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Delicious irony: Hacked medical debt collector AMCA files for bankruptcy protection from debt collectors

6/18/2019

The tables are turned, database tables that is

The healthcare debt collector ransacked by hackers, who gained access to millions of patients' personal information, has filed for bankruptcy protection.…

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Parliament IT bods' fail sees server's naked OS exposed to world+dog

6/18/2019

Contents were cached by Google so we can all point and giggle

Someone in the Parliamentary Digital Service managed to leave a server so completely exposed to the internet that Google indexed the Windows machine’s operating system.…

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Freaking out about fiendish IoT exploits? Maybe disable telnet, FTP and change that default password first?

6/18/2019

Home devices are so poorly guarded, attackers don't even need sophisticated tools

While netizens and journalists worry about criminals and spies using sophisticated cyber-weapons to hijack Internet of Things devices, basic security protections are being overlooked – and pose a far greater threat.…

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Smash GandCrab: Free tools released to decrypt files scrambled by notorious ransomware

6/18/2019

Bitdefender teams up with FBI, cops to rescue Windows PC documents

Victims of the latest incarnations of the GandCrab ransomware now have a way to reclaim their files without paying a penny to extortionists, thanks to the release of a decryption tool.…

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Samsung reminds rabble to scan smart TVs for viruses – then tries to make them forget

6/18/2019

Tweet deleted as telly maker reconsiders damning but refreshingly honest messaging

Samsung on Sunday sent out a tweet urging people to check their Sammy smart TVs for viruses – and then deleted the message, as if someone realized that highlighting the risks posed by connected TVs may be bad for business.…

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Sad SACK: Linux PCs, servers, gadgets may be crashed by 'Ping of Death' network packets

6/17/2019

Don't let miscreants play hacky-SACK with your gear. Apply these mitigations, patches now if you can

It is possible to crash vulnerable network-facing Linux servers, PCs, and gadgets, or slow down their network connections, by sending them a series of maliciously crafted packets. It is also possible to hamper vulnerable FreeBSD machines with the same attack.…

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Why are fervid Googlers making ad-blocker-breaking changes to Chrome? Because they created a monster – and are fighting to secure it

6/17/2019

We said engineers made the API too powerful. We weren't wrong

Analysis In a mild PR blitz, Google engineers this month insisted the ad giant's shake up of Chrome browser extensions won't kill advert blockers. Instead, we're told, Googlers are making the plugins safer. Those engineers have more work to do than it may seem.…

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Black Hat USA axes anti-abortion congressman as keynote speaker after outcry – and more news from infosec land

6/15/2019

Your quick guide to hacks, patches and scandal

Roundup Here's a quick roundup of recent infosec news beyond what we've already reported.…

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When virtual mittens sell for thousands, of course gamers are ripe targets for cyber shenanigans

6/14/2019

Guys, your security hygiene stinks

Akamai Edge World Players of games like Fortnite and Minecraft have emerged as juicy targets for cybercriminals.…

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Yubico YubiKey lets you be me: Security blunder sparks recall of govt-friendly auth tokens

6/13/2019

For FIPS sake!

Yubico is recalling one of its YubiKey lines after the authentication dongles were found to have a security weakness.…

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Hacking these medical pumps is as easy as copying a booby-trapped file over the network

6/13/2019

Uncle Sam sounds alarm after Windows CE SMB left wide open on hospital equipment

Two security vulnerabilities in medical workstations can exploited by scumbags to hijack the devices and connected infusion pumps, potentially causing harm to patients, the US government revealed today.…

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No Telegram today, protestors: Chinese boxes DDoS chat app amid Hong Kong protest

6/13/2019

That Guns N' Roses album* might be out soon... or not

Chat app Telegram has reportedly been DDoS'd, with its downtime coinciding with protests in Hong Kong against repressive new Chinese laws.…

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Train to be a top-notch cybercrime detective at SANS DFIR Europe Summit in Prague

