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Black Hat speaker denied entry to US in another needless hit to security research

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:15:52 +0000 It's the nightmare situation nobody wants to be in. "C'est juste un peu frustrant," said Ayoub Elaassal in a tweet last week, describing his frustration. He just found out that he had been denied entry to the US, just days before he was set to fly out from where he lives in Paris to speak at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas.

BlackHat: FBI Talks Avalanche Botnet Takedown

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:39:45 +0000 Tom Grasso, unit chief of the FBI's cyber division, took the Black Hat stage to discuss the processes and partnerships leading up to the massive Avalanche takedown in December 2016.

Linux file manager flaw leaves security "Bad Taste"

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:16:36 +0000 A recently patched flaw in the Linux-based GNOME Files file manager has been discovered that could enable hackers to create malicious Windows-based MSI files which would run malicious VBScript code on Linux.

Pathetic patching leaves over 70,000 Memcached servers still up for grabs

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:14:21 +0000 If you're running the caching service Memcached, and particularly if you're exposing it to the public internet for some reason, please make sure you've patched it. Tens of thousands of vulnerable systems haven't.

A Clever New Tool Shuts Down Ransomware Before It's Too Late

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:10:12 +0000 In the last few months, waves of ransomware attacks have pummeled the world, disrupting not just businesses but also vital services like hospital care, energy infrastructure, and telecoms. Which means the research Andrea Continella and his team have pursued recently couldn't be better timed: A tool that detects ransomware automatically, almost instantly, and restores your system from backups before hackers can fully lock it down.

70,000 Memcached Servers Can Be Hacked Using Eight-Month-Old Flaws

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:35:56 +0000 Eight months after three critical vulnerabilities were fixed in the memcached open source caching software, there are over 70,000 caching servers directly exposed on the internet that have yet to be patched. Hackers could execute malicious code on them or steal potentially sensitive data from their caches, security researchers warn.

Writing Windows or Linux apps? Microsoft just launched a cloud-powered bug hunter to find the flaws

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 10:40:49 +0000 Microsoft has unveiled a new bug hunting tool, named Microsoft Security Risk Detection, that's built to help customers find and eliminate bugs before attackers can seize on them.

Watch a Homemade Robot Crack a Safe in Just 15 Minutes

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:05:53 +0000 Last Christmas, Nathan Seidle's wife gave him a second-hand safe she'd found on Craigslist. It was, at first glance, a strange gift. The couple already owned the same model, a $120 SentrySafe combination fire safe they'd bought from Home Depot. But this one, his wife explained, had a particular feature: The original owner had locked it and forgotten the combination. Her challenge to Seidle: Open it.

Scammers demand Bitcoin in DDoS extortion scheme, deliver empty threats

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:35:24 +0000 The FBI has issued an advisory to businesses over a recent string of DDoS extortion attempts. The perpetrators are claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous or Lizard Squad, and their demands threaten sustained attacks unless a Bitcoin payment is made.

Best of Black Hat: 20 Epic Talks in 20 Years

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:55:48 +0000 This year marks the 20th anniversary of Black Hat, the information security conference founded by Jeff Moss in 1997. What began as a single meetup in Las Vegas has expanded around the world to host events in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Russian man who helped create notorious malware sentenced to 5 years

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 08:52:22 +0000 A Russian man who helped create and spread the notorious Citadel malware back in 2011 was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison by a federal judge in Atlanta.

Zero-Day Exploit Surfaces that May Affect Millions of IoT Users

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:14:02 +0000 Millions of IoT devices relying on widely used third-party toolkit gSOAP could face a zero-day attack, security firm Senrio disclosed Tuesday, which dubbed the vulnerability Devil's Ivy.