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In the cooler for the next three years: Hacker of iCloud accounts used by athletes and rappers

7/20/2019

Phishing led to shopping spree with victims' credit cards

A man from the US state of Georgia who pleaded guilty in March to breaking into the Apple iCloud accounts of sports and entertainment figures was sentenced on Thursday to three years and one month in federal prison – and ordered to pay almost $700,000 in restitution.…

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When Harry met celly: NSA hoarder thrown in the clink for 9 years – after taking classified work home for decades

7/19/2019

Contractor Martin sentenced for squirreling away 50TB of hush-hush files, exploits

An ex-NSA contractor who admitted stashing some 50TB of secret US government documents and exploit code at his home was today sentenced to nine years behind bars.…

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All very MoD-ern: RAF test pilot headed into space with Virgin, £30m small sat demo project

7/19/2019

Defence ministry gets with the Apollo vibes

Roundup As the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon mission, the UK's Ministry of Defence has gone a bit wacky – not only does it have fresh space plans, but it also wants to strap laser zappers to stuff too.…

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Israel's NSO Group: Our malware? Slurp your cloud backups plus phone data? They've misunderstood

7/19/2019

After report claimed its sales pitches boasted of doing that

Israeli spyware firm NSO Group has denied it developed malware that can steal user data from cloud services run by Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft.…

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Your biz won't be hacked by a super-leet exploit. It'll be Bob in sales opening a dodgy email

7/19/2019

Or Sam connecting a vulnerable dev box to production. Here's your gentle guide to risks and threats menacing your IT

Backgrounder The good news for enterprise security is that the number of reported cyberattacks is going down, in the UK at least.…

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Excluding Huawei from UK's 5G will harm security, MPs warn

7/19/2019

A decision must be made as a 'matter of urgency', says Intelligence and Security Committee

Excluding Huawei from the UK's 5G network infrastructure would harm resilience and "lower security standards", the Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) warned today.…

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2015 database hack is the terrible gift that keeps giving for Slack: Tens of thousands of passwords now reset

7/19/2019

Yak app still cleaning up after four-year-old cyber-break-in

Slack says a 2015 database theft is to blame for a large-scale reset of stolen passwords.…

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It's never good when 'Magecart' and 'bulletproof' appear in the same sentence, but here we are

7/18/2019

Ukrainian civil war a bonanza for dodgy malware hosting firms

A growing crop of so-called bulletproof hosting companies are using the ongoing civil war in Ukraine to host Magecart malware without fear of the police coming knocking.…

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Bulgaria hack: 20-year-old infosec whizz cuffed after 'adult population's' finance deets nicked

7/18/2019

Bosses stick up for suspect, claim he's being framed for pinching 5m folks' data

A 20-year-old infosec bod has been arrested in Bulgaria after most of the country's population had their personal and financial details stolen.…

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Those facial recognition trials in the UK? They should be banned, warns Parliamentary committee

7/18/2019

Latest call to halt creepy tech likely to fall on deaf ears

Updated The UK government should slap a "moratorium on the current use of facial recognition technology, with "no further trials" until there is legal framework in place, a Parliamentary committee has warned today.…

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Microsoft demos end-to-end voting verification system ElectionGuard, code will be on GitHub

7/18/2019

'Defending democracy' initiative to resist nation-state attacks

Microsoft has demonstrated its ElectionGuard electronic vote system at the Aspen Security Forum under way in Colorado and warned that nearly 10,000 of its customers have been targeted by nation-state attacks.…

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'Member Ke3chang? They're still at it, you know. Euro diplomats targeted by 'China-based' hacker crew

7/18/2019

Click your mouse three times... there's no place like a back door to your machine - ESET

An old-school shadowy malware group believed to operate out of China has been targeting diplomats with what infosec researchers say is a previously undocumented backdoor.…

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Dutch cops collar fella accused of crafting and flogging Office macro nasties to cyber-crooks

7/18/2019

Accused bloke cuffed after plod swoop on home

A 20-year-old man from the Netherlands accused of building and selling Office macro malware was arrested Wednesday.…

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Fresh stalkerware crop pops up on Google's Android Play Store, swiftly yanked offline

7/18/2019

130,000 have already downloaded creepware

Seven new stalkerware apps have been spotted for sale on the Android Play Store, despite Google's policy against the invasive monitoring tools.…

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For pity's sake, groans Mimecast, teach your workforce not to open obviously dodgy emails

7/17/2019

JavaScript obfuscation finds its way into finance phishery

A JavaScript-based phishing campaign mainly targeting British finance and accounting workers has been uncovered by Mimecast.…

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Email scammers extract over $300m a month from American suits' pockets

7/17/2019

FinCEN has recovered more than $500m to date

While you're sweating to make an honest crust, email scammers are counting at least $301m in untaxed takings every month in the US alone, according to research by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.…

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It was totally Samsung's fault that crims stole your personal info from a Samsung site, says Samsung-blaming Sprint

7/17/2019

Just in case we've not made ourselves clear, Samsung screwed you over, adds Sprint

Sprint has told some of its subscribers that a piss-poor Samsung website exposed their personal details to the internet.…

