubbish in meatspace and at deleting browser history

Delivery is the weakest link in the “dark web” drug trade: the postal habits of a large-scale trader have led to his undoing.…

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DNS lookups can reveal every web page you visit, says German boffin

3/21/2017

The fix is simple: turn your modem on and off again to get a new IP address. Or ask your ISP to assign them more often

Domain-name lookups only reveal websites visited, not individual pages viewed, right? Wrong: the interaction between a user and the DNS is more revealing than previously believed, according to a paper from German postdoc researcher Dominik Herrmann.…

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Nest cameras can be easily blacked out by Bluetooth burglars

3/21/2017

So far, no patch available to the public

Updated Nest's Dropcam and Dropcam Pro security cameras can be wirelessly attacked via Bluetooth to crash and stop recording footage. This is perfect for burglars and other crooks who want to knock out the cams moments before robbing a joint.…

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Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins

3/20/2017

Air travel to the US from eight countries appears to be affected

People traveling by air to America from an undisclosed list of countries will no longer be allowed to carry devices larger than a mobile phone in carry-on baggage.…

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FBI, NSA top brass: We've seen jack squat to back up Trump's claims of Obama wiretaps

3/20/2017

Meanwhile, potential Russian campaign links probed

Vid Monday mornings are never pleasant, are they? Take FBI director James Comey and head of the NSA Admiral Mike Rogers, for example, who kicked off their week by being grilled by the US House Select Intelligence Committee.…

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

3/20/2017

Claiming you can't remember your passphrase to unlock data is willful defiance

The US Third Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld a lower court ruling of contempt against an ex-cop who claimed he couldn't remember the password to decrypt his computer's hard drives.…

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WWE star's swiped sex snaps survey spam snares selfie sickos

3/20/2017

Click here to see her stolen nudes, and then here, and here, and again here, and...

Scammers are exploiting a new batch of leaked celebrity nudes, using the stolen selfies to lure in gawpers and make a fast buck.…

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Dr Hannah Fry: We need to be wary of algorithms behind closed doors

3/20/2017

UCL researcher on the tragedy of the age of data

Interview Sure, algorithms are insanely useful, but we need to watch we don't become complacent and unable to question them, University College London's Dr Hannah Fry warned in an interview with The Register.…

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Norfolk County Council sent filing cabinet filled with kids' info to a second-hand shop

3/20/2017

And all it got in return was a £60k fine

Updated Norfolk County Council left files containing sensitive information about children in a cabinet that was dispatched to a second-hand shop.…

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