Let's Encrypt recapitulated the last year in the operation of their ACME based certification authority, and summarized the challenges that they will work on in 2019.
They intend to deploy multi-perspective validation, checking multiple distinct Autonomous Systems for domain validation, preventing potential BGP hijacks. They also plan to run own Certificate Transparency (CT) log.
According to the consultant Nathan Ziehnert, "CenturyLink 50 hour outage at 15 datacenters across the US — impacting cloud, DSL, and 911 services was caused by a single network card sending bad packets."
Great blog by Artem Dinaburg, where he is resurrecting 30 years old fuzzing techniques from the famous research papers to run them on on the current Linux distro. Successfully.
An article by Wired about the fake murder for hire services on dark web and a freelance security researcher that took them down. As it turned out, some clients killed their targets themselves.
Multiple newspaper publishers in the US were hit by a ransomware attack, delaying their operations.
The European Union starts running bug bounties on Free and Open Source Software.
Foxit Readers' proof of concept exploit for the Use-After-Free vulnerability (CVE-2018-14442) was published on Github.
Attacker launched multiple servers that return an error message to the connected Electrum clients, which then turn them into a fake update prompt linking to a malware.
Adam Langley published blog about the zero-knowledge attestation when using FIDO based authentication. It could prevent a single-vendor policy some sites started to require.
Interesting blog post by Wouter Castryck on "CSIDH: post-quantum key exchange using isogeny-based group actions".
The security researcher Bruno Keith published a a proof of concept for a remote code execution vulnerability in Microsoft Edge browser (CVE-2018-8629).
If you are interested in older car hacking/tuning, check this article about overcoming the speed limitation on an old Japanese Subaru Impreza STi.
Jonathan “smuggler” Logan published study on the future of black markets and cryptoanarchy named "Dropgangs, or the future of darknet markets".
The German government-issued identity card (nPA) SDK had a critical security vulnerability allowing an attacker to impersonate arbitrary users against affected web applications.
One of the largest dark Web hosting service providers was hacked using the PHP vulnerability we wrote a week ago and taken offline by deleting the whole database.
More than 6500 Dark Web services were hosted there which means that literally one third of the publicly facing dark web is gone.
For 30 months, internet traffic going to Australian Defense websites flowed through the China Telecom's data centers due to BGP hijacking.
"How the strange routing occurred is known. But the reasons why it persisted for so long aren't, and many involved in the situation aren't eager to directly comment."
The Computer Emergency Response Team of Ukraine (CERT-UA) and the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine detected a new malware Pterodo Windows backdoor that was targeting computers at Ukrainian government agencies.
The US government is persuading wireless and internet providers in allied countries to avoid telecommunications equipment from Chinese company Huawei.
Mozilla published a blog post about their concern regarding the EU Terrorist Content Regulation.
TinkerSec security researchers published on a Twitter a great story about his insider penetration testing assignment. Really good read, he got busted.
The VUSec security group published ECCploit paper and an article demonstrating Rowhammer bitflip exploits on the Error-correcting Code (ECC) enabled systems.
The Crypto.cat author, security researcher Nadim Kobeissi published ProtonMail encryption paper, "An Analysis of the ProtonMail Cryptographic Architecture".
MiSafes' Kids Watcher child-tracking smartwatches can be compromised, children can be tracked.
Zydis is the ultimate, open-source X86 & X86-64 decoder/disassembler library.
Facebook, Google, Cisco, WhatsApp and other industry partners get together to create Message Layer Security as an open standard for end-to-end encryption with formal verification. Messaging Layer Security is now an IETF working group as well.
Long read about the takedown of Gooligan, Android botnet that was stealing OAuth credentials back in 2016.
The Israeli security company CTS Labs published information about a series of exploits against AMD chips just one day after they have notified the AMD.
Russia orders company behind the Telegram messaging application to hand over users’ encryption keys.
Hacker behind Guccifer 2.0 pseudonym, known for providing WikiLeaks with stolen emails from the US Democratic National Committee, was an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate.
Fascinating in depth blog about the breaking security of the Ledger cryptocurrency hardware wallet.
There was a Facebook bug which made persistent XSS in Facebook wall possible by embedding an external video using the Open Graph protocol.
Documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal that the NSA worked to “track down” Bitcoin users.
Dark Web Map - a visualization of the structure of 6.6k Tor's onion services, a.k.a. hidden services, a.k.a. the dark web.