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Let's open the Mystery Data Security Blunder box, and see what's inside today... Ah! Hotel reservations and more

7/16/2019

Public-facing insecure ElasticSearch silo found, reported, hidden from view

Updated Internal hotel biz documents and guest bookings were exposed to everyone on the public internet from an unsecured database managed by tech provider AavGo, it is claimed.…

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Maybe double-check that HMRC email? UK taxman remains a fave among the phisherfolk

7/16/2019

And Windows XP is alive and not well in the public sector

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has had another busy year trying to disrupt cybercrime.…

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Patch now before you get your NAS kicked: Iomega storage boxes leave millions of files open to the internet

7/16/2019

API blunder exposes data, fix incoming from Lenovo

Lenovo is emitting an emergency firmware patch for Iomega NAS devices after the network-attached storage boxes were discovered inadvertently offering millions of files to the internet via an insecure software interface.…

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Amadeus! Amadeus! Pwn me Amadeus! Airline check-in bug may have exposed all y'all boarding passes to spies

7/16/2019

Patched IDOR hole would have been child's play to exploit

Updated A now-patched vulnerability in the Amadeus flight reservation system – used by airlines around the planet – could, or may, have been exploited by miscreants to view strangers' boarding passes.…

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Symantec share price nose dives after rumored Broadcom biz gobble taken off the menu

7/15/2019

Looks like the ailing security shop priced itself out of an acquisition by chip giant

Symantec's share price has plunged on reports that its planned merger with Broadcom has fallen through.…

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Malicious code ousted from PureScript's npm installer – but who put it there in the first place?

7/15/2019

Account hijacking claimed by some but it may just be a developer behaving badly

Another JavaScript package in the npm registry - the installer for PureScript - has been tampered with, leading project maintainers to revise their software to purge the malicious code.…

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New old Windows bug emerges, your 'strong' password is anything but, plus plenty more

7/15/2019

What you need to know from infosec land lately

Roundup Here is a brief look at some of the other security stories floating around right now.…

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Brilliant Boston boffins blow big borehole in Bluetooth's ballyhooed barricades: MAC addy randomization broken

7/12/2019

Scrambling addresses can't always hide you from stalkers, say eggheads

A team of US academics have proposed a simple method to defeat the Bluetooth LE standard's anti-tracking measures.…

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Blah blah Blaha: Slovak infosec firm ESET sues politico who called them 'outrageous fascists'

7/12/2019

He also said they're working with the CIA

Infosec company ESET is reportedly suing a member of the Slovakian Parliament for insulting it over social media.…

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UK Home Secretary doubles down on cops' deeply flawed facial recognition trials

7/12/2019

1984 is not an instruction manual, and yet here we are

As if further indication was needed of Britain's slide into a surveillance state, Home Secretary Sajid Javid has backed highly flawed police trials of facial recognition cameras.…

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Train maker's coder goes loco, choo-choo-chooses to flee to China with top-secret code – allegedly

7/12/2019

Good luck ever finding this guy again after, dare we say, his life jumped the tracks

A software developer fled to China from America with vital train transportation system computer code, US prosecutors have alleged.…

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Oh, lovely, a bipartisan election hack alert law bill for Mitch McConnell to feed into the shredder

7/11/2019

Proposed legislation would force Homeland Security to sound alarm on voting system intrusions

Two US lawmakers are pushing a bipartisan bill that would force the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to alert the public of hacking attempts on election computer systems.…

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London cop illegally used police database to monitor investigation into himself

7/11/2019

And now he's a convicted criminal – but still in uniform

A serving Metropolitan police officer who illegally accessed a police database to monitor a criminal investigation into his own conduct has pleaded guilty to crimes under the UK's Computer Misuse Act.…

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Wondering how to whack Zoom's dodgy hidden web server on your Mac? No worries, Apple's done it for you

7/11/2019

iGiant acts to protect users

Apple has pushed a silent update to Macs, disabling the hidden web server installed by the popular Zoom web-conferencing software.…

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Scots NHS symptom checker pings Facebook, Google and other ad peddlers

7/11/2019

Privacy, what privacy? You can save our lives but you'll never take our data. Oh, damn, you already have

Exclusive NHS Inform, Scotland’s answer to the NHS 111 Online health symptom checker website, is calling user tracking elements from Google and Facebook.…

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Dodgy-govt fave FinSpy snoopware is back and badder than ever for Android and iOS kit

7/11/2019

Dictators, er, er, freedom-loving leaders' spyware choice gets upgrade, claims Kaspersky

A nasty new variant of the FinSpy snoopware tool that infects and slurps data from Android and iOS phones and tablets is being peddled, we're told.…

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Sea Turtle hackers head to the Mediterranean, snag Greece's TLD registrar as a souvenir

7/11/2019

Chance to hack Hellenic targets better than a bottle of Metaxa

Miscreants notorious for hijacking traffic to victims' servers by changing their DNS records have been accused of hacking a top domain-name registrar in Greece.…

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AMD's SEV tech that protects cloud VMs from rogue servers may as well stand for... Still Extremely Vulnerable

