InfoSec Week 13, 2018

Posted on 30 March 2018
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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/


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