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NTT warns its Singapore cloud was hacked, Japanese customer data compromised

5/29/2020

Early May attack hit 600-plus hosting and cloud customers

Global system integrator NTT has said someone hacked their way into its hosting and cloud services and may have accessed 600-odd customers’ data.…

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Got $50k spare? Then you can crack SHA-1 – so OpenSSH is deprecating flawed hashing algo in a 'near-future release'

5/28/2020

The price will only go down

The maintainers of OpenSSH, widely used for connecting securely to servers and devices over networks, have warned that the SHA-1 algorithm will be disabled in a "near-future release".…

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Cybercrooks tend to prefer Google-branded phishing to Microsoft-flavoured lures

5/28/2020

So says Barracuda Networks, anyway

Digital rogues are shunning Microsoft in favour of Google when it comes to launching branded spear-phishing attacks, according to threat intel firm Barracuda Networks.…

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You, Apple Mac fan. Put down the homemade oat-milk latte, you need to patch a load of security bugs, too

5/28/2020

Patch Thursday is for you, Patch Tuesday is for everyone else

Apple has alerted users about a bunch of security fixes for its software on supported versions of macOS that you ought to install as soon as you can.…

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Why zero trust security needs strong hardware foundations

5/28/2020

Intel vPro platform provides hardware level of trust

Sponsored Sometimes it feels like the hackers and malware creators are in an arms race with the teams tasked with protecting systems and data. New tools and technologies are being deployed on both sides all the time.…

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26 million logins believed to be stolen from LiveJournal in 2017 pop up on hacker forum

5/27/2020

Best change any recycled credentials from your blogging days

Russian-owned blogging service LiveJournal has reportedly suffered a hack affecting 26 million user accounts.…

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Oh cool, tech service prices are plummeting. And by tech services, we mean botnet rentals and stolen credit cards

5/27/2020

Supply and demand in action

Crime has never been cheaper to pull off, so long as you're not particular about quality.…

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Microsoft blocks Trend Micro code at center of driver 'cheatware' storm from Windows 10, rootkit detector product pulled from site

5/27/2020

Twist in drivergate scandal

Updated Microsoft has blocked a Trend Micro driver from running on Windows 10 – and Trend has withdrawn downloads of its rootkit detector that uses the driver – after the code appeared to game Redmond's QA tests.…

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Mulled Chrome API shines light on long-neglected privacy gap: Sites can snoop on your find-in-page searches

5/27/2020

Naughty JS can watch you hit control+F, start typing, see what's on your mind

Updated A browser feature being developed for the open-source Chromium platform has raised data-leakage privacy concerns – though the Google engineers working on the project contend the potential benefits outweigh the risks.…

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India said its coronavirus contact-tracing app is perfect... adds bug bounty and open-sources it anyway

5/27/2020

As the legalese changes to extend data retention period

India has open-sourced its Aarogya Setu contact-tracing app and announced a bug bounty programme to detect any security issues.…

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US lawmakers get a second shot at forcing FBI agents to obtain a warrant before they leaf through web histories

5/27/2020

Bi-partisan amendment aims to take away easy access to your online life

US lawmakers will get another vote on whether the FBI must get a warrant before agents can search Americans’ search and web-browsing histories.…

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If someone could stop hackers pwning medical systems right now, that would be cool, say Red Cross and friends

5/26/2020

The rules of war that protect hospitals should extend into cyberspace

Following the surge of cyber attacks on medical facilities, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and more than 40 other international leaders asked the governments of the world to do more to safeguard critical medical organizations amid the coronavirus pandemic.…

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Airline-chasing lawyers leap on Easyjet for £18bn after 9m folks' data, itineraries nicked

5/26/2020

No win, no fee. But if they win it's an up to £5.4bn fee

A law firm that is already chasing British Airways now claims it is suing Easyjet for up to £18bn, intending to take a modest £5.4bn cut for itself, after nine million people's data was stolen from the airline's servers.…

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Unmanned drones to slash NHS delivery times to one-fifth of road 'n' rail transport

5/26/2020

Scottish trial will courier PPE and COVID-19 tests to remote hospital

Remote-control drones are to be used to deliver coronavirus testing kits to a remote Scottish hospital – and they're being flown outside of the operators' direct line of sight.…

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eBay users spot the online auction house port-scanning their PCs. Um... is that OK?

