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'We're not omnipotent,' trills National Cyber Security Centre in open-armed pitch to UK biz

4/24/2019

If we all chip in, we can help secure old Blighty

Cyber UK 2019 "We're talking about how to design telecoms systems properly for the long term," National Cyber Security Centre CEO Ciaran Martin told press at UK.gov's infosec event in Glasgow today. "That is a bigger and sometimes different issue from the Chinese."…

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Brit spy chief: We need trust or we won't have a 'licence to operate in cyberspace'

4/24/2019

GCHQ U-turns, wants Joe Public onside as well as industry

Cyber UK 2019 GCHQ's director-general has called for more public trust in the controversial British spy agency.…

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Like that other bloke who rose from the grave, the El Reg security desk is back this week...

4/23/2019

...and here's a quick summary of what's been going down in infosec land

Roundup Welcome back, Brits, from your Easter break – assuming you weren't working or on-call over the four-day weekend.…

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Wannacry-slayer Marcus Hutchins pleads guilty to two counts of banking malware creation

4/19/2019

'I regret these actions and accept full responsibility for my mistakes'

Marcus Hutchins, the British security researcher who shot to fame after successfully halting the Wannacry ransomware epidemic, has pleaded guilty to crafting online bank-account-raiding malware.…

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Defense against the Darknet, or how to accessorize to defeat video surveillance

4/19/2019

Boffins from Belgium break people recognition software with a colorful placard

A trio of Belgium-based boffins have created a ward that renders wearers unrecognizable to software trained to detect people.…

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Not one of the 12 steps: Rehab patients' details exposed in publicly visible database

4/19/2019

Researcher disturbed at availability of very personal data

More than two years of billing records from a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center were made freely available on the internet, a security researcher has discovered.…

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Old-school cruel: Dodgy PDF email attachments enjoying a renaissance

4/19/2019

Let's go back... way back

The last few months have seen a big increase in malware attacks using PDF email attachments, according to security firm SonicWall.…

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We've read the Mueller report. Here's what you need to know: ██ ██ ███ ███████ █████ ███ ██ █████ ████████ █████

4/19/2019

Trump predicted he was 'fucked' – but he hadn't reckoned on ██████████

Analysis It's 448 pages of which roughly 50 have been blacked out.…

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Who's using Mueller Report Day to bury bad news? If you guessed Facebook, you're right: Millions more passwords stored in plaintext

4/18/2019

Wham, bam, gee thanks, Instagram

While journalists and netizens are distracted digesting the redacted 400-plus-page Mueller report, released within the past few hours, today will be a good day for spin doctors to bury bad news.…

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Facebook: Yeah, we hoovered up 1.5 million email address books without permission. But it was an accident!

4/18/2019

So that's all OK then

Facebook has admitted to harvesting email contacts from 1.5 million people without permission.…

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Google hits brand slam stamping AMP with more crypto glam

4/18/2019

All your URLs are belong to us

On Tuesday Google renovated its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) web publishing format, making it more secure with less Chocolate Factory branding – a change certain to be welcomed by publishers committed to AMP.…

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Insane in the domain: Sea Turtle hackers pwn DNS orgs to dash web surfers on the rocks of phishing pages

4/18/2019

Website settings altered to point visitors to malicious clones

Internet domain registrars and at least one registry were hijacked to change certain websites' DNS settings so that visitors to said sites were in fact directed to password-stealing phishing pages, researchers detailed on Wednesday.…

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Enough about me, why do you hate Kaspersky so much? Revealed: Insp Clouseau-esque bid to smear critics as shills

4/17/2019

Please speak clearly for the tape... I mean, my ears

Interview A gauche "spy" has made clumsy efforts to get critics of Russian antivirus biz Kaspersky Lab to incriminate themselves as shills for rival security companies.…

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Cyber-sec biz Fortinet coughs up $545,000 after 'flogging' rebadged Chinese kit to Uncle Sam – but why so low? We may be able to explain

4/17/2019

Rogue employee takes blame, seems he ain't no Fortinet son

Fortinet this week agreed to pay the US government $545,000 to settle claims it allowed employees to peddle Chinese-made gear that would eventually end up being illegally supplied to federal agencies.…

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Oracle splats 300 vulns in MySQL, Database, Fusion, etc, pours fresh brew of Java SE terms

4/16/2019

Multiple pre-auth remote code exec holes need pasting over, enterprise IT giant warns

Oracle today issued its quarterly security updates, patching a total of 296 vulnerabilities across its massive line of enterprise software.…

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The curious case of Spamhaus, a port scanning scandal, and an apparent U-turn

4/16/2019

Blocklist biz appears to swing ban-hammer at legit vuln scanners, denies doing so

Analysis In recent months, several security researchers have said Spamhaus has been automatically blocking people for carrying out legitimate network port scanning and failed to provide a prompt means of redress.…

