Email blackmail brouhaha tears UKIP apart as High Court refuses computer seizure attempt

The Register - Thu, 19/12/2019 - 15:23
And you thought politics was winding down for Christmas

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) has suffered a data breach after allegedly having 143 party email accounts accessed amid demands made by blackmailers, the High Court in London has been told (PDF).…

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British bloke accused of being 'Dark Overlord' hacker gang's blackmailer finally gets his free trip* to America

The Register - Thu, 19/12/2019 - 07:03
* Terms of stay non-negotiable following extradition. Some imprisonment required. He denies any wrongdoing

A British man believed to be an instrumental member of the Dark Overlord hacking crew has been extradited to the US for trial.…

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Das Reboot: Uni forces 38,000 students, staff to queue, show their papers for password reset following 'cyber attack'

The Register - Thu, 19/12/2019 - 06:04
School in Germany rolls out credential refresh with printed ID requirement

Tens of thousands of students and staff at a university in Germany had to queue up this week after a malware infection on its campus network forced the college to reset everyone's account passwords.…

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FYI: FBI raiding NSA's global wiretap database to probe US citizens probably illegal, unconstitutional, court says

The Register - Thu, 19/12/2019 - 01:15
A data silo we didn't know existed until a certain IT admin went rogue

Analysis  The FBI is likely breaking the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unreasonable searches, when it investigates domestic crimes using an NSA database created from international wiretaps, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.…

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Medical biz LifeLabs fesses up: Hackers slurped 15 million customer records – and we paid them to hand it all back

The Register - Wed, 18/12/2019 - 21:36
Stick a fork in 2019, we're done, eh

Canadian medical testing specialist LifeLabs says miscreants were able to break into its corporate network and access systems containing the sensitive and personal records of 15 million customers.…

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You leak our secrets? We'll leak your book sales, speech fees – into our coffers: Uncle Sam wins royalties fight against Edward Snowden

The Register - Wed, 18/12/2019 - 20:33
Merry Christmas!

A federal judge has ruled that the US government can collect royalties from the sale of ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden's memoir Permanent Record and any fees from related public speeches.…

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Jet2 hacker who deleted every account on UK company's domain cops 5 months in jail

The Register - Wed, 18/12/2019 - 16:51
Disgruntled ex-techie took just 13 minutes to almost wreak havoc

The man who hacked northern airline Jet2 has been jailed for five months after he posed to hotel staff as a company director, was disciplined, and later went on an alcohol-fuelled deletion spree.…

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BlackBerry tells UK High Court that security outfit SentinelOne is its direct rival

The Register - Wed, 18/12/2019 - 15:15
Non-compete legal brouhaha reveals how once-mighty handset biz now sees itself

BlackBerry, the former phone handset company, has accused rival security business SentinelOne of systematically poaching its top talent during a court hearing in central London where the Canadian company tried to block a salesman from jumping ship.…

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Log us out: Private equity snaffles Lastpass owner LogMeIn

The Register - Wed, 18/12/2019 - 12:04
World+dog hunts for new password manager

Remote access, collaboration and password manager provider LogMeIn has been sold to a private equity outfit for $4.3bn.…

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Half a billion here, half a billion there – pretty soon you're talking real money: US Congress earmarks $425m for 2020 election security

The Register - Tue, 17/12/2019 - 21:35
Just another, oh, $1.675bn to go to defend systems, it is estimated

US lawmakers have formally earmarked hundreds of millions of dollars for an election security overhaul.…

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Destroyed: A method of destroying Whatsapp group chats forever, say infosec bods of vuln patch

The Register - Tue, 17/12/2019 - 11:00
Good news for Check Point; less so for blabbermouths with regrets

Security investigators say they have uncovered a vulnerability in WhatsApp that will gladden the heart of anyone who's ever wondered how to permanently wipe that incriminating group chat.…

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London's Met Police splash the cash on e-learning 'cyber' training for 4k staffers

The Register - Tue, 17/12/2019 - 09:16
Getting tooled up for future crimes

The Metropolitan Police Service dispatched more than 4,000 staff to attend so-called "cyber" training courses over the past two years.…

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It's 2019 so, of course, this Wells Fargo employee accused of stealing customer cash posed with wads of dosh on Instagram, Facebook

The Register - Mon, 16/12/2019 - 20:30
Feds are not amused

A Wells Fargo employee is accused of stealing bank vault deposits – and posting pictures of the alleged purloined loot on Instagram and Facebook.…

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Your workmates might still be reading that 'unshared' Slack document

The Register - Mon, 16/12/2019 - 16:00
IRC-for-millennials biz shrugs: Yeah, we might fix that later

Security researchers have uncovered a flaw in messaging app Slack that allows a file shared in a private channel to be viewed by anyone in that workspace – even guests.…

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Chinese e-commerce site bared 1.3TB of server logs, user data and more

The Register - Mon, 16/12/2019 - 14:04
Things you don't do with Elasticsearch dbs, number 1: Put them on the web

Exclusive  Infosec researchers have uncovered a data breach affecting 1.3TB of web server log entries held by Chinese e-commerce website…

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VMware warning, OpenBSD gimme-root hole again, telco hit with GDPR fine, Ring camera hijackings, and more

The Register - Mon, 16/12/2019 - 09:11
Your quick summary of infosec news beyond everything else we've reported

Roundup  Here's your Register security roundup of infosec news about stuff that's unfit for production but fit for print.…

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Valuable personal info leaks from Facebook – not Zuck selling it, unencrypted hard drives of staff data stolen

The Register - Fri, 13/12/2019 - 20:39
Car smash-and-grab ends with loss of payroll details for 20,000 employees

Facebook has lost a copy of the personal details of more than 20,000 of its employees after hard drives containing unencrypted payroll information were stolen from an employee's car.…

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Ever wonder how hackers could possibly pwn power plants? Here are 54 Siemens bugs that could explain things

The Register - Fri, 13/12/2019 - 10:51
Arbitrary code execution in a controller, what could go wrong?

Siemens industrial control systems designed specifically for energy plant gear are riddled with dozens of security vulnerabilities that are, luckily enough, tricky to exploit from the outside.…

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NPM swats path traversal bug that lets evil packages modify, steal files. That's bad for JavaScript crypto-wallets

The Register - Fri, 13/12/2019 - 02:05
Trio of vulnerabilities made registry full of uncertain code even more of a risk

On Wednesday, NPM, Inc, the California-based biz that has taken it upon itself to organize the world's JavaScript packages into the npm registry, warned that its command line tool, the npm CLI, has a rather serious security vulnerability. Version 6.13.4 has been rushed out with a fix.…

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Iran says it staved off cyber attack but doesn't blame US

The Register - Thu, 12/12/2019 - 18:12
Here's a rundown of some of the Middle East's cyber argy-bargy

Iran claims to have staved off a major cyber attack on its national infrastructure, a couple of months after the Middle Eastern theocracy was blamed for real-world assaults on two Saudi oil refineries.…

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