Thursday, 17 June 2021

Teamsters doesn’t pay ransom. Should you? It’s not rocket science - TechBeacon

But 2019 was a long time ago: It’s emerged that the International Brotherhood of Teamsters was attacked by ransomware scrotes in 2019. Despite advice from the FBI, the union didn’t pay a penny in ransom—and certainly not the $2.5 million asking price.

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Microsoft’s Legal Head: U.S. must Stop Secret Gag Orders - Security Boulevard

President Speaks Unto President: BradSmith, Microsoft president and CLO, says law enforcement’s bad habit has to be broken: Secretly subpoenaing data from cloud providers—blocking them from telling customers—is undemocratic, and hurts international relationships, he argues.

Monday, 14 June 2021

Who, Us? Linux Root Bug Quietly Added 7 Years Ago - Security Boulevard

Linux Lovers, Look the Other Way A nasty vulnerability in most Linux distributions is raising eyebrows among the penguinistas. A simple unchecked error in the polkit component can let a user get root with just a couple of commands.

Friday, 11 June 2021

EA’s Source: It’s in the Game (and in Hackers’ Hands) - Security Boulevard

Or, Go Outside for a Walk Electronic Arts got hacked and its source code stolen. Hackers took hundreds of gigabytes of game source code and tools—including internals of FIFA 21 and Battlefield.

Thursday, 10 June 2021

Trojan Shield: FBI punks crims with faux app—and international help - TechBeacon

Cops did WHAT? Police forces around the world are arresting more suspects of organized crime. They’re unsealing evidence gathered over the past two to three years via a private-messaging app, Anom (styled Ξ›NØM or An0m).

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Genius! Apple Bribes Woman over Naked Pic Theft - Security Boulevard

Three Times a Hypocrite: Apple is under fire for its hypocrisy in promising privacy, while also authorizing repair technicians who allegedly stole naked pictures and video from a woman’s iPhone. To make matters worse, court filings also allege they took control of her Facebook account and posted the sensitive media to her wall for all her friends to see.

Monday, 7 June 2021

Is Apple’s App Store ‘Teeming’ with Scams? - Security Boulevard

Time to Drop your iPhone? Roughly 2% of the top-grossing iOS apps are, in some way, “scams.” Or so it is said: There’s been much chatter this weekend that Apple is sleeping on the job of reviewing iThing apps.

Friday, 4 June 2021

Chrome Fake Reviews: It’s Worse than We Thought - Security Boulevard

“Nooo, I’ve been phished.” The problem of fake reviews in the Google Chrome extensions store is bigger than it seems. New analysis shows a web of malware with access to all your browsing, that can redirect you anywhere when you least expect it.

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Flashcard study apps expose nuclear secrets to all - TechBeacon

Monkey see, monkey do: US military personnel have been uploading nuclear secrets to online learning platforms, where they can be found by anyone. Free flashcard apps such as Chegg, Quizlet, and Cram have hosted the scarily detailed secret data for as long as eight years—possibly longer.

Wednesday, 2 June 2021

Dunhammer: NSA Blamed for Danish Spying on Euro Pols - Security Boulevard

“Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark” In a damning leaked report, Danish authorities reveal that the NSA spies on friendly foreign governments. This time, thanks to the help of FE, its opposite number in Denmark.

Friday, 28 May 2021

Grandchild of Rowhammer: ‘Half-Double’ Tactic Flips Farther Bits - Security Boulevard

I Want My ECC: Rowhammer—an attack tactic to escape sandboxes by flipping “neighboring” bits—has a new variant. And it’s been made easier by newer designs of RAM chips.

Thursday, 27 May 2021

DevOps failures cast cloudy shadows over countless apps - TechBeacon

MDM of BYOD might be unfashionable, but it could CYA: Mobile apps are still awful—that’s the scary conclusion from researchers. They sampled a range of @Android apps and easily found 23 that leaked the personal data of 100 million users—and worse.

Monday, 24 May 2021

Ransomware Gang Frees Irish Medical Data—but Leak Threat Remains - Security Boulevard

What’s Gaeilge for ‘HIPAA’? The Health Service Executive (HSE), the body that runs Ireland’s socialized healthcare system, suffered a catastrophic malware attack last week. Ransomware scrotes wielding the Conti malware demanded $20 million to decrypt all the files.

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Fake Chrome Extensions: Google Asleep at the Switch - Security Boulevard

“Yay, I’ve been phished.” Hey there. Umm … that “Microsoft Authenticator” extension you installed? The one with access to all your browsing, and that can redirect you anywhere when you least expect it? It’s actually malware, designed to phish for your passwords. (Nice blue couch, BTW.)