5/26/2020

Fraud is a big issue for etailer, but there are privacy and consent concerns too

Updated Users visiting eBay have spotted that the website runs port scans against their computer, using the localhost address to inspect what may be running on your machine.…

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Galaxy S20 security is already old hat as Samsung launches new safety silicon

5/26/2020

Passport-grade chippery to help mobile devices prove their identity

Samsung will launch a new standalone turnkey security chip to protect mobile devices, the company announced today.…

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Contact-tracing app may become a permanent fixture in major Chinese city

5/26/2020

Hangzhou wants a 'health and immunity firewall'

One of China's major tech hubs is planning to make a health and movement tracking system developed to fight the COVID-19 epidemic a permanent fixture in daily life.…

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Pre-authentication, remote root hole in call-center software? Thanks, Cisco. Just what a long weekend needs

5/25/2020

This and more bits and bytes from infosec world

Roundup It's once again time to catch up on the latest happenings from the world of infosec.…

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It wasn't just a few credit cards: Entire travel itineraries were stolen by hackers, Easyjet now tells victims

5/22/2020

Unsurpisingly budget airline goes cheap: No payout or credit monitoring

Victims of the Easyjet hack are now being told their entire travel itineraries were accessed by hackers who helped themselves to nine million people’s personal details stored by the budget airline.…

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Forget BYOD, this is BYOVM: Ransomware tries to evade antivirus by hiding in a virtual machine on infected systems

5/22/2020

Like Inception, but expensive and disappointing. So... just like Inception

With antivirus tools increasingly wise to common infection tricks, one group of extortionists has taken the unusual step of stashing their ransomware inside its own virtual machine.…

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To test its security mid-pandemic, GitLab tried phishing its own work-from-home staff. 1 in 5 fell for it

5/21/2020

Welp, at least that's better than industry averages, says code-hosting biz

Code hosting biz GitLab recently concluded a security exercise to test the susceptibility of its all-remote workforce to phishing – and a fifth of the participants submitted their credentials to the fake login page.…

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Campaign groups warn GCHQ can re-identify UK's phones from COVID-19 contact-tracing app data

5/21/2020

Yes, the app that's not quite working yet

Updated Campaign groups have written to the UK Prime Minister warning GCHQ and its digital arm, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), will have the capacity to re-identify the phones of people who have installed the nation's coronavirus contact-tracing app.…

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Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

5/21/2020

British border search law strikes again

The leader of far-right political group Britain First has been handed a judicial slap on the wrist after refusing to give his phone PIN to police at Heathrow Airport.…

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DNS this week stands for Drowning Needed Services: Design flaw in name server system can be exploited to flood machines offline

5/21/2020

Microsoft, BIND, Google, Cloudflare, Amazon, others fix up software or offer workarounds

A new vulnerability has been found in the design of the world's domain-name system that potentially can be exploited to flood websites off the internet.…

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Zoom continues its catch-up security sprint with new training, bug bounty tweaks and promise of crypto playbook

5/21/2020

Sigh. How many users did it have before it started this stuff?

