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Ride-snare: Lyft ruse helps cops cuff suspect in tech CEO murder case

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:27:04 GMT

'How would you rate your ride?'

A police officer in Fayette County, Atlanta, has nabbed a murder suspect by appropriating the Lyft vehicle he figured the perp hoped to use as a getaway car.…

Everything you need to know about the Petya, er, NotPetya nasty trashing PCs worldwide

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 03:19:29 GMT

This isn't ransomware – it's merry chaos

Analysis It is now increasingly clear that the global outbreak of a file-scrambling software nasty targeting Microsoft Windows PCs was designed not to line the pockets of criminals, but spread merry mayhem.…

See you in 2023 – Bitcoin exchange bigwig gets 66 months in the slammer

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:54:36 GMT

Murgio gets off easy in money laundering case

A kingpin of the ill-fated Bitcoin exchange was today handed a 66-month prison sentence for conspiracy, fraud, and money laundering.…

Pwned UK SME fined £60K for leaving itself vulnerable to hack attack

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:25:09 GMT

Vid game biz failed to carry out pen-testing

A small UK company that suffered a cyber attack has been fined £60,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).…

50th anniversary of the ATM opens debate about mobile payments

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:56:11 GMT

What's the future of cash?

Analysis Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Automated Teller Machine (ATM), the first of which was installed outside Barclays Bank, Enfield Town in north London.…

Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:48:33 GMT

Petya or cattle?

Updated A huge ‪ransomware‬ outbreak has hit major banks, utilities and telcos in Ukraine as well as victims in other countries.…

Microsoft: We'll beef up security in Windows 10 Creators Edition Fall Update

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:00:10 GMT

EMETs? I've had a few

The next big update to Windows 10 Creators Edition is out in the Fall – and Redmond is hyping up its security chops.…

Make sure your Skype is up to date because FYI there's a nasty hole in it

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 12:26:06 GMT

Nothing to see here, says Microsoft, just more crappy code

Infosec researchers have discovered a nasty and exploitable security vulnerability in older versions of Skype on Windows.…

European Commission chucks cash at UR – the universal language of mind your own biz

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:01:10 GMT

Funding for French privacy browser – and why not

Privacy-focused French browser developer UR* has scored a grant from the European Union it hopes will help turbo charge its nascent technology.…

Idea to encrypt stuff on the web at rest hits the IETF's Standard Track

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:26:09 GMT

Mozilla engineer spots a gap in online security, reaches for the patch kit

Amid the rise of HTTPS, there are still many spots where content shifted encrypted across the web is ultimately stored in wide-open plain text, so a Mozilla engineer wants to close one of those gaps.…

Cisco and McAfee decide users just can't be trusted not to click on dodgy attachments

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 02:58:07 GMT

So they've welded Advanced Threat Defense to Email Security Appliances

Cisco's adding McAfee's Advanced Threat Defense to platforms supported by its Email Security Appliance platform.…

US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 23:42:38 GMT

Why does anyone do anything? I don't know, I was really drunk at the time

Fueled by beer and bitterness, a US techie logged into his ex-employer's radio towers to sabotage them – and is now behind bars as a result.…

Tremble in fear, America, as Daesh-bags scrawl cyber-graffiti on .gov webpages no one visits

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:53:40 GMT

Oh no, not Ohio's Dept of Rehabilitation and Corrections

A crew of useful idiots called Team System Dz defaced US government and business websites over the weekend in the name of medieval terror bastards Daesh (aka the Islamic State).…

Braking news: AA password reset email cockup crashes servers

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:14:36 GMT

Motoring monolith stalls as punters slam into website

UK car insurance giant the AA caused all sorts of confusion on Monday after accidentally sending out a "password update" email to people.…

UK Parliament hack: Really, a brute-force attack? Really?

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 13:25:05 GMT

Two words: Sweet 2FA

Comment Just under 90 Parliamentary email accounts were compromised by a brute force attack on the parliamentary network over the weekend. And there is a long-established technology which can normally see off this kind of attack.…

Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:27:09 GMT

2-day meeting will focus on getting firms to open back doors

The Australian government looks set to take a hard line on encryption at this week’s Five Eyes meeting, and encourage the other nations in the network to jump on the back-door band wagon.…

Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 10:56:34 GMT

HMS Queen Elizabeth prepares to sail for the first time

Britain’s largest ever warship, aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, is due to sail from her Rosyth dockyard on her maiden voyage today.…

UK parliamentary email compromised after 'sustained and determined cyber attack'

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 06:08:21 GMT

Brute force attack on weak passwords, cracked <90 email accounts

The Parliament of the United Kingdom has admitted it experienced a “sustained and determined cyber attack” over the weekend and says <90 email accounts have been compromised as a result.…

Tavis Ormandy to Microsoft: Have another Windows Defender vuln

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 04:02:09 GMT

Microsoft to Tavis: Here's the fix. Any chance we could have a day off?

