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Florida Man jailed for 4 years after raking in a million bucks from spam

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:32:08 GMT

Miscreant used stolen email accounts to cram crap into inboxes

A marketer who used stolen email accounts to trouser more than a million dollars by spamming people has been sent down for four years.…

Paper factory fired its sysadmin. He returned via VPN and caused $1m in damage. Now jailed

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:24:11 GMT

34-month sentence and he has to pay his old bosses back

A sacked system administrator has been jailed after hacking the control systems of his ex-employer – and causing over a million dollars in damage.…

Probe President Trump and his crappy Samsung Twitter-o-phone, demand angry congressfolk

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:40:28 GMT

The Galaxy S3 is real but is its security FAKE NEWS?

Fifteen members of US Congress have asked the House Oversight Committee to investigate whether President Trump is putting national security at risk by using an insecure phone and holding sensitive meetings in public.…

Smash up your kid's Bluetooth-connected Cayla 'surveillance' doll, Germany urges parents

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:45:18 GMT

Or switch it off, bin it, bury it, whatever's necessary

Germany's Federal Network Agency, or Bundesnetzagentur, has banned Genesis Toys' Cayla doll as an illegal surveillance device.…

US account holders more likely to switch banks following fraud

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:30:07 GMT

More evidence that security = happy customers

Account holders in the US are more likely to switch banks in the aftermath of fraud, according to a new study.…

Mystery deepens over Android spyware targeting Israeli soldiers

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:59:09 GMT

'Unlikely Hamas is responsible' – researchers

Hackers are continuing to target Israeli Defence Force (IDF) personnel with Android spyware but doubts have emerged that Hamas is behind the cyber-spying operation.…

New Royal Navy Wildcat helicopters can't transmit vital data

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:17:10 GMT

Crews have to land and move tactical info around via USB sticks. No, really

Britain's latest military helicopter fleet has still not had a tactical data link capability fitted, two years after the aircraft entered service.…

US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:08:13 GMT

Rookie's bill targets visa applicants, may never happen

A newbie congressman has floated his first ever US law bill – one that demands visitors to America hand over URLs to their social network accounts.…

Don’t panic over cyber-terrorism: Daesh-bags still at script kiddie level

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:44:59 GMT

Medieval terror bastards not great at hacking says ex-top NSA lawyer

RSA USA There’s no need to panic about the threat of a major online terrorist attack, since ISIS and their allies are all talk and no trousers. That's according to the former head of the US National Counterterrorism Center.…

Corpse of US anti-spying law unearthed, reanimated, pushed blinking into the sunlight

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:16:45 GMT

Bill reintroduced to crack down on location snooping

US Congressional lawmakers on Wednesday reintroduced legislation to establish rules limiting how American government agencies can obtain a person's whereabouts.…

Haven't deleted your Yahoo account yet? Reminder: Hackers forged login cookies

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 14:33:13 GMT

We're! not! even! bothering! with! exclamation! mark! this! time!

Yahoo! is reminding folks that hackers broke into its systems, and learned how to forge its website's session cookies. That allowed the miscreants to log into user accounts without ever typing a password.…

F-Secure buys industrial control security firm

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:19:08 GMT

Also locks down automotive and aviation electronics

F-Secure has acquired hardware and embedded system security firm Inverse Path. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Thursday, were undisclosed.…

Former NSA techies raise $8m for their data governance startup

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 12:00:13 GMT

Immuta to free up data scientists in 'highly regulated' environments

Immuta, a data governance startup run by former US National Security Agency technicians, has announced the conclusion of its Series A funding round, pulling in $8m.…

Revealed: Web servers used by disk-nuking Shamoon cyberweapon

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:58:14 GMT

Avoid this wonderful malware on your network by black-holing connections

A detailed analysis of the Shamoon malware – which is playing a huge role in the cyberwar between Saudi Arabia and Iran – has identified servers used to spread the software nasty.…

Crypto-curious? Wickr's opened its kimono for code review

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:54:06 GMT

Look, don't copy: 'this is not an open source license'

Ephemeral messaging application Wickr has opened up the core crypto software of its Wickr Professional app so others can review it.…

ITU ponders whether blockchain belongs in its security standards

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:02:08 GMT

Security working group has decided it wants to know what it needs to know

The International Telecommunication Union has decided the time has come to consider whether Blockchain deserves its attention so it can be considered for future security standards.…

As Microsoft touts Windows Insider for biz, let's take a look at W10's broken 2FA logins

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:36:56 GMT

Smart card support busted? Redmond says: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

For months now, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update has broken two-factor logins using certain smart cards – and Microsoft has refused to discuss it.…

Republicans send anti-Signal signal to US EPA

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:41:16 GMT

Resistance is futile as probe demanded into environment agency staffers

US House Republicans Lamar Smith (R-TX) and Darin LaHood (R-IL) have demanded a probe into staff at the US Environmental Protection Agency who are apparently using private encrypted communications.…