6/13/2019

Immerse yourself in forensic training with autumn

Promo If you work in digital forensics or incident response and would like to advance to a higher level, the annual Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) event staged by security training company SANS is a must.…

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UK Home Sec kick-starts US request to extradite ex-WikiLeaker Assange

6/13/2019

Sajid Javid inks court papers for hearing tomorrow

UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid revealed this morning that he has signed papers to have Julian Assange extradited to the US.…

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This is grim, Vim and Neovim: Opening this crafty file in your editor may pwn your box. Patch now if not already

6/12/2019

Welcome to Vim Sh*tty 2000

Proof-of-concept text files are now available that, when opened in a vulnerable installation of the Vim and Neovim, will execute commands on the underlying machine, or even open a backdoor.…

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Wondering where that upcoming meeting with 'Cheap Viagra' came from? Spammers beat Gmail filters by abusing Google Calendar, Forms, Photos, Analytics...

6/12/2019

Kaspersky fingers pro-G filters for letting cyber-muck through

Spammers are abusing the preferential treatment Google affords its own apps to score free passes through Gmail's spam filters, it was claimed this week.…

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RAMBleed picks up Rowhammer, smashes DRAM until it leaks apps' crypto-keys, passwords, other secrets

6/11/2019

Boffins blast boards to boost bits

Bit boffins from Australia, Austria, and the US have expanded upon the Rowhammer memory attack technique to create more dangerous variation called RAMBleed that can expose confidential system memory.…

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It is with a heavy heart that we must report that your software has bugs and needs patching: Microsoft, Adobe, SAP, Intel emit security fixes

6/11/2019

And Google drops a zero-day on Windows after deadline miss

Patch Tuesday Microsoft, Adobe, Intel, and SAP have all emitted their latest Patch Tuesday batch of security fixes. Users and admins are encouraged to test and install the updates as soon as humanly possible.…

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Have I Been S0ld? Troy Hunt's security website is up for acquisition

6/11/2019

'Time to grow up,' says geek behind breach database

Troy Hunt, inventor and operator of the popular security website Have I Been Pwned (HIBP), is putting the service up for sale.…

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JavaScript tells all, which turns out not to be so great for privacy: Side-channel leaks can be exploited to follow you around the interweb

6/11/2019

And using browser privacy extensions may just make matters worse

Boffins from Graz University of Technology in Austria have devised an automated system for browser profiling using two new side channel attacks that can help expose information about software and hardware to fingerprint browsers and improve the effectiveness of exploits.…

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US border cops confirm: Maker of America's license-plate, driver recognition tech hacked, camera images swiped

6/10/2019

That story we broke in May? It is still true – and perhaps even worse than first thought

The US Customs and Border Patrol today said hackers broke into one of its bungling technology subcontractors – and made off with images of people and their vehicle license plates as they passed through America's land border.…

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Can't get infected via email if your messages aren't delivered: Seven-hour slowdown hits Symantec cloud filters

6/10/2019

Wondering why your inbox was so clear? Bad news…

Symantec is working to restore its Email Security.cloud service following a major slowdown that has lasted throughout the US morning and into the afternoon.…

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'Cynical and bullying' TalkTalk hackerhacker getsgets 4 yearsyears behindbehind barsbars

6/10/2019

Welsh scumbag sent down after trying to blackmail Brit ISP's then-CEO

A Welsh man who hacked British ISP TalkTalk in 2015 and siphoned off subscribers' personal data has been sent down for four years.…

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Firefox fires blockers at trackers, Exim tackles command exec flaw, and RDP pops up yet again

6/10/2019

Plus, Citrix catches sueball after employee data hacked

Roundup It wasn't just fake CIA agents, database mega-hacks and Bing flings in the security world last week. Here are a few tidbits beyond what you've read in El Reg.…

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Idle Computer Science skills are the Devil's playthings

6/10/2019

It isn't only birds that like nesting

Who, Me? Ah, the sweet, sweet smell of Monday. What better way to start your week than combining it with the latest confession of wrongdoing from The Register readership in the form of our weekly Who, Me? column.…

