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Apple boss demands Bloomberg Super Micro U-turn, Russian troll charged, NSA hands out cash, and more

10/20/2018

Plus, hackers find a safe haven in West Haven

Roundup After we encountered a libssh security blunder, a leaky Tea Party, and a dodgy Redmond sports marketer, another week is in the book.…

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Spotted: Miscreants use pilfered NSA hacking tools to pwn boxes in nuke, aerospace worlds

10/19/2018

High-value servers targeted by cyber-weapons dumped online by Shadow Brokers

Miscreants are using a trio of NSA hacking tools, leaked last year by the Shadow Brokers, to infect and spy on computer systems used in aerospace, nuclear energy, and other industries.…

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You like HTTPS. We like HTTPS. Except when a quirk of TLS can smash someone's web privacy

10/19/2018

Never-closed browsers and persistent session tickets make tracking a doddle

Analysis Transport Layer Security underpins much of the modern internet. It is the foundation of secure connections to HTTPS websites, for one thing. However, it can harbor a sting in its tail for those concerned about staying anonymous online.…

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Talk about a curveball: Microsoft director of sports marketing fired, charged with fraud over 'fake' invoices

10/18/2018

He tells investigators: 'I was hacked!'

Microsoft's former director of sports marketing has been indicted on five counts of wire fraud, based on allegations that he created fake invoices to defraud the software giant and sold its property as his own.…

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Equifax exec's inside trade shame: Software boss sentenced for mega-hack stock profit

10/18/2018

Thrown in the small house rather than the big house

An Equifax executive – who knew the biz had been hacked before it was made public and banked over $75,000 in stock trades using this inside knowledge – has avoided jail.…

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Decoding the Google Titan, Titan, and Titan M – that last one is the Pixel 3's security chip

10/18/2018

Chocolate Factory opens lid, just a little, on secure boot and crypto phone coprocessor

People in the Googleplex need to talk to each other more: the Chocolate Factory has launched a third product with “Titan” in its name, and it's only related to one of the other two bits of kit.…

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Tumblr turns stumblr, left humblr: Blogging biz blogs bloggers' private info to world+dog

10/17/2018

'No evidence' vulnerability was abused, though, we're told

Tumblr today reveal it has fixed a security bug in its website that quietly revealed private details of some of its bloggers.…

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Someone's in hot water: Tea party super PAC group 'spilled 500,000+ voters' info' all over web

10/17/2018

Leaky AWS S3 bucket fingered by infosec bods

Now, now, America. Don't go overboard. Again.…

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LuminosityLink spyware mastermind gets 30 months in the clink, forfeits $725k in Bitcoin

10/17/2018

Grubby Grubbs' grifting days are gone

A programmer who wrote and sold software that backdoored PCs so they could be remotely controlled has been jailed for 30 months – and forced to give up his stash of 114 Bitcoins.…

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Last year, D-Link flubbed a router bug-fix, so it's back with total pwnage

10/17/2018

Plain text password storage? Check. Directory traversal? Check. SOHOpeless? Check

Eight D-Link router variants are vulnerable to complete pwnage via a combination of security screwups, and only two are going to get patched.…

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Party like it's 1989... SVGA code bug haunts VMware's house, lets guests flee to host OS

10/17/2018

Malicious code in VMs can leap over ESXi, Workstation, Fusion hypervisor security

Get busy, VMware admins and users: the virtualisation virtuoso has patched a programming blunder in ESXi, Workstation Pro and Player, and Fusion and Fusion Pro products that can be exploited by malicious code to jump from guest OS to host machine.…

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Thought Patch Tuesday was a load? You gotta check out this Oracle mega-advisory, then

10/17/2018

And you'll definitely want to check out the libssh flaw

Oracle has released a wide-ranging security update to address more than 300 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its various enterprise products.…

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Insult to injury: Malware menace soaks water-logged utility ravaged by Hurricane Florence

10/16/2018

Storm-savaged waterworks having to rebuild from scratch

A water company in the US state of North Carolina already dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence will now have to juggle a complete database rebuild – thanks to a nasty ransomware infection.…

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Alphabet in the soup for keeping quiet about Google+ data leak bug

10/16/2018

Investors sue over failure to 'fess up in financial filings

Google's parent has been hit with a lawsuit for failing to disclose to investors a bug – secretly fixed in March – that could have exposed half a million users' data.…

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UK's National Cyber Security Centre gives itself big ol' pat on the back in annual review

10/16/2018

Nixing 139k phishing sites is pretty good going to be fair

Despite companies "hanging up" when GCHQ rings them to say they've been hacked (true story), "the UK has avoided a category 1 [infosec incident]", according to National Cyber Security Centre chief Ciaran Martin.…

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Web browsers sharpen knives for TLS 1.0, 1.1, tell protocols to dig their own graves for 2019

10/16/2018

IE, Edge, Safari, Firefox, Chrome, all planning to deprecate lousy old versions by 2020

Sysadmins and netizens, it's time to get serious about killing off old, buggy and insecure versions of Transport Layer Security (TLS) – the encryption used to secure connections to HTTPS websites like your bank, El Reg, and so on.…

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Dating app for Trump loners commits YUGE blunder: It leaks more than the West Wing

10/15/2018

Donald Daters application more insecure than the president

A much-hyped dating site for Donald Trump supporters in the US is being blasted for shoddy security that may have exposed all of its users to eavesdropping and account theft.…

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Hunt for Red Bugtober: US military's weapon systems riddled with security holes – auditors

10/15/2018

Death from a-bug. Dr Strange-bug. Top Bug. We could do this all day...

