$2.07bn? That's one Dell of a deal to offload infosec biz RSA

The Register - Tue, 18/02/2020 - 17:30
Texan tech giant hacks off part of security real estate, sells to consortium

Dell Technologies is flogging its infosec business RSA for $2.075bn as it tries to reduce its longstanding debt.…

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Shipping is so insecure we could have driven off in an oil rig, says Pen Test Partners

The Register - Tue, 18/02/2020 - 16:45
Not many stranger things happen at sea

Penetration testers looking at commercial shipping and oil rigs discovered a litany of flaws and vulnerabilities – including one set that would have let them take full control of a rig at sea.…

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Tutanota cries 'censorship!' after secure email biz blocked – for real this time – in Russia

The Register - Mon, 17/02/2020 - 18:00
Move over, there's plenty of room on Putin's naughty step

Fresh from last week's controversy with a US telco, German secure email biz Tutanota has declared today that the Russian authorities have pulled the plug on its services.…

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Severe vuln in WordPress plugin Profile Builder would happily hand anyone the keys to your kingdom

The Register - Mon, 17/02/2020 - 14:46
Remote attackers were able create their own admin accounts

A vulnerability in a popular WordPress user role plugin lets any random person create an admin-level account on targeted websites.…

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It is with a heavy heart we must inform you, once again, folks are accidentally spilling thousands of sensitive pics, records onto the internet

The Register - Mon, 17/02/2020 - 07:04
Plus: Iranians accused of hacking IT service providers to get at their customers

Roundup  Everything is insecure and everything is broken, exhibits A through Z:…

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Roses are red, IBM is Big Blue. It's out of RSA Conference after coronavirus review

The Register - Fri, 14/02/2020 - 23:21
Who’ll join the IT giant in staying away from San Francisco?

IBM has confirmed that it will not be attending the RSA Conference in San Francisco at the end of this month because of fears of catching COVID-19 from the novel coronavirus.…

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Google burns down more than 500 private-data-stealing, ad-defrauding Chrome extensions installed by 1.7m netizens

The Register - Fri, 14/02/2020 - 21:48
Malvertising campaign makes big bucks for online criminals

Google has removed more than 500 Chrome extensions in response to a report from a security researcher, who found the browser plugins distributed through the Chrome Web Store facilitated ad fraud and data theft.…

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Austrian foreign ministry: 'State actor' hack on government IT systems is over

The Register - Fri, 14/02/2020 - 16:00
Russia denies claims from well-informed broadcaster that it was homegrown Turla malware baddies

Austria's foreign ministry has said a weeks-long cyber attack from a "state actor" against its systems has ended – amid local reports that pin the blame on a Russian hacking crew and its initial four-byte payload.…

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Call us immediately if your child uses Kali Linux, squawks West Mids Police

The Register - Fri, 14/02/2020 - 12:35
Maybe stick to walking the beat instead of infosec advice, eh?

The National Crime Agency has publicly distanced itself from a poster urging parents to call police if their child has installed Kali Linux, Tor or – brace yourself – Discord.…

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AT&T insists it's not blocking Tutanota after secure email biz calls foul, cites loss of net neutrality as cause

The Register - Fri, 14/02/2020 - 06:14
Monster telco says it's working to resolve whatever's going on

Encrypted email service Tutanota on Thursday accused US mega-telco AT&T of blocking its service in some parts of America, and cited the service interruption, ongoing for more than two weeks, as evidence for the need for net neutrality.…

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Voatz of no confidence: MIT boffins eviscerate US election app, claim fiends could exploit flaws to derail democracy

The Register - Thu, 13/02/2020 - 21:58
Shoddy code allegations are just FUD, software maker insists

Only a week after the mobile app meltdown in Iowa's Democratic Caucus, computer scientists at MIT have revealed their analysis of the Voatz app used in West Virginia's 2018 midterm election.…

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A dirty dozen of Bluetooth bugs threaten to reboot, freeze, or hack your trendy gizmos from close range

The Register - Thu, 13/02/2020 - 12:00
Over the air? More like over the aarrrggghhh

A trio of boffins at Singapore University this week disclosed 12 security vulnerabilities affecting the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) SDKs offered by seven system-on-a-chip (SoC) vendors.…

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Netgear's HTTPS cert snafu now has a live proof of concept

The Register - Wed, 12/02/2020 - 12:52
And the company reaction is: not even 'meh'

An infosec researcher has published a JavaScript-based proof of concept for the Netgear vulnerability revealed at the end of January.…

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If you're running Windows, I feel bad for you, son. Microsoft's got 99 problems, better fix each one

The Register - Tue, 11/02/2020 - 22:32
Meanwhile, we're still squashing bugs in Adobe Flash Player... plus stuff from Intel and SAP

Patch Tuesday  It's going to be a busy month for IT administrators as Microsoft, Intel, Adobe, and SAP have teamed up to deliver a bumper crop of security fixes for Patch Tuesday.…

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B-but it doesn't get viruses! Not so, Apple fanbois: Mac malware is growing faster than nasties going for Windows

The Register - Tue, 11/02/2020 - 18:00
So says Malwarebytes, anyway

Software nasties targeted at MacOS are on the increase faster than ones for Windows, according to antivirus biz Malwarebytes.…

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Crypto AG backdooring rumours were true, say German and Swiss news orgs after explosive docs leaked

The Register - Tue, 11/02/2020 - 16:15
One for the Cold War infosec veterans: CIA and BND literally owned the firm

Swiss encryption machine company Crypto AG was secretly owned by the US CIA and a West German spy agency at the height of the Cold War, according to explosive revelations in the Swiss and German media today.…

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Tens of millions of biz Dell PCs smacked by privilege-escalation bug in bundled troubleshooting tool

The Register - Tue, 11/02/2020 - 15:01
If you don't have auto-update switched on, time to patch

Dell has copped to a flaw in SupportAssist – a Windows-based troubleshooting program preinstalled on nearly every one of its newer devices running the OS – that allows local hackers to load malicious files with admin privileges.…

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Forgotten motherboard driver turns out to be perfect for slipping Windows ransomware past antivirus checks

The Register - Tue, 11/02/2020 - 02:00
Old Gigabyte code lets file-scrambling RobbinHood go undetected

A kernel-level driver for old PC motherboards has been abused by criminals to hijack Windows computers, disable antivirus, and hold files to ransom.…

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Game over, LAN, game over! Windows software nasty Emotet spotted spreading via brute-forced Wi-Fi networks

The Register - Mon, 10/02/2020 - 23:06
And shares with guessable passwords

A new variant of the notorious Emotet Windows malware is able to spread wirelessly by brute-forcing Wi-Fi network passwords and scanning for shared drives to infect.…

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These truly are the end times for TLS 1.0, 1.1: Firefox hopes to 'eradicate' weak HTTPS standard by blocking it

The Register - Mon, 10/02/2020 - 19:47
Mozilla's browser will, from March, require manual override

Mozilla Firefox will require user intervention to connect to websites using the TLS 1.0 or 1.1 protocol from March 2020 – and plans to eventually block those weak HTTPS connections entirely.…

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