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Protip: No, the CIA will not call off a pedophilia probe into your life in exchange for Bitcoin

6/10/2019

Kaspersky warns of fake 'dirty agent' scam circulating

Fraudsters are posing as CIA investigators gone rogue in emails to marks, offering to take bribes to drop bogus investigations into the recipients and claims of online pedophilia, according to Kaspersky.…

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Praise the lard! Police hook up with Microsoft to school us on National Phish and Chip Day

6/7/2019

Scam warning slipped into Blighty's favourite greasefest

Today is National Fish and Chip* Day, and tech giant Microsoft has wasted no time wading in with the police to school the UK about phishing scams.…

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There's a reason why my cat doesn't need two-factor authentication

6/7/2019Something for the Weekend, Sir? A rinky tinky tinkyFull Story

Someone slipped a vuln into crypto-wallets via an NPM package. Then someone else siphoned off $13m in coins to protect it from thieves

6/7/2019

What a wild ride, eh Komodo?

Blockchain biz Komodo this week said it had used a vulnerability discovered by JavaScript package biz NPM to take control of some older Agama cryptocurrency wallets to prevent hackers from doing the same.…

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You. Quest and LabCorp. Explain these medical database super-hacks, say US senators as 425,000 more people hit

6/7/2019

Quest gets the dreaded sternly worded letter from Washington DC

As healthcare companies come forward to confirm hackers would have been able to access millions of patients' personal information from a compromised American Medical Collections Agency (AMCA) database, US senators are demanding answers.…

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To members of Pizza Hut's loyalty scheme: You really knead to stop reusing your passwords

6/6/2019

Hackers cheese free slices after logins from other websites deliver the goods

Pizza Hut has warned members of its loyalty scheme "Hut Rewards" not to re-use passwords after hackers managed to access some customer accounts.…

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Worried ransomware will screw your network? You could consider swallowing your pride, opening your wallet

6/6/2019

We know it's controversial – but don't rule out paying the ransom to unscramble your biz files, experts suggest

As ransomware infections continue, conventional wisdom on how to respond to threats is going out the window.…

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It's that time again: Android kicks off June's patch parade with fixes for five hijack holes

6/5/2019

Updates are on the way… if you have a Google device, at least

Google has released its June bundle of security vulnerability patches for Android, with fixes for 22 CVE-listed flaws included.…

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Crime doesn't pay? Crime doesn't do secure coding, either: Akamai bug-hunters find hijack hole in bank phishing kit

6/5/2019

Absolutely criminal behavior – unrestricted file upload, really?

Exclusive Phishing kits – used by miscreants to build webpages that steal victims' personal information and money by masquerading as legit websites – harbor vulnerabilities that can be exploited by other miscreants to pilfer freshly stolen data.…

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Labs are for nerds, it's simply Kaspersky now – just hold still while we cyber-immunise you

6/5/2019

Inoffensive, nondescript logo screams 'building a safer world'

Logowatch The strategy boutique opened a pop-up shop on the wild steppe of Kaspersky Lab yesterday as the Russian antivirus developer revealed a daring redesign that involves dropping the word "Lab".…

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Bloody awful: Hell-thcare hackers break into databases of 20m medical test biz patients

6/5/2019

Outsourced silos of personal info raided, at least 200,000 payment details swiped

Hackers have raided databases containing millions of medical test lab patients' personal and payment information, making off with at least hundreds of thousands of people's banking details.…

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Malware spotted doing unspeakable, filthy things to infected Macs – injecting Bing results into Google searches

6/4/2019

Or so claim these security bods after clocking proxy-installing fake Flash plugin

A devious and baffling new strain of malware intercepts and tampers with internet traffic on infected Apple Macs to inject Bing results into users' Google search results, we're told.…

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Strewth: Hackers slurp 19 years of Oz student data in uni's second breach within a year

6/4/2019

Upgraded its systems after attack in early '18, just enough to detect attack in late '18

