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InfoSec Week 13, 2018

The city of Atlanta government has become the victim of a ransomware attack. The ransomware message demanding a payment of $6,800 to unlock each computer or $51,000 to provide all the keys for affected systems. Employees were told to turn off their computers.
https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/03/atlanta-city-government-systems-down-due-to-ransomware-attack/

The academic researchers have discovered a new side-channel attack method called BranchScope that can be launched against devices with Intel processors and demonstrated it against an SGX enclave. The patches released in response to the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities might not prevent these types of attacks.
http://www.cs.ucr.edu/~nael/pubs/asplos18.pdf

Good insight into the ransomware business and how it operates, how it transfers Bitcoin funds, with data gathered over a period of two years.
The paper is named "Tracking Ransomware End-to-end"
https://www.elie.net/static/files/tracking-ransomware-end-to-end/tracking-ransomware-end-to-end.pdf

Mozilla has created a Facebook Container extension for Firefox, which should enable users to protect their online habits by sandboxing Facebook webpage.
https://blog.mozilla.org/firefox/facebook-container-extension/

Interesting article about the North Korean army of hackers operating abroad with the mission to earn money by any means necessary.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-02-07/inside-kim-jong-un-s-hacker-army

Unified logs in the MacOS High Sierra (up to 10.13.3) show the plain text password for APFS encrypted external volumes via disk utility application.
https://www.mac4n6.com/blog/2018/3/21/uh-oh-unified-logs-in-high-sierra-1013-show-plaintext-password-for-apfs-encrypted-external-volumes-via-disk-utilityapp

SophosLabs researchers analyzed a new Android malware which is pretending to he a legitimate QR reader application, but actually is monetizing users by showing them a flood of full-screen advertisements. More than 500k apps were installed.
https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2018/03/23/crooks-infiltrate-google-play-with-malware-lurking-in-qr-reading-utilities/

Brian Krebs analyzed the social network behind the recently famous Coinhive javascript cryptocurrency mining business.
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/03/who-and-what-is-coinhive/

CloudFlare published a Merkle Town dashboard, Certificate Transparency logs visualization tool.
https://blog.cloudflare.com/a-tour-through-merkle-town-cloudflares-ct-ecosystem-dashboard/

Facebook is tracking users' phone call information via their Android Messenger application.
https://twitter.com/i/web/status/977325434030428160

There are multiple critical vulnerabilities in the Link Layer Discovery Protocol (LLDP) subsystem of Cisco IOS Software.
https://tools.cisco.com/security/center/content/CiscoSecurityAdvisory/cisco-sa-20180328-lldp

New version (4.0) of the most secure operating system on the planet - Qubes OS was released.
https://www.qubes-os.org/news/2018/03/28/qubes-40/

InfoSec Week 44, 2017

There are at least 14 newly discovered vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel USB subsystem. The vulnerabilities were found by the Google syzkaller kernel fuzzer. According to the researchers, all of them can be triggered with a crafted malicious USB device in case an attacker has physical access to the machine.
http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2017/11/06/8

Mozilla will remove root certificate of the Staat der Nederlanden (State of the Netherlands) Certificate Authority from Firefox browser if the Dutch government vote a new law that grants local authorities the power to intercept Internet communication using "false keys".
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/mozilla-wants-to-distrust-dutch-https-provider-because-of-local-dystopian-law/

Bug hunter Scott Bauer has published an in depth analysis of the Android remotely exploitable bug in the blog post named "Please Stop Naming Vulnerabilities: Exploring 6 Previously Unknown Remote Kernel Bugs Affecting Android Phones".
https://pleasestopnamingvulnerabilities.com/

Some web pages use textfield with the CSS "asterix" trick instead of the password field so they can bypass browser security warning when password field is on an unencrypted web page. Nonsense.
https://www.troyhunt.com/bypassing-browser-security-warnings-with-pseudo-password-fields/

More than 54 thousand have the same pair of 512-bit RSA keys as their DNS Zone Signing Keys.
https://lists.dns-oarc.net/pipermail/dns-operations/2017-October/016878.html

Good blog from the ElcomSoft about the history and current possibilities in the iOS and iCloud forensics.
https://blog.elcomsoft.com/2017/11/the-art-of-ios-and-icloud-forensics/

The Norwegian National Communications Authority reported GPS signal jamming activity in the Finnmark region near the Russian border.
https://twitter.com/aallan/status/926553232591159296/photo/1
https://rntfnd.org/wp-content/uploads/Norway-Comms-Auth-Report-GPS-Jamming-Sept-2017.pdf

Mac and Linux versions of the Tor anonymity software contained a flaw that can leak users real IP addresses.
https://blog.torproject.org/tor-browser-709-released

Software and HDL code for the PCILeech FPGA based devices that can be used for the Direct Memory Access (DMA) attack and forensics is now available on a GitHub. The FPGA based hardware provides full access to 64-bit memory space without having to rely on a kernel module running on the target system.
https://github.com/ufrisk/pcileech-fpga