News – November 2017


  • RAT Distributed Via Google Drive Targets East Asia

    November 30, 2017

    Researchers said that they are tracking a new remote access Trojan dubbed UBoatRAT that is targeting individuals or organizations linked to South Korea or the video game industry. While targets aren’t 100 percent clear, researchers at Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 said UBoatRAT threats are evolving and new variants are increasingly growing more sophisticated. They said ...

  • Hackers Now Have Incredibly Sophisticated Ways to Breach Banks’ Defenses

    November 29, 2017

    Global banks need to do more to protect themselves from cyberattacks after a “significant evolution” in the threat level in the last 18 months, according to the SWIFTglobal payments network. Hackers are deploying increasingly sophisticated ways of breaching banks’ cyber defenses to launch finely orchestrated attacks, SWIFT said in a report co-written with defense contractor BAE Systems. ...

  • MacOS security flaw grants admin access to anyone

    November 28, 2017

    Apple, Apple, Apple. What are we going to do with you? In your most recent High Sierra macOS release, it turns out you’ve given a way for any local user to take over a Mac — lock, stock, and two smoking barrels. This exploit doesn’t require any mad NSA-type hacker skillz. All you have to do is go ...

  • Hackers are scanning computers worldwide for open Bitcoin and Ethereum wallets…

    November 27, 2017

    Security researcher Didier Stevens setup a trap, or in digital security terms – a “honeypot”.  Think of it as digital sting operation, where someone puts a server online open to attack – but nothing of value is really there, it’s only there to record the attacks as they happen. The logs of these honeypots revealed hackers ...

  • ‘Treat infosec fails like plane crashes’ – but hopefully with less death and twisted metal

    November 24, 2017

    The world has never been so dependent on computers, networks and software so ensuring the security and availability of those systems is critical. Despite this, major security events resulting in loss of data, services, or financial loss are becoming increasingly commonplace. Brian Honan, founder and head of Ireland’s first CSIRT and special adviser on internet security to ...

  • Imgur—Popular Image Sharing Site Was Hacked In 2014; Passwords Compromised

    November 24, 2017

    Only after a few days of Uber admitting last year’s data breach of 57 million customers, the popular image sharing site disclosed that it had suffered a major data breach in 2014 that compromised email addresses and passwords of 1.7 million user accounts. In a blog post published on Friday, Imgur claimed that the company had been notified of ...

  • New Mirai Variant Found Spreading like Wildfire

    November 23, 2017

    A security researcher reportedly discovered a new variant of Mirai (identified by Trend Micro as ELF_MIRAI family) that is quickly spreading. A notable increase in traffic on port 2323 and 23 was observed over the weekend, with around 100 thousand unique scanner IPs coming from Argentina. The release of the Proof-of-Concept (PoC) exploit code in a public vulnerabilities database was ...

  • HP patches severe code execution bug in enterprise printers

    November 23, 2017

    HP has issued firmware patches to fix a security flaw which allowed attackers to perform remote code execution attacks on enterprise-grade printers. FoxGlove Security researchers issued an advisory disclosing the technical details of the bug, CVE-2017-2750, earlier this week. The team tested out HP’s PageWide Enterprise Color MFP 586 and the HP Color LaserJet Enterprise M553 models, and found they ...

  • Uber concealed huge data breach

    November 21, 2017

    Uber concealed a hack that affected 57 million customers and drivers, the company has confirmed. The 2016 breach was hidden by the ride-sharing firm which paid hackers $100,000 (£75,000) to delete the data. The company’s former chief executive Travis Kalanick knew about the breach over a year ago, according to Bloomberg, which first broke the news. The hackers ...

  • Google collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled

    November 21, 2017

    Many people realize that smartphones track their locations. But what if you actively turn off location services, haven’t used any apps, and haven’t even inserted a carrier SIM card? Even if you take all of those precautions, phones running Android software gather data about your location and send it back to Google when they’re connected to ...

