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Don't panic, but your baby monitor can be hacked into a spycam

6/22/2018

Researchers confirm hardware vulnerable to remote attacks

Security researchers say they can back up a mother's claim that her baby monitor had been remotely hacked and used to spy on her family.…

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MOS-SAD: Israeli govt weighs in on Facebook privacy, promises action

6/21/2018

Spymaster whines about smartphone privacy

Israel Cyber Week Facebook – already kicked around the block by politicians in the US and Europe over privacy in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal – has come under fire from Israel.…

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Want to know what all that Fortnite hype is about? Whoa, Android fans – mind how you go

6/21/2018

Malware writers preying on the game-curious with fake apps

With online gaming hit Fornite set to make its debut on Android, malware writers are already playing on the game's hype to ensnare victims.…

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WannaCry is back! (Psych. It's just phisher folk doing what they do)

6/21/2018

Spamming scum fire out phishing frighteners

An unusually large wave of phishing emails was spewed out this morning, with recipients warned that all their devices had been infected by WannaCry.…

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Israel cyberczar drops hints about country's new security initiative

6/21/2018

PM pops in to brag about industry wins

Israel Cyber Week Israel is planning to develop a "state-level cyber-shield" to improve its resilience against hacking and malware, the country's newly appointed cyberczar said on Wednesday.…

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Please tighten your passwords and assume the brace position, says plane-tracking site

6/21/2018

Data breach at Flightradar24 scored some email addresses and hashed passwords

Aviation professionals enthusiasts have been told to change their passwords after flight-tracking site flightradar24 warned of a data breach.…

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Are your IoT gizmos, music boxes, smart home kit vulnerable to DNS rebinding attacks? Here's how to check

6/21/2018

Fancy website, code emitted – Roku, Google, etc stuff at risk

A technique for attacking computer networks, first disclosed more than a decade ago, has resurfaced as a way to manipulate Internet-of-Things gadgets, smart home equipment, and streaming entertainment gizmos.…

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IBM’s McAfee-as-a-service cloudy antivirus wobbled for nearly a day

6/21/2018

Big Blue’s restored its backups and says A-V-as-a-service is serviceable again

Updated IBM’s cloud experienced an “unplanned event” that caused its McAfee-as-a-service offering to operate with sub-par performance for nearly a day.…

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Script kiddie goes from 'Bitcoin Baron' to 'Lockup Lodger' after DDoSing 911 systems

6/20/2018

US bloke gets 20 months for knackering city govt IT

A 23-year-old Arizona man was thrown in the cooler this week after he admitted being the not-quite-infamous website-rattling "Bitcoin Baron".…

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Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things

6/20/2018

Fixing security issues in the face of standards gaps and vendor silence isn't easy

Updated Earlier this year, Jake Archibald, developer advocate for Google Chrome, found a bug affecting Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge – and had two very different experiences trying to get the problem fixed.…

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Tesla fingers former Gigafactory hand as alleged blueprint-leaking sabotage mastermind

6/20/2018

Musk blames bad Tripp, drags fella into lawsuit

Tesla has sued a bloke it claims was behind an effort to sabotage the electric car maker by leaking its confidential blueprints.…

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Private sector needs a little sumthin' sumthin' to get it sharing threat intel – US security chap

6/20/2018

Sharing's caring, intone government bods

Israel Cyber Week The UK's National Cyber Security Center, the information assurance division of GCHQ, may be getting a regulatory function or charging for its services before settling into the role of encouraging better cybersecurity.…

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Did you have locking down AI and blockchain as possible Intel SGX uses? If so, congrats...

6/20/2018

Bias-enabling algorithms and smart contract tech no one quite trusts now easier to secure

Israel Cyber Week At the Cyber Week security conference in Israel on Tuesday, chip giant Intel plans to discuss how it is addressing threats to the overexposed tech celebrities known as AI and blockchain.…

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Shared, not stirred: GCHQ chief says Europe needs British spies

6/20/2018

Director insists collaboration will continue after Brexit

The head of GCHQ has publicly called for security co-operation with Britain's EU allies to continue after Brexit.…

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Hot new application for blockchain: How does botnet control sound?

