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Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

12/10/2018

Yeah, how about you work for us...

Digital minister Margot James reckons Brits need to "get over" their concerns about privacy and cyber security and let the government assign them with ID cards.…

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Bethesda blunders, IRS sounds the alarm, China ransomware, and more

12/8/2018

Plus, US Congress wants more cybersec training, better breach laws

Roundup This week, we saw Linux get pwned, a teen hacker go down, and Julian Assange vowing to stay right where he is.…

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In case you're not already sick of Spectre... Boffins demo Speculator tool for sniffing out data-leaking CPU holes

12/7/2018

First proof-of-concept, SplitSpectre, requires fewer instructions in victim

Analysis You've patched your Intel, AMD, Power, and Arm gear to crush those pesky data-leaking speculative execution processor bugs, right? Good, because IBM eggheads in Switzerland have teamed up with Northeastern University boffins in the US to cook up Spectre exploit code they've dubbed SplitSpectre.…

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Identity stolen because of the Marriott breach? Come and claim your new passport

12/7/2018

It's the least they could do. Really. The bare minimum

Hotel-chain turned data faucet Marriott says it will help some customers cover the cost of replacing stolen documents.…

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'Say hello to my little vacuum cleaner!' US drug squad puts spycams in cleaner's kit

12/7/2018

DEA gets down and dirty with new surveillance kit

Next time you're closing a big drug deal you may want to watch the cleaner. Or more specifically their vacuum cleaner.…

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Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism

12/7/2018

Web admin blames public Whois and lack of 2FA

The Linux.org domain was hijacked on Friday morning, with the hacker plastering the message "G3T 0WNED L1NUX N3RDZ" complete with expletives and a very NSFW image (a hairy asshole).…

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Brit bomb hoax teen who fantasised about being a notorious hacker cops 3 years in jail

12/7/2018

So much for the Apophis Squad's Twitter boasts

A teenage bomb hoaxer from Watford who taunted the UK's National Crime Agency on Twitter while pretending to be a hacker crew called Apophis Squad has been jailed for three years.…

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UK Supreme Court considers whether spy court should be immune to legal probes

12/7/2018

Privacy International lays out its case to El Reg

The UK's highest court has this week heard arguments in Privacy International's long-running attempt to challenge decisions made by Britain's shadowy spying oversight court, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT).…

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Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

12/7/2018

Ring in the new year with some of those backdoors, developers

Congratulations, Australia: somehow after chaotic scenes in parliament, the government last night managed to secure after-the-bell passage of its encryption-busting eavesdropping legislation.…

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UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

12/6/2018

Admit they are upping their use of mass snooping

UK spies are planning to increase their use of bulk equipment interference, as the range of encrypted hardware and software applications they can't tap into increases.…

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Windows 10 security question: How do miscreants use these for post-hack persistence?

12/6/2018

Infosec duo worked out how to remotely set their own answers

Black Hat Crafty infosec researchers have figured out how to remotely set answers to Windows 10’s password reset questions “without even executing code on the targeted machine”.…

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More data joy: Email scammers are buying marks' info from legit biz intelligence firms

12/6/2018

London Blue gang probably has your firm's org chart

Black Hat A Nigerian email scammer gang has evolved to the point where it has corporate-style specialist departments and uses commercial business intelligence data brokers to help plan its attacks.…

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Brits' DNA data sent to military base after 'foreign' hack attacks – report

12/6/2018

100,000 Genomes Project is secure, insists chair

An ambitious project to map the DNA of a million Brits has experienced such sustained hack attacks that officials have had to shift the data to a Ministry of Defence (MoD) facility in Wiltshire.…

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Pencil manufacturers rejoice: Oz government doesn't like e-voting

12/6/2018

Paper's safer, says parliamentary committee

An Australian parliamentary committee has nixed the idea of internet voting for federal elections Down Under, for now.…

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It's December 2018, and a rogue application can still tell your Apple Mac: I'm your El Capitan now

12/6/2018

iOS, macOS, tvOS, Safari, and anyone for some reason using iTunes on Windows – get patching

Apple has released a fresh set of security updates for its Mac and iOS software.…

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Talk about a GAN-do attitude... AI software bots can see through your text CAPTCHAs

12/5/2018

Code to defeat letter-based I'm-a-human tests revealed, major sites left wide open

If you're one of those people who hates picking out cars, street signs and other objects in CAPTCHA image grids, then get used to it because the days of text-based alternatives are numbered.…

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Adobe Flash zero-day exploit... leveraging ActiveX… embedded in Office Doc... BINGO!

