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Submission + - Inside the BlackHat Las Vegas NoC where even the Zeus trojan is cool (

mask.of.sanity writes: Neil Wyler and Bart Stump are responsible for managing what is probably the world’s most hostile wireless network. They are part of a team of 23 who run the network operations centre at the Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas taking place this week, and reveal how they need to loosen their normally strict defensive rulebooks for the conference networks to prevent only the worst attacks from taking place.

Submission + - Screen overlays, accessibility features, twin tools of modern Android malware (

mask.of.sanity writes: Screen overlay functions and accessibility features are valuable tools to compromise modern Android operating systems including Android version 5 Lollipop and version 6 Marshmallow. The functions can be exploited to fully compromise phones when paired with clever social engineering tricks.

Submission + - LastPass accounts can be 'completely compromised' when users visit sites (

mask.of.sanity writes: A dangerous zero-day vulnerability has been found in popular cloud password vault LastPass, which can completely compromise user accounts when users visit malicious websites. The flaw is today being reported to LastPass by established Google Project zero hacker Tavis Ormandy who says he has found other "obvious critical problems".

Submission + - Australia's SmartRider public transport cards popped by student researchers (

mask.of.sanity writes: University students in the Australian city of Perth found and ahref exploited severe holes to rewind travel charges incurred using the city's SmartRider public transport smart card. One has been charged after the research was considered an act of fraud, despite that the academics covered the $18 in false recharges.

Submission + - Researchers defeat Google, Facebook CAPTCHAs in automated attacks (

mask.of.sanity writes: Google's and Facebook's CAPTCHA services have been defeated in research that successfully designed an automated system to solve the human verification challenges. Their proof-of-concept attacks detailed in a paper had a 70.78 percent CAPTCHA-cracking success rate against 2235 CAPTCHAs, with an average running time of 19.2 seconds. It could also be applied to other CAPTCHA schemes including that used by Facebook, the trio says, with a higher accuracy of 83.5 percent.

Submission + - Chinese backdoor found in popular eBay U8 smart watch ( 2

mask.of.sanity writes: The cheap U8 smart watch popular on eBay uses a pairing app for Android or iOS that contains a backdoor that quietly connects to an unknown Chinese IP address.
Researchers ran dynamic and behavioural analysis on the phone's pairing app and discovered that it sent encrypted data off to an IP address based in China. It is not known what traffic is going to the undocumented IP address.

Submission + - Patient monitors altered, drug dispensary popped in collosal hospital hack test (

mask.of.sanity writes: Security researchers have exploited notoriously porous hospital networks to gain access to, and tamper with, critical medical equipment in attacks they say could put lives in danger.

In tests, hospital hackers from the Independent Security Evaluators research team popped patient monitors, making them display false readings which could result in medical responses that injury or kill patients.

Full paper here.

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