WhatsApp Founder Admits Selling Out Privacy To Facebook

Tom Jowitt

https://www.silicon.co.uk/e-marketing/socialmedia/whatsapp-founder-selling-privacy-237291?inf_by=5bbb0fa8671db8e9778b4fa1

Excerpt

“Co-founder of WhatsApp Brian Acton admits selling out the privacy of WhatsApp users to Facebook”


Uber to cough up $148 million for hiding a data breach in 2016

Ivan Mehta

https://thenextweb.com/security/2018/09/27/uber-148-million-fine-2016-data-breach/

Excerpt

“Uber will have to cough up a sum of $148 million in fines for the data breach it suffered in 2016, which affected 600,000 drivers in the US, and 57 million customers across the world. The company agreed to pay the fine and settle the case with the attorneys general of all 50 states and the District of Columbia.”


Former NSA Employee Gets 5 Years in Prison for Retaining Classified Data

David Bisson

https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/security-data-protection/former-nsa-employee-gets-5-years-in-prison-for-retaining-classified-data/

Excerpt

“A former employee of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) received a five-year prison sentence for retaining classified national defense information.”


SHEIN fashion retailer announces breach affecting 6.42 million users

Catalin Cimpanu

https://www.zdnet.com/article/shein-fashion-retailer-announces-breach-affecting-6-42-million-users/

Excerpt

“Online fashion store SHEIN announced a security breach last week that affected around 6.42 million of its customerbase. The North Brunswick-based company is currently in the process of contacting all affected users and asking them to change passwords for their online store accounts.”


Firefox DoS issue crashes the browser and sometimes the Windows OS

Pierluigi Paganini

https://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/76499/hacking/firefox-dos-issue.html

Excerpt

“The security researcher Sabri Haddouche from Wire discovered a bug that affects Firefox on Mac, Linux, and Windows that could crash the browser and in some cases the underlying PC.”


Viro Botnet Ransomware Breaks Through

Raphael Centeno and Noel Llimos

https://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/virobot-ransomware-with-botnet-capability-breaks-through/

Excerpt

“We’ve predicted that ransomware attacks will plateau in 2017 but will diversify in terms of attack methods as time progresses. Ransomware activity in the first half of 2018 proved this to be true, with more innovative methods to raise the ante. Case in point: we have recently observed Viro botnet (detected by Trend Micro as RANSOM_VIBOROT.THIAHAH), with both ransomware and botnet capabilities, affecting users in the United States.”


For Hackers, Anonymity Was Once Critical. That’s Changing.

Stephen Hiltner

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/22/technology/defcon-hackers-privacy-anonymity.html

Excerpt

“Ask any hacker who’s been around long enough, and there’s a good chance you’ll hear an archetypal story, tinged with regret, about the first time his or her real identity was publicly disclosed.”


Hackers target real estate deals, with devastating impact

https://phys.org/news/2018-09-hackers-real-estate-devastating-impact.html

Excerpt

“James and Candace Butcher were ready to finalize the purchase of their dream retirement home, and at closing time wired $272,000 from their bank following instructions they received by email.”


Woman pleads guilty to hacking police surveillance cameras

Charlie Osborne

https://www.zdnet.com/article/woman-pleads-guilty-to-hacking-police-surveillance-cameras/

Excerpt

“A Romanian woman has pled guilty to hacking police surveillance cameras following a manhunt across her home country and the UK, eventually leading to extradition to the United States.”


Smart homes, dumb devices: Making the IoT safe

Marcio Avillez

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/09/25/smart-homes-dumb-devices/

Excerpt

“The Internet of Things is growing by the second. Gartner predicts that by 2020, there will be 20.4 billion connected devices worldwide. Unfortunately, this vast network presents hackers with an equally vast array of easy access points to take advantage of.”


Chinese police arrest hacker who sold data of millions of hotel guests on the dark web

Catalin Cimpanu

https://www.zdnet.com/article/chinese-police-arrest-hacker-who-sold-data-of-millions-of-hotel-guests-on-the-dark-web/

Excerpt

“Huazhu Hotels Group Ltd, a China-based hotel chain, announced this week that Shanghai police arrested the hacker who was selling data on millions of its customers online, on the dark web. The arrest was announced on Monday, September 17, by the hotel group in an investors message, and confirmed two days later by Shanghai police for Chinese media.”


