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Disgruntled bug-hunter drops Steam zero-day to get back at Valve for refusing him a bounty

8/22/2019

EoP bug now free for the world to see after bounty was rejected

A security bod angry at Valve's handling of bug reports has released a zero-day vulnerability affecting the games giant's flagship Steam app.…

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The Joy of Six... critical security patches: Cisco small biz switches open to hijacking via web UI

8/22/2019

Plus UCS and other gear need updates

Cisco has emitted a fresh round of software updates to address security holes in its network switches and controllers.…

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Finally. Thanks so much, nerds. Google, Apple, Mozilla end government* internet spying for good

8/21/2019

* Terms and conditions apply. Offer not valid outside Kazakhstan. Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up payments

On Wednesday, Google, Apple, and Mozilla said their web browsers will block the Kazakhstan root Certificate Authority (CA) certificate – following reports that ISPs in the country have required customers to install a government-issued certificate that enables online spying.…

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Here's a top tip: Don't trust the new guy – block web domains less than a month old. They are bound to be dodgy

8/21/2019

Better to be aggressive and safe than sorry

IT admins could go a long way towards protecting their users from malware and other dodgy stuff on the internet if they ban access to any web domain less than a month old.…

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Microsoft: Reckon our code is crap? Prove it and $30k could be yours

8/21/2019

Doors on the Edge Insider Bounty Program flung open

Having finally pushed out the first Beta preview of its Chromium-based browser, Microsoft has launched a bounty programme aimed at getting researchers to kick the tyres on its latest and greatest.…

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Sorry script kiddies, hacktivism isn't cool anymore: No one cares about stuff that's easy-peasy to defend against

8/21/2019

So much for Beto O'Rourke's cow-related capers

The youthful doings of US presidential wannabe Beto O'Rourke are in sharp decline, according to threat intel biz Recorded Future, which reckons folk have fallen out of love with hacktivism.…

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Stuff like sophisticated government spyware is scary and all – but don't forget, a single .wmv file can pwn you via VLC

8/21/2019

Keep your media player, like other apps, up to date: 13 security flaws fixed

VideoLAN has issued an update to address a baker's dozen of CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in its widely used VLC player software.…

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30+ countries, 160,000 emails, $4.2m in cyber-heists… maybe it's time for the Silence hacker crew to change its name

8/21/2019

Russian bank-hacking ring continues its global expansion

The rapidly growing hacking crew dubbed Silence, has – in less than three years – gone from ransacking small regional banks in Eastern Europe to stealing millions from some of the largest international banks.…

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No REST for the wicked: Ruby gem hacked to siphon passwords, secrets from web devs

8/20/2019

Developer account cracked due to credential reuse, source tampered with and released to hundreds of programmers

An old version of a Ruby software package called rest-client that was modified and released about a week ago has been removed from the Ruby Gems repository – because it was found to be deliberately leaking victims' credentials to a remote server.…

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Huawei goes all Art of War on us: Switches on 'battle mode' and vows to 'dominate the world'

8/20/2019

You listening, Trump?

An internal memo to Huawei staff sent by boss Ren Zhengfei is long on military metaphors and warns that the company needs to go into "battle mode" to counter trade barriers put up by the United States.…

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Breaker, breaker. Apple's iOS 12.4 update breaks jailbreak break, un-breaks the break. 10-4

8/20/2019

File under: 'Breaking' news

iPhone hackers have discovered Apple's most recent iOS update, 12.4, released in July, accidentally reopened a code-execution vulnerability that was previously patched – a vulnerability that can be abused to jail-break iThings.…

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The Pwn Star State: Nearly two dozen Texas towns targeted by tiresome ransomware

8/20/2019

Officials suspect a coordinated extortion campaign

Twenty-three towns in Texas have been targeted with ransomware in what appears to be a coordinated attack.…

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Dear Planet Earth: Patch Webmin now – zero-day exploit emerges for potential hijack hole in server control panel

8/19/2019

Flawed code traced to home build system, vulnerability can be attacked in certain configs

Updated The maintainers of Webmin – an open-source application for system-administration tasks on Unix-flavored systems – have released Webmin version 1.930 and the related Usermin version 1.780 to patch a vulnerability that can be exploited to achieve remote code execution in certain configurations.…

