News – September 2018


  • Defence Secretary reveals new generation of ‘cyber cadets’

    September 30, 2018

    The Cadets CyberFirst programme, delivered by Ministry of Defence cadet organisations and the GCHQ National Cyber Security Centre, will equip over 2,000 cadets a year with the skills and expertise to become future leaders in this emerging industry. Over £1 million will be invested in the programme each year, giving cadets the opportunity to learn how ...

  • UK Conservative Party conference app leaks MPs’ personal details

    September 29, 2018

    A mobile conferencing app developed for the UK’s Conservative Party leaked the private details of people who registered to attend party conferences, including the details of party members and UK government officials. The leak was discovered on Saturday afternoon, September 29, by Guardian columnist Dawn Foster who posted her findings on Twitter.  Foster discovered that anyone who ...

  • Health insurer Bupa fined £175k after staffer tried to sell customer data on dark web souk

    September 28, 2018

    International health insurance business Bupa has been fined £175,000 after a staffer tried to sell more than half a million customers’ personal information on the dark web. The miscreant was able to access Bupa’s CRM system SWAN, which holds records on 1.5 million people, generate and send bulk data reports on 547,000 Bupa Global customers to ...

  • Facebook security breach: Up to 50m accounts attacked

    September 28, 2018

    Facebook has said “almost 50 million” of its users were left exposed by a security flaw. The company said attackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in a feature known as “View As” to gain control of people’s accounts. The breach was discovered on Tuesday, Facebook said, and it has informed police. Users that had potentially been affected ...

  • DanaBot Banking Trojan Found Targeting European Countries

    September 27, 2018

    Security researchers recently discovered a banking trojan named DanaBot (detected by Trend Micro as TROJ_BANLOAD.THFOAAH) being distributed to European countries via spam emails. Here’s what you need to know about this threat, how users and businesses can defend against it, and how managed detection and response can help address this threat. What is DanaBot? DanaBot is a banking trojan, written in ...

  • EU lawmakers push for cybersecurity, data audit of Facebook

    September 27, 2018

    European Union lawmakers appear set this month to demand audits of Facebook by Europe’s cybersecurity agency and data protection authority in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. A draft resolution submitted Thursday to the EU Parliament’s civil liberties and justice committee urged Facebook to accept “a full and independent audit of its platform investigating data ...

  • Port of San Diego suffers cyber-attack, second port in a week after Barcelona

    September 27, 2018

    Two major international ports fell victim to cyber-attacks within the span of a week, putting the shipping industry on alert for a possible threat actor targeting the entire sector. The first to fall was the Port of Barcelona, Spain, on September 20, last week. The second attack was reported yesterday, September 25, by the Port of ...

  • Cybersecurity Researchers Spotted First-Ever UEFI Rootkit in the Wild

    September 27, 2018

    Cybersecurity researchers at ESET have unveiled what they claim to be the first-ever UEFI rootkit being used in the wild, allowing hackers to implant persistent malware on the targeted computers that could survive a complete hard-drive wipe. Dubbed LoJax, the UEFI rootkit is part of a malware campaign conducted by the infamous Sednit group, also known as ...

  • Cobalt threat group serves up SpicyOmelette in fresh bank attacks

    September 27, 2018

    Advanced persistent threat group (APT) the Cobalt Gang, also known as Gold Kingswood, is spreading SpicyOmelette malware in campaigns targeting financial institutions worldwide. In a world where cyberattacks against businesses and consumers alike are spreading and evolving in nature and sophistication, it is often financial institutions which bear the brunt. Banking customers hoodwinked by fraudulent schemes or ...

  • US government hacker jailed after losing secrets

    September 26, 2018

    A man who illegally took home hacking tools from his workplace at the National Security Agency, and then allegedly lost them to Russian intelligence, has been jailed for five years and six months. Nghia Hoang Pho, 68, developed hacking tools at the NSA’s elite Tailored Access Operations (TAO) unit, which works on penetrating target computer networks ...

