Archive for the ‘Hacks’ Category

Hack of 100 Million Quora Users Could Be Worse Than it Sounds

On Monday, the question and answer site Quora announced that a third-party was able to gain access to virtually every data point the company keeps on 100 million users. Even if you don’t recall having a Quora account, you might want to make sure. In a blog post, Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo explained that the […]

Twitter user hacks 50,000 printers to tell people to subscribe to PewDiePie

A Twitter user using the pseudonym of @TheHackerGiraffe has hacked over 50,000 printers to print out flyers telling people to subscribe to PewDiePie’s YouTube channel. The messages have been sent out yesterday, November 29, and have caused quite the stirr among the users who received them, as they ended up on a bunch of places, […]

Mass router hack exposes millions of devices to potent NSA exploit through UPNP

More than 45,000 Internet routers have been compromised by a newly discovered campaign that’s designed to open networks to attacks by EternalBlue, the potent exploit that was developed by, and then stolen from, the National Security Agency and leaked to the Internet at large, researchers said Wednesday. The new attack exploits routers with vulnerable implementations […]

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

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. “On September 8, 2018, Marriott received an alert from an internal security tool […]

Talk about a cache flow problem: This JavaScript can snoop on other browser tabs to work out what you’re visiting

Computer science boffins have demonstrated a side-channel attack technique that bypasses recently-introduced privacy defenses, and makes even the Tor browser subject to tracking. The result: it is possible for malicious JavaScript in one web browser tab to spy on other open tabs, and work out which websites you’re visiting. This information can be used to […]

Google traffic routed to Russian and Chinese servers in BGP attack

People’s connections in the US to Google – including its cloud, YouTube, and other websites – were suddenly rerouted through Russia and into China in a textbook Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) hijacking attack. That means folks in Texas, California, Ohio, and so on, firing up their browsers and software and connecting to Google and its […]

The US Military Just Publicly Dumped Russian Government Malware Online

This week, US Cyber Command (CYBERCOM), a part of the military tasked with hacking and cybersecurity focused missions, started publicly releasing unclassified samples of adversaries’ malware it has discovered. CYBERCOM says the move is to improve information sharing among the cybersecurity community, but in some ways it could be seen as a signal to those […]

Trivial Bug in X.Org Gives Root Permission on Linux and BSD Systems

A vulnerability that is trivial to exploit allows privilege escalation to root level on Linux and BSD distributions using X.Org server, the open source implementation of the X Window System that offers the graphical environment. […] Three hours after the public announcement of the security gap, Daemon Security CEO Michael Shirk replied with one line […]

How A Massive Ad Fraud Scheme Exploited Android Phones To Steal Millions Of Dollars

Last April, Steven Schoen received an email from someone named Natalie Andrea who said she worked for a company called We Purchase Apps. She wanted to buy his Android app, Emoji Switcher. But right away, something seemed off. “I did a little bit of digging because I was a little sketched out because I couldn’t […]

Recent wave of hijacked WhatsApp accounts traced back to voicemail hacking

A wave of reports about hijacked WhatsApp accounts in Israel has forced the government’s cyber-security agency to send out a nation-wide security alert on Tuesday, ZDNet has learned. The alert, authored by the Israel National Cyber Security Authority, warns about a relatively new method of hijacking WhatsApp accounts using mobile providers’ voicemail systems. This new […]

Netherlands Defence Intelligence and Security Service disrupts Russian cyber operation targeting OPCW

On 13 April 2018, with support from the Netherlands General Intelligence and Security Service and UK counterparts, the Netherlands Defence Intelligence and Security Service (DISS) disrupted a cyber operation being carried out by a Russian military intelligence (GRU) team. The Russian operation had targeted the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The […]

Facebook Could Face Up to $1.63 Billion Fine for 50m User Hack Under the GDPR

Facebook’s stunning disclosure of a massive hack on Friday in which attackers gained access tokens to at least 50 million accounts—bypassing security measures and potentially giving them full control of both profiles and linked apps—has already stirred the threat of a $1.63 billion dollar fine in the European Union, according to the Wall Street Journal. […]

Resident evil: Inside a UEFI rootkit used to spy on govts, made by you-know-who (hi, Russia)

A rootkit is a piece of software that hides itself on computer systems, and uses its root or administrator-level privileges to steal and alter documents, spy on users, and cause other mischief and headaches. A UEFI rootkit lurks in the motherboard firmware, meaning it starts up before the operating system and antivirus suites run, allowing […]

