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+ - Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam->

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "A federal court has temporarily shut down and frozen the assets of two telemarketing operations accused by the FTC of scamming customers out of more than $120 million by deceptively marketing computer software and tech support services. According to complaints filed by the FTC, since at least 2012, the defendants used software designed to trick consumers into believing there were problems with their computers and then hit them with sales pitches for tech support products and services to fix their machines.

According to the FTC, the scams began with computer software that claimed to improve the security or performance of the customer's computer. Typically, consumers downloaded a free, trial version of the software that would run a computer system scan. The scan always identified numerous errors, whether they existed or not. Consumers were then told that in order to fix the problems they had to purchase the paid version of the software for between $29 and $49. In order to activate the software after the purchase, consumers were then directed to call a toll-free number and connected to telemarketers who tried to sell them unneeded computer repair services and software, according to the FTC complaint. The services could cost as much as $500, the FTC stated."

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+ - Entrepreneur Injects Bitcoin Wallets into Hands

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "A Dutch entrepreneur has had two microchips containing Bitcoin injected into his hands to help him make contactless payments. The chips, enclosed in a 2mm by 12mm capsule of "biocompatible" glass, were injected using a special syringe and can communicate with devices such as Android smartphones or tablets via NFC.

"What's stored on the microchips should be seen as a savings account rather than a current account," Martijn Wismeijer, co-founder of MrBitcoin said. "The payment device remains the smartphone, but you transfer funds from the chips."

The chips are available on the Internet, sold with a syringe for $99, but Wismeijer suggested individuals should find a specialist to handle the injection to avoid infections."

+ - Popular Smartphones Hacked at Mobile Pwn2Own 2014->

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Researchers have hacked several popular smartphones during the Mobile Pwn2Own 2014 competition that took place alongside the PacSec Applied Security Conference in Tokyo this week.

The competition, organized by HP's Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) targeted the Amazon Fire Phone, iPhone 5s, iPad Mini, BlackBerry Z30, Google Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, Nokia Lumia 1520, and Samsung Galaxy S5.

Using various attacks, some Mobile Pwn2Own 2014 Pwnage Included: Apple's iPhone 5s hacked via the Safari Web browser achieving a full sandbox escape; Samsung's Galaxy S5 hacked multiple times using near-field communications (NFC) attacks; Web browser exploited used to break the Web browser on the Amazon Fire Phone; Partial hacks using a Browser attack against Windows Phone, and a Wi-Fi attack against a Nexus 5, which failed to elevate privileges.

All the exploits were disclosed privately to the affected companies. HP promised to reveal details in the upcoming weeks."

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+ - Home Depot Says Hackers Grabbed 53 Million Email Addresses->

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Home Depot said on Thursday that hackers managed to access 53 million customer email addresses during the massive breach that was disclosed in September when the retail giant announced that 56 million customer payment cards were compromised in a cyber attack. The files containing the stolen email addresses did not contain passwords, payment card information or other sensitive personal information, the company said. The company also said that the hackers acquired elevated rights that allowed them to navigate portions of Home Depot’s network and to deploy unique, custom-built malware on its self-checkout systems in the U.S. and Canada."
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+ - WireLurker Malware Targets Mac OS X, iOS Devices in Single Attack->

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Researchers have uncovered a new piece of malware dubbed "WireLurker" that can infect even non-jailbroken iOS devices through trojanized and repackaged Mac OS X applications. This first known malware family that can infect installed iOS applications similar to how a traditional virus would, according to Palo Alto Networks.

Currently, the iOS component of WireLurker is only spread through an infected Mac OS X computer via USB and the malware appears to be distributed mostly in China through a popular Apple-related software website called Maiyadi. WireLurker abuses iTunes protocols implemented by the libimobiledevice library to install the malicious apps onto iPhones and iPads. The threat is also the first known piece of malware to automate the generation of malicious iOS programs via binary file replacement, and the first to infect iOS applications similar to a traditional virus.

From May 2014, through September 28, 2014, five different WireLurker files (representing three different versions) were submitted to VirusTotal, and none of the 55 detection engines used by VirusTotal flagged samples as malware, the security firm said.

Palo Alto Networks wrote a Python scrip for Mac OS X systems which can detect known malicious and suspicious files to help spot a WireLurker infection."

