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Open Source Vulnerabilities database: Nice idea but too many Google-shaped hoops to jump through at present

The Register - Thu, 11/02/2021 - 09:30
Google Cloud Platform account required, API key comes with Ts&Cs

Hands On  Google has big ambitions for its new Open Source Vulnerabilities database, but getting started requires a Google Cloud Platform account and there are other obstacles that may add friction to adoption.…

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Miscreant admits he stole, traded victims' nude vids after guessing their passwords, security answers

The Register - Thu, 11/02/2021 - 01:00
Nicholas Faber joins accomplice Michael Fish in admitting he raided university portal for sensitive info

A college graduate has admitted hacking into the email and social media accounts of female students, stealing their nude photos and videos, and trading them with others.…

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No joy for Julian Assange as Uncle Sam confirms it will keep pushing for WikiLeaker's extradition to America

The Register - Wed, 10/02/2021 - 23:38
Biden-era Dept of Justice forced to make call after UK judge blocks on mental health grounds

The US Dept of Justice will continue pushing for the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.…

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8 Brits arrested after probe into SIM-swapping scam targeting US celebs

The Register - Wed, 10/02/2021 - 16:15
National Crime Agency nabbed network that stole money, Bitcoin, personal data

Brit cops have cuffed eight men in England and Scotland amid a probe into SIM-swapping attacks on high-profile US targets – including sports stars, musicians, and "influencers" – that had money and personal data stolen.…

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All grown up: Raspberry Pis running Ubuntu added to IoT patching service KernelCare

The Register - Wed, 10/02/2021 - 12:30
No downtime for major updates

CloudLinux has added the Raspberry Pi to its KernelCare patching service, although only if you're running Ubuntu.…

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No phish for the likes of you, thank you very much! Google finds email villains are picky about demographics, country

The Register - Wed, 10/02/2021 - 09:30
Soon may the phisherman come to leave our inbox quite undone

Kind old Google has published data on targeted email attacks and dispensed advice to help users separate friend from foe.…

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North Korean attacks on crypto exchanges reportedly netted $316m in two years

The Register - Wed, 10/02/2021 - 04:54
United Nations sanctions made silly by sloppy security

North Korean attacks on crypto exchanges reportedly netted $316m United Nations sanctions made silly by sloppy security North Korean cyber-attacks harvested $316m in cryptocurrency across 2019 and 2020, according to a report by Japan’s Nikkei.…

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Microsoft Patch Tuesday gaffe leads netizens to 'Microosft' typo-squatting domain

The Register - Tue, 09/02/2021 - 22:02
That aside, enjoy the light load of 56 vulns in Windows and other code

Patch Tuesday  For its February Patch Day, Microsoft released security advisories covering 56 CVE-assigned vulnerabilities, 11 of them rated critical.…

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Just 2020 things: Miscreants hit remote desktops 700% harder as world's IT teams try to support locked-down staff

The Register - Tue, 09/02/2021 - 14:26
Bar the doors lest you get targeted

Online criminals have increasingly targeted Remote Desktop Protocol connections over the past year, according to infosec biz ESET.…

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CD Projekt Red 'EPICALLY pwned': <i>Cyberpunk 2077</i> dev publishes ransom note after company systems encrypted

The Register - Tue, 09/02/2021 - 12:28
Hackers threaten to release source and docs, but games giant isn't playing ball

CD Projekt Red, the Polish developer of Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3, has disclosed a major security incident in which several company systems were encrypted and confidential data stolen.…

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Ignore that ransomware demand and restore from backup – well... if only it were that easy

The Register - Tue, 09/02/2021 - 07:30
Do you really think your safe copies aren’t top of the cyber-cims' hit list?

Webcast  Ransomware is one of the most insidious forms of cyber-attack, not least because it presents you with a range of highly unpleasant options.…

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‘Quad’ nations sign up for meta think-tank to advance ‘Techno-Democratic Statecraft’

The Register - Tue, 09/02/2021 - 05:01
As China bristles, USA, Japan, India, and Australia create forum to explore the intersection of tech and regional security

Universities and think tanks from Australia, the USA, Japan, and India have come together in a new group that together hopes to advance discussions on the intersection of information technology, regional security, and internet freedom.…

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Someone tried to poison a Florida city by hijacking its water treatment plant via TeamViewer, says sheriff

The Register - Tue, 09/02/2021 - 00:18
Attempt to flood supply with sodium hydroxide thwarted, safeguards would have kicked in anyway, we're told

The sheriff of a small city in Florida warned on Monday that hackers had tried to poison its water.…

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Barcode scan app amassed millions of downloads before weird update starting popping open webpages...

The Register - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 21:14
Android software kicked out of Google Play Store, may still be active on many handhelds

Barcode Scanner, a popular Android app, slipped undesirable code into an update in early December, an update that had the potential to reach more than 10m devices though actual distribution is believed to be far less.…

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EncroChat hack case: RAM, bam... what? Data in transit is data at rest, rules UK Court of Appeal

The Register - Mon, 08/02/2021 - 16:34
That's the Snoopers' Charter in action for you

British prosecutors can make use of evidence gathered by the French and Dutch police from encrypted messaging service Encrochat’s servers thanks to a legal interpretation of whether RAM counts as data storage, the Court of Appeal has ruled.…

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Hacked by SolarWinds backdoor masterminds, Mimecast now lays off staff after profit surge

The Register - Sun, 07/02/2021 - 10:04
Plus: British Mensa in data leak blunder, DARPA are Star Wars fans, Sonicwall patch out, and more

In brief  Email security biz Mimecast not only fell victim to the SolarWinds hackers, leading to its own customers being attacked, it is also trimming its workforce amid healthy profits.…

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SitePoint hacked: Hashed, salted passwords pinched from web dev learning site via GitHub tool pwnage

The Register - Fri, 05/02/2021 - 19:05
If you started off there, best change your reused credentials

SitePoint, an Australian learn-to-code publishing website, has been compromised while promoting the book Hacking for Dummies on its homepage.…

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New VS Code release hits stable channel for everyone who's not on Apple Silicon after last-minute bug found

The Register - Fri, 05/02/2021 - 16:03
Electron 11, source control tweaks, plus general spit and polish

Microsoft has pushed out another update to dev favourite Visual Studio Code, but opted to hold off on the Apple Silicon version after a last-minute bug reared its head.…

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That Chrome zero-day bug affects Edge, Vivaldi, and other Chromium-tinged browsers

The Register - Fri, 05/02/2021 - 15:07
Install your updates pronto, folks – it's an active exploit

If you use Google Chrome or a Chromium-based browser such as Microsoft Edge, update it immediately and/or check it for updates over the coming days – there is a zero-day exploit being actively exploited in the older version of Chrome that will also affect other vendors' browsers.…

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The Linux box that runs the exec carpark gate is down! A chance for PostgreSQL Man to show his quality

The Register - Fri, 05/02/2021 - 07:55
They still laid him off, though

On Call  This week's episode of On Call, as ever, comes with a warning: Be careful moving that beige box, for you may not realise what it does.…

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