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InfoSec Week 51, 2018

Google Project Zero published a blog about the FunctionSimSearch open-source library which is capable to find similar functions in the assembly.
They are using it to detect code statically-linked vulnerable library functions in executables.
https://googleprojectzero.blogspot.com/2018/12/searching-statically-linked-vulnerable.html

London's police is testing facial recognition technology in central London this week. Feel free to get your face scanned and processed for the bright future.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/12/londons-police-will-be-testing-facial-recognition-in-public-for-2-days/

Facebook gave Spotify and Netflix access to a users' private messages. Also shared user information with Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo without explicit consent.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/18/technology/facebook-privacy.html

Researchers published results of an investigation into Russian election interference on behalf of the US Senate Intelligence Committee. They have analyzed data sets from Facebook, Twitter, Google.
https://www.newknowledge.com/disinforeport

Adam Langley wrote about their further Google Chrome TLS experiments with the post-quantum lattice based cryptography.
https://www.imperialviolet.org/2018/12/12/cecpq2.html

Matthew Green wrote his thoughts on GCHQ’s latest proposal for surveilling encrypted messaging and phone calls.
https://blog.cryptographyengineering.com/2018/12/17/on-ghost-users-and-messaging-backdoors/

Tencent Blade Team discovered a remote code execution vulnerability in SQLite. It was already fixed in Chromium.
https://blade.tencent.com/magellan/index_en.html

Good story about the investigation of the Chinese industrial espionage.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/Looking_for_Chinas_spies

University of California, Berkeley researchers are building open-source secure enclave using RISC-V.
https://hackaday.com/2018/12/13/risc-v-will-stop-hackers-dead-from-getting-into-your-computer/

Well-known cypherpunk movement founder Timothy May passed away.
https://reason.com/blog/2018/12/16/tim-may-influential-writer-on-crypto-ana

Microsoft introduced Windows Sandbox for applications.
https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-Kernel-Internals/Windows-Sandbox/ba-p/301849

Interesting paper on systematic parsing of X.509 certificates with strong termination guarantees: "Systematic Parsing of X.509: Eradicating Security Issues with a Parse Tree".
https://arxiv.org/abs/1812.04959

A Dive into Cypherlock, a tool that could prevent forced decryption.
https://medium.com/chainrift-research/farewell-forced-decryption-a-dive-into-cypherlock-e515223a7123

Instant, re-usable, generic MD5 collisions over different file formats. https://github.com/corkami/pocs/blob/master/collisions/README.md

InfoSec Week 50, 2018

According to the New York Times sources, Marriott customers' data were breached by Chinese hackers.
Attribution is hard, especially when investigating government related hacks. We have to wait for more information.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/11/us/politics/trump-china-trade.html

A Google+ API software update introduced in November had caused the Google+ API to broadcast user profiles to third-party developers, exposing the personal information of more than 52 million users.
https://www.blog.google/technology/safety-security/expediting-changes-google-plus/

Excellent journalistic piece about the location data industry. It's impossible to anonymize this kind of datasets. Really recommended!
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/10/business/location-data-privacy-apps.html

Check Point researchers found 53 critical bugs in Adobe Reader and Adobe Pro by using WinAFL fuzzer.
https://research.checkpoint.com/50-adobe-cves-in-50-days/

The Cisco Talos team wrote about the various practical side-channel attack scenarios against the encrypted messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal.
https://blog.talosintelligence.com/2018/12/secureim.html

Study finds 5 out of 17 tested certification authorities are vulnerable to spoofing domain validation by using the IP fragmentation attack.
https://i.blackhat.com/eu-18/Thu-Dec-6/eu-18-Heftrig-Off-Path-Attacks-Against-PKI.pdf

A team behind the open source automation tool Jenkins published a patch for a critical vulnerability that could allow permission checks to be bypassed through the use of specially-crafted URLs.
https://jenkins.io/security/advisory/2018-12-05/

Microsoft took the first step in advocacy for the regulation of a facial recognition technology.
https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2018/12/06/facial-recognition-its-time-for-action/

A recent variant of a Shamoon malware wiped around ten percent PCs of the Italian oil and gas company Saipem.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/shamoon-malware-destroys-data-at-italian-oil-and-gas-company/

Russian State Duma is going to prohibit Russian servicemen from publishing personal information online.
https://informnapalm.org/en/seared-by-napalm-russian-state-duma-advances-legislation-banning-russian-servicemen-from-publishing-personal-information-online/