OK, it's time to talk mass spying again: America's Section 702 powers are up for renewal

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:34:43 GMT

And tech groups are starting the fightback now

Analysis While the entire US political machinery has been caught up with one Trump-based scandal after another over the past three weeks, larger underlying issues are starting to re-emerge. And top of the list is mass surveillance.…

Rasputin whips out large intimidating tool, penetrates uni, city, govt databases – new claim

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:20:29 GMT

Ra, Ra Rasputin. SQL injection is his thing

A Russian-speaking miscreant dubbed "Rasputin," who potentially hacked into the US Election Assistance Commission and sold access to its systems, has struck again, it is claimed.…

Verizon! surprisingly! OK! with! Yahoo! despite! mega-hack!

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:48:37 GMT

Can't get that bonus if the merger falls through, so meh, shave off 5% and let's go

Verizon will savagely slash its acquisition offer for hacker-ransacked Yahoo! by, wait a minute, just 5.2 per cent, it is claimed.…

UK credit broker fined £120k for spamming folk with five million texts

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 16:35:07 GMT

Consent wording not enough to prevent a spanking by the ICO

Updated A UK credit broker has been fined £120,000 for sending more than five million unlawful text messages.…

Pwnd Android conference phone exposes risk of spies in the boardroom

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:00:08 GMT

Researchers could listen in on meetings and plant backdoors

Security researchers have uncovered a flaw in conference phone systems from Mitel that create a means for hackers to listen in on board meetings.…

Kremlin-linked hackers believed to be behind Mac spyware Xagent

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 13:22:09 GMT

iPhone backups can be slurped for Mother Russia, say researchers

Kremlin-linked spies have been blamed for cooking up malware called Xagent, which targets victims running macOS to steal passwords, grab screenshots and exfiltrate iPhone backups stored on the Mac.…

Forget quantum and AI security hype, just write bug-free code, dammit

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:02:11 GMT

Crypto panel lets loose at conference

RSA USA Every year, the RSA Conference in San Francisco brings out the best and the brightest for its crypto panel, and the view from the floor was simple. Ignore the fads and hyped technology, and concentrate on the basics: good, clean, secure programming.…

Google claims ‘massive’ Stagefright Android bug had 'sod all effect'

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:27:11 GMT

And hackers didn't have much luck either with other flaws in the mobe OS

RSA USA Despite shrill wailings by computer security experts over vulnerabilities in Android, Google claims very, very few of people have ever suffered at the hands of its bugs.…

Meet LogicLocker: Boffin-built SCADA ransomware

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 03:02:09 GMT

Pay the ransom, or restore from backup. Choose wisely!

Let's start with the “calm down” part of the article: yes, LogicLocker is ransomware designed for programmable logic controllers, but no, the cyber-geddon isn't upon us.…

Inside Confide, the chat app 'secretly used by Trump aides': OpenPGP, OpenSSL, and more

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 02:52:46 GMT

Security experts skeptical of encrypted messenger's claims

Rumors that President Donald Trump's aides are using an encrypted messaging app called Confide has landed the software firmly in the spotlight – and under the security microscope.…

ASLR-security-busting JavaScript hack demo'd by university boffins

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:15:05 GMT

Amster-damn, that's a hell of a vulnerability to make browser bug exploitation easier

Researchers in Europe have developed a way to exploit a common computer processor feature to bypass a crucial security defense provided by modern operating systems.…

Apple: Don't panic, but your Mac can be pwned via GarageBand .bands

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:29:04 GMT

macOS gets patch for critical flaw in music app

Apple says a newly patched hole in its GarageBand music tool could allow for remote code execution on the Mac.…

'We need a new Geneva Convention to protect all citizens from snoops'

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:07:39 GMT

Private biz needs to push back against government pressure, says Microsoft prez

RSA USA In 1949, the world’s nations came together to sign the Geneva Conventions, according respect in times of war to civilians, soldiers incapable of fighting, and prisoners of war. Now we need to go back and do the same for civilians caught up in online conflict, according to Microsoft.…

Bruce Schneier: The US government is coming for YOUR code, techies

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:36:30 GMT

Open source has won, but victory may be fleeting

OSLS The Open Source Leadership Summit began on Tuesday amid roads closed by a landslide: held in The Resort at Squaw Creek near Lake Tahoe, California, it was not easily accessible to attendees traveling Highway 80 from the San Francisco Bay Area.…

No crypto backdoors, more immigration ... says Republican head of House Committee on Homeland Security

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:38:56 GMT

Is there something in the water in San Francisco?