12/5/2018

It's like a greatest hits album of terrible security policies

Stop us if you've heard this one before: An Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerability is being actively targeted in the wild to hijack victims' Windows PCs.…

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Estonian ex-foreign sec urges governments: Get cosy with the private sector on cybersecurity

12/5/2018

Marina Kaljurand thinks the days of going it alone are over

Black Hat Governments need to "turn from public private partnership slogans to real partnerships" on cybersecurity, former Estonian foreign minister Marina Kaljurand told the Black Hat infosec conference in London this morning.…

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Now you, too, can snoop on mobe users from 3G to 5G with a Raspberry Pi and €1,100 of gizmos

12/5/2018

Crypto-boffins' paper shows AKA protocol still broken

A protocol meant to protect smartphone users' privacy is vulnerable to fake base station attacks all the way from 3G to 5G, according to a group of international researchers. All the baddies need is a little over €1,100 worth of kit and a laptop.…

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GOPwned: Republicans fall victim to email hack

12/4/2018

NRCC says it was hit in run-up to 2018 mid-term elections

The National Republican Congressional Committee, the Republican Party's campaigning arm in the US, has confirmed it fell victim to hackers, who broke into its email system.…

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He's not cracked RSA-1024 encryption, he's a very naughty Belarusian ransomware middleman

12/4/2018

Dr Shifro pays ransom, gets discount and adds its own margin, says Check Point

A ransomware decryption service has turned out to be – quelle surprise – a Belarusian middleman who simply pays the ransom and adds his own profit margin to the hapless victim's bill.…

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Yet another mega-leak: 100 million Quora accounts compromised by system invaders

12/4/2018

Passwords should be safe, but reset just in case

Someone's taken a wander through the systems of question-and-answer website Quora, pilfering account details of 100 million users.…

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Customers baffled as Citrix forces password changes for document-slinging Sharefile outfit

12/4/2018

No reason to panic, apparently: Redoing login details to become a regular thing

Citrix says there is no reason to panic after it asked customers to reset their passwords on its Sharefile service.…

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Container code cluster-fact: There's a hole in Kubernetes that lets miscreants cause havoc

12/3/2018

Critical bug brings bevy of patches

The keepers of Kubernetes, the rather popular software container orchestration system, have pushed out three new releases that patch a critical flaw.…

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Czech yourself, Russia! Prague says its foreign ministry was hacked for more than a year

12/3/2018

Report claims that from 2016-2017 the FSB was reading agency's emails

The Czech Republic says that Russian government hackers were intercepting and snooping on communications for one of its agencies for more than a year.…

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Wanna save yourself against NotPetya? Try this one little Windows tweak

12/3/2018

NCC Group discovers network-saving quirk during worm tests

An infosec firm has unleashed a NotPetya-style worm onto a customer’s network – and discovered that a simple Windows Active Directory tweak has a surprising effect on self-spreading malware.…

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AWS has a security hub, OpenSSL has a new license, London has a problem with cryptocoins, and more

12/1/2018

Plus, South Carolina convicts go catfishing

Roundup November ended with a week of medical mishaps, near disaster at Dell, and the introduction of Pesky Pepper.…

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Warning: Malware, rogue users can spy on some apps' HTTPS crypto – by whipping them with a CAT o' nine TLS

12/1/2018

Malicious code can spy on OpenSSL, Apple CoreTLS, etc

Crypto boffins have found a way to exploit side-channel information to downgrade most of the current TLS implementations, thanks to ongoing support for outmoded RSA key exchanges.…

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Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

12/1/2018

Yeah, we don’t know WTF is going on either

Did your work printer produce a strange call to action this week, urging you to follow a tasteless twerp on YouTube, and then offer you a "bro fist" made up of punctuation marks?…

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It's 'nyet' again, yet again, for Kaspersky: Appeal against US govt ban snubbed by Washington DC court

11/30/2018

Appeals judges shoot down Russian vendor's plea

Kaspersky Lab won't be getting its day in court after all, as the Washington DC Court of Appeals rejected its case against Uncle Sam.…

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It's nearly 2019, and your network can get pwned through an oscilloscope

11/30/2018

Researchers find head-slapping backdoors in lab equipment

Administrators overseeing lab environments would be well advised to double-check their network setups following the disclosure of serious flaws in a line of oscilloscopes.…

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Magecart fiends punch card-skimming code in Sotheby's Home website

11/30/2018

If you shopped with 'em since March 2017, consider your deets in the haul

Toff tat bazaar Sotheby's Home website has become the latest casualty of Magecart after a breach saw card-skimming code deployed by infosec rotters.…

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Little FYI: Wi-Fi calling services on AT&T, T-Mobile US, Verizon are insecure, say boffins

11/30/2018

Subscribers using wireless calls wide open to attack

Boffins from Michigan State University in the US and National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan have found that the Wi-Fi calling services offered by AT&T, T-Mobile US, and Verizon suffer from four security flaws that can be exploited to attack mobile phone users, leaking private information, harassing them, or interfering with service.…

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Marriott's Starwood hotels mega-hack: Half a BILLION guests' deets exposed over 4 years

