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  • Flaw in Multiple Airline Systems Exposes Passenger Data

    February 7, 2019

    Researchers have discovered that multiple airline e-ticketing systems do not encrypt check-in links. The security faux pas could allow bad actors on the same network as the victim to view – and in some cases even change – their flight booking details or boarding passes. Security researchers at Wandera said that eight airlines have been sending ...

  • South African Power Firm Eskom Fails To Secure Customer Data

    February 6, 2019

    A security researcher resorted to a public tweet about a serious data breach involving customer data, after a South African electricity provider ignored all other pleas to resolve the leak. Security researcher Devin Stokes issued the public tweet to Eskom, which is South Africa’s state-owned electricity company. The fact that Eskom, which supplies 95 percent of the electricity ...

  • New macOS zero-day allows theft of user passwords

    February 6, 2019

    A German security researcher has published a video over the weekend showing a new zero-day affecting Apple’s macOS desktop operating system. In an interview to German tech site Heise, Linus Henze, the security researcher, says the vulnerability allows a malicious app running on a macOS system to get access to passwords stored inside the Keychain –the password management ...

  • Cyber exercise shows need for closer federal-state coordination

    February 6, 2019

    An attack by bad guys online and on the ground on a big city’s critical infrastructure can straddle jurisdictional lines between local and federal authorities, making coordination among those groups critical but tricky, according to participants in a recent resilience exercise. “We’re outgunned when it comes to nation-state cyberattacks” that could target cyber and physical targets ...

  • Android Phones Can Get Hacked Just by Looking at a PNG Image

    February 6, 2019

    Using an Android device? Beware! You have to remain more caution while opening an image file on your smartphone—downloaded anywhere from the Internet or received through messaging or email apps. Yes, just viewing an innocuous-looking image could hack your Android smartphone—thanks to three newly-discovered critical vulnerabilities that affect millions of devices running recent versions of Google’s mobile ...

  • Your New Car Is A Hacker Magnet — Automotive Industry Disconnect To Blame

    February 6, 2019

    The car that you drive today is a far cry from those of just a decade ago and in many ways is now an internet-connected computer on wheels. This push towards connectivity and smart-motoring has seen the automotive manufacturing industry shift towards becoming as much about software as they are transportation. And that means it ...

  • APT10 Targeted Norwegian MSP and US Companies in Sustained Campaign

    February 6, 2019

    A sustained cyberespionage campaign targeting at least three companies in the United States and Europe was uncovered by Recorded Future and Rapid7 between November 2017 and September 2018. Based on the technical data uncovered, and in light of recent disclosures by the U.S. Department of Justice on the ongoing activities of Chinese state-sponsored threat actors, ...

  • Pro-Tibet groups targeted with ExileRAT in spy campaign

    February 5, 2019

    Researchers have uncovered a new cyberespionage campaign which is targeting pro-Tibetan individuals in order to distribute the ExileRAT Trojan. On Monday, researchers from Cisco Talos said that the new campaign delivers a malicious Microsoft PowerPoint document containing the Remote Access Trojan (RAT) which is capable of stealing system and personal information, terminating or launching processes, surveillance and the ...

  • The APT Name Game: How Grim Threat Actors Get Goofy Monikers

    February 5, 2019

    What’s in a name? When it comes to advanced persistent threat groups, it is often quite a bit. While their monikers’ may seem whimsical – Fancy Bear, Nomadic Octopus, Ocean Lotus and Darkhotel – the reality is these are not arbitrary names. In fact, many are similar to schoolyard nicknames or a type of shorthand – ...

  • Sophisticated new phishing campaign targets the C-suite

    February 5, 2019

    A new phishing campaign to steal login credentials is being launched on businesses – specifically the C-suite. Researchers at GreatHorn first discovered the campaign which targets senior executives by claiming to be from the company’s CEO. The fake email regards the rescheduling of a board meeting. By following the link from this email and users are greeted with a ...