Zoom has outlined more about its efforts to improve its security.…

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Remember when Securus was sued for recording 14,000 calls between prison inmates and lawyers? It just settled

5/21/2020

It was a software bug, insists telco, as attorneys walk with most of the money

Literal locked-down market biz Securus Technologies has settled a class-action lawsuit over illegally recorded prison phone calls, promising to improve its systems while avoiding a massive damages bill stretching to tens of millions of dollars.…

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UK's Ministry of Defence: We'll harvest and anonymise private COVID-19 apps' tracing data by handing it to 'behavioural science' arm

5/20/2020

Plus: Serco plays email fail game by mass-mailing human contact tracers; NCSC gives feedback on feedback about beta app

Analysis Worried about identifiable personal data from your coronavirus contact-tracing app making it into a British government database? Fear not! The Ministry of Defence is sanitising it all first.…

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Ransomware has gone nuclear: To avoid any fallout yourself, tune in online this month to hear from KnowBe4

5/20/2020

How to defend your organization from attack

Webcast We’ve been hearing about ransomware for years now. You may even personally know a company that has been a victim and quietly paid up, and you may even know someone who’s told you not to worry. “It’s OK if you have a good backup,” they say.…

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Houseparty denied it had been hacked... while miscreants were abusing its dot-com domain name infrastructure

5/20/2020

Subdomain takeover possible, infosec bod points out

At the end of March, video chat app Houseparty, owned by Epic Games, responded to unsubstantiated reports that user accounts had been hacked – by offering a $1m bounty to anyone able to prove the rumors were part of a coordinated campaign to smear the company.…

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Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite

5/20/2020

AV maker denies allegation, says researcher is 'looking for attention'

Updated Trend Micro is on the defensive after it was accused of engineering its software to cheat Microsoft's QA testing, branding the allegation "misleading."…

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Former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman calls on UK govt to legally protect data from contact-tracing apps

5/20/2020

'We don't want the system to rely on the individual integrity of any minister, ministerial team, or government'

Harriet Harman, chair of the UK's Joint Committee on Human Rights and former Labour Deputy Leader, has redoubled calls on the British government to ensure any COVID-19 contact-tracing app sufficiently protects users' privacy.…

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You know this Land of the Free thing, yeah? Well then, why allow the FBI to trawl through America's browsing history without a warrant?

5/20/2020

50-plus advocacy groups call on US House of Reps to slap limits on surveillance law

Congress has been urged to introduce a measure that would require the FBI to get a warrant before agents can review Americans’ internet browsing and search histories – just days after an amendment to do that fell by one vote in the Senate.…

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Rogue ADT tech spied on hundreds of customers in their homes via CCTV – including me, says teen girl

5/19/2020

Lawsuits filed after alarm biz admits worker snooped on victims

A technician at ADT remotely accessed hundreds of customers' CCTV cameras to spy on people in their own homes, the burglar-alarm biz has admitted.…

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Beer rating app reveals homes and identities of spies and military bods, warns Bellingcat

5/19/2020

We tested it and found a naval officer's partner and kids - they're not kidding

A beer and pub-rating app built off the back of Foursquare’s location-tracking API poses a risk to the security of military and intelligence personnel, according to legendary OSINT website Bellingcat.…

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Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

5/19/2020

All together now: The hackers were 'highly sophisticated'

Updated Budget British airline Easyjet has been hacked, it has told the stock markets, admitting nine million people's details were accessed and more than 2,000 customers' credit card details stolen.…

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Open letter from digital rights groups to UK health secretary questions big tech's role in NHS COVID-19 data store

5/19/2020

Promises of transparency about handling of citizens' health data haven't been fulfilled – campaigners

A broad-based campaign group has written to UK health secretary Matt Hancock calling for greater openness in the government's embrace of private-sector tech companies contracted to provide a data store and dashboards as part of the NHS response to the COVID-19 outbreak.…

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AT&T tracked its own sales bods using GPS, secretly charged them $135 a month to do so, lawsuit claims

5/19/2020

See, it's not just users getting shafted

AT&T tracks its sales reps to make sure they keep to its schedule and then charges them for doing so, claims one of its "in-home experts" Daniel Gunther.…

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Magecart malware merrily sipped card details, evaded security scans on UK e-tailer Páramo for almost 8 months

5/19/2020

More than 3,500 folks' payment info quietly stolen

A card-skimming Magecart malware infection lingered on a British outdoor clothing retailer's website without detection for nearly eight months despite regular security scans.…