Researcher Natalie Silvanovich from the Google Project Zero fuzzed WhatsApp application and (surprisingly) didn't find exploitable bugs, just a heap corruption.
https://googleprojectzero.blogspot.com/2018/12/adventures-in-video-conferencing-part-3.html

Australian guys, there is a GitHub repository where you can ask legal questions about the terrible Assistance and Access Bill. The questions are answered by lawyers.
https://github.com/alfiedotwtf/AABillFAQ

InfoSec Week 49, 2018

Apple included support for the WebAuthentication API in the latest Safari Release 71 (Technology Preview). The new WebAuthentication as implemented supports USB-based CTAP2 devices.
https://webkit.org/blog/8517/release-notes-for-safari-technology-preview-71/

Critical Kubernetes privilege escalation bug (CVE-2018-1002105) was found and patched during this week. When exploited, the bug allows anonymous users as well a authenticated one to use admin privileges over the cluster API.
There is an exploit published on a GitHub already.
https://gravitational.com/blog/kubernetes-websocket-upgrade-security-vulnerability/
https://github.com/evict/poc_CVE-2018-1002105

British Telecom will not use Huawei's 5G kit within the core of the network due to security concerns.
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-46453425

Security agencies in Australia will gain greater access to encrypted messages due to a new legislative.
https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-06/labor-backdown-federal-government-to-pass-greater-surveillance/10591944

US National Security Archive published a complete index of all 1504 items in the declassified collection of NSA internal Cryptolog periodical.
https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/cyber-vault/2018-12-04/cyber-brief-cryptolog

Security researchers released attacks on 7 TLS implementations, making use of Bleichenbacher and Manger's attack.
The research with a name "The 9 Lives of Bleichenbacher’s CAT: New Cache ATtacks on TLS Implementations" also includes a TLS 1.3 downgrade attack.
http://cat.eyalro.net/

Ransomware Infected 100k computers in China then demands WeChat Payment and is using XOR as an "encryption". Author was probably identified because he registered domain to his own name.
https://movaxbx.ru/2018/12/05/ransomware-infects-100k-pcs-in-china-demands-wechat-payment/

It looks like 13 years old Virut botnet is resurrected in the wild.
https://chrisdietri.ch/post/virut-resurrects/

Great blog on how guy scammed the scammer to send him photo of his ID.
https://medium.com/@hackerfantastic/scamming-the-scammers-2fb934099ccc

Nearly 250 Pages of internal Facebook documents, emails and statistics were posted online by the UK Parliament.
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/59vwez/nearly-250-pages-of-devastating-internal-facebook-documents-posted-online-by-uk-parliament

A User Data of the question-and-answer website Quora were compromised.
https://help.quora.com/hc/en-us/articles/360020212652

The records of 500 million customers of the Marriott International hotel group were compromised.
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-46401890

Interesting revisited paper: "From Keys to Databases -- Real-World Applications of Secure Multi-Party Computation."
https://eprint.iacr.org/2018/450

GTRS - is a tool that uses Google Translator as a proxy to send arbitrary commands to an infected machine.
https://github.com/mthbernardes/GTRS

InfoSec Week 48, 2018

Sennheiser's HeadSetup software is installing a root certificate into the OS Trusted CA Certificate store.
They have also put a private key on a device, the same one for all users, which allows any user to perform a man-in-the-middle SSL attacks against SSL communication.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/sennheiser-headset-software-could-allow-man-in-the-middle-ssl-attacks/

German chat platform Knuddels.de (Cuddles) has been fined 20k€ for storing user passwords in plain text.
What is interesting is that the regional GDPR data watchdog wanted to avoid bankrupting the company. "The overall financial burden on the company was taken into account in addition to other circumstances".
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/11/23/knuddels_fined_for_plain_text_passwords/

Crooks are using new attack vector to spread malware, they are requesting maintainer access to a widely-used open source projects on github, then pushing compromised version to millions of people.
https://github.com/dominictarr/event-stream/issues/116

Two international cybercriminal Rings dismantled and eight defendants indicted for causing tens of millions of dollars in losses in the digital advertising fraud.
They have produced Boaxxe/Miuref & Kovter malware.
https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA18-331A