AXA’s ransomware gambit comes back to bite - TechBeacon

Like rain on your wedding day: AXA’s Asian arm has been hit by a ransomware attack. The news comes days after AXA’s French HQ said it planned to stop writing cyber-insurance policies that pay out ransoms to hackers.

Monday, 17 May 2021

DarkSide Ransomware Gang Struck Down — but by Whom? - Security Boulevard

Seduced by the DarkSide: The DarkSide group, hacker of the Colonial Pipeline, has hurriedly shut up shop. The shadowy group claims its servers and cryptocurrency balances have disappeared. People say it was the U.S. government that killed it. Which makes sense in the context of the White House’s recent pronouncements.

Thursday, 13 May 2021

AXA axes ransomware insurance. Who’s next? - TechBeacon

End of the beginning? Huge multinational insurance firm AXA Group has announced it will no longer write cyber-insurance policies that pay out extortionate #ransoms to hackers. So far, this applies only to France, but observers wonder if the strategy will spread.

Wednesday, 12 May 2021

Rail Firm Staff Fail ‘Bonus’ Phishing Test, Chaos Ensues - Security Boulevard

COVID Pretext FAIL: “Click here to claim your bonus pay,” said email from a British train company, signed by the firm’s chief. Hundreds of @WestMidRailway employees did exactly that. Because of course they did.

Monday, 10 May 2021

Colonial Pipeline FAIL: Ransomware Gang Threatens Gas Supplies - Security Boulevard

Something-Something #DarkSide: Carrying almost half of the east coast’s road and jet fuel, the Colonial Pipeline is critical infrastructure—of that there’s no doubt. But ransomware scrotes have stolen and encrypted 100 GB of data, crippling the pipeline’s operation.

Friday, 7 May 2021

Very Many Qualcomm Phone Chips Hiding Very Nasty Vulnerability - Security Boulevard

Time to Get a New Phone? A high-severity bug affects almost 40% of Android phones. The security hole is in Qualcomm modems—specifically in their software interface to the Android platform.

Thursday, 6 May 2021

Log this: iOS and macOS zero-day patches roll; Apple devs under fire - TechBeacon

iFAIL:Apple is patching every current OS it has. WebKit has critical zero-day vulnerabilities, exploitable to execute arbitrary code on Macintosh, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Monday, 3 May 2021

Specter of Spectre is Back, in New Micro-Op Cache Vuln - Security Boulevard

Worry, Worry—Super Scary: It’s been three years, but researchers have disclosed new attacks on speculative execution in Intel and AMD chips. Just be thankful they didn’t give it a catchy name, like Spectre.

Thursday, 29 April 2021

With iOS 14.5, Apple shifts peeping apps fight to the OS - TechBeacon

F vs. A—what about the ANG? Pay attention: An important trend is hiding amid the fluff and froth of a fanciful “feud” twixt Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg. Ignore the tech soap opera—you need to get ahead of the changes, so read on.

Monday, 26 April 2021

U.S. DoD has World’s Largest Honeypot: 6% of Internet Space - Security Boulevard

DoD BGP Mystery Solved: 175 million IP addresses owned by the U.S. Defense Department have “appeared” on the public internet. Formerly unroutable, these address ranges are now being advertised by a previously-unknown contractor. But it’s all aboveboard, we’re told.

Friday, 23 April 2021

China Silently Hacked Gov’t and Defense for a Year or More - Security Boulevard

These Things Come In Threes:After the Russian SolarWinds hack and the Chinese Exchange dΓ©bΓ’cle, here’s the third shoe to drop. And again it’s China being fingered by researchers.

Thursday, 22 April 2021

Google FLoC is a flop? Not so fast - TechBeacon

Third-party #cookies will soon go away, because people are fed up with being tracked. That’s bad news for advertisers, unless there’s something to replace them.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Wait, What? Nvidia/ARM Sale on Hold—for Security Reasons - Security Boulevard

Nvidia to Stay ARMless? The United Kingdom is investigating the proposed “merger” of ARM and Nvidia. Her Majesty’s government says it’s worried that there are national security implications.

Thursday, 15 April 2021

STOP: Opt out of phone numbers as authentication tokens - TechBeacon

It’s a numbers game: This week brings yet more examples of poor design. Specifically: Two apps trusting phone numbers without properly authenticating the actual user.