Computer security vulnerabilities are widespread in US military hardware, and the Pentagon is only beginning to understand how to fix them.…

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Penta-gone! Personal records of 30,000 US Dept of Defense workers swiped by miscreants

10/15/2018

Travel details for thousands of citizens slip into hands of slippery scumbags

Someone has reportedly siphoned personal information on 30,000 or more US Department of Defense workers.…

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Azure goes quiet, Huawei Canada ban urged, US Senators are after Google, and more

10/13/2018

Also, Flash fakers seek out crypto marks

Roundup This week we caught wind of another Facebook blunder, a dodgy Patch Tuesday bundle, and more China trouble.…

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It's the real Heart Bleed: Medtronic locks out vulnerable pacemaker programmer kit

10/13/2018

A pulse-racing tale of biotech bug fixing

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising health professionals to keep an eye on some of the equipment they use to monitor pacemakers and other heart implants.…

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Now this might be going out on a limb, but here's how a branch.io bug left '685 million' netizens open to website hacks

10/12/2018

Tinder subdomain flaw turns into massive everybody flaw

Bug-hunters have told how they uncovered a significant security flaw that affected the likes of Tinder, Yelp, Shopify, and Western Union – and potentially hundreds of millions of folks using these sites and apps.…

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Facebook mass hack last month was so totally overblown – only 30 million people affected

10/12/2018

Good news: 20m feared pwned are safe. Bad news: That's still 30m profiles snooped...

Facebook users can relax and get back to interacting with quality content and authentic individuals on the social network.…

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It is 2018 and the NHS is still counting the cost of WannaCry. Carry the 2, + aftermath... um... £92m

10/12/2018

Bigwigs report lots of progress in the cash-flinging department

The UK's Department of Health and Social Care released a progress update this week on the hesitant efforts to deal with shonky NHS IT.…

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WebSphere and loathing in New York: IBM yanks buggy application server security fix from admins

10/11/2018

Patched server, or working server. Pick one...

IBM has withdrawn a patch for a significant security vulnerability in its WebSphere Application Server after the code knackered some systems.…

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Bloke gets six months for fixing up Russia's US election trolls with bank accounts, fake identities

10/11/2018

Pinedo avoids serious time after spilling beans to Mueller on account sales

A California man who provided bank accounts to Russian online trolls seeking to monkey with America's 2016 elections will spend the next six months or so behind bars.…

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UK.gov teams up with Five Eyes chums to emit spotters' guide for miscreants' hack tools

10/11/2018

Crouching tiger, hidden APT

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre and its western intel pals have today put out a report spotlighting the most commonly wielded hacking utilities.…

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In the two years since Dyn went dark, what have we learned? Not much, it appears

10/11/2018

DNS infrastructures still vulnerable to attacks

The majority (72 per cent) of FTSE 100 firms are vulnerable to DNS attacks, nearly two years after the major Dyn outage.…

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Mozilla grants distrusted Symantec certs a stay of execution, claims many sites yet to make switch

10/11/2018

Delay 'in the overall best interest' of Firefox users

Mozilla has postponed its plans to distrust all legacy digital certificates from Symantec, spreading dismay in security circles.…

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The Obama-era cyber détente with China was nice, wasn't it? Yeah well it's obviously over now

10/11/2018

Middle Kingdom is a rising threat once again – research

Infosec pros might have already noticed some familiar IP address ranges in their system logs – China has returned to the cyber-attack arena.…

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Now, watch this... Network time protocol bugs sting Juniper operating system

10/11/2018

Oh, and there are 21 other vulns to patch

It's time for Juniper Networks' semi-regular bugfest, with 22 fixes announced today, two of which carry a “critical” rating and should be applied immediately.…

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If you haven't already patched your MikroTik router for vulns, then if you could go do that, that would be greeeeaat

10/11/2018

MikroTik. Stupid name. Stupid bugs. Get those fixes

If you haven't installed a batch of patches for bugs in your MikroTik routers – and two thirds of owners apparently haven't – then stiffen the sinews and summon up the blood: you really need to update your firmware.…

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Oh no, Xi didn't! Chinese spymaster cuffed in Belgium, yoinked to US on aerospace snoop rap

