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Aug 22, 2020

The man who built a spyware empire says it’s time to come out of the shadows

Posted by in categories: business, cybercrime/malcode

Shalev Hulio wants to explain himself.

Normally, silence and secrecy are inherent in the spy business. For nine full years, Hulio never talked publicly about his billion-dollar hacking company—even when his hacking tools were linked to scandal or he was accused of being complicit in human rights abuses around the world. Lately, though, he’s speaking up.

“People don’t understand how intelligence works,” Hulio tells me over a video call from Tel Aviv. “It’s not easy. It’s not pleasant. Intelligence is a shitty business full of ethical dilemmas.”

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Aug 20, 2020

New P2P botnet infects SSH servers all over the world

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Botnet is hard to detect and with no centralized control server, harder to take down.

Aug 17, 2020

Allianz: 94 Large Ships Lost in 2017, Friday Most Dangerous Day at Sea

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There were 94 total losses reported around the shipping world in 2017, down 4 percent year-on-year, according to Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE’s (AGCS) Safety & Shipping Review 2018.

The report indicates that large shipping losses have declined by more than a third (38%) over the past decade and that the downward trend continued into 2017, marking the second lowest losses in 10 years after 2014.

However, Allianz stressed that the sinking of the oil tanker Sanchi and the impact of the NotPetya malware on harbor logistics underline that the shipping sector is being tested by a number of traditional and emerging risk challenges.

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Aug 17, 2020

Microsoft Put Off Fixing Zero Day for 2 Years

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Microsoft Put Off Fixing Zero Day for 2 Years — Krebs on Security.


A security flaw in the way Microsoft Windows guards users against malicious files was actively exploited in malware attacks for two years before last week, when Microsoft finally issued a software update to correct the problem.

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Aug 16, 2020

The NSA and FBI Expose Fancy Bear’s Sneaky Hacking Tool

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, privacy

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Aug 15, 2020

Google Confirms 40,000 Nation-State Cyber Attack Warnings Issued

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Tens of thousands of Google account holders have been warned of state-sponsored attacks targeting them.

Aug 14, 2020

Cybercriminals Infiltrate Netgear Routers with Ancient Attack Methods

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, internet

It would be heartening to think that cybersecurity has advanced since the 1990s, but some things never change. Vulnerabilities that some of us first saw in 1996 are still with us.

If you don’t believe me, just take a look at the news. Last month, Virginia-based cybersecurity firm GRIMM announced that they had found a vulnerability that affects many Netgear home WiFi routers. The cause? Outdated firmware that allows remote users to access the administrative systems in these routers.

If you think this exploit sounds like a 1990s-standard input overflow flaw, well done. That’s exactly what it is. As Nichols put it in his very detailed blog post: “1996 called, they want their vulnerability back.”

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Aug 14, 2020

For six months, security researchers have secretly distributed an Emotet vaccine across the world

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode

Binary Defense researchers have identified a bug in the Emotet malware and have been using it to prevent the malware from making new victims.

Catalin Cimpanu

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Aug 14, 2020

Vatican allegedly hacked by Chinese state-backed cyber gang’ ahead of talks intended to improve relations between the two sides

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, futurism

The Vatican and the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong have been the targets of alleged Chinese state-backed hackers, it has emerged, just weeks before talks intended to improve relations between the two sides.

According to the U.S.-based cyber attack monitoring group Recorded Future, RedDelta, allegedly backed by the Chinese state, began attacking the Vatican in May ahead of upcoming talks in September to renew a landmark 2018 deal that helped thaw diplomatic relations.

Recorded Future said that the Hong Kong Study Mission to China — a key link between the Vatican and China — and the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions also were targeted.

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Aug 14, 2020

Exclusive: China-backed hackers ‘targeted COVID-19 vaccine firm Moderna’

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cybercrime/malcode, government

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Chinese government-linked hackers targeted biotech company Moderna Inc, a U.S.-based coronavirus vaccine research developer, this year in a bid to steal data, according to a U.S. security official tracking Chinese hacking.

China on Friday rejected the accusation that hackers linked to it had targeted Moderna.

Last week, the U.S. Justice Department made public an indictment of two Chinese nationals accused of spying on the United States, including three unnamed U.S.-based targets involved in medical research to fight the novel coronavirus.

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