Dutch cops hope to cuff ‘hundreds’ of suspects after snatching server, snooping on 250,000+ encrypted IronChat texts

Dutch police claim to have snooped on more than a quarter of a million encrypted messages sent between alleged miscreants using BlackBox IronPhones. The extraordinary claim was made in a press conference on Tuesday, in which officers working on a money-laundering investigation reckoned they had been able to see crims chatting “live for some time.” Read more about Dutch cops hope to cuff ‘hundreds’ of suspects after snatching server, snooping on 250,000+ encrypted IronChat texts[…]

Old School ‘Sniffing’ Attacks Can Still Reveal Your Browsing History to any old website

Most modern browsers—such as Chrome, Firefox, and Edge, and even browsers such as FuzzyFox and DeterFox (different, security-focused versions of Firefox)—have vulnerabilities that allow hosts of malicious websites to extract hundreds to thousands of URLs in a user’s web history, per new research from the University of California San Diego. What’s worse, the vulnerabilities are Read more about Old School ‘Sniffing’ Attacks Can Still Reveal Your Browsing History to any old website[…]

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it’s really, really dumb)

Fundamental flaws in the encryption system used by popular solid-state drives (SSDs) can be exploited by miscreants to easily decrypt data, once they’ve got their hands on the equipment. A paper [PDF] drawn up by researchers Carlo Meijer and Bernard van Gastel at Radboud University in the Netherlands, and made public today, describes these critical Read more about Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it’s really, really dumb)[…]

The CIA’s communications suffered a catastrophic compromise through Google scraping, killing ~30 agents

From around 2009 to 2013, the U.S. intelligence community experienced crippling intelligence failures related to the secret internet-based communications system, a key means for remote messaging between CIA officers and their sources on the ground worldwide. The previously unreported global problem originated in Iran and spiderwebbed to other countries, and was left unrepaired — despite Read more about The CIA’s communications suffered a catastrophic compromise through Google scraping, killing ~30 agents[…]

Unsure why you can’t log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

Microsoft’s Office 365 has been giving some users cold sweats. No matter how hard they try to log in, they simply can’t access the service and haven’t been able to for hours – others say it has wobbled for days. Sporadic reports of unrest began to emerge on Down Detector on Friday (26 October) in Read more about Unsure why you can’t log into Office 365? So is Microsoft[…]

3D printers have ‘fingerprints,’ a discovery that could help trace 3D-printed guns

Like fingerprints, no 3D printer is exactly the same. That’s the takeaway from a new study that describes what’s believed to be the first accurate method for tracing a 3D-printed object to the machine it came from. The advancement could help law enforcement and intelligence agencies track the origin of 3D-printed guns, counterfeit products and Read more about 3D printers have ‘fingerprints,’ a discovery that could help trace 3D-printed guns[…]

Zero-day in popular jQuery File Upload plugin actively exploited for at least three years

For at least three years, hackers have abused a zero-day in one of the most popular jQuery plugins to plant web shells and take over vulnerable web servers, ZDNet has learned. The vulnerability impacts the jQuery File Upload plugin authored by prodigious German developer Sebastian Tschan, most commonly known as Blueimp. The plugin is the Read more about Zero-day in popular jQuery File Upload plugin actively exploited for at least three years[…]

UK data watchdog fines Facebook 17 minutes of net profit for Cambridge Analytica brouhaha

The UK’s Information Commissioner has formally fined Facebook £500,000 – the maximum available – over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. In a monetary penalty notice issued this morning, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) stated that the social media network had broken two of the UK’s legally binding data protection principles by allowing Cambridge academic Aleksandr Kogan Read more about UK data watchdog fines Facebook 17 minutes of net profit for Cambridge Analytica brouhaha[…]

DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box with systemd

A security bug in Systemd can be exploited over the network to, at best, potentially crash a vulnerable Linux machine, or, at worst, execute malicious code on the box. The flaw therefore puts Systemd-powered Linux computers – specifically those using systemd-networkd – at risk of remote hijacking: maliciously crafted DHCPv6 packets can try to exploit Read more about DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box with systemd[…]

Wolf Data, Government Spyware Vendor Left Customer, Victim Data Online for Everyone to See

A startup that claims to sell surveillance and hacking technologies to governments around the world left nearly all its data—including information taken from infected targets and victims—exposed online, according to a security firm who found the data. Wolf Intelligence, a Germany-based spyware company that made headlines for sending a bodyguard to Mauritania and prompting an Read more about Wolf Data, Government Spyware Vendor Left Customer, Victim Data Online for Everyone to See[…]

When Trump Phones Friends, the Chinese and the Russians Listen and Learn

When President Trump calls old friends on one of his iPhones to gossip, gripe or solicit their latest take on how he is doing, American intelligence reports indicate that Chinese spies are often listening — and putting to use invaluable insights into how to best work the president and affect administration policy, current and former Read more about When Trump Phones Friends, the Chinese and the Russians Listen and Learn[…]

Yahoo to pay $50M, other costs for massive security breach

Yahoo has agreed to pay $50 million in damages and provide two years of free credit-monitoring services to 200 million people whose email addresses and other personal information were stolen as part of the biggest security breach in history. The restitution hinges on federal court approval of a settlement filed late Monday in a 2-year-old Read more about Yahoo to pay $50M, other costs for massive security breach[…]

Printer Makers Are Crippling Cheap Ink Cartridges Via Bogus ‘Security Updates’ – endangering networks because people stop updating

