According to a Reuters investigation, United Arab Emirates used former U.S. intelligence operatives to hack into the iPhones of activists, diplomats and foreign politicians using so-called Karma spyware.
The Russia also has it's own Wikileaks. Called Distributed Denial of Secrets, the website aims to "bring into one place dozens of different archives of hacked material that, at best, have been difficult to locate, and in some cases appear to have disappeared entirely from the web."
The Japanese government will run penetration tests against all the IoT devices in the country in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. They want to map vulnerable devices and find out how to harden infrastructure.
Researchers analyzed 6000 router firmware images and the result is quite depressing. The home router software safety hygiene deteriorated over the past 15 years.
A Samsung Galaxy Apps Store bug allowed an attacker to inject arbitrary code through the interception of periodic update requests made by the Apps Store.
Vulnerable Cisco RV320/RV325 routers are being exploited in the wild. Thousands of routers are exposed on the internet with the web-based management interface vulnerability that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to retrieve sensitive configuration information.
US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced the second-round candidates for quantum resistant public-key encryption and key-establishment algorithms.
The vulnerability in the Apples' FaceTime application enables caller to hear called person without accepting a call. Apple decided to turn off FaceTime conference servers before the fix is released.
Luke Berner found out interesting method how to maintain persistence after a password change using the two-factor authentication (2FA) no mayor websites.
Microsoft's mobile Edge browser begins issuing fake news warnings. It is powered by news rating company NewsGuard. It gives you fake news warning for Wikileaks, so decide for yourself.
A vulnerability in the apt package allows a network man-in-the-middle or malicious mirror to execute arbitrary code as root on a machine installing any packages.
Encryption mode in the well-known compression software 7-Zip uses poor randomness when generating AES initialization vectors.
Turns out that the MySQL server has access to all client local files. Patched server can upload clients' files like SSH keys.
Daniel Miessler published a short blog about the reasons why software remains insecure.
TLDR: "Basically, software remains vulnerable because the benefits created by insecure products far outweigh the downsides. Once that changes, software security will improve—but not a moment before."
Trend Micro engineers found applications in the Google Play store that drop Anubis banking malware after the device motion sensors are activated to evade initial detection.
Interesting Twitter bug was filled via HackerOne platform - changing email address on Twitter for Android unsets “Protect your Tweets” flag and make protected tweets public.
Great in-depth blog about the finding and exploiting bugs in Marvell Avastar Wi-Fi.
WPintel - Chrome extension designed For WordPress vulnerability scanning and information gathering.
35-year-old vulnerability has been discovered in the SCP file transfer utility. According to the advisory impact section, "Malicious scp server can write arbitrary files to scp target directory, change the target directory permissions and to spoof the client output."
Multiple U.S. government websites SSL certificates have expired and some sites are inaccessible due to properly used HTTP Strict Transport Security.
There's nobody there to renew them due to a government shutdown.
Researchers found a new kind of Windows malware using encrypted messaging app Telegram to receive "encrypted" instructions. Nothing innovative with the malware sample, but what is really interesting is, that telegram messages are coupled with unique IDs and malware analysts from the Forcepoint Labs were able to retroactively scrape all the messages issued by the malware operator.
Not sure what kind of channel was used by the bot, but it looks really suspicious to be able to scrape old messages.
The researchers at the CanSecWest Vancouver conference will be able to participate in the annual Pwn2Own challenge. This year also in car hacking as Tesla Model 3 will be available.
One of last surviving Navajo code talkers, Alfred Newman, has passed away at 94. Newman, with many others, developed during World War II an unbreakable code for military transmissions using the unwritten Navajo language.
Security researcher Troy Hunt updated his service Have I Been Pwn with 772,904,991 new email addresses and lots of passwords after finding 87GB of leaked passwords and email addresses by the MEGA cloud storage provider.
There was a massive data breach at the Oklahoma Securities Commission with millions of files containing decades worth of confidential case file intelligence from the agency and sensitive FBI investigation source materials leaked.