Cisco Talos has discovered DNSpionage malware targeting governments and companies in the Middle East using phishing attack.
https://blog.talosintelligence.com/2018/11/dnspionage-campaign-targets-middle-east.html

The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned two Iranians allegedly involved in Bitcoin ransomware scheme SamSam.
They have basically put Bitcoin addresses on the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC) sanctions list.
https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm556

Scammers are changing the contact details for banks on Google Maps.
http://blog.abhijittomar.com/2018/10/19/google-business-claim-scam/

Almost all VPN browser extensions are in fact just a proxy and are vulnerable to a different level of IP leaks and DNS leaks.
https://blog.innerht.ml/vpn-extensions-are-not-for-privacy/

Google, Mozilla are working on letting web apps edit local user files despite warning it could be really dangerous.
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/google-mozilla-working-on-letting-web-apps-edit-files-despite-warning-it-could-be-abused-in-terrible/

The German Federal Office for Information Security, BSI, publishes Microsoft Windows 10 telemetry analysis.
https://www.ghacks.net/2018/11/23/german-federal-office-bsi-publishes-telemetry-analysis/

BlackBerry purchased Cylance, the machine-learning based anti-malware company for $1.4 billion dollars.
They plans to integrate Cylance's anti-malware solution into the BlackBerry Spark platform.
https://www.csoonline.com/article/3321746/security/blackberrys-acquisition-of-cylance-raises-eyebrows-in-the-security-community.html

The Sequoia team introduced the first release of a new Rust implementation of the OpenPGP licensed under GPL 3.0.
https://sequoia-pgp.org/blog/2018/11/26/initial-release/

InfoSec Week 46, 2018

Researchers at the University of California have found that GPUs are vulnerable to side-channel attacks and demonstrated multiple types of attacks. After reverse engineering Nvidia GPU, researchers were able to steal rendered password box from a browser, sniffed other browser related data and also settings from the neural network computations on a GPU in the data center.
https://www.networkworld.com/article/3321036/data-center/gpus-are-vulnerable-to-side-channel-attacks.html

Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro has analyzed a new cryptocurrency mining malware that targets Linux OS and is able to hide its processes by implementing a rootkit component.
The rootkit will replace and hooks the readdir and readdir64 application programming interfaces (APIs) of the libc library so the system is unable to monitor miner workers anymore.
https://www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/ph/security/news/cybercrime-and-digital-threats/cryptocurrency-mining-malware-targets-linux-systems-uses-rootkit-for-stealth

An Australian hacker has spent thousands of hours hacking the DRM that medical device manufacturers put on a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines to create a free tool that lets patients modify their treatment.
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/xwjd4w/im-possibly-alive-because-it-exists-why-sleep-apnea-patients-rely-on-a-cpap-machine-hacker

In 2016, Russia's Internet Research Agency used browser plugin malware called FaceMusic which "liked" Russian content and made their content popular on a social networks.
Now a Russian national living in Bulgaria has been detained on an US arrest warrant and is accused of online fraud & maintaining a computer network with servers in Dallas between Sep 2014 - Dec 2016.
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/11/10/world/russian-hacker-wanted-by-the-united-states-arrested-in-bulgaria/index.html

The European Commission has just announced trials in Hungary, Greece and Latvia of iBorderCtrl project that includes the use of an AI-based lie detection system to spot when visitors to the EU give false information about themselves and their reasons for entering the area.
https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/blog/2018/11/ai-based-lie-detection-system-at-eu-borders-will-screen-travellers-for-biomarkers-of-deceit

Troy Hunt analyzed 2FA, U2F authentication mechanisms and commented on the Google Advanced Protection enrollment procedure.
https://www.troyhunt.com/beyond-passwords-2fa-u2f-and-google-advanced-protection/

Bitwarden open source password manager has completed a thorough security audit and cryptographic analysis from the security experts at Cure53.
https://blog.bitwarden.com/bitwarden-completes-third-party-security-audit-c1cc81b6d33

According to a Censys online platform, over a million AT&T devices, probably cable modems share the same TLS private key.
https://twitter.com/nikitab/status/1062161234173288449

Researchers from Mozilla published blog on how they have designed privacy-aware Firefox Sync.
https://hacks.mozilla.org/2018/11/firefox-sync-privacy/