Wednesday, 14 April 2021

YT$AW: FBI Cleans Up Exchange Servers, NSA Tips Microsoft 4 More Bugs - Security Boulevard

Feds Fix Fails Your tax dollars at work: The FBI and NSA have been helping fix the mess caused by the recent Microsoft Exchange hacking, and trying to prevent a further round of it.

Monday, 12 April 2021

Son of Stuxnet? Iran Nuke Site Hacked ‘by Israel’ (Again) - Security Boulevard

Crystal Ball ain’t so Crystal Clear: Iran’s Nantaz nuclear centrifuge facility went dark yesterday. I can’t stand it—I know you planned it.

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Facebook Sucks: Huge 500M-User Breach ‘Is Your Fault’ - Security Boulevard

GDPR: Coming for Mark’s Money: Last week’s revelation of a half-billion-user leak is still reverberating around the news cycle. Despite Facebook’s attempts to make it go away, new inconvenient truths keep appearing.

Cryptominers flooding GitHub—and other cloudy dev services - TechBeacon

“This is why we can’t have nice things.” Owners of public GitHub projects have been noticing weird stuff recently: Random users are forking repos, then pull-requesting a change that includes an obfuscated GitHub Action.

Monday, 5 April 2021

Apple Fiddles While App Store Burns: $1M Bitcoin Scam FAIL - Security Boulevard

Tim’s Security Halo Slips: Phillipe Christodoulou got ripped off to the tune of more than a million dollars. An iPhone app stole 17.1 bitcoins from his Trezor hardware wallet.

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Ubiquiti Accused of Lying to Help Stock Price - Security Boulevard

UI PR FAIL: Ubiquiti disclosed a breach in January, implying it was the fault of a “third party.” But this week, an insider says the company lied: “It was catastrophically worse,” said the anonymous source.

PHP backdoored via Git hack: It’s no joke, so don't be a fool - TechBeacon

PHP Group will close its doors. The foolish moral of the story: How much of your infrastructure is built on badly funded open-source projects?

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

SolarWinds Hack: U.S. Govt Failure is Deeply Worrying - Security Boulevard

Your Tax Dollars at Work: The U.S. government is doing a piss-poor job of protecting Americans from foreign hackers. That’s the eye-catching conclusion made by a pair of Associated Press scribblers this week.

Friday, 26 March 2021

Alan Turing, WWII Cryptanalyst and Computer Pioneer, on New £50 Note - Security Boulevard

FAQ: About $69. The new 50 pound #banknote honors #AlanTuring. Breaker of Nazi #encryption, a father of computing and #AI pioneer, he’s immortalized on the latest plastic frogskin for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (Scotland issues its own fiat currency).

Thursday, 25 March 2021

Dark patterns outlawed in Californian data-sale opt-outs - TechBeacon

California has added new regulations to the CCPA—the state’s Consumer Privacy Act. It now prohibits dark patterns that prevent users opting out of having their personal data sold.

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Biden ‘Will Cyberattack Putin’ (Because SolarWinds) - Security Boulevard

MAD World: White House sources confirm that President Joe Biden has authorized retaliation against the Russian government for the recent hacking attributed to Russia. No word of when nor how, but it’s said to be “devastating.”

Friday, 19 March 2021

Dirt Cheap DDoS for Hire, via D/TLS Amplification - Security Boulevard

Dirty Deeds: DDoS D/TLS — A new way of sending powerful denial of service traffic emerged this week. Malefactors are now misusing servers that talk Datagram Transport Layer Security (D/TLS).

Thursday, 18 March 2021

Another reason to stop SMS 2FA—think about this - TechBeacon

NNID abuse in NANP: SMS as a second factor in 2FA/MFA is a bad idea. Really bad. But you’ve heard me say so many, many, many times.

Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Hacker Site Hacked: WeLeakInfo Leaks Info - Security Boulevard

Blowback Karma

Friday, 12 March 2021

150,000 Verkada Cams Hacked, but it Gets Worse - Security Boulevard

After Tuesday’s horrifying news of the @VerkadaHQ data breach, now we learn that countless employees and interns routinely had full access to customers’ video feeds.😱 “Super admin” access was often abused, with no effective auditing, sources say.🧐

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Intel’s fully homomorphic encryption chip: Big science—bigger wait - TechBeacon

What if a public cloud could process encrypted data without knowing the #encryption key? That’s the “data-in-use encryption” problem. And it’s a hard one.