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+ - "AirHopper" Malware Uses Radio Signals to Bypass Air Gap Security->

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "A proof-of-concept malware developed by researchers at the Ben Gurion University in Israel shows that an attacker can transmit sensitive information from isolated computers to nearby mobile phones by using radio signals. Numerous organizations have resorted to what is known as "air gapping" (isolation from the Internet) to secure their most sensitive information. While getting a piece of malware onto isolated computers can be done in various ways, including with removable drives, such as in the case of Stuxnet, the more difficult part is getting malware to remotely transmit sensitive data from the infected computer.

The proof-of-concept malware they have created, dubbed "AirHopper," uses the infected computer's graphics card to emit electromagnetic signals to a nearby mobile phone that's set up to capture the data.

"With appropriate software, compatible radio signals can be produced by a compromised computer, utilizing the electromagnetic radiation associated with the video display adapter," the researchers explained. "This combination, of a transmitter with a widely used mobile receiver, creates a potential covert channel that is not being monitored by ordinary security instrumentation.""

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+ - Hackers Breach White House Network->

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "The White House's unclassified computer network was recently breached by intruders, a US official said Tuesday. While the White House has not said so, The Washington Post reported that the Russian government was thought to be behind the act.

Several recent reports have linked Russia to cyber attacks, including a report from FireEye on Tuesday that linked Russia back to an espionage campaign dating back to 2007. Earlier this month, iSight Partners revealed that a threat group allegedly linked with the Russian government had been leveraging a Microsoft Windows zero-day vulnerability to target NATO, the European Union, and various private energy and telecommunications organizations in Europe. The group has been dubbed the "Sandworm Team" and it has been using weaponized PowerPoint files in its recent attacks. Trend Micro believes the Sandworm team also has their eyes set on compromising SCADA-based systems."

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+ - ICANN to Escape US Control in 2015->

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "The head of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said on Monday that the group is on course to break free of US oversight late next year. ICANN chief Fadi Chehade expressed his confidence in the move during a press briefing at the opening of the nonprofit organization's meeting this week in Los Angeles.

The timeline for the shift is months rather than years, according to Chehade. While cautioning that there was no strict deadline, he said that substantial progress has been made toward ICANN being answerable to a diverse, global group of "stakeholders" and not the just the US government as has long been the case.

The US government in March of this year announced that it is open to not renewing a contract with ICANN that expires in about 11 months, provided a new oversight system is in place that represents the spectrum of interests and can be counted on to keep the Internet addressing structure reliable."

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+ - Hackers Leap from Dark Basements to World Stage->

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "In interesting article explores how the basic culture of hacking has changed over the years. Hackers are shaking off their reputations as nerdy, loner basement dwellers and rebranding themselves on the world stage as members of Internet age tribes with offbeat codes of conduct and capricious goals. Clans of hackers such as Anonymous, LulzSec and Lizard Squad have caused havoc — and made news — in recent years, but the legacy of the online community stretches back decades.

"People think of hackers as non-social people who live in the basement; that is not true at all," said Nico Sell, chief executive of the encrypted messaging service Wickr and the longtime organizer of the DEF CON hacking conference.

Hackers often run in groups but tend to be a giving community — as apt to teach visitors to pick locks or create educational games as they are to hack a major firm's network to prove it is flawed. "You don't have the same posturing you do in other societies, because you are judged on your merits," Sell said.

"The rock stars are the ones who have brought great things to everybody — for free.""

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+ - Kmart Says Its Payment System Was Hacked->

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Kmart is the latest large U.S. retailer to experience a breach of its payment systems, joining a fast growing club dealing successful hack attacks. The company said that on Thursday, Oct. 9, its IT team detected that its payment data systems had been breached, and that debit and credit card numbers appear to have been compromised.

A company spokesperson told SecurityWeek that they are not able to provide a figure on the number of customers impacted. The spokesperson said that based on the forensic investigation to date, no personal information, no debit card PIN numbers, no email addresses and no social security numbers were obtained by the attackers."

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+ - Symantec to Separate Into Two Companies->

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Symantec announced plans on Thursday to split into two separate, publicly traded companies – one focused on security, the other focused on information management. The company's security business generated $4.2 billion in revenue in fiscal year 2014 while its information management business meanwhile hit revenues of $2.5 billion.