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Teen TalkTalk hacker ordered to pay £400k after hijacking popular Instagram account

8/19/2019

Sanitised browser history sparked another investigation

One of the crew who hacked TalkTalk has been ordered to hand over £400,000 after seizing control of a high-profile Instagram account following a hack on Aussie telco Telstra.…

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KNOB turns up the heat on Bluetooth encryption, hotels leak guest info, city hands $1m to crook, and much, much more

8/19/2019

Spec design flaw stiffs security of gizmos

Roundup Let's run through all the bits and bytes of security news beyond what we've already covered. Also, don't forget our articles from this year's Black Hat, DEF CON, and BSides Las Vegas conferences in the American desert.…

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iFrame clickjacking countermeasures appear in Chrome source code. And it only took *checks calendar* three years

8/19/2019

After inaction, technical changes promise better fraud defense

Three years ago, Google software engineer Ali Juma proposed that Chrome should be modified to ignore recently moved iframe elements on web pages as a defense against clickjacking.…

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Subcontractor's track record under spotlight as London Mayoral e-counting costs spiral

8/19/2019

Bill approaching £9m compared to £4.1m in last procurement process

Concerns have been raised over a key supplier of an e-counting system for the London Mayoral elections in 2020.…

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Chrome add-on warns netizens when they use a leaked password. Sometimes, they even bother to change it

8/16/2019

Alerted to exposed credentials, users do something about it roughly a quarter of the time

Between February and March this year, after Google released a Chrome extension called Password Checkup to check whether people's username and password combinations had been stolen and leaked from website databases, computer scientists at the biz and Stanford University gathered anonymous telemetry from 670,000 people who installed the add-on.…

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NSA asks Congress to permanently reauthorize spying program that was so shambolic, the snoops had shut it down

8/16/2019

You never know, we might figure out how not to screw up in future

Analysis In the clearest possible sign that the US intelligence services live within their own political bubble, the director of national intelligence has asked Congress to reauthorize a spying program that the NSA itself decided to shut down after it repeatedly – and illegally – gathered the call records of millions of innocent Americans.…

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Top tip: Don't upload your confidential biz files to free malware-scanning websites – everything is public

8/16/2019

Sandbox services are bursting with sensitive info from unwitting companies

Companies are inadvertently leaving confidential files on the internet for anyone to download – after uploading the documents to malware-scanning websites that make everything public.…

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And you thought the cops were bad... Civil rights group warns of facial recog 'epidemic' across UK private sites

8/16/2019

Shopping centres, museums and conference centres all found to be using tech

Facial recognition is being extensively deployed on privately owned sites across the UK, according to an investigation by civil liberties group Big Brother Watch.…

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Police costs for Gatwick drone fiasco double to nearly £900k – and still no one's been charged

8/16/2019

Omnishambles just keeps on rolling and you're paying for it

Sussex Police's probe of the infamous London Gatwick airport drone fiasco of Christmas 2018 has doubled in cost to nearly £900,000 – and the bungling force still hasn't arrested the person or persons responsible.…

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Security? We've heard of it! But why be a party pooper when there's printing to be done

8/16/2019

The boss that went rogue and cocked a snook at the corporate policy he wrote

On Call With the gateway to the weekend upon us, it is time to crack open the On Call files once again to enjoy a tale from one of those brave engineers at the front line of the tech world.…

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Bomb-hoaxing DoSer who targeted police in revenge was caught after Twitter taunts

8/15/2019

Mostly the public adversely affected

A young man who DoSed two British police forces' websites has been sentenced to 16 months in a young offenders' institution.…

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How dodgy browser plugins, web scripts can silently rewrite that URL you were about to hit – and throw you into an internet wormhole

8/15/2019

Clickjacking code found on sites with 43 million daily visits total

Analysis Clickjacking, which came to the attention of security types more than a decade ago, continues to thrive, despite defenses deployed since then by browser makers.…

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World recoils in horror as smartphone maker accused of helping government snoops read encrypted texts, track device whereabouts