RSA USA Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX), head of the US House Committee on Homeland Security, seemed a tad off-message today at the RSA USA security conference.…

Roses are red, bugs make you blue, Patch Tuesday is late, because Microsoft loves you

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 20:00:48 GMT

Adobe and Nvidia on the other hand...

IT admins hoping to get out of the office early for Valentine's Day have received some potentially welcome or heartbreaking news from Microsoft, depending on how they're set up.…

Battle of the botnets: My zombie horde's bigger than yours

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:15:32 GMT

DDoSing over 100Gbps up 140%. Mirai worst but Spike peaks at 517Gbps

DDoS attacks more than doubled in the last quarter of 2016 compared to the same period the year before.…

UK website data insecurity worries: Users in bits over car break-up emails

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:42:59 GMT

Don't break my car... my achy brake-y car.. or is that do?

Updated Popular car parts website is dangerously insecure, a veteran UK security consultant warns.…

The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:56:14 GMT

Summary: You're (mostly) screwed without preparation

Getting into America can be tricky at the moment if you have the wrong skin color or the wrong surname.…

SaaS-y security outfit CrowdStrike falls out of love with test lab

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:21:05 GMT

Tries – and fails – to have court suppress review of its Falcon product

Updated SaaS-y endpoint protection outfit CrowdStrike has failed in an attempt to prevent the publication of a review detailing its software's qualities.…

Roses are red, you're over the moon, 'cos you work in infosec, and you're retiring soon

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:28:03 GMT

'Cliff edge' drop for UK cybersecurity industry

The UK's aging cybersecurity workforce is approaching a "retirement cliff edge," according to a new survey.…

Explain! yourself! US! senators! yell! at! Yahoo!

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 01:57:09 GMT

Purple Palace pressed to come clean on its mega-breaches

A couple of US senators have accused Yahoo! of not cooperating with their attempts to investigate its now-notorious database security breaches.…

Infosec pros aren't too bothered by Trump – it's his cabinet sidekicks you need to worry about

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:43:38 GMT

Crackdown on H-1B abuse is fine, backdoors no way

BSidesSF We're less than a month into Donald Trump's reign in America, and so much has already kicked off. Since we're at the BSides San Francisco infosec conference this week, we asked security pro here to "rate my president."…

WTF is up with the W3C, DRM and security bods threatened – we explain

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:25:03 GMT

Five years on, attempts at compromise on web standards still fueling fights

Analysis A lengthy battle over the inclusion of digital rights management as a Web standard is coming to a head, with a set of new guidelines planned for early March.…

IT bosses: Get budgets for better security by rating threats on a scale of zero to Yahoo!

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:48:15 GMT

Tips for running a compliant but safe network

BSides SF What do you reckon US government regulations on computer security look like? If you selected outdated, contradictory and avoidable, congrats, you're an industry veteran – or you were paying attention to a talk this morning at the BSidesSF 2017 infosec conference.…

Bloke, 27, arrested, tech gear seized by cops over UK Sports Direct hack

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:34:08 GMT

Chap in Shirebrook, England, on bail as probe continues

Exclusive A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the hacking of Sports Direct's internal website for employees, The Register can reveal.…

Brave VMs to destroy themselves, any malware they find on HP's new laptop

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:53:08 GMT

1 like = 1 prayer for pre-baked Bromium virtualization tech

HP has announced plans to integrate Bromium's virtualization technology into a laptop as a defence against malware.…

Russia and China bombard Blighty with 188 cyberattacks in 3 months

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:34:12 GMT

Security secrets and private businesses are all fair game

Britain has been hit by 188 "high-level attacks" in the last three months.…

Google to cough up $20m after Chrome rips off anti-malware patents

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 15:04:27 GMT

Actual residents of Texas Eastern District prevail

Google has been ordered to pay $20m damages after its Chrome browser sandbox technology was found to have infringed four anti-malware patents.…

Worldwide bank attack blitz linked to Sony Pictures hacking crew

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 12:47:50 GMT

Symantec securobods: Lazarus could be back from the dead

Evidence has surfaced that hackers blamed for the infamous Sony Pictures hack and the notorious Bangladesh Central Bank account heist have launched a fresh wave of assaults.…

Despite the spiel, we're still some decades from true anti-malware AI

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 10:17:06 GMT

Vendors stuff jargon into antivirus marketing mix

Opinion The cybersecurity industry is investing heavily in "machine learning" technologies in the hope of providing a more dynamic defence against malware. The practical upshot of this is that the delegates to the RSA Conference next week are likely to hear a lot about artificial intelligence in next-generation antivirus (NGAV) even though neither term is particularly well defined.…

That guy using a Surface you keep seeing around town could be a spy

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 01:39:59 GMT

Surface devices and Windows 10 are now NSA-approved for use by US government workers

Microsoft's pointed out that the United States' National Security Agency has added some Surface devices to the nation's okay-for-accessing-secure-information list.…