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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

6/20/2018

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

OpenBSD has disabled Intel’s hyper-threading technology, citing security 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 check 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 Shamoon and Stuxnet et al ran riot

BSides 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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VMware’s remote management agent allows remote execution

6/12/2018

AirWatch Cloud Messaging to lose remote file-wrangling functions

VMware’s warned that the agent used by its AirWatch mobile device management product has a vulnerability that could allow remote control of mobile devices running Android or Windows Mobile, so will deprecate the features that allowed the attack.…

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Scammers ahoy! International police operation harpoons 74 email whaling suspects

6/11/2018

Major win against business email compromise losses

Police have carried out a worldwide wave of arrests that have seen 74 people detained and over $16m in purloined funds seized by suspected whalers, or business email compromise (BEC) fraudsters.…

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Hackers target payment transfer system at Chile's biggest bank, 'take $10m'

6/11/2018

SWIFT-linked system was the target, claim infosec types

Banco de Chile has become the latest victim in a string of cyber attacks targeting the payment transfer systems of banks.…

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Security execs must prep for post-Brexit cyber challenges – report

6/11/2018

Time to start planning now, people!

Chief information security officers (CISOs) must prepare for the ending of intel and law enforcement agreements with the EU post-Brexit, a report from Forrester has warned.…

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What got breached this week? Ticket portals, DNA sites, and Atlanta's police cameras

6/9/2018

Also, Apple tightens up its certificate requirements

Roundup This week brought new charges for Marcus Hutchins, a novel way to sneak malware into archives, and shady hotspots for World Cup fans.…

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Deck the halls with HALs: AI steals the show at Infosec Europe

6/8/2018

A welcome break from GDPR and blockchain

Artificial intelligence and machine learning - rather than Europe's General Data Protection Regulation – emerged as a key theme of the Infosecurity Europe Conference.…

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Russia appears to be 'live testing' cyber attacks – Former UK spy boss Robert Hannigan

6/8/2018

Warns that nation state hacking threatens corporate networks

InfoSec Europe Former GCHQ chief Robert Hannigan has warned that the emergence of a commodity marketplace for hacking has changed and escalated the threat.…

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Drupal drisputes dreport of widespread wide-open websites – whoa

6/7/2018

I stand by my claims of 100,000-plus at-risk sites, says defiant security researcher

Drupal is playing down estimates that more than 100,000 websites are still vulnerable to months-old critical security flaws in its content management system.…

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Stop us if you've heard this one: Adobe Flash gets emergency patch for zero-day exploit

6/7/2018

The internet's screen door gets kicked open once again

Adobe has kicked out an out-of-band update for a security vulnerability in Flash – after learning the bug was being actively exploited in the wild by hackers to hijack PCs.…

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Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

6/7/2018

2021 maturity deadline gets GAO hot under the collar

Britain's first permanently based F-35B fighter jets have arrived at RAF Marham in Norfolk – as a US auditor warns that the aircraft won't be deemed "mature" until the year 2021.…

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WannaCry reverse-engineer Marcus Hutchins hit with fresh charges

6/7/2018

Accused of creating UPAS Kit and lying to FBI

WannaCry ransomware killswitch hero* Marcus Hutchins faces fresh charges in relation to separate malware the security researcher is alleged to have created.…

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Dark web souks are so last year: Cybercrooks are switching to Telegram

6/7/2018

From AlphaBay to 'Message me, hey!'

Underground cybercrime marketplaces are in decline because cybercrooks have begun switching to chat channels to trade illegal goods, according to a new report.…

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VPNFilter router malware is a lot worse than everyone thought

6/7/2018

More affected devices. More damage. And what looks like an escalation in attacks

Asus, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, UPVEL, and ZTE: these are the vendors newly named by Cisco's Talos Intelligence whose products are being exploited by the VPNFilter malware.…

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'Vigilance' hacker charged over Minnesota government attacks

6/7/2018

Feds finger 19-year-old for failed hacktivism effort

A 19-year-old who goes by the handle Vigilance online has been indicted in a Saint Paul, Minnesota district court for allegedly breaking into and interfering with servers operated by the state.…

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