8/15/2019

Thinking US again? You'd be wrong

Comment In a report that has left lawmakers across the globe reeling, the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday claimed a smartphone maker helped government officials in Uganda access encrypted texts on a handset used by one of its own citizens, and track the device's whereabouts.…

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Intel: Listen up, you NUC-leheads! Mini PCs and compute sticks just got a major security fix

8/14/2019

Chipzilla patches firmware, drivers, SDKs

Hot on the heels of Patch Tuesday fixes from Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, and SAP, Intel has dropped its monthly security bundle to address a series of seven CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its firmware and software.…

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Chin up, CapitalOne: You may not have been the suspected hacker's only victim. Feds fear 30-plus organizations hit

8/14/2019

Prosecutors file papers to keep Paige Thompson behind bars while awaiting trial

The ex-Amazon software engineer accused of stealing the personal information of 106 million people from Capital One's cloud-hosted databases may have hacked dozens of other organizations.…

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Not very Suprema: Biometric access biz bares 27 million records and plaintext admin creds

8/14/2019

Biostar 2 goes supernova after Israeli duo's probings

Updated Two infosec researchers found 27 million personal data records, including a million people's fingerprints, exposed to the public along with plaintext admin credentials for the Suprema Biostar 2 system they were associated with.…

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HTTP/2, Brute! Then fall, server. Admin! Ops! The server is dead

8/14/2019

Beware the denials of service: Netflix warns of eight networking bugs

On Tuesday, Netflix, working in conjunction with Google and CERT/CC, published a security advisory covering a series of vulnerabilities that enable denial of service attacks against servers running HTTP/2 services.…

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This summer's hottest sequels: BlueKeep II, III, IV and V – the latest wormable RDP holes in Microsoft Windows

8/13/2019

Plus special guest stars Adobe and SAP in this month's security fixes

Patch Tuesday Microsoft, Adobe, and SAP may have just ruined more than a few summer vacation plans, thanks to a massive and critical Patch Tuesday bundle of security fixes this month.…

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We checked and yup, it's no longer 2001. And yet you can pwn a Windows box via Notepad.exe

8/13/2019

Google guru shows how WinXP-era text code grants total control

Patch Tuesday Software buried in Windows since the days of WinXP can be abused to take complete control of a PC with the help of good ol' Notepad and some crafty code.…

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An Army Watchkeeper drone tried to land. Then meatbags took over from the computers

8/13/2019

Operators cut throttle during go-around. Aircraft crashed

A British Army Watchkeeper drone that crashed near its home base of Aberporth in south Wales did so after its crew overrode its autopilot, causing the unmanned aircraft to hit a tree.…

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US insurers face SEC probe over web-access bungle that exposed 'up to 885 million' files

8/13/2019

But it claims just 32 people had 'non-public' info disclosed. Eh?

The American Securities and Exchange Commission is said to be investigating a US insurance company that allegedly left 885 million personal records accessible "without authentication to anyone with a web browser".…

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Header aches in Firefox, Tor, Brave and Chrome as HTTP opens new security holes

8/13/2019

Alternative Services spec bungled by browser makers

The HTTP Alternative Services header can be abused to conduct network reconnaissance and attacks, to bypass malware protection services, and to foil tracking defenses and privacy assumptions, according to a paper scheduled to be presented at the WOOT '19 security conference on Tuesday.…

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Web body mulls halving HTTPS cert lifetimes. That screaming in the distance is HTTPS cert sellers fearing orgs will bail for Let's Encrypt

8/13/2019

Expensive renewals once a year... or free certificates any time? Tough choice

CA/Browser Forum – an industry body of web browser makers, software developers, and security certificate issuers – is considering slashing the lifetime of HTTPS certs from 27 months to 13 months.…

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Tor pedos torpedoed again, this time Feds torpedo four Tor pedos – and keep how they unmasked dark-web scumbags under wraps

8/12/2019

Child abuse swap-shop admins to spend decades behind bars

The FBI is keeping quiet how exactly it brought down a Tor-hidden pedophile haven, having secured decades-long prison sentences for four of the website's administrators.…

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What do Windows 10 and Uber or Lyft have in common? One bad driver can really ruin your day. And 40 can totally ruin your month

