mask.of.sanity writes "Google has revealed details on its Beyond Corp project to scrap the notion of a corporate network and move to a zero-trust model.
The company perhaps unsurprisingly considers the traditional notion of perimeter defences and its respective gadgetry as a dead duck, and has moved to authenticate and authorise its 42,000 staff so they can access Google HQ from anywhere (video).
Google also revealed it was perhaps the biggest Apple shop in the world with 43,000 devices deployed and staff only allowed to use Windows with a supporting business case."Link to Original Source
mask.of.sanity writes "A lawyer says Australian spy agents have raided his office in search of documentary evidence he has taken to the Hague that Australia planted listening devices in East Timor offices to secure lucrative gas revenue.
The documents were apparent proof that Australia planted bugs in the walls of Timor offices in 2004 by sending in spies acting as aid workers.
A possible whistleblower was also arrested in separate but concurrent raids.
Two years later Australia secured a 50 percent stake in the $40 billion gas field that was located 100 kilometres from the then new nation and 400 kilometres from Australia."Link to Original Source
mask.of.sanity writes "Four security researchers have designed a router based on open source components they say will make security and privacy verifiable and more accessible to users.
The Open Router Project router would be built on open source hardware and software and run a custom Linux Yocto distribution with a Freescale QorIQ P1010 processor. A list of secure features planned is here.
The devs have opened a $200,000 crowdfunding goal they say will bring the router up to the first manufacturing run."Link to Original Source
mask.of.sanity writes "Users can be identified with a half percent margin of error based on the way they type. The research work has been spun into an application that could continuously authenticate users, rather than just relying on passwords, and could lock accounts if another person jumped on the computer. Researchers are now integrating mouse movements and clicks, and mobile touch patterns into the work."Link to Original Source
mask.of.sanity writes "A New Zealand researcher has detailed ways that UAVs can be crashed using cheap tools like Herf guns and GPS jammers, and could even be downed by flying drones with more powerful radio. The attacks (podcast) interfere with the navigation systems used by flying drones and are possible because security was not designed into the architecture of some machines."Link to Original Source
mask.of.sanity writes "Two critical networks managing traffic systems of a major Australian capital city contain gaping holes that render it vulnerable to attack.
The flaws were found during penetration tests by the government a year ahead of the G20 Summit, the most significant gathering of world leaders ever held in Australia.
The tests found the agencies messed up security zoning, didn't remove staff logins as they resigned, and had inconsistent patching."Link to Original Source
mask.of.sanity writes "Australia tracked calls by Indonesia's president, documents leaked by defence contractor Edward Snowden reveal. The nation's top spy agency the Australian Signals Directorate tracked phone calls made and received on the mobile phone of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for 15 days in August 2009, and also tracked his wife and inner political circle. Indonesia was Australia's nearest and most important regional neighbour."Link to Original Source
mask.of.sanity writes "New Zealand researchers have notified operators of the world's biggest tech platforms of critical vulnerabilities in their wares and found some were barely motivated to fix the flaws. The customers of the affected vendors included the US Air Force, Deloitte and Raytheon.
The researchers gave a talk (podcast) explaining how they found dangerous bugs — some trivial to exploit — in software including Solarwinds, Kaseya and NCentral. A few vendors eventually patched the holes but some refused meaning zero-day was dropped."Link to Original Source
mask.of.sanity writes "Kiwis could have their names, addresses, dates of birth and phone numbers exposed by flaws in the Christchurch public transport system that could also allow locals to travel on buses for free.
The flaws in the MiFare Classic system allow anyone to add limitless funds to their transport cards and also buy cheap grey market cards and add them to the system (VIDEO).
The website fails to check users meaning attackers could look up details of residents and opens the potential for someone to write a script and erase all cards in existence. The flaws have been known to the operator since 2009."Link to Original Source
mask.of.sanity writes "Stand aside P!nk, Niki Minaj; you've just been beaten by a music generator. One Aussie security expert curious about the fraud mechanisms at play on streaming services like Spotify uploaded garbage music tracks and directed three Amazon virtual machines to click the play button 24/7 for a month, earning him top spot in online music charts and $1000 in royalties."Link to Original Source
mask.of.sanity writes "Researchers have demonstrated how controller area networks in cars can make vehicles appear to drive slower than their actual speed, manipulate brakes, wind back odometers and set off all kinds of alarms and lights from random fuzzing.
The network weaknesses stem from a lack of authentication which they say is absent to improve performance. The researchers have also built a $25 open-source fuzzing tool to help others enter the field."Link to Original Source
mask.of.sanity writes "Attackers could gain persistent access to machines by hacking hardware controllers. In a demonstration on a previously compromised web server, a researcher showed that it was possible to remotely set an authentication password and flush a cached shadow file. But the same technical hack can be used for harmless purposes including creating storage that cannot be copied in a linear fashion."Link to Original Source
mask.of.sanity writes "Security testers have released an internally-developed web browser they say is more secure and offers better privacy than the dominant offerings.
The OS X Aviator browser Chromium-based browser blocked online advertisements, cookies and cleared caches with the in-built Disconnect extension to prevent exposure to malvertising, and enforced click-to-play for Flash and Java.
It received criticism from security experts because its beta release was closed source."Link to Original Source
mask.of.sanity writes "Microsoft’s Office 365 security division is pitting its offensive red teams against its defensive blue teams in a constant war-gaming hacking exercise on Microsoft's security infrastructure. Red team success was officially measured in "mean time to pwnage"."Link to Original Source
mask.of.sanity writes "Microsoft has paid $100,000 for details of a new attack technique under its three-month-old Mitigation Bypass Bounty. Details the attack are under wraps until Redmond can develop defenses for the attack. James Forshaw, who developed the technique, said he studied available mitigations and found a few potential angles. "Not all were viable but after some persistence I was finally successful," he said."Link to Original Source