"As the security and storage industries continue to change at an accelerating pace, Symantec’s security and IM businesses each face unique market opportunities and challenges," Symantec CEO Michael A. Brown, who officially took over as CEO last month, said in a statement.

Garrett Bekker, senior analyst with 451 Research, called the decision "long overdue." "The company had become too big to manage, and they were having trouble keeping up with the pace of innovation in many areas of security," he told SecurityWeek. "The synergies between storage and security never really emerged, in part because in many firms, particularly large enterprises, they are managed by different internal teams.""

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+ - Hackers Compromised Yahoo Servers Using Shellshock Bug->

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Hackers were able to break into some of Yahoo's servers by exploiting the recently disclosed Shellshock bug over the past few weeks. This may be the first confirmed case of a major company being hit with attacks exploiting the vulnerability in bash.

Contacted by SecurityWeek, a Yahoo spokesperson provided the following statement Monday afternoon: “A security flaw, called Shellshock, that could expose vulnerabilities in many web servers was identified on September 24. As soon as we became aware of the issue, we began patching our systems and have been closely monitoring our network. Last night, we isolated a handful of our impacted servers and at this time we have no evidence of a compromise to user data. We’re focused on providing the most secure experience possible for our users worldwide and are continuously working to protect our users’ data.”"

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+ - Project SHINE Shows Magnitude of Internet-connected Critical Control Systems->

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "In a two-year study of information about critical control systems directly connected to the Internet, researchers found mining equipment, a surprising number of wind farms, a crematorium, water utilities, and several substations.

Project SHINE (so named after SHodan INtelligence Extraction) harvested data available about SCADA and industrial control system devices which appear to be directly connected to the Internet. The researchers used device search engine SHODAN and all the information was obtained from publicly available sources.

The researchers identified 182 manufacturers who were considered traditional SCADA and control system manufacturers, and built relevant search queries based on those names to find devices. That was a surprise, considering the team expected only a dozen or so manufacturers. In the end, the team sampled about 2.2 million devices during the course of the project.

Researchers have previously used SHODAN to show example of SCADA and other industrial control systems directly connected to the Internet, but there haven't been any large-scale or in-depth effort to map the extent of the problem. The sheer number of devices exposed and the wide geographic area the devices were located were staggering, Radvanosky told SecurityWeek. Radvanosky is expected to share his findings at the 2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference taking place in Atlanta later this month."

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+ - Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards->

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Home Depot said on Thursday that a data breach affecting its stores across the United States and Canada is estimated to have exposed 56 million customer payment cards between April and September 2014. While previous reports speculated that Home Depot had been hit by a variant of the BlackPOS malware that was used against Target Corp., the malware used in the attack against Home Depot had not been seen previously in other attacks. "Criminals used unique, custom-built malware to evade detection," the company said in a statement.

The home improvement retail giant also that it has completed a “major payment security project” that provides enhanced encryption of payment card data at point of sale in its U.S. stores. The security improvements required writing tens of thousands of lines of new software code and deploying nearly 85,000 new pin pads to its stores.

According to a recent report from Trend Micro, six new pieces of point-of-sale (PoS) malware have been identified so far in 2014. Four of these six variants were discovered between June and August: Backoff, BlackPOS version 2, BrutPoS and Soraya."

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+ - Hackers Demand Automakers Get Serious About Security->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "In an open letter to Automotive CEOs, a group of security researchers has called on automobile industry executives to implement five security programs to improve car safety and build cyber-security safeguards inside the software systems powering various features in modern cars.

As car automation systems become more sophisticated, they need to be locked down to prevent tampering or unauthorized access. The Five Star Automotive Cyber Safety Program outlined in the letter asked industry executives for safety by design, third-party collaboration, evidence capture, security updates, and segmentation and isolation.

Vehicles are “computers on wheels,” Josh Corman, CTO of Sonatype and a co-founder of I am the Cavalry, the group who penned the letter (PDF. The group aims to bring security researchers together with representatives from non-security fields, such as home automation and consumer electronics, medical devices, transportation, and critical infrastructure, to improve security. Along with releasing the open letter, the group participated in a closed-door session with automobile and medical device representatives in a private meeting in Las Vegas on Tuesday and planned to discuss automotive hacking at DEF CON on Sunday."

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