8/12/2019

Powerful code signed by Microsoft littered with vulns

DEF CON Too many trusted Windows 10 peripheral drivers, signed off by Microsoft and running with powerful kernel-level privileges, are riddled with exploitable security vulnerabilities, according to infosec biz Eclypsium.…

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Printer pwnage, phone poppage, and apparently US Homeland Security needs security help

8/12/2019

Plus: The spambot that actually DOES record screens of pr0n users

Roundup Here is your friendly summary of recent news from the front lines of information security beyond everything else we've already reported.…

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US still 'not prepared' in event of a serious cyber attack and Congress can't help if it happens

8/12/2019

Politicians appeal to hackers to take up the fight

DEF CON Despite some progress, the US is still massively underprepared for a serious cyber attack and the current administration isn't helping matters, according to politicians visiting the DEF CON hacking conference.…

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US military swoops into DEF CON seeking a few good hackers for debut aviation pwning village

8/12/2019

Faulty F-15s, at-risk airbases and much more

DEF CON For the first time, Vegas's annual DEF CON hacking conference has an "aviation hacking village", and the US military is scouting around there for a few good hackers to find bugs that its own hackers have missed.…

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Plot twist: Google's not spying on King's Cross with facial recognition tech, but its landlord is

8/12/2019

More unregulated creepycams blight London

Updated Britons working for Google at its London HQ are being secretly spied on by creepy facial recognition cameras – but these ones aren't operated by the ad-tech company.…

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I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision

8/12/2019

Thousands of tons of metal and iPads don't mix, it would seem

The US Navy is ditching touchscreens and going back to physical throttles after an investigation into the USS John S McCain collision partly blamed poor design of control systems for the incident.…

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SELECT code_execution FROM * USING SQLite: Eggheads lift the lid on DB security hijinks

8/10/2019

You've heard of ROP? Now get a load of QOP

DEF CON At the DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, infosec gurus from Check Point are scheduled to describe a technique for exploiting SQLite, a database used in applications across every major desktop and mobile operating system, to gain arbitrary code execution.…

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Anatomy of an attack: How Coinbase was targeted with emails booby-trapped with Firefox zero-days

8/10/2019

Elaborate browser break-out betrayed by unusual behavior

Coinbase chief information security officer Philip Martin this week published an incident report covering the recent attack on the cryptocurrency exchange, revealing a phishing campaign of surprising sophistication.…

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So you can't find enough cyber-security experts to join the team. Time to dial a managed security service provider?

8/9/2019

The benefits of outsourcing your IT's infosec – and what to look for. Here's our gentle guide for you

Backgrounder Managed security services are – by revenue – the fastest expanding field of cyber security, according to IDC, which reckons they should grow at a compound annual growth rate of 14.2 per cent to 2022. Gartner says managed and subscription-based security services will account for half of all cyber-security spending by 2020.…

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Who will save us from deepfakes? Other AIs? Humans? What about vastly hyperintelligent pandimensional beings?

8/9/2019

Maybe Douglas Adams was right about mice

Black Hat Deepfakes, the AI-generated talking heads that can say whatever their creator wants them to, are getting harder to detect. But boffins have enlisted an unlikely ally in the quest for truth – mice.…

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Talk about unintended consequences: GDPR is an identity thief's dream ticket to Europeans' data

8/9/2019

Revenge plan morphs into data leak discovery

Black Hat When Europe introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) it was supposed to be a major step forward in data safety, but sloppy implementation and a little social engineering can make it heaven for identity thieves.…

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You can easily secure America's e-voting systems tomorrow. Use paper – Bruce Schneier

8/9/2019

As it emerges non-internet-connected election systems are actually connected to the internet

Black Hat While various high-tech solutions to secure electronic voting systems are being touted this week to election officials across the United States, according to infosec guru Bruce Schneier there is only one tried-and-tested approach that should be considered: pen and paper.…

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Pwn an iPhone to bank $1m and Check Point gripes about WhatsApp privacy again

8/9/2019

Apple expands bug bounties, and more from Vegas this week

Black Hat Here's a quick summary of some important infosec happenings from inside and outside the Black Hat USA conference in Las Vegas on Thursday.…

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