Printer maker Epson is under fire this month from activist groups after a software update prevented customers from using cheaper, third party ink cartridges. It’s just the latest salvo in a decades-long effort by printer manufacturers to block consumer choice, often by disguising printer downgrades as essential product improvements. For several decades now printer manufacturers Read more about Printer Makers Are Crippling Cheap Ink Cartridges Via Bogus ‘Security Updates’ – endangering networks because people stop updating[…]

Detect and disconnect WiFi cameras in that AirBnB you’re staying in

There have been a few too many stories lately of AirBnB hosts caught spying on their guests with WiFi cameras, using DropCam cameras in particular. Here’s a quick script that will detect two popular brands of WiFi cameras during your stay and disconnect them in turn. It’s based on glasshole.sh. It should do away with Read more about Detect and disconnect WiFi cameras in that AirBnB you’re staying in[…]

Researcher finds simple way of elevating user privileges on Windows PCs and nobody notices for ten months

A security researcher from Colombia has found a way of assigning admin rights and gaining boot persistence on Windows PCs that’s simple to execute and hard to stop –all the features that hackers and malware authors are looking for from an exploitation technique. What’s more surprising, is that the technique was first detailed way back Read more about Researcher finds simple way of elevating user privileges on Windows PCs and nobody notices for ten months[…]

Branch.io bug left ‘685 million’ netizens open to website hacks

Bug-hunters have told how they uncovered a significant security flaw that affected the likes of Tinder, Yelp, Shopify, and Western Union – and potentially hundreds of millions of folks using these sites and apps. The software sniffers said they first came across the exploitable programming blunder while digging into webpage code on dating websites. After Read more about Branch.io bug left ‘685 million’ netizens open to website hacks[…]

Senators to Google: Why didn’t you disclose massive Google+ vulnerability sooner? Oh, and Why can’t you Google the breach itself?

3 GOP senators want Google to give answers over data leak that affected 500,000 users. Source: Senators to Google: Why didn’t you disclose Google+ vulnerability sooner? It’s only three senators and chances are you haven’t heard of the massive, millions affected data breach suffered by Google, that they didn’t report. Interestingly, if you try to Read more about Senators to Google: Why didn’t you disclose massive Google+ vulnerability sooner? Oh, and Why can’t you Google the breach itself?[…]

Slow your roll: VMware urges admins to apply workarounds to DoS-inducing 3D render vuln

The vuln (CVE-2018-6977) allows an attacker with normal local user privileges to trigger an infinite loop in a 3D-rendering shader. According to VMware, a “specially crafted 3D shader may loop for an infinite amount of time and lock up a VM’s virtual graphics device”. If that happens, VMware warned, the hypervisor may rely on the Read more about Slow your roll: VMware urges admins to apply workarounds to DoS-inducing 3D render vuln[…]

MindBody-owned FitMetrix exposed millions of user records — thanks to servers without passwords – AWS strikes again

FitMetrix, a fitness technology and performance tracking company owned by gym booking giant Mindbody, has exposed millions of user records because it left several of its servers without a password. The company builds fitness tracking software for gyms and group classes — like CrossFit and SoulCycle — that displays heart rate and other fitness metric Read more about MindBody-owned FitMetrix exposed millions of user records — thanks to servers without passwords – AWS strikes again[…]

Pentagon’s weapons systems are laughably easy to hack

New computerized weapons systems currently under development by the US Department of Defense (DOD) can be easily hacked, according to a new report published today. The report was put together by the US Government Accountability Office (GAO), an agency that provides auditing, evaluation, and investigative services for Congress. Congress ordered the GAO report in preparation Read more about Pentagon’s weapons systems are laughably easy to hack[…]

World’s largest CCTV maker Xiongmai leaves at least 9 million cameras open to public viewing

Yet another IoT device vendor has been found to be exposing their products to attackers with basic security lapses. This time, it’s Chinese surveillance camera maker Xiongmai who was named and shamed by researchers with SEC Consult for the poor security in the XMEye P2P Cloud service. Among the problems researchers pointed to were exposed Read more about World’s largest CCTV maker Xiongmai leaves at least 9 million cameras open to public viewing[…]

Google shutting down Google+ after exposing data of up to 500,000 users and not disclosing breach

A vulnerability in the Google+ social network exposed the personal data of up to 500,000 people using the site between 2015 and March 2018, the search giant said Monday. Google said it found no evidence of data misuse. Still, as part of the response to the incident, Google plans to shut down the social network Read more about Google shutting down Google+ after exposing data of up to 500,000 users and not disclosing breach[…]

California bans default passwords on any internet-connected device

In less than two years, anything that can connect to the internet will come with a unique password — that is, if it’s produced or sold in California. The “Information Privacy: Connected Devices” bill that comes into effect on January 1, 2020, effectively bans pre-installed and hard-coded default passwords. It only took the authorities about Read more about California bans default passwords on any internet-connected device[…]

Apple forgot to lock Intel Management Engine in laptops, so get patching

In its ongoing exploration of Intel’s Management Engine (ME), security biz Positive Technologies has reaffirmed the shortsightedness of security through obscurity and underscored the value of open source silicon. The Intel ME, included on most Intel chipsets since 2008, is controversial because it expands the attack surface of Intel-based hardware. If compromised, it becomes side-channel Read more about Apple forgot to lock Intel Management Engine in laptops, so get patching[…]

UK ruling party’s conference app editable by world+dog, blabs members’ digits

Party chairman Brandon Lewis was planning to sell the “interactive” app – which will allow attendees to give feedback on speeches as they happen – as evidence that the ruling party was embracing tech in a bid to win over the youth vote (another idea was to have the culture secretary appear as a hologram). Read more about UK ruling party’s conference app editable by world+dog, blabs members’ digits[…]