10/11/2018

Xu can play at this espionage game, Feds allege

US prosecutors have unsealed charges against a collared Chinese national, accusing him of stealing trade secrets from American aerospace companies.…

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PINs and needled: Experian site blabbed codes to unlock credit accounts for fraudsters

10/10/2018

Hack to thaw account freezes reported, fixed, hopefully never exploited

Experian's website exposed to world-plus-dog the PINs needed to unlock frozen accounts, allowing crooks to potentially apply for loans and credit cards as their victims.…

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Who needs custom malware? 'Govt-backed' Gallmaker spy crew uses off-the-shelf wares

10/10/2018

Likely state hackers make do with 'living off the land' and going after tardy Office patchers

A newly discovered spy gang is eschewing boutique attack tools to instead use publicly available exploits against unpatched systems.…

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China's clampdown on Tor pushes its hackers into foreign backyards

10/10/2018

Comparing Middle Kingdom's hacker forums to Russia's? Apples and pears

Underground hacker forums in China and Russia are as different as each country's regular shopping bazaars, according to research from Recorded Future.…

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Workplace services-flinger Sodexo pulls Engage website after division hit by malware smackdown

10/10/2018

UK information commish is investigating

Employee benefits firm Sodexo has suffered a data breach exposing personal info believed to include names, email addresses and home addresses after UK arm Sodexo Motivation Solutions’ internal IT systems were hit by malware.…

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Google and Microsoft boffins playing nicely together to stop replay attacks in their tracks

10/10/2018

Internet Engineering Task Force doc examines how to better protect authentication tokens

Google and Microsoft engineers have pooled their efforts to propose a protection against what are known as "replay attacks".…

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World's largest CCTV maker leaves at least 9 million cameras open to public viewing

10/10/2018

Xiongmai's cloud portal opens sneaky backdoor into servers

Yet another IoT device vendor has been found to be exposing their products to attackers with basic security lapses.…

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Rap for WhatsApp chat app chaps in phone-to-pwn security nap flap

10/9/2018

Memory corruption flaw present in Android, iOS builds. Aaand it's been fixed

WhatsApp has patched a vulnerability it its smartphone code that could have been exploited by miscreants to crash victims' chat app simply by placing a call.…

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It's October 2018, and Microsoft Exchange can be pwned by a plucky eight-year-old... bug

10/9/2018

Redmond goes retro in latest Patch Tuesday bundle

Microsoft has released the October edition of its monthly security update, addressing a total of 49 CVE-listed bugs.…

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Payment-card-skimming Magecart strikes again: Zero out of five for infecting e-retail sites

10/9/2018

Customer ratings plugin treated to a malicious rewrite to swipe entered banking info

The payment-card-skimming malware operation dubbed Magecart has turned up again, this time in Shopper Approved, a customer rating plugin for websites.…

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Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

10/9/2018

Bloomberg puts out related story while security experts cast doubt on research and quotes

The veracity of a bombshell yarn claiming Chinese agents managed to sneak spy chips into Super Micro servers used by Amazon, Apple and the US government is still being fiercely argued over five days after publication.…

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It's a cert: Hundreds of big sites still unprepared for starring role in that Chrome 70's show

10/9/2018

Bloody SSL...it's the final countdown

Hundreds of high-profile websites are still unprepared for the total disavowal of legacy Symantec-issued digital certificates that will kick in with the release of Chrome 70 next week.…

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Don't make us pay compensation for employee data breach, Morrisons begs UK court

10/9/2018

Appeal beaks ponder first-of-a-kind data protection case

Lawyers for supermarket chain Morrisons today urged the UK Court of Appeal to overturn an earlier judgment that made the company partly liable for a criminal data breach that saw 100,000 people’s payroll details published via Tor.…

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

10/8/2018

Project Zero would have been all over this – yet it remained under wraps

Google has surprised Google+ users – all two of them – by vowing to shutter the service over the next ten months in the wake of a potential data leak.…

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SIEM, UBA, UEBA... If you're suffering netsec acronym overload, then here's our handy guide

10/8/2018

Is there a difference and does it matter?

Comment In a little more than 20 years, what quaintly used to be called "network security" has gone from simple firewalling and VLANs to talk of analytics driven by self-learning machine intelligence and AI. How should we make sense of such a dramatic jump?…

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Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO

10/8/2018

Operator fined £120k by UK data watchdog

Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) has been fined £120,000 by the UK's data watchdog for the loss of an unencrypted USB memory stick reportedly containing airport security data.…

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Which? That smart home camera? The one with the vulns? Really?

10/8/2018

Security experts confounded by consumer org's assessment

Which? Magazine has been called out for recommending a line of smart home cameras with known vulnerabilities.…

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Intel's commitment to making its stuff secure is called into question

10/8/2018

Security is a process or at least an aspiration

Intel claims that "protecting our customers’ data and ensuring the security of our products is a top priority" for the semiconductor giant – however, security researcher Stefan Kanthak argues otherwise.…

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