News – July 2017


  • INTERPOL World 2017 strengthens resolve for international cooperation to address crime

    July 31, 2017

    SINGAPORE – INTERPOL World 2017 concluded on a resounding note, with 8,362 attendees from over 40 countries and regions gathered at the event to network, source and forge alliances with the security community. 565 government leaders, international organization representatives, technology innovators and academics engaged in robust dialogues at the Congress, addressing future security challenges, with ...

  • Hackers descend on Las Vegas to expose voting machine flaws

    July 30, 2017

    Election officials and voting machine manufacturers insist that the rites of American democracy are safe from hackers. But people like Carten Schurman need just a few minutes to raise doubts about that claim. Schurman, a professor of computer science at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark, used a laptop’s Wi-Fi connection Friday to gain access to ...

  • Dubai Health Authority (DHA) launches information security project

    July 30, 2017

    The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has launched an information security project, which comes in line with the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy. The strategy was launched by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with an aim to strengthen Dubai’s position as a world leader ...

  • SMEs supplying large firms asked to prove cyber security systems are in place

    July 30, 2017

    One in three small and medium-sized enterprises have had their cyber security precautions questioned as part of winning a contract in the past year, a study by cyber security platform Cybsafe found. Meanwhile, half have had cyber security clauses added to new contracts in the past five years and 44 per cent had been required to ...

  • Virgin America Hacked, Employee Passwords and Personal Information Compromised

    July 28, 2017

    Virgin America has confirmed in a letter sent to employees that its network was compromised by hackers, with data belonging to thousands of workers compromised and possibly stolen by the attackers. While an investigation is already under way, the airline did not provide any specifics about the hackers, saying instead that it’s working with law enforcement ...

  • Healthcare executives are investing heavily in cybersecurity technology but analysts worry that approach is shortsighted

    July 28, 2017

    Healthcare executives report a growing number of cyberattacks against their organizations over the past two years, and the vast majority have countered with larger cybersecurity investments to combat those threats. But analysts say that funding is concentrated too heavily on technology and not enough on staffing. Two-thirds of healthcare organizations have invested in information security over the past ...

  • Attack Uses Docker Containers To Hide, Persist, Plant Malware

    July 27, 2017

    A novel attack vector allows for adversaries to abuse the Docker API to hide malware on targeted systems, and even execute remote code. The proof of concept attack was developed by researchers at Aqua Security, and the technique was first demonstrated today at Black Hat by Sagie Dulce, senior security researcher, with Aqua Security. The attack works ...

  • 3 New CIA-developed Hacking Tools For MacOS & Linux Exposed

    July 27, 2017

    WikiLeaks has just published a new set of classified documents linked to another CIA project, dubbed ‘Imperial,’ which reveals details of at least three CIA-developed hacking tools and implants designed to target computers running Apple Mac OS X and different flavours of Linux operating systems. If you are a regular reader of THN, you must be ...

  • CowerSnail — Windows Backdoor from the Creators of SambaCry Linux Malware

    July 27, 2017

    Last month, we reported about a group of hackers exploiting SambaCry—a 7-year-old critical remote code execution vulnerability in Samba networking software—to hack Linux computers and install malware to mine cryptocurrencies. The same group of hackers is now targeting Windows machines with a new backdoor, which is a QT-based re-compiled version of the same malware used to ...

  • APT Group Uses Catfish Technique To Ensnare Victims

    July 27, 2017

    Meet Mia Ash, a 20-something London-based photographer, amateur model, social media butterfly with a keen interest in tech-savvy guys with ties to the oil and gas industry. You guessed it. Mia Ash doesn’t exist. Ash, according to Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit, is a virtual persona stitched together by the APT known as Cobalt Gypsy, OilRig, ...

  • Microsoft announces huge bug bounty rewards for security flaws

    July 27, 2017

    Microsoft has announced the Windows Bounty Program with rewards as high as $250,000 for users who can find bugs in Windows 10. While the company has had a number of previous bug bounty programs, this is the first one to target features in its Windows operating system specifically. Microsoft’s new program not only covers Windows 10 but ...

  • Swedish PM Lofven drops two ministers over IT crisis

    July 27, 2017

    Sweden’s Prime Minister, Stefan Lofven, says his minority government will not resign despite a security crisis over the handling of sensitive public data. He said two ministers would leave their posts, rejecting calls for a snap election. Citing Brexit and security he said “I won’t put Sweden in political crisis.” Meanwhile, the main opposition bloc said a vote ...

  • UniCredit Bank Hacked, 400,000 Accounts Exposed

    July 26, 2017

    UniCredit has just announced in an official statement that its servers were breached by hackers, with details of approximately 400,000 clients said to be exposed. The bank explained that hackers managed to get inside its systems in Italy twice in the last 12 months. The first hack took place in September and October 2016, while the ...

  • Global ransomware attacks on the rise: Europol

    July 25, 2017

    Global ransomware attacks soared by over 11 percent in the 12 months to March, Europol reported Tuesday, but specialist tools developed with its partners had helped unlock some 28,000 encrypted devices. “Ransomware has soared since 2012, with criminals lured by the promise of profit and ease of implementation,” the European police agency said in a statement. According ...

  • Experts Unveil Cyber Espionage Attacks by CopyKittens Hackers

    July 25, 2017

    Security researchers have discovered a new, massive cyber espionage campaign that mainly targets people working in government, defence and academic organisations in various countries. The campaign is being conducted by an Iran-linked threat group, whose activities, attack methods, and targets have been released in a joint, detailed report published by researchers at Trend Micro and Israeli ...

  • Adobe will kill Flash by 2020

    July 25, 2017

    Adobe has officially set a kill date for its beleaguered Flash. The Photoshop giant said today it plans to end support for the hacker-prone multimedia browser plugin by the end of 2020. This means no more updates for Flash Player after that date and the end of support on many browsers, including Chrome, Internet Explorer and ...

  • Novel Attack Tricks Servers to Cache, Expose Personal Data

    July 25, 2017

    Researcher Omer Gil has devised a way to trick a web server into caching pages and exposing personal data. The so-called web caching attack targets sites that use content delivery network (CDN) services such as Akamai and Cloudflare. These services act as traffic load balancers and reverse proxies, and store files that are frequently retrieved in ...

  • Medical technology is advancing, but how secure is it?

    July 25, 2017

    We’re fortunate to live in an age when medical technology is hyper-advanced and continuing to innovate rapidly. Today, depending on where you live, you may expect to live to be up to 80 years or older; but just a hundred years ago, most people didn’t make it beyond the age of 50. Obviously researchers, medical professionals, ...

  • Apple Users, Beware! A Nearly-Undetectable Malware Targeting Mac Computers

    July 24, 2017

    Yes, even Mac could also get viruses that could silently spy on its users. So, if you own a Mac and think you are immune to malware, you are wrong. An unusual piece of malware that can remotely take control of webcams, screen, mouse, keyboards, and install additional malicious software has been infecting hundreds of Mac ...

  • Sweden data leak ‘a disaster’, says PM

    July 24, 2017

    The Swedish government has admitted to a huge data leak made by one of its own departments during an IT outsourcing procedure in 2015. Sweden’s prime minister said it was “a disaster”, Swedish media reported. Reports say that confidential data about military personnel, along with defence plans and witness protection details, were exposed by the Transport Agency. They ...