6/20/2018

It could happen, warns researcher

BSides Tel Aviv Blockchain technologies might be abused to create a takedown-resistant infrastructure for botnets.…

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OpenBSD disables Intel’s hyper-threading over CPU data leak fears

6/20/2018

Cites risk of different security domains on one core as others hint at another bug drop

OpenBSD has disabled Intel’s hyper-threading technology, citing security concerns – seemingly, Spectre-style concerns.…

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(Cryptographically) sign me up! Android to take bad app checks offline

6/20/2018

Can't get a network connection? No problem, Google OS will still be able to verify signatures

Google says Android will no longer require an internet connection to check whether applications are legit or potentially malicious.…

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PayPal reminds users: TLS 1.2 and HTTP/1.1 are no longer optional

6/20/2018

Insecure connections will break after June 30th. And it's acquired Hyperwallet, too

PayPal has reminded merchants that they must support TLS 1.2 and HTTP/1.1 by June 30.…

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Cryptography is the Bombe: Britain's Enigma-cracker on display in new home

6/19/2018

Replica war-winner now in Bletchley Park's historic Block H

The UK National Museum of Computing will open its new Bombe gallery this weekend at Bletchley Park in Milton Keynes after a successful crowdfunding campaign to put the WWII code-breaking machines on display.…

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Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?

6/19/2018

Healthcare regulations working against cybersecurity, claims expert

Israel Cyber Week Healthcare regulations oblige medical equipment vendors to focus on developing the next generation of technologies rather than addressing current cybersecurity issues, according to experts presenting at the eighth Israel Cyber Week.…

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Pass gets a fail: Simple Password Store suffers GnuPG spoofing bug

6/19/2018

Brinkmann files third signature spoof vulnerability in a month

Security researcher Marcus Brinkmann has turned up another vulnerability in the GnuPG cryptographic library, this time specific to the Simple Password Store.…

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It's time for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 to die (die, die)

6/19/2018

IETF floats formal deprecation suggestion, even for failback

As TLS 1.3 inches towards publication into the Internet Engineering Task Force's RFC series, it's a surprise to realise that there are still lingering instances of TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1.…

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Fraudster admits she was OPM dealer: Leaked US govt staff files used to bag cash, car loans

6/19/2018

Woman cops to using stolen records to open bank accounts

A woman has fessed up to using people's personal information, leaked online from the US government's Office of Personnel Management mega-hack, to take out loans and open bank accounts.…

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Yubico snatched my login token vulnerability to claim a $5k Google bug bounty, says bloke

6/19/2018

USB gizmo biz apologies amid infosec drama

Yubico has apologized to a security vulnerability researcher who had complained the dongle peddler lifted his work to nab a $5,000 Google bug bounty.…

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Not so private eye: Got an Axis network cam? You'll need to patch it, unless you like hackers

6/18/2018

According to magic people, VDOO people

Researchers have detailed a string of vulnerabilities that, when exploited in combination, would allow for hundreds of models of internet-linked surveillance cameras to be remotely hijacked.…

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Strip Capita of defence IT contract unless things improve – Brit MPs

6/18/2018

Committee calls for more public spending – but not with outsourcer

A Parliamentary committee has called for Capita to be stripped of its military recruiting IT contract unless its performance improves, as part of a wider call for UK defence spending to increase.…

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'90s hacker collective man turned infosec VIP: Internet security hasn't improved in 20 years

6/18/2018

L0pht luminary Chris Wysopal talks to The Reg

Interview It has been 20 years since Chris Wysopal (AKA Weld Pond) and his colleagues at the Boston-based L0pht* hacker collective famously testified before the US Senate that the internet was hopelessly insecure.…

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Pwned with '4 lines of code': Researchers warn SCADA systems are still hopelessly insecure

6/18/2018

How Stuxnet, Shamoon, et al ran riot

BSides London Industrial control systems could be exposed not just to remote hackers, but to local attacks and physical manipulation as well.…

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US-CERT warns of more North Korean malware

6/18/2018

'Typeframe' springs from the same den as 'Hidden Cobra'

The United States Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) has warned against another malware campaign it says originates from North Korea.…

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Silk road adviser caught, Kaspersky sues Dutch paper, and Vietnam's tech clampdown

6/16/2018

Also, Weight Watchers is light on security

Roundup This week included a big Patch Tuesday bundle, a fresh fine for Yahoo!, and yet another Intel bug that potentially exposes sensitive kernel information.…

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Boffins offer to make speculative execution great again with Spectre-Meltdown CPU fix

6/16/2018

Good thing too because Intel's planned chip changes may break Google's Retpoline

A group of computer science researchers has proposed a way to overcome the security risk posed by speculative execution, the data processing technique behind the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.…

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Sir, you've been using Kaspersky Lab antivirus. Please come with us, sir

6/15/2018

US govt bans agencies from using Russian outfit's wares

The US government issued an interim rule this morning prohibiting agencies from using products or services that have pretty much anything to do with Kaspersky Lab.…

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Former FBI boss Comey used private email for official business – DoJ