11/30/2018

One of, but not the worst, in history

US hotel chain Marriott has admitted that a breach of its Starwood subsidiary's guest reservation network has exposed the entire database – all 500 million guest bookings over four years, making this one of the biggest hacks of an individual org ever.…

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Q: If Pesky Pepper had a peek at patient papers, at how many patient papers did Pesky Pepper peek? A: 231

11/30/2018

Bored secretary at GP fined for sneaky look at medical records

A bored trainee secretary at a GP practice has been fined for snooping on the health records of colleagues, friends and strangers.…

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Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

11/30/2018

Nope, no new computer for you. Move along

On Call Welcome once more to On Call, our weekly column where Reg readers share their tales of tech support problems solved.…

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Here are another 45,000 reasons to patch Windows systems against old NSA exploits

11/30/2018

It's 2018 and UPnP is still opening up networks - this time to leaked SMB cyber-weapons

Earlier this year, Akamai warned that vulnerabilities in Universal Plug'N'Play (UPnP) had been exploited by scumbags to hijack 65,000 home routers. In follow-up research released this week, it revealed little has changed.…

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GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

11/29/2018

Sliding into your DMs unnoticed, literally

Analysis Britain's surveillance nerve-center GCHQ is trying a different tack in its effort to introduce backdoors into encrypted apps: reasonableness.…

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Big Blue shoos Db2 blues before rogue staff turn the screws in hijack ruse (translation: patch your IBM databases)

11/29/2018

Buffer overflow flaw could lead to privilege escalation

IBM is advising folks this week to check if they should update their Db2 database installations following the discovery of a potentially serious security vulnerability.…

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Healthcare billing biz AccuDoc 'fesses up to breach that blabbed 2.65m people's data

11/29/2018

Names, addresses, social security numbers exposed

Miscreants gained access to US healthcare billing vendor AccuDoc Solutions' database for about a week in September, exposing the data of at least 2.65 million people.…

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GCHQ opens kimono for infosec world to ogle its vuln disclosure process

11/29/2018

Plus: State-backed hacks now need permission from a judge

On the same day that certain types of British state-backed hacking now need a judge-issued warrant to carry out, GCHQ has lifted the veil and given the infosec world a glimpse inside its vuln-hoarding policies.…

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Sorry, we haven't ACLU what happened in sealed 'Facebook decryption' case, but let's find out

11/29/2018

American Civil Liberties Union wants to know what govt asked for, and why court refused

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a motion to find out what went on in a court case in which the US Department of Justice allegedly tried to make Facebook give it unencrypted access to Messenger calls.…

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Symantec comes out in swinging in bitter legal battle over security bug audit conspiracy claims

11/29/2018

Profit driving NSS claims of industry boycott, antivirus makers swear

Symantec says the biz that accused it of conspiring with others to avoid independent security audits is "less than honest" and driven by a "thirst for profits."…

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Oh my chord! Sennheiser hits bum note with major HTTPS certificate cock-up

11/29/2018

Audiophiles could get played like a fiddle, have their web traffic snooped by son-of-a-pitch scammers

Headphone maker Sennheiser is facing the music after being caught compromising the security of its customers.…

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What the Dell? Customer passwords reset after miscreants break into Big Mike's IT emporium

11/28/2018

Round Rock insists no data actually swiped after intruder spotted on internal network

Dell is resetting all customer passwords on its website after a hacker or hackers unknown infiltrated its internal network.…

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WhamWham, bambam, no thank you, SamSam: Iranians accused by the Feds of orchestrating ransomware outbreak

11/28/2018

Duo raked in $6m in extortion payments after scrambling victims' files, it is claimed

US prosecutors have this week charged two people believed to be behind the notorious SamSam ransomware outbreak.…

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US told to quit sharing data with human rights-violating surveillance regime. Which one, you ask? That'd be the UK

11/28/2018

Nonprofits urge Congress not to sign deal under CLOUD Act

UK authorities should not be granted access to data held by American companies because British laws don't meet human rights obligations, nine nonprofits have said.…

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It's a patch bonanza as Microsoft showers its OS platforms with update love

11/28/2018

Administrators really hate this one weird bug in Windows Server 2016, but MS plays nice with iCloud again

Microsoft issued a whole bunch of updates last night, including one to deal with an alarming bug in Windows Server 2016.…

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Hot fuzz: Bug detectives whip up smarter version of classic AFL fuzzer to hunt code vulnerabilities

11/28/2018

Flaw-spotting toolkit already has 42 zero-days to its name

A group of university researchers from around the globe have teamed up to develop what they say is a powerful new tool to root out security flaws.…

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3ve Offline: Countless Windows PCs using 1.7m IP addresses hacked to 'view' up to 12 billion adverts a day

11/28/2018

Eight people charged after dodgy ads on PornHub used to infect victims

A collection of cybersecurity companies, Google, and the Feds are sharing details on how they uncovered and dismantled a massive ad-fraud operation known as "3ve" (pronounced "Eve".)…

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