Hackers broke into an SEC database and made millions from inside info.
Malicious former employee installed Raspberry Pi in the company network closet, but the Reddit crowd helped with the investigation.
Great blog post about the factors in authentication. The more factors to be used, the bigger headache from the enrollment procedures.
Noise Protocol Framework Explorer created by Nadim Kobeissi now supports generating secure implementations in Go for any arbitrary Noise Handshake Pattern.
CERT Poland (CERT Polska) opens access to its malware database (MWDB).
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.
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.
Facebook gave Spotify and Netflix access to a users' private messages. Also shared user information with Microsoft, Amazon, Yahoo without explicit consent.
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.
Adam Langley wrote about their further Google Chrome TLS experiments with the post-quantum lattice based cryptography.
Matthew Green wrote his thoughts on GCHQ’s latest proposal for surveilling encrypted messaging and phone calls.
Tencent Blade Team discovered a remote code execution vulnerability in SQLite. It was already fixed in Chromium.
Good story about the investigation of the Chinese industrial espionage.
University of California, Berkeley researchers are building open-source secure enclave using RISC-V.
Well-known cypherpunk movement founder Timothy May passed away.
Microsoft introduced Windows Sandbox for applications.
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".
A Dive into Cypherlock, a tool that could prevent forced decryption.
Instant, re-usable, generic MD5 collisions over different file formats. https://github.com/corkami/pocs/blob/master/collisions/README.md
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.
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.
Excellent journalistic piece about the location data industry. It's impossible to anonymize this kind of datasets. Really recommended!
Check Point researchers found 53 critical bugs in Adobe Reader and Adobe Pro by using WinAFL fuzzer.
The Cisco Talos team wrote about the various practical side-channel attack scenarios against the encrypted messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal.
Study finds 5 out of 17 tested certification authorities are vulnerable to spoofing domain validation by using the IP fragmentation attack.
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.
Microsoft took the first step in advocacy for the regulation of a facial recognition technology.
A recent variant of a Shamoon malware wiped around ten percent PCs of the Italian oil and gas company Saipem.
Russian State Duma is going to prohibit 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.
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.
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.
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.
British Telecom will not use Huawei's 5G kit within the core of the network due to security concerns.
Security agencies in Australia will gain greater access to encrypted messages due to a new legislative.
US National Security Archive published a complete index of all 1504 items in the declassified collection of NSA internal Cryptolog periodical.
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.
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.
It looks like 13 years old Virut botnet is resurrected in the wild.
Great blog on how guy scammed the scammer to send him photo of his ID.
Nearly 250 Pages of internal Facebook documents, emails and statistics were posted online by the UK Parliament.
A User Data of the question-and-answer website Quora were compromised.
The records of 500 million customers of the Marriott International hotel group were compromised.
Interesting revisited paper: "From Keys to Databases -- Real-World Applications of Secure Multi-Party Computation."
GTRS - is a tool that uses Google Translator as a proxy to send arbitrary commands to an infected machine.
Memory corruption bug in WhatsApp's non-WebRTC video conferencing implementation can screw you. Just answering a call from an attacker could completely compromise WhatsApp.
Great story about the spear phishing scheme against the MacEwan University in Canada. Investigators were able to track stolen money to China and back to the Canadian real estate investments.
Millions of Xiongmai video surveillance devices can be easily hacked. Devices can be discovered because of predictable cloud ID derived from the MAC address, then compromised by using malicious firmware images delivered by fake update server.
US Department of Defense published some findings from the weapons systems pentesting.
Weak passwords, port scans that caused the weapons system to fail, etc.
"Making sense of the alleged Supermicro motherboard attack" published by researchers at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory is explaining the possible technical aspects behind the recent Bloomberg story about the hardware backdoors shipped from China.
US Police used victims' Fitbit data to charge 90-Year-Old man in stepdaughter’s killing.
They knew about the suspect, but the Fitbit data made the investigation easier.