  • Container ship loading plans are ‘easily hackable’

    November 20, 2017

    Security researchers have warned that it might be possible to destabilise a container ship by manipulating the vessel stowage plan or “Bay Plan”. The issue stems from the absence of security in BAPLIE EDIFACT, a messaging system used to create ship loading and container stowage plans – for example which locations are occupied and which are ...

  • Your biggest threat is inside your organisation and probably didn’t mean it

    November 19, 2017

    It doesn’t have a super-sexy moniker like KRACK or Heartbleed, but the spectre of the insider threat looms large for organisations, and has done so for as long as electricity, silicon, and computing have been paired up to store information. While it’s easy to imagine a disgruntled, unhappy employee becoming a malicious actor within an organisation, and dumping the ...

  • Massive US military social media spying archive left wide open in AWS S3 buckets

    November 17, 2017

    Three misconfigured AWS S3 buckets have been discovered wide open on the public internet containing “dozens of terabytes” of social media posts and similar pages – all scraped from around the world by the US military to identify and profile persons of interest. The archives were found by UpGuard’s veteran security-breach hunterChris Vickery during a routine scan of open ...

  • Oracle Issues Emergency Patches for ‘JoltandBleed’ Vulnerabilities

    November 16, 2017

    Oracle pushed out an emergency update for vulnerabilities affecting several of its products that rely on its proprietary Jolt protocol. The bugs were discovered by researchers at ERPScan who named the series of five vulnerabilities JoltandBleed. The vulnerabilities are severe, with two of the bugs scoring 9.9 and 10 on the CVSS scale.  Products affected include Oracle PeopleSoft ...

  • Bluetooth Hack Affects 20 Million Amazon Echo and Google Home Devices

    November 15, 2017

    Remember BlueBorne? A series of recently disclosed critical Bluetooth flaws that affect billions of Android, iOS, Windows and Linux devices have now been discovered in millions of AI-based voice-activated personal assistants, including Google Home and Amazon Echo. As estimated during the discovery of this devastating threat, several IoT and smart devices whose operating systems are often updated less frequently than smartphones and ...

  • Physical Theft Meets Cybercrime: The Illicit Business of Selling Stolen Apple Devices

    November 15, 2017

    Online scams and physical crimes are known to intersect. In an incident last May, we uncovered a modus operandi and the tools they can use to break open iCloud accounts to unlock stolen iPhones. Further research into their crossover revealed how deep it runs. There’s actually a sizeable global market for stolen mobile phones—and by extension, ...

  • Banking Trojan Gains Ability to Steal Facebook, Twitter and Gmail Accounts

    November 14, 2017

    Security researchers have discovered a new, sophisticated form of malware based on the notorious Zeus banking Trojan that steals more than just bank account details. Dubbed Terdot, the banking Trojan has been around since mid-2016 and was initially designed to operate as a proxy to conduct man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks, steal browsing information such as stored credit card information ...

  • DHS, FBI describe North Korea’s use of FALLCHILL malware

    November 14, 2017

    The North Korean government has likely been using the malware since 2016 to target the aerospace, telecommunications, and finance industries, the US government says. The federal government on Tuesday issued an alert detailing the North Korean government’s use of malware known as FALLCHILL, warning that North Korea has likely been using the malware since 2016 to target the ...

  • 17-Year-Old MS Office Flaw Lets Hackers Install Malware Without User Interaction

    November 14, 2017

    You should be extra careful when opening files in MS Office. When the world is still dealing with the threat of ‘unpatched’ Microsoft Office’s built-in DDE feature, researchers have uncovered a serious issue with another Office component that could allow attackers to remotely install malware on targeted computers. The vulnerability is a memory-corruption issue that resides in all ...

  • Google security report finds phishing to be biggest threat

    November 14, 2017

    In an effort to better understand how users accounts get ‘hijacked,’ Google collaborated with the University of California at Berkeley to investigate how the black markets responsible for obtaining and selling user credentials operate. The study took place from March 2016 to March 2017 and the research focused primarily on tracking several large black markets trading ...