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Kaspersky updates its cybercrook look book: Smashing Office is hot, browser vulns are not

4/16/2019

Over two-thirds of attacks Russian biz spied targeted venerable Microsoft suite

Russian security biz Kaspersky Lab has said more than 70 per cent of malware attacks it detected last year were made against everyone's favourite Microsoft suite – Office.…

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Hackers bragged that pretty vanilla breach included FBI watchlist? Well, colour us shocked

4/16/2019

It didn't, by the way – it's a bunch of ad industry folk

A hacker collective calling itself Pokemongo that published what it claimed to be personal data of US FBI agents has followed up by breaching the American Advertising Federation.…

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Indian outsourcing giant Wipro confirms flushing phishers from systems

4/16/2019

Reported to be stepping stone for attacks on customers

Indian IT outsourcing behemoth Wipro admitted this morning to falling victim to a "sophisticated" phishing attack.…

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What's long, hard, and full of seamen? The US Navy's latest cybersecurity war gaming classes

4/16/2019

Call goes out to teach sailors all about phishing (and malware, and network security)

The US Navy is looking to hire someone to teach the basics of cybersecurity to its sailors.…

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Just a little FYI: Filtering doodad in Adblock Plus opens door to third-party malware injection

4/15/2019

Third-party providers of content filter rules could stiff netizens

A feature introduced last year in Adblock Plus and a few other related content blocking browser extensions allows providers of filtering lists, under certain conditions, to execute arbitrary code on web pages.…

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Brit Watchkeeper drone fell in the sea because blocked sensor made algorithms flip out

4/15/2019

Report scolds maker Thales for poorly understood software

A British Army Watchkeeper drone stalled itself and crashed into the sea on a bad weather flight test, military investigators have said – though most of the wreckage was never found.…

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IE under fire, Triton goes under the microscope, and Norsk Hydro reeling from ransomware attack

4/13/2019

Plus, Minnesota and North Carolina cities hit by hackers

As April hits its stride, we saw a week of Wi-Fi bugs, Assange's public eviction and King's College warnings.…

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US-Cert alert! Thanks to a massive bug, VPN now stands for 'Vigorously Pwned Nodes'

4/12/2019

Multiple providers leaving storage cookies up for grabs

The US-Cert is raising alarms following the disclosure of a serious vulnerability in multiple VPN services.…

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Bucharest's Bayrob boys blasted based on bogus buys, Bitcoin banditry, bound to be behind bars

4/12/2019

Romanian duo catch 21 felony convictions for selling details of hacked machines on darknet

Two Romanian nationals face the prospect of years in a US prison after being convicted for their roles in a malware-based financial fraud ring.…

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US: We'll pull security co-operation if you lot buy from Huawei

4/12/2019

America tries to keep the pressure on Chinese biz

A US official has repeated his country's threats against its allies over Huawei – stating that the US's goal is a process that leads "inevitably to the banning" of the Chinese company's products.…

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Bug-hunters punch huge holes in WPA3 standard for Wi-Fi security

4/12/2019

Passwords, personal information can be sussed out by attackers during handshakes

Researchers have detailed a set of side-channel and downgrade attacks that potentially allow an attacker to compromise Wi-Fi networks equipped with WPA3 protections.…

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Client-attorney privilege? Not when you're accused of leaking Vault 7 CIA code

4/11/2019

Lawyer for Joshua Schulte unhappy about agency review

The lawyer for former CIA employee Joshua Schulte is unhappy the spy agency is allowed to review communications with her client before she receives it and has accused the agency of trying to intimidate her.…

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Juniper slips out update after hardcoded credentials left in switches

4/11/2019

Telemetry Interface blamed for exposed gRPC passwords

Juniper Networks has issued an update after finding hardcoded credentials had been left in some of its datacenter switches.…

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As Alexa's secret human army is revealed, we ask: Who else has been listening in on you?

4/11/2019

The Lives of Others: Siri, Google and Cortana edition

Sneezes and homophones – words that sound like other words – are tripping smart speakers into allowing strangers to hear recordings of your private conversations.…

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Uncle Sam charges Julian Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion

4/11/2019

As Brit judge finds him guilty of breaching his bail conditions

One-time Aussie cupboard-dweller Julian Assange has been charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion by the US government.…

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Patch blues-day: Microsoft yanks code after some PCs are rendered super secure (and unbootable) following update

4/11/2019

Sophos, Avast users left wailing as update borks older OSes

A bunch of PCs running the wares of Sophos or Avast have been freezing or failing to start following the installation of patches emitted by Microsoft on 9 April.…

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As you wrap up this month's patch installs, don't forget these Intel fixes

4/11/2019

Chipzilla kicks out firmware patches plus a side channel Spoiler alert

Intel has posted another round of firmware updates with fixes for four CVE-listed vulnerabilities.…

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Lazarus Group rises again from the digital grave with Hoplight malware for all

