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InfoSec Week 3, 2018

Notoriously known Necurs spam botnet is sending millions of spam emails that are pumping shitcoin cryptocurrency named Swisscoin. Attackers are probably invested and are expecting to do pump-and-dump scheme.

Nice article on Russia's hacking capabilities against the foreign critical infrastructure.

Taiwanese police has handed malware-infected USB sticks as prizes for cybersecurity quiz. The malware was some old sample trying to communicate with non-existing C&C server in Poland. The thumb drives were infected by third-party contractor.

New research is analyzing usage of the Certificate Authority Authorization (CAA) DNS records. CAA records enable domain owners to explicitly tell which certificate authority may issue digital certificates for their domain. Only 4 of the large DNS operators that dominate the Internet’s DNS infrastructure enabled their customers to configure CAA records, but things are getting better after this audit.

Lenovo engineers have discovered a backdoor affecting RackSwitch and BladeCenter switches running ENOS (Enterprise Network Operating System). The company already released firmware updates.
The backdoor was added to the source code in 2004 when it was maintained by Nortel.

Nice technical report about PowerStager, Python / C / PowerShell malware used in the Pyeongchang Olympic themed spear phishing attack.

InfoSec Week 2, 2018

New research has found a flaw in a group messaging part of a Signal protocol used by Signal, WhatsApp and Threema. It’s hardly exploitable, but the server (attacker) could be, in some theoretical scenario, able to silently join an encrypted group chat.

Janit0r, author of the mass internet scanning campaign known as Internet Chemotherapy, released two more blogs about the campaign. Interesting.

A tale about the npm package which crawled user entered credit card information from the websites. It is a work of fiction, but published few hours after dozens of npm packages stopped working due to missing dependencies... Scary.

HC7 Planetary Ransomware is probably the first known ransomware asking for Ethereum as a ransom payment. It's for Windows users only.

There is a hardwired network backdoor in the Western Digital MyCloud drives (user: mydlinkBRionyg, password: abc12345cba). Vendor probably patched it six months after reported.

Wi-Fi Protected Access III - WPA3 will be forced on a marked this year. Hopefully a lot of security enhancements to wi-fi protocol will be delivered by the WPA3-certified devices.

Let's Encrypt certification authority has temporarily disabled TLS-SNI-01 authorization challenge due to reported exploitation technique possible on a shared hosting infrastructure.

Google Cloud security engineers reported remote code execution vulnerability in the AMD Platform Security Processor.

Brian Krebs wrote a blog about the flourishing online markets with the stolen credentials.

VirusTotal has a new feature, a visualization tool for the relationship between files, URLs, domains and IP addresses.

A Meltdown vulnerability proof of concept for reading passwords out of Google Chrome browser.

InfoSec Week 51, 2017

There is a remotely exploitable vulnerability in the Vitek CCTV firmware. Reverse netcat shell included.

Matthew Green thinks that the recently discovered "Extended Random" extension of the RSA’s BSAFE TLS library found in the older Canon printers could be NSA backdoor.

Filippo Valsorda presented the key recovery attack against the carry bug in x86-64 P-256 elliptic curve implementation in the Go library. JSON Web Encryption affected.

Explanation how web trackers exploit browser login managers to track users on the Internet.

According to the hacker Konstantin Kozlovsky, the creation of WannaCry and Lurk malware was supervised by the Russian FSB agency.

Short blog about the cracking encrypted (40-bit encryption) PDFs using hashcat.

Crooks behind the VenusLocker ransomware to Monero mining. They are executing Monero CPU miner XMRig as a remote thread under the legitimate Windows component wuapp.exe.

Two Romanian hackers infiltrated nearly two-thirds of the outdoor surveillance cameras in Washington, DC, as part of an extortion scheme.

Proofpoint researchers published paper on largely undocumented LazarusGroup campaigns targeting cryptocurrency individuals and organizations. The research covers implants and tactics not currently covered in the media.

InfoSec Week 36, 2017

The security researcher Pierre Kim has discovered ten critical zero-day vulnerabilities in D-Link routers.

There is a new research paper published on a security of a Bluetooth stack named "The dangers of Bluetooth implementations: Unveiling zero day vulnerabilities and security flaws in modern Bluetooth stacks." Really alarming vulnerabilities discussed.
From a paper: "BlueBorne allows attackers to take control of devices, access corporate data and networks, penetrate secure “air-gapped” networks, and spread malware to other devices. The attack does not require the targeted device to be set on discoverable mode or to be paired to the attacker’s device."

FireEye has analyzed a malicious Microsoft Office RTF document that leveraged CVE-2017-8759, a SOAP WSDL parser code injection vulnerability leveraged by attackers to distribute notoriously known FinFisher / FINSPY malware.
I have included exploit example that is published on a GitHub.

Kaspersky Labs have analyzed the trend of malicious cryptocurrency mining practices on an infected machines.

The Android BankBot malware found on Google Play store is targeting multiple UAE banking applications.

Good analysis of how the JavaScript framework can be abused to bypass XSS mitigations, specifically NoScript’s XSS filter.

NSA had developed the capability to decrypt and decode Kazaa and eDonkey file-sharing apps traffic to determine which files are being shared, and what queries are being performed over those P2P networks.

Formally verified implementation of Curve25519 made it into Firefox 57. And it is 20% faster on 64-bit architectures.

A nice curated list of IDA plugins.

The Future Of Malware

With the current state of technology and the massive “boom” of the implementation of the encryption libraries, decentralized, trustless...