The Australian National University (ANU) today copped to a fresh breach in which intruders gained access to "significant amounts" of data stretching back 19 years.…

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Supra smart TVs aren't so super smart: Hole lets hackers go all Max Headroom on e-tellies

6/4/2019

Video streams can be hijacked by anyone on your Wi-Fi

Owners of Supra Smart Cloud TVs are in danger of getting some unwanted programming: it's possible for miscreants or malware on your Wi-Fi network to switch whatever you're watching for video of their or its choosing.…

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Devs slam Microsoft for injecting tech-support scam ads into their Windows Store apps

6/4/2019

Redmond kinda just shrugs after advertising systems sling scareware pop-ups at users

Application makers are crying foul after some of their programs distributed via the Windows Store popped open tech-support scam ads on users' desktops.…

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IEEE says it may have gone about things the wrong Huawei, lifts ban after US govt clearance

6/3/2019

Academic outfit U-turns on blacklisting Chinese bogeyman

The US-based Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has lifted its sanctions on Huawei-linked academic reviewers.…

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Legacy app whitelist can be abused to bypass latest macOS security defenses, expert warns

6/3/2019

Three words to ruin an Apple engineer's day: 'Patrick Wardle disclosure'

Malware can bypass protections in macOS Mojave, and potentially access user data as well as the webcam and mic – by exploiting a hole in Apple's legacy app support.…

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Pharma-testing biz Eurofins Scientific says it fell victim to 'new version' of malware

6/3/2019

No data nicked in weekend attack but systems and server pulled to contain infection

Bio-analytical testing biz Eurofins Scientific today admitted it was the subject of a ransomware attack at the weekend.…

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Nginx nJS will need patches, hotels exposed via security systems, Docker containers dinged, and more

6/3/2019

Another week of security mishaps is in the books

Roundup Here's a quick summary of news in the world of information security beyond everything we've already covered.…

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You go that way, we'll go Huawei: China Computer Federation kicks back at IEEE in tit-for-tat spat

5/31/2019

Now they're withdrawing co-operation too

Following disquiet over the IEEE's decision to block Huawei-linked researchers from doing various academic tasks, a Chinese computer research body has reportedly severed ties with the IEEE in retaliation.…

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Own goal for Leicester City FC after fan credit card details snatched in merch store hack

5/31/2019

If you've bought a Foxes shirt lately, check your statements

Updated Leicester City Football Club has quietly told people who bought stuff from its website that their financial details have been stolen by hackers – and those details include credit card numbers and CVVs.…

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Mozilla returns crypto-signed website packaging spec to sender – yes, it's Google

5/30/2019

Ad giant's site slurping tech complicates web security model, could give more power to search engines and social networks, Firefox maker warns

Mozilla has published a series of objections to web packaging, a content distribution scheme proposed by engineers at Google that the Firefox maker considers harmful to the web in its current form.…

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Senator: US govt staff may be sending their smartphone web traffic 'wrapped in a bow' to Russia, China via VPNs

5/30/2019

No policy to stop use of dodgy foreign network providers. You'd hope common sense would prevail, but...

US government workers may be placing America's national security at risk as there is no official policy banning them from running their smartphones' personal and official internet traffic through untrustworthy foreign-hosted VPN services.…

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We ain't afraid of no 'ghost user': Infosec world tells GCHQ to GTFO over privacy-busting proposals

5/30/2019

Brit spies' idea would backdoor WhatsApp et al without breaking the crypto

Bruce Schneier, Richard Stallman and a host of western tech companies including Microsoft and WhatsApp are pushing back hard against GCHQ proposals that to add a "ghost user" to encrypted messaging services.…

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Chinese software nasty enslaves stadium-load of servers, puts them to work digging up digital dosh in crypto-mines

5/30/2019

Nanshou malware hijacked more than 50,000 MS-SQL boxes with rootkits

More than 50,000 servers around the world have been infected with malware that installs crypto-coin-mining scripts and advanced rootkits, it is claimed.…

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