- DUHK Attack Exposes Gaps in FIPS Certification
October 24, 2017
Despite the obligatory logo and clever name, this week’s assault on crypto, the so-called DUHK attack (Don’t Use Hardcoded Keys), isn’t likely to be part of many threat models.
Though the attack can be used to passively decrypt VPN and encrypted browser traffic, it relies on a host of implementation errors in admittedly ancient security appliances to trigger ...
- Google Finds 7 Security Flaws in Widely Used Dnsmasq Network Software
October 2, 2017
Security researchers have discovered not one or two, but a total of seven security vulnerabilities in the popular open source Dnsmasq network services software, three of which could allow remote code execution on a vulnerable system and hijack it.
Dnsmasq is a widely used lightweight network application tool designed to provide DNS (Domain Name System) forwarder, ...
- Internet-wide security update put on hold over fears 60 million people would be kicked offline
September 28, 2017
A multi-year effort to update the internet’s overall security has been put on hold just days before it was due to be introduced, over fears that as many as 60 million people could be forced offline.
DNS overseer ICANN announced on Thursday it had postponed the rollout of a new root zone “key signing key” (KSK) used to secure the internet’s foundational ...
- D-Link router riddled with 0-day flaws
September 12, 2017
A security researcher has shamed D‑Link by publicly disclosing 10 serious, as-yet unpatched vulnerabilities in a line of consumer-grade routers without notifying the vendor first.
Security researcher Pierre Kim went public on a series of flaws in D‑Link DIR 850L wireless AC1200 dual-band gigabit cloud routers without disclosing the issue to D‑Link beforehand because of a ...
- US Warns of ‘DeltaCharlie’ – A North Korean DDoS Botnet Malware
June 14, 2017
The United States government has released a rare alert about an ongoing, eight-year-long North Korean state-sponsored hacking operation.
The joint report from the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provided details on “DeltaCharlie,” a malware variant used by “Hidden Cobra” hacking group to infect hundreds of thousands of computers globally as part of its ...
- WikiLeaks Vault 7: CIA’s “Pandemic” Tool Replaces Files with Malware
June 2, 2017
WikiLeaks has released a new set of documents from its Vault 7 series, this time detailing a tool that the CIA allegedly uses to spread malware on a targeted organization’s network.
Appropriately called “Pandemic,” the tool can install a file system filter driver on a network, replacing legitimate files with malicious payload when they are accessed ...
- Taiwan government to block Google’s public DNS in favor of HiNet’s
May 11, 2017
The Taiwanese government intends to block Google’s public DNS service, citing cybersecurity concerns.
The question is whether those concerns are the government’s or its citizens’, with the government pushing its own DNS service – a setup that is typically used to spy on people’s internet communications.
The announcement comes, somewhat unusually, in the form of a PDF ...
- Russian-controlled telecom hijacks financial services’ Internet traffic
April 28, 2017
On Wednesday, large chunks of network traffic belonging to MasterCard, Visa, and more than two dozen other financial services companies were briefly routed through a Russian government-controlled telecom under unexplained circumstances that renew lingering questions about the trust and reliability of some of the most sensitive Internet communications.
Anomalies in the border gateway protocol—which routes large-scale ...
- Symantec API Flaws reportedly let attackers steal Private SSL Keys and Certificates
March 27, 2017
A security researcher has disclosed critical issues in the processes and third-party API used by Symantec certificate resellers to deliver and manage Symantec SSL certificates.
The flaw, discovered by Chris Byrne, an information security consultant and instructor for Cloud Harmonics, could allow an unauthenticated attacker to retrieve other persons’ SSL certificates, including public and private keys, ...
- New Fileless Malware Uses DNS Queries To Receive PowerShell Commands
March 5, 2017
It is no secret that cybercriminals are becoming dramatically more adept, innovative, and stealthy with each passing day.
While new forms of cybercrime are on the rise, traditional activities seem to be shifting towards more clandestine techniques that involve the exploitation of standard system tools and protocols, which are not always monitored.
The latest example of such ...
- China makes VPNs illegal to tighten its Great Firewall
January 23, 2017
China is long known for its strict Internet censorship laws through the Great Firewall of China – China’s Golden Shield project that employs a variety of tricks to censor Internet and block access to various foreign websites in the country by its government.
The Great Firewall has blocked some 171 out of the world’s 1,000 top ...
- Router Vulnerabilities Disclosed in July Remain Unpatched
January 17, 2017
Details on serious vulnerabilities in a number of routers freely distributed by a major Thai ISP were published on Monday after private disclosures made to the vendors in July went unanswered.
Researcher Pedro Ribeiro of Agile Information Security found accessible admin accounts and command injection vulnerabilities in ZyXel and Billion routers distributed by TrueOnline, Thailand’s largest ...