News – May 2018


  • GLitch: New ‘Rowhammer’ Attack Can Remotely Hijack Android Phones

    May 3, 2018

    For the very first time, security researchers have discovered an effective way to exploit a four-year-old hacking technique called Rowhammer to hijack an Android phone remotely. Dubbed GLitch, the proof-of-concept technique is a new addition to the Rowhammer attack series which leverages embedded graphics processing units (GPUs) to carry out a Rowhammer attack against Android smartphones. Rowhammer is a problem ...

  • A critical security flaw in popular industrial software put power plants at risk

    May 2, 2018

    A severe vulnerability in a widely used industrial control software could have been used to disrupt and shut down power plants and other critical infrastructure. Researchers at security firm Tenable found the flaw in the popular Schneider Electric software, used across the manufacturing and power industries, which if exploited could have allowed a skilled attacker to ...

  • This malware checks your system temperature to sidestep sandboxing

    May 1, 2018

    GravityRAT is a Trojan which checks the temperature of a system to detect the presence of virtual machines (VMs) and prevent efforts at analysis by researchers. By taking thermal readings, the Remote Access Trojan (RAT), which has become a recent menace in India, attempts to find out whether or not VMs are being employed for the ...

  • Millions of Home Fiber Routers Vulnerable to Complete Takeover

    May 1, 2018

    Consumers lucky enough to have blazing-fast 1Gbps internet access in their homes are likely to use the internet more than lower-broadband households; however, millions of them are at risk for hackers to gain wide-ranging access to their internet activities (including being able to view full browsing histories). A comprehensive assessment of various GPON home routers by vpnMentor has ...

  • Volkswagen Cars Open To Remote Hacking, Researchers Warn

    May 1, 2018

    Over the last few years, automakers like Ford, Jeep, Nissan and Toyota have all suffered car-hacking vulnerabilities in their vehicles. Now,  it looks like Volkswagen has been pulled into the mix after researchers discovered that in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems in certain Volkswagen-manufactured cars could be remotely hacked. Not only that, but it’s possible to pivot to more critical ...

  • KRACK Vulnerability Puts Medical Devices At Risk

    April 30, 2018

    A slew of devices from medical technology company Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) are vulnerable to the infamous KRACK key-reinstallation attack, potentially enabling hackers to change and exfiltrate patient records. The KRACK vulnerability, discovered last October, is an industry-wide glitch in the WPA and WPA2 protocol for securing Wi-Fi that can cause “complete loss of control over data,” ...