Google Project Zero bug-hunter Tavis Ormandy has alerted the world to yet another way Microsoft's anti-virus tool Windows Defender could be attacked.…

WannaCrypt blamed for speed camera reboot frenzy in Australia

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 22:47:57 GMT

No ransom demands recorded and it's hit Linux, but Police say it's ransomware

A contractor in the Australian State of Victoria has managed to infect an unknown number of speed cameras with a virus, over sneakernet.…

Anthem to shell out $115m in largest-ever data theft settlement

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:09:25 GMT

Good day to be an attorney, or a Maserati salesman

Health insurer Anthem has today agreed to pay $115m to settle a class-action suit brought on by its 2015 cyber-theft of 78.8 million records.…

AES-256 keys sniffed in seconds using €200 of kit a few inches away

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 22:58:08 GMT

Van Eck phreaking getting surprisingly cheap

Side-channel attacks that monitor a computer's electromagnetic output to snaffle passwords are nothing new. They usually require direct access to the target system and a lot of expensive machinery – but no longer.…

US Secretary of State: Я буду работать с Россией по вопросам кибербезопасности

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 21:08:11 GMT

Pish, hackers, smackers, says Rex Tillerson

Analysis US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has expressed a willingness to work directly with Russia on cybersecurity and other issues.…

Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 20:09:09 GMT

Unreleased 64-bit ARM versions, Server editions among dumped data

Exclusive A massive trove of Microsoft's internal Windows operating system builds and chunks of its core source code have leaked online.…

Not Apr 1: Google stops scanning your Gmail to sling targeted ads at you

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 19:53:52 GMT

Given the amount of data it already has on you, why bother?

Google has said it will no longer scan the content of Gmail messages to sell targeted adverts to users of the free service.…

Virgin Media router security flap follows weak password expose

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 15:34:08 GMT

You're not using the password from the sticker, are you?

Virgin Media has urged 800,000 customers to change their passwords to guard against possible hacking attack.…

Russian hackers selling login credentials of UK politicians, diplomats – report

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 12:31:10 GMT

They're oldies but could still spill the goodies, say experts

Russians hackers are trading the email addresses and passwords of top UK politicians and diplomats.…

Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:02:07 GMT

Let’s invent a dustbin that throws itself away

Something for the Weekend, Sir? What the world needs now is an intelligent dustbin. It would be the pinnacle of achievement for the Internet of Things sector.…

Latest Windows 10 Insider build pulls the trigger on crappy SMB1

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:21:05 GMT

Redmond adds UI tweaks, more emojis and Edge enticements

Microsoft has released the newest build of Windows 10 Insider, version 16226, to developers on its fast-track release list.…

WikiLeaks doc dump reveals CIA tools for infecting air-gapped PCs

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 21:12:30 GMT

Brutal Kangaroo jumps network breaks, according to leaked classified info

WikiLeaks has published online more top-secret documents it has obtained from the CIA describing the agency's hacking tools. This time the dossier details software codenamed Brutal Kangaroo that agents can use to infect targets' air-gapped computers with malware.…

Microsoft PatchGuard flaw could let hackers plant rootkits on x64 Windows 10 boxen

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 16:02:08 GMT

Redmond shrugs, says PC would already need to be thoroughly pwned

Flaws in Microsoft PatchGuard create a means for hackers to plant rootkits on Windows 10, 64-bit OS devices.…

Two Brits nabbed amid probe into global plot to hack Microsoft network

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:19:19 GMT

Organised crime coppers cuff young men

Updated Detectives have arrested two men in the UK this morning in connection with an international "conspiracy" to break into the Microsoft network.…

UCL ransomware attack traced to malvertising campaign

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:27:10 GMT

Researchers finger trojan-slinging AdGholas group

Security researchers have suggested that the ransomware attack on University College London last week was spread through a "malvertising" campaign.…

'No decision' on Raytheon GPS landing system aboard Brit aircraft carriers

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:04:10 GMT

We've already got one tried and tested system, huffs MoD

The Ministry of Defence has insisted it has made “no decision” to install the US Navy’s JPALS aircraft carrier landing system aboard HMS Prince of Wales, the second of the Royal Navy’s two new 65,000-tonne aircraft carriers.…

