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Millions of personal files exposed by insurance biz, serial web hacker strikes again, and more from infosec land

Sat, 25/05/2019 - 07:52
Your two-minute guide to all the other security news this week

Roundup  It's a bumper three-day weekend in the US and UK, so we won't keep you long. Here's a rapid summary of information security news from the past week beyond what El Reg has already covered.…

Categories: News

Maker of US border's license-plate scanning tech ransacked by hacker, blueprints and files dumped online

Fri, 24/05/2019 - 00:45
Perceptics confirms intrusion and theft, stays quiet on details

Exclusive  The maker of vehicle license plate readers used extensively by the US government and cities to identify and track citizens and immigrants has been hacked. Its internal files were pilfered, and are presently being offered for free on the dark web to download.…

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WikiLeaks boss Assange acted as a foreign spy, Uncle Sam exclaims in fresh rap sheet

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 22:51
Prosecutors try to paint a line between journos and internet dump lord in case with significant free speech implications

Julian Assange has been formally accused by the US government of breaking the Espionage Act 18 times, expanding the legal case against him and raising significant free speech issues.…

Categories: News

Why telcos 'handed over' people's GPS coords to a bounty hunter: He just had to ask nicely

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 21:44
Privacy slip allegations dog US cellular network giants... while FCC twiddles its thumbs

A bounty hunter was able to get the live location of a number of different individuals from American cellphone networks through a single phone call, it is claimed.…

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British Army cyber 'n' psyops unit 77 Brigade can't even brainwash civvies into helping it meet recruitment targets

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 16:43
Part-timers needed

The British Army's psyops unit 77 Brigade is still falling short of recruiting targets, despite cyber skills being bigged up repeatedly by the military and government.…

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We'll hack back at Russians, declare UK ministers in cyber-Blitz blitz

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 13:09
NATO's getting in on the action too

British ministers are stepping up their rhetoric on cyber warfare, with £22m to be splurged on embiggening an "offensive hacking" unit as Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt vowed to retaliate against Russian cyber-attacks.…

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Phisher folk reel in Computacenter security vetting mailbox packed with sensitive staff data

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 11:05
Haul included employee passports, driving licences, bank statements and more

The third-party mailbox used by Computacenter employees and contractors to deposit data for security clearance applications has been hacked and used in phishing scams.…

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US Air Force probes targeted malware attack, blames... er, the US Navy? What?

Wed, 22/05/2019 - 15:59
War crimes trial takes a fresh twist

The US Air Force has opened an investigation into a "malware" infection – which it is blaming on lawyers employed by the US Navy who are working on a war crimes case.…

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Windows 10 bug-hunter reveals another 'make me admin' zero-day – and vows: 'There's more where that came from'

Wed, 22/05/2019 - 04:59
Vulnerability can be exploited to turn users into system stars, no patch available yet

A bug-hunter who previously disclosed Windows security flaws has publicly revealed another zero-day vulnerability in Microsoft's latest operating systems.…

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G Suite'n'sour: Google resets passwords after storing some unhashed creds for months, years

Wed, 22/05/2019 - 01:00
Biz app login details encrypted at rest, though, ad giant insists

Google admitted Tuesday its paid-for G Suite of cloudy apps aimed at businesses stored some user passwords in plaintext albeit in an encrypted form.…

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iPhone gyroscopes, of all things, can uniquely ID handsets on anything earlier than iOS 12.2

Tue, 21/05/2019 - 12:25
Cheapskate fandroids get a pass on this one, though

Your iPhone can be uniquely fingerprinted by apps and websites in a way that you can never clear. Not by deleting cookies, not by clearing your cache, not even by reinstalling iOS.…

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Sophos tells users to roll back Microsoft's Patch Tuesday run if they want PC to boot

Mon, 20/05/2019 - 16:15
Yes, the one with the critical security fixes

Brit security software slinger Sophos has advised its customers to uninstall Microsoft's most recent Patch Tuesday run – the same patches that protect servers against the latest Intel cockups.…

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Boeing admits 737 Max sims didn't accurately reproduce what flying without MCAS was like

Mon, 20/05/2019 - 15:28
Turning off trim control software in training wouldn't give realistic results – report

Boeing has admitted that pilot training simulators for the controversial 737 Max did not accurately reproduce what happened if the infamous MCAS system went gaga.…

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Let adware be treated as malware, Canuck boffins declare after breaking open Wajam ad injector

Mon, 20/05/2019 - 11:05
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck then...

Analysis  The technology industry has numerous terms for sneaky software, including malware, adware, spyware, ransomware, and the ever adorable PUPs – potentially unwanted programs. But there isn't always a clear difference between malware and less threatening descriptors.…

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CIA traitor spy thrown in the clink for selling secrets to China. Stack Overflow, TeamViewer admit: We were hacked...

Sat, 18/05/2019 - 11:01
...And more from the world of infosec this week

Roundup  Here's a quick catch-up of all things infosec beyond what we've already reported this week.…

Categories: News

Giga-hurts radio: Terrorists build Wi-Fi bombs to dodge cops' cellphone jammers

Fri, 17/05/2019 - 21:30
Explosives activated by wireless networking signals discovered amid election

Terrorists have been caught strapping Wi-Fi-activated backup triggers to bombs in Indonesia, police revealed this week.…

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It's not chicken feed: Million-dollar meal deal for livestock sabotaged by hackers... and, er, exchange rates

Fri, 17/05/2019 - 18:30
Six-week investigation delay shrank payment by 13%

A $1.2m shipment of livestock feed went awry when "hackers" intercepted and tweaked emails with payment details, eventually costing the cheeky buyers an extra $161,000 after exchange rates moved during the legal fallout.…

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Get out of Huawei, it's an avalanche of news from everyone's favourite Chinese bogeyman

Fri, 17/05/2019 - 15:28
We read this week's Huawei happenings and filleted it so you don't have to

Roundup  Huawei has been kicked by a US national emergency proclamation hitting "foreign" gear, spent some cash in France, claimed it's worth billions to Britain and was described as "a potential security risk" by a former head of MI6. And that's just the last five days.…

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Good heavens, is it time to patch Cisco kit again? Prime Infrastructure root privileges hole plugged

Fri, 17/05/2019 - 09:09
Do the thing ASAP, you know how it works by now

Among a bumper crop of 57 security issues Cisco divulged on Wednesday was a fix for a trio of vulns, one critical, in networks management tool Prime Infrastructure.…

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Freed whistleblower Chelsea Manning back in jail for refusing to testify before secret grand jury

Fri, 17/05/2019 - 02:56
If orange is the new black, she's back in black

After seven days of freedom, US Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning is back behind bars for refusing to testify before a secret federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks.…

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