  • VPNFilter’s Arsenal Expands With Newly Discovered Modules

    September 26, 2018

    Seven new modules discovered in VPNFilter further fill in the blanks about how the malware operates and reveals a wider breath of capabilities. Researchers have discovered new modules in VPNFilter – the malware behind the widespread campaign in May that infected 75 router brands – revealing that its capabilities are much more widespread and sophisticated than previously thought. After ...

  • New Linux Kernel Bug Affects Red Hat, CentOS, and Debian Distributions

    September 26, 2018

    Security researchers have published the details and proof-of-concept (PoC) exploits of an integer overflow vulnerability in the Linux kernel that could allow an unprivileged user to gain superuser access to the targeted system. The vulnerability, discovered by cloud-based security and compliance solutions provider Qualys, which has been dubbed “Mutagen Astronomy,” affects the kernel versions released between ...

  • Man gets two years in prison for sabotaging US Army servers with ‘logic bomb’

    September 25, 2018

    A US judge has sentenced an Atlanta man to two years in prison followed by three years of supervised release for sabotaging one of the US Army’s payroll databases with a “logic bomb.” The man’s sentence is related to an incident that occurred in November 2014 and affected the US Army’s Regional Level Application Software (RLAS). According ...

  • Over 80 Cisco Products Affected by FragmentSmack DoS Bug

    September 25, 2018

    Cisco is currently looking into its product line to determine which products and services use Linux kernel 3.9 or above, which is vulnerable to the FragmentSmack denial-of-service (DoS) bug. The networking hardware manufacturer already assembled a list of more than 80 products that are affected by the vulnerability. Many of them expect a fix by February ...

  • Pennsylvania Senate Democrats paid $700,000 to recover from ransomware attack

    September 24, 2018

    The Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus paid $703,697 to Microsoft to rebuild its IT infrastructure after suffering a ransomware infection in March 2017. The incident took place on March 3, 2017, when the organization’s entire IT systems, including its web servers, went down at the hands of a yet-to-be-revealed ransomware strain. The ransomware encrypted files and requested payment of ...

  • macOS Mojave Privacy Bypass Flaw Allows Access to Protected Files

    September 24, 2018

    A security researcher shows on Mojave’s release day that Apple’s  latest privacy protection implementations in macOS are not sufficiently strong. In a minute-long clip, Patrick Wardle shows that the security in the dark-themed macOS can be bypassed to reach sensitive user data, such as the information in the address book. Talking to BleepingComputer, Wardle says that he ...

  • Adwind RAT Scurries By AV Software With New DDE Variant

    September 24, 2018

    A newly-discovered spam campaign is spreading the Adwind 3.0 remote-access tool (RAT) – and using a fresh take on the Dynamic Data Exchange (DDE) code-injection technique for anti-virus evasion. The spam campaign features two types of droppers that leverage a new variant to the already-known DDE code-injection attack on Microsoft Excel – enabling them to bypass ...

  • Cisco: We’ve killed another critical hard-coded root password bug, patch urgently

    September 24, 2018

    Cisco has supplied a patch for its Video Surveillance Manager software to erase hardcoded default credentials for the root account. Admins responsible for appliances running Cisco’s surveillance software should urgently patch the flaw, which has a Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) version 3 score of 9.8 out of a possible 10. The flaw would allow an attacker ...

  • Tesco Bank facing £30m fine from FCA over 2016 cyber attack

    September 24, 2018

    Tesco Bank could be fined as much as £30 million over its 2016 cyber attack that compromised the accounts of at least 40,000 of its seven million customers. The attack in November 2016 is one of the most serious ever on a UK retail bank, with money stolen from 20,000 accounts over one weekend – some customers seeing ...

  • Researcher Discloses New Zero-Day Affecting All Versions of Windows

    September 21, 2018

    A security researcher has publicly disclosed an unpatched zero-day vulnerability in all supported versions of Microsoft Windows operating system (including server editions) after the company failed to patch a responsibly disclosed bug within the 120-days deadline. Discovered by Lucas Leong of the Trend Micro Security Research team, the zero-day vulnerability resides in Microsoft Jet Database Engine that could ...