6/15/2018

'I did not have an unclassified FBI connection at home that worked'

Former FBI director James Comey was using Gmail for FBI business while overseeing the controversial probe into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as US Secretary of State.…

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Xen Project patches Intel’s Lazy FPU flaw, VMware doesn't need to

6/15/2018

Guest register states are readable, but the patch cavalry has arrived

UPDATE The Xen Project has revealed that its hypervisor is susceptible to the Lazy FPU flaw found in Intel’s x86 CPUs.…

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Quantum cryptography demo shows no need for ritzy new infrastructure

6/14/2018

Telefónica and Huawei shoot freakin' lasers down existing optical networks for QKD

Telefónica and Huawei have carried out a successful field trial of quantum cryptography on commercial optical networks.…

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Cops fined £80,000 for revealing childhood abuse victims' names

6/14/2018

Bulk email error blabs 56 identities and email addresses

Gloucestershire Police has been fined £80,000 for failing to blind-copy an email that contained the names and email addresses of victims of child abuse.…

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Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

6/14/2018

Cops unlikely to be the only grumblers

Apple isn't backing down from a move to lock down the iPhone’s data port to increase security for users, even though it means thwarting some of the password-cracking tools used by forensics experts.…

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Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover

6/14/2018

'It's like watching your loved one in a coma' sigh heartbroken NASA boffins

Video Time may be up for America's plucky Opportunity rover that has trundled across the surface of Mars for more than 14 years.…

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Intel chip flaw: Math unit may spill crypto secrets to apps – modern Linux, Windows, BSDs immune

6/13/2018

Malware on Cores, Xeons may lift computations, mitigations in place or coming

Updated A security flaw within Intel Core and Xeon processors can be potentially exploited to swipe sensitive data from the chips' math processing units.…

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US senators get digging to find out the truth about FCC DDoS attack

6/13/2018

And why serial self-promoter John McAfee is a security expert on Russian hacking

Senate Democrats are pressing government officials to explain their claims on election tampering and cyberattacks.…

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Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

6/13/2018

Motion passed to eject Russian software from bloc institutions

The Kaspersky bad news train just keeps rolling on with Strasbourg Eurocrats having adopted a motion today (A8-0189/2018, en français) that could ban its wares from European Union institutions.…

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Dixons Carphone 'fesses to mega-breach: Probes 'attempt to compromise' 5.9m payment cards

6/13/2018

Over a million records containing 'personal data' also affected

Retailer Dixons Carphone has gone public about a hack attack involving 5.9 million payment cards and 1.2 million personal data records.…

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Microsoft reveals which Windows bugs it might decide not to fix

6/13/2018

Draft document explains where Redmond thinks its responsibility ends

Microsoft’s published a draft “Security Servicing Commitments for Windows” in which it explains the bugs it will and won’t fix.…

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June 2018, and Windows Server can be pwned with a DNS request

6/12/2018

Cortana also a little too eager to carry out commands

Microsoft has released its monthly security update, addressing a total of 51 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities.…

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Hello, 'Apple' here, and this dodgy third-party code is A-OK with us

6/12/2018

Subtle attack thwarts macOS code-signing process

A recently discovered security vulnerability in how third party vendors are checking Apple's "code-signing" process potentially made it easier to trick macOS users into running malicious third-party code.…

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UK! watchdog! slaps! Yahoo! with! £250k! fine! for! 2014! data! breach!

6/12/2018

'Systemic failures' put Brit users' personal info at risk

Yahoo!'s UK limb has finally been handed a £250,000 fine for the 2014 cyber attack that exposed data of half a million Brit users.…

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OnePlus 6 smartphone flash override demoed

6/12/2018

Manufacturer promises update

The recently released ‪OnePlus 6‬ smartphone allows the booting of arbitrary images, security researchers at Edge Security have discovered.…

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AWS Best Practices webinar series: Building security into your environment

6/12/2018

Learn the tenets of the AWS Well-Architected Framework’s Security pillar

Promo The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Well-Architected Framework is designed to assist organizations in building secure, resilient, performant and efficient infrastructure able to optimally support their applications.…

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GnuPG patched to thwart 'fake filename'

6/12/2018

Missing input sanitisation fixed after hacker spat

If you're a developer relying on GnuPG, check upstream for an update that plugs an input sanitisation bug.…

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Youth crime falls as kids stay inside to play Grand Theft Auto instead of going out to steal cars

6/12/2018

Australian criminologists say kids know they're on CCTV so behave themselves

Crime rates in the Australian State of New South Wales have dropped markedly in recent years and researchers think technology might be a big reason why.…

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