Police arrest suspects behind smear campaigns against Baidu and other Chinese internet companies

Nicole Jao

https://technode.com/2018/09/21/police-arrest-suspects-behind-smear-campaigns-against-baidu-and-other-chinese-internet-companies/

Excerpt

“The police have arrested a number of suspects in a criminal group responsible for multiple smear campaigns and fake news against high-profile Chinese internet companies including Baidu, local media is reporting (in Chinese). The malicious attacks not only targeted at companies but also their top executives. Police have confiscated the suspects’ computers and mobile phones.”


Newegg Credit Card Info Stolen For a Month by Injected MageCart Script

Lawrence Abrams

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/newegg-credit-card-info-stolen-for-a-month-by-injected-magecart-script/

Excerpt

“The malicious credit card stealing MageCart script behind the British Airlines and Feedify breaches have struck again, but this time against Newegg, one of the largest online technology retailers.”


Wyden: Tech company has told multiple senators of foreign hacking attempts

Sean Lyngaas

https://www.cyberscoop.com/senate-hacking-ron-wyden-personal-email/

Excerpt

“A major tech company has informed “a number of senators and Senate staff members” that foreign government hackers have targeted their personal email accounts, according to Sen. Ron Wyden.”


Mirai botnet authors avoid prison after "substantial assistance" to the FBI

Catalin Cimpanu

https://www.zdnet.com/article/mirai-botnet-authors-avoid-prison-after-substantial-assistance-to-the-fbi/

Excerpt

“The three men who created and ran the original Mirai botnet back in 2016 have avoided prison sentences after cooperating with the FBI and providing "substantial assistance in other complex cybercrime investigations," the US Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Tuesday.”


How do you protect digital channels from cyber threats?

Zeljka Zorz

https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2018/09/20/protect-digital-channels/

Excerpt

“A well-thought out and managed social media presence is a must for most companies and their workforce, but too few of them think about the potential repercussions of an attack targeting it.”


Ordinary Wi-Fi devices can be used to detect suspicious luggage, bombs, weapons

Catalin Cimpanu

https://www.zdnet.com/article/ordinary-wi-fi-devices-can-be-used-to-detect-suspicious-luggage-bombs-weapons/

Excerpt

“Wi-Fi signals from ordinary Wi-Fi equipment can be used to detect suspicious objects, such as bombs or weapons, inside people's bags or luggage, at schools, stadiums, museums, malls, or other public spaces.”


Ransomware attack blacks out screens at Bristol Airport

Catalin Cimpanu

https://www.zdnet.com/article/ransomware-attack-blacks-out-screens-at-bristol-airport/

Excerpt

“Flight information screens were blacked out over the weekend at the Bristol Airport in the UK.”


Egypt’s new anti-cybercrime law could mean VPN users face jail time

https://thenextweb.com/syndication/2018/09/06/egypts-new-anti-cybercrime-law-could-mean-vpn-users-face-jail-time/

Excerpt

“Egypt’s President, Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, has signed into law the Anti-Cyber and Information Technology Crimes legislation. The anti-cybercrime law gives the Egyptian government the power to block any websites it deems to be a threat to national security as well as spreading the “ideas of terrorist organizations.”


Brit teen pleads guilty to Minecraft-linked bomb and airline hoaxes

Gareth Corfield

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/09/05/george_duke_cohan_guilty_pleas_hoax_bomb_threats/

Excerpt

“A British teenager has pleaded guilty in court to making hoax bomb threats to schools and airports while posing online as part of a hacker crew, a police agency has alleged.”


Almost 400k websites risk hacking, data theft via open .git repos, researcher warns

Liam Tung

https://www.zdnet.com/article/almost-400k-websites-risk-hacking-data-theft-via-open-git-repos-researcher-warns/

Excerpt

“Czech security researcher Vladimír Smitka is warning website operators to take a closer look at how they configure their site, in particular if they use a git to deploy and manage it.”


Parental control spyware app Family Orbit hacked, pictures of hundreds of monitored children were exposed

Pierluigi Paganini

https://securityaffairs.co/wordpress/75888/data-breach/family-orbit-hacked.html

Excerpt

“The company that sells the parental control spyware app Family Orbit has been hacked, the pictures of hundreds of monitored children were left online only protected by a password.”