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Impossible to kill RATs drain bank accounts dry, says BioCatch

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Impossible to kill RATs drain bank accounts dry, says BioCatch

Imagine a piece of malware that is practically impossible to detect and can suck a victim’s bank account dry – because it was installed by the user, and acts like any other legitimate piece of software. That is exactly what a new form of a socially-engineered RAT (Remote Access Tool) attack does – and according to Israeli financial security tech firm BioCatch, the company’s solution is the only one that can detect and prevent these attacks. The so-called RAT-in-the-Browser (RitB) attacks are relatively new, said BioCatch. They rely on social engineering to install malware such as Dyre and Dridex. Far more sophisticated than the usual scripts that monitor a user’s activities and upload data on passwords and other sensitive data to servers – activities that good cyber-defense systems can detect – the malware attacks usually include a human element, with victims instructed to call a phone number or install a remote support tool that lets fraudsters see exactly how much money a user has in their account, and monitor communications to the bank server in order to get their login data and suck their accounts dry. removed installation process ensures that cyber-security systems won’t detect the Dyre installation, since the […]

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‘Oversight’ causes an error HeartBleed; says it’s Developer

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Robin Seggelmann, a programmer based in Germany, submitted the code in an update submitted at 11:59pm on New Year’s Eve, 2011. It was supposed to enable a function called “Heartbeat” in OpenSSL, the software package used by nearly half of all web servers to enable secure connections. He says the “Heartbleed” vulnerability to the open-source code used by thousands of websites says it was an “oversight” – but that its discovery validates the methods used. His update did enable Heartbeat, but an “oversight” led to an error with major ramifications. But it accidentally created the “Heartbleed” vulnerability, which has been described as a “catastrophic” flaw which laid the contents of thousands of web servers open to hackers. Seggelmann worked on the OpenSSL project during his PhD studies, from 2008 to 2012, but isn’t involved with the project any more. It has also been discovered in Cisco and Juniper routing gear, which could mean that hackers could capture sensitive data such as passwords passing over the internet. He said that the mistake has nothing to do with its festive datestamp. “The code… was the work of several weeks. It’s only a coincidence that it was submitted during the holiday season. “I […]

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More child abuse survivors aged over 60 seeking help, support group says on Blue Knot Day

The figures have been released to mark Blue Knot Day, which aims to raise awareness of the estimated five million Australians who have suffered childhood trauma and abuse.

“We’re seeing more people in older age groups coming forward, and what we believe that relates to is the Royal Commission (into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse),” said Dr Cathy Kezelman, President of Adults Surviving Child Abuse.

“Older people who may have kept this secret their entire life are now ringing up and reaching and seeking help.

“We have people in their 80s ringing our line and saying they have never told a soul, but then hearing how it has profoundly affected their life.

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China Is Still Hacking US Companies After Promising It Would Stop, Report Says

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Hackers with ties to the Chinese government appear to be targeting US companies despite a recent security deal between the US and China’s government, which promised to stop cyberattacks aimed at stealing economic secrets. Dmitri Alperovitch, the chief technology officer of Crowdstrike, an American security company, warned on Monday that China hasn’t stopped its online economic espionage just yet. “The very fact that these attempts occurred highlights the need to remain vigilant despite the newly minted Cyber agreement,” Alperovitch wrote in a blog post, where he explained that the company has detected several attacks with the goal of stealing intellectual property and trade secrets since the announcement of the deal. Alperovitch told Motherboard that Crowdstrike is “pretty confident” these attacks were carried out by Chinese hackers, but can’t be certain whether “whether these hackers are moonlighting or whether they’re getting orders directly from the government.” Alperovitch revealed that “the very first” attack happened on “the very next day” after President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping reached an agreement. Source: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/china-is-still-hacking-us-companies-after-promising-it-would-stop-report-says  

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‘They’d love to do damage’: The FBI says ISIS wants to go after one of America’s biggest vulnerabilities

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ISIS hackers are attempting to penetrate the US energy grid to carry out cyberattacks and take down parts of the country’s energy supply, CNN Money reports. The hackers, however, have so far proved to be inept. Law-enforcement officials shared the information about attempted cyberattacks at a conference on October 14 with American energy firms about potential national-security issues. “Strong intent. Thankfully, low capability,” John Riggi, a section chief in the FBI’s cyber division, told CNN about ISIS’ hacking attempts. “But the concern is that they’ll buy that capability.” That concern is warranted, the FBI told CNN. Highly capable hacking software is available for purchase on the black market and could be used to hack networks associated with energy companies, fuel refineries, or water-pumping stations. Because of the size and complexity of America’s utility grids, and a lack of due diligence, US infrastructure is vulnerable to advanced cyberattacks — from terrorists or, more likely, from rival governments that already have the necessary capabilities. A survey in 2013 found more than 500,000 potential targets for cyberattacks against computers associated with power plants, water treatment centers, traffic control towers, and various portions of the electrical grid. As worrying as that sounds, however, the […]

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Penn man a suspected child predator, Pennsylvania attorney general says

A Berks County man is one of four people identified by the Pennsylvania attorney general on Thursday as being suspected child predators. Brandon Michael Batz was found to have multiple images of suspected child pornography on electronic devices that were seized from his home in Penn Township, near Bernville, officials said. The discovery was made after a computer registered to Batz was found on a peer-to-peer network sharing media files believed to depict child porn, officials said.

