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 Fidelis Cybersecurity researcher Jason Reaves demonstrated how covertly exchange data using X.509 digital certificates. The proof of concept code is using SubjectKeyIdentifier and generating certificates on the fly.
The "UDPoS" Point of Sale malware is using DNS traffic to exfiltrate stolen credit card data.
Talos analyzed malware threat targeting Olympic computer systems during the opening ceremony. The main purpose was information gathering and destroying the system.
Zero-day vulnerability in the Bitmessage messaging client was exploited to steal Electrum cryptocurrency wallet keys.
Trustwave analyzed multi-stage Microsoft Word attack which is NOT using macros. Really creative technique.
Microsoft can't fix Skype privilege escalation bug without the massive code rewrite, so they postponed it for a while.
Facebook is advertising their Onavo VPN application, but there are a few reasons why it is really not a good idea to use it.
Facebook is spamming users via SMS registered for two factor authentication (2FA). Then posts their responses on a wall.
(Not only) Performance analysis of a Retpoline mitigation for Spectre vulnerability.
A guide on how to brutefoce Linux Full Disk Encryption (LUKS) volumes using Hashcat software.
Proof of concept of LibreOffice remote arbitrary file disclosure vulnerability. It is possible to silently send any files. All operating systems affected before 5.4.5/6.0.1 versions.