7/11/2019

Evil hypervisors can work out what apps are running, extract data from encrypted guests

Five boffins from four US universities have explored AMD's Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) technology – and found its defenses can be, in certain circumstances, bypassed with a bit of effort.…

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Remember Stuxnet? You'll endure its hated-by-critics sequel if you don't patch your holey Siemens industrial kit

7/10/2019

Power, infrastructure, factory gear can be hijacked without any password check at all

Industrial control software vulnerabilities, which would be perfect for next-gen Stuxnet-style worms to exploit, are as prevalent as ever, apparently.…

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UK watchdog fined firms £3m for data breaches last year – before its GDPR balls dropped

7/10/2019

They'll never be so low again. Ask Marriott and British Airways

The Information Commissioner's Office issued £3m worth of fines for data breaches in the year to April 2018 – a mere fraction of its recent proposed GDPR-enabled penalties on British Airways and Marriott.…

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Mozilla boots alleged snoop troupe from its root cert coop: UAE-based DarkMatter thrown onto CA blocklist

7/10/2019

Maker of Firefox fires fox from hen house guard duty

Mozilla on Tuesday added digital certificates belonging to security biz DarkMatter and its subsidiaries to Firefox's OneCRL blocklist, based on concerns that the UAE-based company will misuse its power as a certificate authority (CA) to intercept online communications.…

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It's 2019 and SQL Server can be pwned by an SQL query, DHCP failover server failed by a packet, Edge, IE by webpages...

7/10/2019

Meanwhile, Adobe gives Flash the month off. SAP emits fixes, though

Patch Tuesday Summer is now firmly upon us, and depending on where you are, the weather could be just about anything from stupidly hot to unbearably wet and cold right now given the state of the climate.…

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Huawei website ████ ██████ security flaws ██████ customer info and biz operations at risk: ███████ patched

7/9/2019

Is this the Chinese giant's Winnie the Pooh moment?

Huawei has gagged infosec researchers from discussing now-patched critical vulnerabilities in the Chinese giant's web systems that could have been exploited to steal customer information and derail the manufacturer's operations.…

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Marriott's got 99 million problems and the ICO's one: Starwood hack mega-fine looms over

7/9/2019

Technically not yet A Thing but there's a war of words over it

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office wants to fine Marriott Hotels £99m over its loss of 383 million customer booking records last year.…

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'This repository is private' – so what's it doing on the public internet, GE Aviation?

7/9/2019

DNS config snafu bares Jenkins instance contents to world+dog

GE Aviation managed to expose a pile of its private keys on a misconfigured Jenkins instance that was exposed to the public internet, according to a security researcher who found it through Shodan.…

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Boffins ready to go live with system that will track creatures great and small from space

7/9/2019

From elephants to fish, there's no GDPR in the animal kingdom

Boffins at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology are finally ready to switch on Icarus – a system that will track the migration of animals by using an antenna installed at the International Space Station (ISS).…

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Anyone for unintended ChatRoulette? Zoom installs hidden Mac web server to allow auto-join video conferencing

7/9/2019

'A legitimate solution to a poor user experience'

Updated Zoom Video Communications, whose web conferencing service is used by millions, is under fire for installing a hidden web server on Macs in order to bypass user consent when joining a meeting.…

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Two pentesters, one glitch: Firefox browser menaced by ancient file-snaffling bug, er, feature

7/9/2019

Forgive the sins of the fathers: Mozilla to have another go at tackling teenage flaw

Mozilla has been sitting on a new variant of an age-old flaw for almost a year, even with public disclosure happening back in January.…

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Meet the Great Duke of... DLL: Microsoft shines light on Astaroth, a devilishly sneaky strain of fileless malware

7/8/2019

DLL or no DLL?

Microsoft has lifted the lid on the inner-workings of a particularly nasty piece of fileless malware that aims to pilfer user data without needing to install software on the victim's machine.…

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Dear El Reg, Will Windows 10 break my VPN? I read it on the web so it must be true

7/8/2019

In summary: Nice try, Redmond, but you'll have to try harder to upset folks

Microsoft's latest official Windows 10 update, OS Build 18362.207, from June 27, 2019, can potentially break your VPN. But it probably won't because it's an edge case that can be expected to affect very few people.…

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Medway Council reforms eforms to stop blurting out residents' details

7/8/2019

Digital project had gaping holes. On the bright side, here's Craig David all over your *boink*

Medway council in Kent has corked a hole in its website that spat out residents' names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses – after a Reg reader got in touch to complain.…

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UK privacy watchdog threatens British Airways with 747-sized fine for massive personal data blurt

7/8/2019

Half a million records lost? £183m GDPR fine lined up

The UK Information Commissioner's Office has warned British Airways it faces a whopping £183.39m fine following the theft of customer records from its website and mobile app servers.…

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Fibaro flummoxed, Georgia courts held for ransom, and more

7/6/2019

Plus, Florida Man out of a job for paying off hackers

Roundup Between the plentiful beverages and copious amounts of meat, pretty much everyone in the US is hung over from Independence Day in one form or another, so let's jump right into the security news.…

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