Cold Boot Attacks are back – plug a sleeping laptop into some kit and read all the memory, slurp all the passwords

Olle and his fellow cyber security consultant Pasi Saarinen recently discovered a new way to physically hack into PCs. According to their research, this method will work against nearly all modern computers. This includes laptops from some of the world’s biggest vendors like Dell, Lenovo, and even Apple. And because these computers are everywhere, Olle […]

New attack on WPA/WPA2 using PMKID

In this writeup, I’ll describe a new technique to crack WPA PSK (Pre-Shared Key) passwords. In order to make use of this new attack you need the following tools: hcxdumptool v4.2.0 or higher hcxtools v4.2.0 or higher hashcat v4.2.0 or higher This attack was discovered accidentally while looking for new ways to attack the new […]

Hacker swipes Snapchat’s source code, publishes it on GitHub

Snapchat doesn’t just make messages disappear after a period of time. It also does the same to GitHub repositories — especially when they contain the company’s proprietary source code. So, what happened? Well, let’s start from the beginning. A GitHub with the handle i5xx, believed to be from the village of Tando Bago in Pakistan’s […]

How a hacker network turned stolen press releases into $100 million

At a Kiev nightclub in the spring of 2012, 24-year-old Ivan Turchynov made a fateful drunken boast to some fellow hackers. For years, Turchynov said, he’d been hacking unpublished press releases from business newswires and selling them, via Moscow-based middlemen, to stock traders for a cut of the sizable profits. Oleksandr Ieremenko, one of the […]

Nostalgic social network ‘Timehop’ loses data from 21 million users

A service named “Timehop” that claims it is “reinventing reminiscing” – in part by linking posts from other social networks – probably wishes it could go back in time and reinvent its own security, because it has just confessed to losing data describing 21 million members and can’t guarantee that the perps didn’t slurp private […]

ProtonMail / ProtonVPN DDoS Attacks Are a Case Study of What Happens When You Mock Attackers

For the past two days, secure email provider ProtonMail has been fighting off DDoS attacks that have visibly affected the company’s services, causing short but frequent outages at regular intervals. “The attacks went on for several hours, although the outages were far more brief, usually several minutes at a time with the longest outage on […]

All-Radio 4.27 Portable Can’t Be Removed? Then Your PC is Severely Infected

Starting yesterday, there have been numerous reports of people’s Windows computers being infected with something called “All-Radio 4.27 Portable”. After researching this, it has been determined that seeing this program is a symptom of a much bigger problem on your computer. All-Radio 4.27 Portable If your computer is suddenly displaying the above program, then your […]

Adidas Reports Data Breach of a few million customers

Adidas AG ADDYY 2.03% said Thursday that a “few million” customers shopping on its U.S. website may have had their data exposed to an unauthorized party. Neither the specific number of users affected nor the time frame of the potential breach were immediately disclosed, but the German sportswear maker said it became aware of the […]

Ticketmaster Discloses Breach That Impacts Nearly 5 Percent of Its Customers

Ticketmaster on Wednesday disclosed a data breach reportedly caused by malware infecting a customer support system outsourced to an external company. In a statement, Ticketmaster said some of its customer data may have been accessed by an unknown intruder. Email notifications were sent to customers who purchased tickets between February and June 23, 2018, the […]

The Biggest Digital Heist in History Isn’t Over Yet: $1.2 b and still growing since 2013

Since late 2013, this band of cybercriminals has penetrated the digital inner sanctums of more than 100 banks in 40 nations, including Germany, Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S., and stolen about $1.2 billion, according to Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency. The string of thefts, collectively dubbed Carbanak—a mashup of a hacking program and […]

Hackers Stole Over $20 Million From Misconfigured Ethereum Clients

A group of hackers has stolen over $20 million worth of Ethereum from Ethereum-based apps and mining rigs, Chinese cyber-security firm Qihoo 360 Netlab reported today. The cause of these thefts is Ethereum software applications that have been configured to expose an RPC [Remote Procedure Call] interface on port 8545. The purpose of this interface […]

Ticketfly exposes data on 27m customers in hack

Ticketfly was the target of a malicious cyber attack last week In consultation with third-party forensic cybersecurity experts we can now confirm that credit and debit card information was not accessed. However, information including names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers connected to approximately 27 million Ticketfly accounts was accessed. It’s important to note that […]

 
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