Researcher calls the fuzz on OpenVPN, uncovers crashy vulns

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 01:56:09 GMT

Patches for servers and clients already out there – get updating just in case

OpenVPN has patched a bunch of security vulnerabilities that can be exploited to crash the service or, at a pinch, potentially gain remote-code execution.…

Homeland Security: Putin’s hackers tried to crack electoral networks in 21 US states

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 00:16:13 GMT

Senate Intelligence Committee frustrated by lack of details

Russian attempts to hack key American election systems are more advanced than first thought, according to Homeland Security officials on Wednesday.…

Cybereason snags $100m from Softbank to mount distribution, tech offensive

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:59:50 GMT

'This deal is the coming of age of the offensive security model'

Cybersecurity startup Cybereason is looking to go to the next level after securing $100m in funding from SoftBank.…

Breach at's Cyber Essentials scheme exposes users to phishing attacks

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:41:11 GMT

How does that rank on the Morissette Scale?

Updated The operation behind the UK government's Cyber Essentials scheme has suffered a breach exposing the email addresses of registered consultancies, it told them today.…

Honda plant in Japan briefly stops making cars after fresh WannaCrypt outbreak

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:57:57 GMT

No minivans or sedans rolled out of plant for 24 hours

Honda said today that it had briefly halted operations at a car plant in Sayama, Japan earlier this week because of the infamous WannaCrypt ransomware.…

Ad 'urgently' seeks company to build national e-ID system

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:27:04 GMT

People Per Hours alert does not specify which government

An intriguing, and slightly concerning, job ad has appeared on freelancing website People Per Hour, entitled: "URGENT!!! Delivery of a National e-ID System".…

Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:40:40 GMT

Redmond readies the ground for Kaspersky's EU antitrust suit

Windows 10 does disable some third-party security software, Microsoft has admitted, but because of compatibility – not competitive – issues.…

US is Number One! In sales register hacking attacks, at least

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:15:55 GMT

Fraudsters love America's easy-to-hack card slurpers

Hacking attacks against sales terminals have risen by nearly a third last year, and the US is still leading the way in being insecure.…

Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:59:18 GMT

♪ I'm gonna wait... til the midnight hour, when there's no one else around

A UK hacker who stole £100,000 from his bank after spotting a loophole in its systems has been jailed for 16 months.…

NSA had NFI about opsec: 2016 audit found laughably bad security

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:02:06 GMT

Unlocked racks. No 2FA. No access control lists. No wonder Snowden got away with it

Second-rate opsec remained pervasive at the United States' National Security Agency, according to an August 2016 review now released under Freedom of Information laws.…

South Korean hosting co. pays $1m ransom to end eight-day outage

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 03:02:08 GMT

Talked scum down from $4.4m after they waltzed through unpatched legacy mess

A South Korean web hosting company is forking out just over US$1 million to ransomware scum after suffering more than eight days of nightmare.…

Stack Clash flaws blow local root holes in loads of top Linux programs

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 01:03:06 GMT

We knew about this in 2005. And 2010. And people are still building without -fstack-check

Powerful programs run daily by users of Linux and other flavors of Unix are riddled with holes that can be exploited by logged-in miscreants to gain root privileges, researchers at Qualys have warned.…

Mexican government accused of illegal phone hacking of citizens

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 23:32:25 GMT

Investigation reveals targeting of journalists and activists

An investigation by Mexican NGOs and a Canadian tech lab has revealed how the Mexican government is illegally targeting the mobile phones of journalists, lawyers and activists to spy on them.…

US voter info stored on wide-open cloud box, thanks to bungling Republican contractor

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:00:29 GMT


A massive cloud-hosted database containing personal information on nearly 200 million people in America was left wide open by consultants hired by the US Republican National Committee, it is claimed.…

Fancy buying our aircraft carrier satnav, Raytheon asks UK

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:11:06 GMT

System might only be fitted to HMS Prince of Wales – reports

American defence firm Raytheon has said it is in talks with the Ministry of Defence to put the US Navy’s “satnav for F-35s” system onto new British carrier HMS Prince of Wales.…

It's 2017, and UPnP is helping black-hats run banking malware

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:00:11 GMT

Pinkslipbot malware copies Conficker for C&C channel

Another banking malware variant has been spotted in the wild, and it's using UPnP to pop home routers to expose unsuspecting home users, recruited as part of the botnet.…