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Submission + - Quimitchin: The First Mac Malware of 2017 Arrives

wiredmikey writes: Security researchers have a uncovered a Mac OS based espionage malware they have named "Quimitchin". The malware is what they consider to be "the first Mac malware of 2017" which appears to be a classic espionage tool. While it has some old code and appears to have existed undetected for some time, it works.

It was discovered when an IT admin noticed unusual traffic coming from a particular Mac, and has been seen infecting Macs at biomedical facilities.

Submission + - Most Common Passwords Used in 2016 (

wiredmikey writes: Weak and commonly used passwords have long been one of the most used venues to compromise online accounts, yet people continue to utilize these incredibly weak password choices. What's scary, is that according to a new report compiled after the analysis of 10 million passwords leaked from data breaches, the top 25 most popular passwords are used to secure more than 50% of accounts. Sadly, this trend is not new, and continues to show how stupid people can be when it comes to passwords.

Specifically, the report (PDF) reveals that 123456, 123456789, qwerty, 12345678, and 111111 were the five most used passwords in 2016, as per analysis by security firm Keeper Security.

Submission + - Hamas 'Honey Trap' Dupes Israeli Soldiers (

wiredmikey writes: The smartphones of dozens of Israeli soldiers were hacked by Hamas militants pretending to be attractive young women online, an Israeli military official said Wednesday. Using fake profiles on Facebook with alluring photos, Hamas members contacted the soldiers via groups on the social network, luring them into long chats, the official told journalists on condition of anonymity.

Dozens of the predominantly lower-ranked soldiers were convinced enough by the honey trap to download fake applications which enabled Hamas to take control of their phones, according to the official.

Comment Re:I admit it, I like Windows 10. (Score 1) 265

It's not improbable. It's just not true.

The start menu in Windows 10 comes up instantly. I have it on three computers, and just for good measure, I talked to three of my coworkers (one has a corporate install, the two installed it on their own; perks of working in IT).

Guess what?

The start menu in Windows 10 comes up instantly. Just like I said.

There is no need for you to lie.

Submission + - Destructive KillDisk Malware Turns Into Ransomware (

wiredmikey writes: A recently discovered variant of the KillDisk malware encrypts files and holds them for ransom instead of deleting them. Since KillDisk has been used in attacks aimed at industrial control systems (ICS), experts are concerned that threat actors may be bringing ransomware into the industrial domain.

CyberX VP of research David Atch told SecurityWeek that the KillDisk variant they have analyzed is a well-written piece of ransomware, and victims are instructed to pay 222 bitcoins ($210,000) to recover their files, which experts believe suggests that the attackers are targeting “organizations with deep pockets.”

Submission + - U.S. Election Assistance Commission Hacked

wiredmikey writes: Researchers have discovered that a Russian-speaking hacker broke into the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) systems, and has been trying to sell stolen access credentials — including admin-level — on the underground.

On December 1, researchers with Recorded Future discovered internet chatter that appeared to relate to an EAC breach. A hacker, called "Rasputin" by Recorded Future, was discussing the sale of more than 100 EAC access credentials to a middle-eastern government broker. The hacker claimed to have accessed the systems via an SQLi vulnerability, which Recorded Future was able to locate and report.

EAC said Thursday that was aware of the 'potential intrusion' and was investigating the incident.

Comment How is that any different from what Google does? (Score 1) 123

If I visit Google, or Gmail, or Gmaps, YouTube, or anything else, with a non-Chrome browser, the top of the screen will ALWAYS have "do you want to install Chrome?" nagware. You can dismiss it in your session scope, but next time you come back, so does the message.

Why is that not a problem, and what Microsoft does is a problem?

Is it better on battery tests? Yeah, it is. Is it safer? It very well might be - but we don't know, since we're all running ad-blockers on non-Edge browsers, so our experiences are anecdotal at best.

Comment Cheaper? (Score 2) 428

A single clay roof tile costs the equivalent of $0.5 where I live. It's good for half a century, no problem.

I have 5 places that produce clay building bricks and clay roof tiles in a radius of 150 km to choose from.

Transportation is cheap, and even if some tiles/bricks break in transport, they're so cheap that... well, nobody cares if there's a 1% loss in material.

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