New Zealand can now fine travelers who refuse to unlock their digital devices for a search.
Microsoft patches zero day vulnerability (CVE-2018-8453) in the win32k.sys discovered by Kaspersky Lab back in August.
The exploit is used to target victims in the Middle East.
There are multiple severe vulnerabilities reported in the Juniper network devices.
Red Hat's Flatpak used for application distribution on Linux is implementing some questionable security practices.
Exploit for MikroTik router WinBox vulnerability gives full root access.
Congratulations to ICANN for the first-ever DNSSEC root key signing key rollover that took place on 11 October 2018.
Mozilla decided to delay distrust of the Symantec TLS certification authority from their browsers.
ADAPE-Script - Active Directory Assessment and Privilege Escalation Script can automate your AD recon and pentesting.
Linux had officially committed to implementing and obeying the Code of Conduct — which is immediately misused to remove top Linux coders.
Some of the Linux developers are now threatening to withdraw the license to all of their code.
Bug in Twitter sent users' private direct messages to third-party developers who were not authorized to receive them. Some brand accounts should be affected.
Qualcomm accuses Apple of stealing chip secrets for the purpose of helping Intel overcome engineering flaws in its chips.
Australian government pushes for the smartphone spyware implanted by Telco vendors, manufacturers.
At least the sixth backdoor account was removed from Cisco devices this year.
This time it's "hardcoded credentials" in the Cisco Video Surveillance Manager (VSM) Software.
ESET researchers discovered, that the Kodi Media Player add-ons are misused for the cryptocurrency mining malware distribution.
According to a stackexchange post, "the Chinese police is forcing whole cities to install an Android spyware app Jingwang Weishi.
They are stopping people in the street and detaining those who refuse to install it."
Researchers proved that the security of PKCS #1 Digital Signatures is as secure as any of its successors like RSA-PSS and RSA Full-Domain.
There is a novel cache poisoning attack on WiFi by a remote off-path mitm attack vector.
Takes only 30 seconds and is using interesting multi-packet injection for timing side channel inference for injection. Works on Windows, OSX and Linux.
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.
Google built a prototype of a censored search engine which should be used in China, that links users’ searches to their 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.
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.
Hackers were running cryptocurrency mining malware on the Indian government sites.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Informative blog by the LineageOS engineers covering Qualcomm bootloader chain of trust to the point of Android OS being loaded.
GnuPG can now be used to perform notarial acts in the State of Washington.
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.
Tesla model S is using a 40bit challenge response scheme broken back in 2005. Researchers stole a car in ~6 seconds with precomputed tables.
This kind of bug is an law enforcement dream.
Very interesting read from Troy Hunt on the effectiveness of negative media coverage and shaming of bad security.
Researchers say that the developers of Adware Doctor, the fourth highest ranking paid app in the Mac App Store, have found a way to bypass Apple restrictions and sends the browsing history of its users to a server in China. Apple already removed the application from the Mac Store.
Apple has also removed most of the popular security applications offered by cyber-security vendor Trend Micro from its official Mac App Store after they were caught stealing users' sensitive data without their consent.
European Court of Human Rights rules that GCHQ Data collection violates the human rights charter.
The Iran government, at least since 2016, is is spying on its citizens, Kurdish and Turkish natives, and ISIS supporters, using mobile applications with a malware.
The operation has been named Domestic Kitten.
Researchers introduced previously overlooked side-channel attack vector called Nemesis that abuses the CPU’s interrupt mechanism to leak microarchitectural instruction timings from enclaved execution environments such as Intel SGX, Sancus, and TrustLite.
India’s controversial Aadhaar identity database software was hacked, ID database compromised.
The vulnerability could allow someone to circumvent security measures in the Aadhaar software, and create new entries.
Criminals are faking Google Analytics script to steal credential and stay under the radar.
The OpenSSL team released version 1.1.1. There are a lots of new features like TLS 1.3 support, side-channel hardening, new RNG, SHA3, Ed25519 support.