Batz, 30, was charged with one count of distribution of child pornography, 21 counts of possession of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.

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Latest rumor says to expect a fingerprint scanner and the Snapdragon 820 SoC for the Xiaomi Mi 5

We’ve characterized China’s Weibo micro-blogging site as being like the Wild, Wild West. Information is constantly being posted on the site, and unless a specific post comes from a verified account, it is always a good idea to take the rumors and speculation originating from Weibo with the proverbial grain of salt.

Take this morning’s rumor. According to a Weibo-er @MochaRQ, who claims to have knowledge of what is going on inside Xiaomi HQ, things are progressing well with the Xiaomi Mi 5. By today’s standards, the sequel to the Xiaomi Mi 4 flagship is overdue. And according to the leak, …

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Microsoft says that forcing Windows 10 on Windows 7/8.1 users was a ‘mistake’

Microsoft says forcing Windows 7/8.1 users to Windows Windows 10 was done by mistake

We had reported it earlier that Microsoft was forcing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to opt-in for Windows 10 operating system. Now Microsoft has issued a statement that this was being done by mistake.

Microsoft’s official response is:

As part of our effort to bring Windows 10 to existing genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers, the Windows 10 upgrade may appear as an optional update in the Windows Update (WU) control panel. This is an intuitive and trusted place people go to find Recommended and Optional updates to Windows. In the recent Windows update, this option was checked as default; this was a mistake and we are removing the check.

Throughout the week, Microsoft forced Windows 7/8.1 users to opt for Windows 10 by automatically downloading a 6GB update package and barraging them with incessant popups that their PCs were ready for Windows 10 update. Earlier, Windows 7/8.1 users could opt-out of such process but now there is no longer an option to opt-out of upgrading altogether.

The fact that Microsoft wants you to upgrade to Windows 10 come whatever may is not lost when not even GWX Control Panel, a third-party tool that lets you manage or sidestep such updates, is not able to do so.

Believing Microsoft’s statement that it left the box checked causing the automatic upgrades, is pretty hard. It seems some top honcho in Microsoft with the permission of Satya Nadella was deliberately forcing Windows 7/8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10.

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FBI says chip-based credit cards safer but need PIN to protect against fraud

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The National Retail Federation today said it agreed with a warning from the FBI that new chip-based credit cards are safer than traditional cards but still vulnerable to fraud and need to be used with a PIN instead of a signature to minimize risk. “What the FBI is saying is what the rest of the world already sees as common sense,” NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan said. “It’s the right thing to do, and we hope the banks are listening.” “Retailers are determined to protect their customers,” Duncan said. “That’s why we are pushing the banks to use all of the security the new cards are capable of providing, not just half. They shouldn’t lock the front door but leave the back door wide open.” In a warning issued on Thursday to consumers, merchants and law enforcement, the FBI praised Europay MasterCard Visa chip cards as being more secure than traditional magnetic stripe cards, but said they are “still vulnerable to fraud.” Despite card industry claims that the chips are difficult to counterfeit, the FBI said the cards “can be counterfeited using stolen card data obtained from the black market.” The bureau also said the chip […]

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Samsung says its mobile payments data is safe despite hack

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Samsung Electronics has said its mobile payment system is safe after a hacking attack against its US-based subsidiary LoopPay. An article in the New York Times on Wednesday said the hacking incident had occurred against LoopPay’s network in March. LoopPay, acquired by Samsung in February, developed the payment system used to run Samsung Pay — a competitor to Apple Pay. Samsung said user data was not at risk. In August, the Korean electronics giant launched its mobile wallet serviceSamsung Pay in South Korea, followed by a launch in the US in September. Samsung Pay competes against rival Apple’s pay facility, which launched last year and operates in the US and UK. Google offers a similar payment system. The mobile phone payment systems are designed to convince shoppers to use their handsets to make in-store purchases — rather than using cards. The New York Times article says Chinese hackers — the so-called Codoso Group — gained access to LoopPay’s office network and were not discovered until five months later in August. Samsung said its payment system “was not impacted and at no point was any personal payment information at risk”. The firm said it was an “isolated incident” and stressed that […]

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