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Get your live, GIAC-certified, online cybersecurity training from SANS – available now

5/19/2020

Real instructors, flexible options, hands-on virtual environments

Promo The SANS Institute continues its mission to teach cybersecurity skills during the coronavirus lockdown: it now offers a slew of courses that feature live interaction with world-class instructors that go hand in hand with the many certifications from GIAC, which has also moved its offering online with proctored exams available from the end of May.…

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Insider threat? Pffft. Hackers on the outside are the ones mostly making off with your private biz data, says Verizon

5/19/2020

Malware-led intrusions falling out of fashion, too

Outside hackers were to blame for most data thefts last year, while in-house drama contributed to only a fifth of total computer security incidents, Verizon reckons.…

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With millions upon millions out of work in the US, here come the scammers claiming victims' unemployment money using stolen info

5/19/2020

State program funds targeted by crooks, Secret Service tells El Reg

With US unemployment threatening to reach its highest level since the Great Depression, hackers around the globe are using stolen personal information to file fraudulent benefits claims and steal millions of dollars destined for jobless Americans.…

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Attorney General: We didn't need Apple to crack terrorist's iPhones – tho we still want iGiant to do it in future

5/18/2020

Feds gain access to military base shooter's mobes using outside tools

The US Department of Justice is once again taking Apple to task for not cooperating with device decryption requests, even after it announced that it had retrieved information from a pair of iPhones without Cupertino's help.…

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Apple's MagicPairing for Bluetooth fails to enchant after mischief-making bugs found hiding in the stack

5/18/2020

Known and yet still unfixed flaws lurk in proprietary device-linking tech

Apple's proprietary approach to securing Bluetooth peripherals, known as MagicPairing, has some benefits, but not magical enough to make vulnerabilities vanish.…

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Microsoft gives Office 365 admins the heads-up: Some internal queries over weekend might have returned results from completely different orgs

5/18/2020

Only in 'extremely rare circumstances.' So that's OK

Microsoft had to warn a subset of Office 365 administrators over the weekend that their organisation might have inadvertently featured in an outsider's internal search results.…

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I know what you leased last summer: Asset database leak hits Capita, Rolls-Royce, Tesco (every little helps, eh?)

5/18/2020

Plus: Pop's Lady Gaga popped in hack, and more

Roundup Let's catch you up on infosec news beyond the bits and bytes we've already reported.…

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A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

5/18/2020

Row, row, row your boat, gently down the... BOOM

Who, Me? The weekend is receding, and Monday lumbers into view. Delay the inevitable with a tale of nautical nonsense from The Register's regular Who, Me? column.…

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Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War

5/18/2020

Five Eyes-style Euro intel alliance Maximator tipped UK off about Crypto AG machines

Dutch spies operating as a part of a European equivalent of the Five Eyes espionage alliance helped GCHQ break Argentinian codes during the Falklands War, it has been revealed.…

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Cyber attack against UK power grid middleman Elexon sparks in-house IT recovery efforts

5/15/2020

Don't worry, you can still microwave your dinner – even if this smells of ransomware

An important middleman in the UK's electrical power grid has suffered a cyber attack, though the lights are still on across good old Blighty.…

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You can't have it both ways: Anti-coronavirus masks may thwart our creepy face-recog cameras, London cops admit

5/15/2020

Metropolitan Police's China-style surveillance runs up against reality

Counter-coronavirus masks may thwart London police plans to deploy creepy facial-recognition cameras across the capital, senior managers have admitted.…

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Vint Cerf suggests GDPR could hurt coronavirus vaccine development

5/15/2020

Essay on role of internet during plague times also suggests online schooling may not be the finished article

TCP-IP-co-developer Vint Cerf, revered as a critical contributor to the foundations of the internet, has floated the notion that privacy legislation might hinder the development of a vaccination for the COVID-19 coronavirus.…

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