  • Over 485,000 Ubiquiti devices vulnerable to new attack

    February 4, 2019

    Ubiquiti Networks is working on a fix for a newly discovered security issue affecting its devices that attackers have been exploiting since July last year. The issue impacts over 485,000 devices, according to an internet scan conducted by US cyber-security firm Rapid7. Mass-exploitation attacks were first spotted last week by Jim Troutman, co-founder of internet exchange point ...

  • iOS 12.1.4 is coming to fix the worst iPhone and iPad bug to date

    February 2, 2019

    If you’re running iOS 12.1 or later on your iPhone, then the iOS 12.1.4 patch that’s coming next week is a must-have because it patches what the worst iOS bug to hit iPhone and iPad users to date. According to Apple, this patch will land “next week.” iOS 12.1.4 will fix a FaceTime bug that offered ...

  • Chafer APT Takes Aim at Diplomats in Iran with Improved Custom Malware

    February 1, 2019

    The Remexi spyware has been improved and retooled. An Iran-linked APT known as Chafer has been targeting various entities based in Iran with an enhanced version of a custom malware. Meanwhile the victimology suggests the threat group is waging a cyber-espionage operation against diplomats there. Over the course of the autumn, analysts at Kaspersky Lab observed attackers ...

  • Collections #2-5 unearthed with 2.2 billion unique records now exposed online

    February 1, 2019

    Researchers have established that more than 600GB of personal information is circulating online after finding a monster cache of four additional ‘Collection’ folders. The Collection #1 leak discovered earlier this month was considered one of the largest leakages of personal data in history, with more than 773 million unique email addresses, and 22 million passwords, found ...

  • Metro Bank targeted with 2FA-bypassing SS7 attacks

    February 1, 2019

    Metro Bank has reportedly fallen victim to a sophisticated two-factor authentication (2FA) bypass attack after hackers infiltrated a telecoms firm’s text messaging protocol. The Signalling Systems No. 7 (SS7) protocol is used by telecom firms to coordinate how texts and calls are routed around the world. But according to Motherboard, hackers are more actively exploiting SS7, and ...

  • FBI Mapping ‘Joanap Malware’ Victims to Disrupt the North Korean Botnet

    January 31, 2019

    The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) announced Wednesday its effort to “map and further disrupt” a botnet tied to North Korea that has infected numerous Microsoft Windows computers across the globe over the last decade. Dubbed Joanap, the botnet is believed to be part of “Hidden Cobra“—an Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) actors’ group often known as ...

  • Prepare to Defend Your Network Against Swarm-as-a-Service

    January 31, 2019

    Swarm technology may be a game changer for the bad guys if organizations don’t change their tactics. The digital world we now inhabit creates unprecedented opportunities – both for good and for ill. One of these possibilities is swarm-based tools that can be used to either attack or defend the network. This possibility, or set of possibilities, ...

  • Airbus data breach impacts employees in Europe

    January 30, 2019

    European aerospace corporation Airbus disclosed today a security breach that impacted its commercial aircraft manufacturing business. The company said the security breach “resulted in unauthorised access to data.” According to a press release published earlier today, Airbus said that “some personal data was accessed,” but “mostly professional contact and IT identification details of some Airbus employees in Europe.” Read more… Source: ...

  • Theoretical Ransomware Attack Could Lead to Global Damages Says Report

    January 29, 2019

    According to a speculative cyber risk scenario prepared by Cambridge University for risk management purposes, a ransomware strain that would manage to impact more than 600,000 businesses worldwide within 24 hours would potentially lead to damages of billions not covered by insurers. First of all, it is important to understand that although the numbers look very scary, this type of ...

  • Users of illegal websites targeted in joint law-enforcement activity

    January 29, 2019

    The National Crime Agency, working with law enforcement partners from 14 countries, has taken action against a number of cyber criminals website users linked to four million attacks across the globe. This latest action is part of Operation Power Off, which pursues those individuals and services responsible for committing or facilitating DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) ...