4/11/2019

Norks trigger Uncle Sam's alarm with attack variant

The Lazarus Group hacking operation, thought to be controlled by the North Korean government, has a new malware toy to pitch at potential targets and the US is getting worried about it.…

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Taj Mahal and SneakyPastes: Kaspersky reveals pair of attacks menacing Asia, Middle East

4/10/2019

Fresh round of targeted operations unearthed

Kaspersky Lab has revealed a pair of attacks targeting governments and political groups in Asia and the Middle East.…

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King's College London internal memo cops to account 'compromise' as uni resets passwords

4/10/2019

At least it's not a two-week long outage this time

Exclusive King's College London has suffered an IT worry but this time not of its own making – yesterday it warned staff and students that some accounts have been "compromised" due to an apparent brute-force attack on password systems.…

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Shock revelation as massive American presidential election hack confirmed

4/10/2019

The student election at Berkeley High School. What did you think we were talking about?

A student government election in California has taken a bizarre turn after one of the candidates admitted to hacking fellow students in an effort to fix results.…

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It's raining patches, Hallelujah! Microsoft and Adobe put out their latest major fixes

4/9/2019

Hefty patch Tuesday checks in at just under 100 CVEs

Updated A pair of actively-targeted Windows flaws highlight this month's edition of Redmond's Patch Tuesday, the monthly moment when admins sigh and determine what to fix..…

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Yahoo! tries! again! with! 3 billion! email! account! theft! payout!

4/9/2019

$7,500 compensation up for grabs if you're the right victim

The remnants of internet giant Yahoo! are once again in court with hopes of settling the case over their massive 2013 hack that saw every single one of its three billion email accounts pwned.…

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Brit hacker jailed for strapping ransomware to smut site ad networks

4/9/2019

6 years in the cooler for cybercrim who made £700k+ from Angler Exploit Kit

A student hacker who used pornography websites' ad networks to deploy the Angler Exploit Kit onto his marks' devices has been jailed for six years.…

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Sharpen your security skills at SANS Dublin 2019

4/9/2019

Train to outwit the cybercriminals

Promo No organisation can afford to sit back and relax, trusting its IT systems to be impenetrable. However thorough you are, your cyber security measures may be insufficient to protect you from the growing numbers of cybercriminals who know how to get past most monitoring tools.…

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FBI catches heat, HS kids catch a hacking rap, and Albany catches a ransomware infection

4/6/2019

Plus, JavaScript card sniffer's go under the microscope

Roundup This week had an Apple engineer fighting the government, an Apache update release, and a security scare at Mar-a-Lago.…

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Scare-bnb: Family finds creeper cams hidden in their weekend rental by scanning Wi-Fi

4/5/2019

When Irish eyes are prying

A family staying at an Airbnb rental in Ireland made an unsettling discovery when they found their unit had a hidden camera livestreaming their stay.…

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Prepare to foil cybercriminals at SANS Krakow 2019

4/5/2019

Hackers are raising their game. You need to do the same

Promo Organisations can no longer afford to sit back and hope their security measures will protect them from determined and inventive adversaries who know how to get around most of today’s security and monitoring tools.…

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Blundering London council emails unredacted version of notorious Gangs Matrix to 44 people. Data ends up on Snapchat

4/5/2019

Cops £145k fine for blabbing deets on 200 people

Newham Council has been fined £145,000 after an employee sent out a mass email containing an unredacted version of the police database that ranks people's likelihood of gang-related violence.…

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No dice, comrade! Senate floats Russia-busting election law

4/5/2019

Proposed bill would bring immediate sanctions for tampering with democracy

The US Senate is mulling a bill that would call for sanctions on any country caught trying to hack or influence American elections.…

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Chinese hackers poke the Bayer, but German giant says it withstood attack

4/4/2019

Pharmaceutical brand says no data lost in Winnti outbreak

German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer says it has been hit by malware, possibly from China, but that none of its intellectual property has been accessed.…

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Capita bags £13.2m Police Scotland deal for crime-snooping tech

4/4/2019

Picking up slack from doomed Accenture IT contract i6

Outsourcing badass Capita has gulped down a tasty £13.2m morsel dished out by the Scottish Police Authority: namely, the deal for Police Scotland's Core Operational Solution (COS).…

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Ethiopia sits on 737 Max report but says pilots followed Boeing drills

4/4/2019

Promised prelim investigation should be out this week

Ethiopia's transport minister has said the national carrier's pilots were following published Boeing procedures immediately before the fatal crash of a 737 Max 8 in March, citing an unpublished government report.…

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You don't need a PhD to phish a Brit university: Nonprofit claims 100% hit rate is easy peasy

4/4/2019

And if it ain't that, it's hacked-off students firing out DDoSes

British university admin folk are alarmingly easy to phish, according to an academic support body which claims a 100 per cent success rate "within two hours".…

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