Two weeks ago we wrote about an attack against the OCB2 authenticated encryption scheme. It breaks integrity of OCB2.
Now there are two more papers, one breaks confidentiality and the other recovers plain text.
https://ia.cr/2018/1087
https://ia.cr/2018/1090

There is a zero day exploit "PHP_imap_open_exploit" in PHP that allows bypassing disabled exec functions by using call to imap_open.
https://github.com/Bo0oM/PHP_imap_open_exploit

InfoSec Week 44, 2018

The US federal prosecutors say that Chinese spies hacked dozen firms to steal aviation engineering secrets for the Chinese aerospace company.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/10/feds-say-chinese-spies-and-their-hired-hackers-stole-aviation-secrets/

Apple's ICMP packet-handling code contains a heap buffer overflow vulnerability (CVE-2018-4407).
Exploit can DoS any Mac, iOS device on a network by sending a crafted packet. The ping of death is back.
https://lgtm.com/blog/apple_xnu_icmp_error_CVE-2018-4407

Microsoft is sharing Indian bank customers' data with U.S. intelligence agencies.
Looks like the banks were aware of it, when they have signed the Office 365 license agreements.
https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-has-been-sharing-indian-bank-customers039-data-with-us-intelligence-agencies

Google announced the launch of reCAPTCHA v3, which aims to improve user experience by removing the need for challenges. It uses the score based on the user on-site interactions.
https://developers.google.com/recaptcha/docs/v3

The end-to-end encrypted instant messaging application Signal introduced a new "Sealed sender" privacy feature that is protecting the sender before traffic observation.
https://signal.org/blog/sealed-sender/

Multiple malicious python libraries found and removed from PyPI. Guys are typo-squatting popular repository names and deliver malware.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/twelve-malicious-python-libraries-found-and-removed-from-pypi/

Great list of lessons learned over 20 years of red teaming by security expert Matt Devost.
https://www.oodaloop.com/ooda-original/2015/10/22/10-red-teaming-lessons-learned-over-20-years/

Cisco Talos researchers found a code execution vulnerability in the anti-malware tool Sophos HitmanPro.Alert.
https://www.scmagazineuk.com/vulnerability-found-sophos-anti-malware-product/article/1497367

Researcher Jay Rosenberg documents clear connection between one of Lazarus Group's tools and an open source Chinese CasperPhpTrojan remote access trojan.
https://www.intezer.com/paleontology-the-unknown-origins-of-lazarus-malware/

Apple releases specification of T2 security chip.
https://www.apple.com/mac/docs/Apple_T2_Security_Chip_Overview.pdf

Researchers announced a fast attack breaking OCB2, an ISO-standard authenticated encryption scheme.
https://eprint.iacr.org/2018/1040

InfoSec Week 38, 2018

Purism project introduced their own security token called the Librem Key. They have partnered with the Nitrokey manufacturer, but the firmware provides additional functionality, like a challenge response mode where the key informs you if the bios running on a PC has validated itself to the key.
https://puri.sm/posts/introducing-the-librem-key/

Google built a prototype of a censored search engine which should be used in China, that links users’ searches to their phone numbers.
https://theintercept.com/2018/09/14/google-china-prototype-links-searches-to-phone-numbers/

According to a Swiss officials, two Russian spies caught in the Netherlands had been plotting a cyber attack on a Swiss defense lab analyzing the Novichok nerve agent used in the Salisbury poisoning.
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/14/world/europe/russians-salisbury-swiss-lab-sabotage.html

Citizen Lab has published a new report about the Pegasus spyware created by Israeli cyber-security firm NSO Group.
The malware is operating on both Android and iOS devices, and the researchers identified 45 countries in which operators of NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware may be conducting operations.
https://citizenlab.ca/2018/09/hide-and-seek-tracking-nso-groups-pegasus-spyware-to-operations-in-45-countries/

Hackers were running cryptocurrency mining malware on the Indian government sites.
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/small-biz/startups/newsbuzz/hackers-mined-a-fortune-from-indian-websites/articleshow/65836088.cms

Every day this week, Cloudflare is announcing support for a new technology that uses cryptography.
They have introduced Onion service, BGP PKI (RPKI), IPFS node. Essentially, we can call them an active global adversary now.
https://blog.cloudflare.com/crypto-week-2018/