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Huge Fallout from Microsoft Incompetence: Let’s Exchange Exchange - Security Boulevard

Nuclear Option: Drop Microsoft Email

Thursday, 4 March 2021

Chinese Exchange Hack: At Best, Microsoft is Incompetent - Security Boulevard

At Worst, Microsoft is Manipulative

Spectre returns to haunt us: Exploit hides in plain sight - TechBeacon

Specter of Spectre: scary

Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Unknown Hacker Grabs Gab’s Data, DDoSecrets Doesn’t Leak it - Security Boulevard

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Friday, 26 February 2021

‘Dangerous’ RCE in VMware: Patch, or the Puppy Gets It

Music of the vSpheres

Thursday, 25 February 2021

China stole NSA zero day—4+ years before Shadow Brokers leak - TechBeacon

APT31 vs. S32: FIGHT!

Friday, 19 February 2021

SolarWinds Hack: ‘All is Well,’ Microsoft Shrugs - Security Boulevard

“Trust Us (Except Don’t)”

Thursday, 18 February 2021

Oracle is Said to Help China Find Dissidents and Jail Minorities - Security Boulevard

When Larry Met δΉ 

Lesson from supply chain attacks: Beware 'dependency confusion' - TechBeacon

After Alex Birsan’s $130,000 bug-bounty haul last week, hundreds of bogus npm packages have popped up out of nowhere. They appear to have been published by copycat researchers—some of whom have less-than-pure intentions.

The moral of the story? Make sure the code you’re importing really is the code you think you’re importing.

Monday, 15 February 2021

Internal Leak of 4,887 Users: Yandex Employee Fate Unknown - Security Boulevard

$YNDX Stays Schtum

Friday, 12 February 2021

Thursday, 11 February 2021

There are no good app stores. Not iOS nor Android. Change my mind - TechBeacon

The moral of the story? Watch out for scam clones of your app, and for bad reviews targeting similarly named apps.

Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Water Supply Poisoned by Hacker in Oldsmar, Fla. - Security Boulevard

TeamViewer Vulnerability Probed

Thursday, 4 February 2021

The SolarWinds Story Keeps Getting Worse: China Too? - Security Boulevard

Time to Ring the Changes?

Stolen: and other domains—was socially engineered? - TechBeacon

“How you dune?”

Monday, 1 February 2021

Bad Security Bug in GnuPG: C Language Blamed (Yet Again) - Security Boulevard

Rabbits, White Rabbits

Friday, 29 January 2021

BlastDoor: iOS 14’s Shield Over Zero-Click Attacks - Security Boulevard

Talk Nerdy to Me

Thursday, 28 January 2021

This is HUGE: Cops Nuke Emotet Crimeware C2 - Security Boulevard

Hey. Where’d Heodo Go?

APT team attacks white hats: Google fingers North Korea - TechBeacon

The moral of the story?
Social engineering isn’t only for normies. Whether you’re an IT puke, an agile Dev(Sec)Ops sprinter, or a 1337 haxor: Question everything.

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

ADT Installer Hacks Home Cams for Sexual Thrills - Security Boulevard

Deep in the Heart of Texas

Friday, 22 January 2021

FBI to Investigate Parler, New Russian Host will be Revoked - Security Boulevard

Don’t Mess with Texas National Guard

Thursday, 21 January 2021

Trump Hates Cloud, Because China Cyber? - Security Boulevard

Parting Shot at IaaS

Old macOS component defeats malware researchers for 5 years - TechBeacon

Legacy bites Apple

Monday, 18 January 2021

Capitol Rioters ID’ed With Help From Dating Apps - Security Boulevard

Don’t Tread On My Statue

Friday, 15 January 2021

Revealed: Sophisticated ‘Watering Hole’ Attack – But By Whom? - Security Boulevard

Project Zero Keeps Schtum

Thursday, 14 January 2021

Scraped Parler data reveals countless Capitol perps - TechBeacon

The moral of the story? Protect your object references. And throttle attempts to scrape. And strip metadata. And don’t render deleted objects.

Monday, 11 January 2021

Hackers Didn’t Only Use SolarWinds to Break In, Says CISA - Security Boulevard

CISA Is Watching

Thursday, 7 January 2021

WhatsApp/Facebook Data Sharing: Pants On Fire? - Security Boulevard

Pinky Swear

SolarWinds hack: Who’s to blame? It’s complicated. - TechBeacon


Monday, 4 January 2021

Zyxel’s Ridiculous Backdoor: Happy New Year, Now Patch Your Gear - Security Boulevard

Taiwanese Trash or Deliberate Door?