The Western Digital My Cloud was affected by an authentication bypass vulnerability.
An unauthenticated attacker could exploit this vulnerability to authenticate as an admin user without needing to provide a password.
https://securify.nl/en/advisory/SFY20180102/authentication-bypass-vulnerability-in-western-digital-my-cloud-allows-escalation-to-admin-privileges.html

NSS Labs filed an antitrust suit against CrowdStrike, Symantec, ESET and the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO), because they found out that the "vendors have conspired to prevent testing of their products by placing clauses in their end user licensing agreements (EULA) that make testing of their products subject to their permission."
https://www.nsslabs.com/blog/company/advancing-transparency-and-accountability-in-the-cybersecurity-industry/

The new Necurs botnet spam campaign targets Banks with the malicious Wizard (.wiz) files used by Microsoft programs such as Word to guide users through complex or repetitive tasks.
https://blog.barkly.com/wiz-file-malware-necurs-campaign

Informative blog by the LineageOS engineers covering Qualcomm bootloader chain of trust to the point of Android OS being loaded.
https://lineageos.org/engineering/Qualcomm-Firmware/

GnuPG can now be used to perform notarial acts in the State of Washington.
https://lists.gnupg.org/pipermail/gnupg-users/2018-September/060987.html

A new CSS-based web attack will crash and restart your iPhone.
https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/15/a-new-css-based-web-attack-will-crash-and-restart-your-iphone/

Interesting project - SlotBot: Hacking slot machines to win the jackpot with a buttonhole camera and brute-force search.
https://github.com/tensor8/hacking_slot_machines

InfoSec Week 35, 2018

Google started selling their Titan Security Key bundle that support FIDO standards for secure authentication. They have written the firmware by themselves, but the price should be lower for this kind of hardware.
https://store.google.com/us/product/titan_security_key_kit

Interesting three month research on hacking Australian law firms by registering expired domain names. Thousands of emails received with sensitive material.
https://medium.com/@gszathmari/hacking-law-firms-abandoned-domain-name-attack-560979e0b774

Researchers systematically retrieved 3500 AT controlling commands from over 2000 Android smartphone firmware images across 11 vendors and "demonstrated that the AT command interface contains an alarming amount of unconstrained functionality and represents a broad attack surface on Android devices."
https://atcommands.org/

Fortnite Installer created by Epic Games allowed to install anything on the customer Android phone. An Epic security engineer requested Google to delay public disclosure for the 90 days period, to allow time for the update, but Google refused.
https://m.androidcentral.com/epic-games-first-fortnite-installer-allowed-hackers-download-install-silently

US T-Mobile Database was breached, 2 millions of customers' data exposed.
https://www.databreachtoday.com/t-mobile-database-breach-exposes-2-million-customers-data-a-11420

Ars Technica published a good introductory review of the WireGuard next generation VPN software.
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/08/wireguard-vpn-review-fast-connections-amaze-but-windows-support-needs-to-happen/

WhatsApp has warned users that by using a free backup service offered by Google, messages will no longer be protected by end-to-end encryption.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/whatsapp-warns-free-google-drive-backups-are-not-encrypted/

Assured researchers published an article which provides a brief overview of the new TLS 1.3.
https://assured.se/2018/08/29/tls-1-3-in-a-nut-shell/

If you wanted to know how to use PGP in an organization of 200 people, read this blog about OpenPGP key distribution.
They are now turning the lessons learned into an Internet standard.
https://tech.firstlook.media/keylist-rfc-explainer

Mozilla Firefox 62 and newer support a new TLS API for WebExtensions.
There is now a certificate viewer leveraging new API called Certainly Something (Certificate Viewer).
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/certainly-something/

In-depth blog spot by voidsecurity about the VirtualBox code execution vulnerability.
https://www.voidsecurity.in/2018/08/from-compiler-optimization-to-code.html

Mark Ermolov and Maxim Goryachy researchers have published a detailed walk-through for accessing an Intel's Management Engine (IME) JTAG feature, which provides debugging access to the processor.
https://github.com/ptresearch/IntelTXE-POC

InfoSec Week 34, 2018

If you are running Linux machines in Microsoft Azure, you should disable built-in wa-linux-agent backdoor that enable root access from Azure console.
https://raymii.org/s/blog/Linux_on_Microsoft_Azure_Disable_this_built_in_root_access_backdoor.html

There is a good blog post by Stuart Schechter about the dark side of the two factor authentication. Highly recommended reading.
https://medium.com/@stuartschechter/before-you-turn-on-two-factor-authentication-27148cc5b9a1

Great research by Eyal Ronen, Kenneth G. Paterson and Adi Shamir demonstrate that adopting pseudo constant time implementations of TLS are not secure against the modified Lucky 13 attack on encryption in CBC-mode. Tested against four fully patched implementations of TLS - Amazon's s2n, GnuTLS, mbed TLS and wolfSSL.
https://eprint.iacr.org/2018/747

Traefik, popular open source reverse proxy and load balancing solution is leaking (CVE-2018-15598) TLS certificate private keys via API.
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/cloud-product-accidentally-exposes-users-tls-certificate-private-keys/

Google enrolled Hardware Secure Module to their Cloud Key Management Service. The customers can use it to store their encryption keys with FIPS 140-2 Level 3 security certified devices from now on.
https://cloud.google.com/hsm/

Microsoft Corp said that Russian hackers are targeting U.S. political groups ahead of November’s congressional elections.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-hackers/russian-hacking-of-conservative-groups-sites-thwarted-microsoft-idUSKCN1L60I0

The WIRED cover story on how Russian NotPetya malware took down Maersk, the world’s largest shipping firm.
https://www.wired.com/story/notpetya-cyberattack-ukraine-russia-code-crashed-the-world/

Kaspersky Lab published analysis of a sophisticated "Dark Tequila" banking malware which is targeting customers in Mexico and other Latin American nations.
https://securelist.com/dark-tequila-anejo/87528/

NSA successfully cracked and listened for years to encrypted networks of Russian Airlines, Al Jazeera, and other “High Potential” targets.
https://theintercept.com/2018/08/15/nsa-vpn-hack-al-jazeera-sidtoday/

Anonymous targeted Spanish Constitutional Court, economy and foreign ministry websites to support Catalonia separatist drive.
https://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/75509/hacking/anonymous-catalonia.html

Red Teaming/Adversary Simulation Toolkit is a collection of open source and commercial tools that aid in red team operations.
https://github.com/infosecn1nja/Red-Teaming-Toolkit

InfoSec Week 33, 2018

There is an OpenSSH user enumeration attack against all software versions on all operating systems.
It's a timing attack with proof of concept already published.
http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2018/08/15/5
https://bugfuzz.com/stuff/ssh-check-username.py

The so-called RedAlpha malware campaign targeting the Tibetan community is deploying a novel “ext4” Linux backdoor. The group is using infrastructure registered with Tsinghua1 University, China and is believed to be conducted by Chinese state-sponsored actors in support of China’s economic development goals.
https://www.recordedfuture.com/chinese-cyberespionage-operations/

The Australia’s Assistance and Access Bill, introduced this week, want to jail people for up to 10 years if they refuse to unlock their phones.
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/08/16/australians-who-wont-unlock-their-phones-could-face-10-years-in-jail/

A new research paper named "Piping Botnet - Turning Green Technology into a Water Disaster" demonstrate that the researchers were able to manipulate commercial smart IoT systems used for regulating water and electricity resources.
https://arxiv.org/abs/1808.02131

The guy with his BMW car encountered the theft attempt, where something that looked like a vandalism was actually a really smart attack against the modern alarm system.
https://mrooding.me/a-dutch-first-ingenious-bmw-theft-attempt-5f7f49a96ec8

Cloudflare analyzed the changes and improvements of a new TLS 1.3 (RFC 8446) standard that was finally published last week.
https://blog.cloudflare.com/rfc-8446-aka-tls-1-3/

New Foreshadow attack demonstrates how speculative execution can be exploited for reading the contents of Intels' SGX-protected memory as well as extracting the machine’s private attestation key.
https://foreshadowattack.eu/

Practical dictionary attacks are possible against the main mode of IPsec IKEv1/v2 standard. Successful exploitation of a weak password requires only a single active man-in-the-middle attack.
https://web-in-security.blogspot.com/2018/08/practical-dictionary-attack-on-ipsec-ike.html

If you are interested how cryptographic key management is practically done, I have written a blog Commercial Cryptographic Key Management in 2018, where I am explaining a little bit about the hardware, people and processes behind it.
https://www.malgregator.com/key-management.html

Google published BrokenType, the font fuzzing toolset that helped find lots of vulnerabilities in the Windows kernel. It includes a font mutator, generator and loader.
https://github.com/google/BrokenType


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