New Zealand’s “hacked” budget was found on a website

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas New Zealand’s Treasury office said it had been “deliberately and systematically hacked,” with evidence showing more than 2,000 hacking attempts recorded over a 48-hour period from Sunday through Tuesday. On Tuesday, the National Party – a center-right political party in New Zealand that’s also known as the Nats or National – published […]

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A million devices still vulnerable to ‘wormable’ RDP hole

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Danny Bradbury An internet-wide scan has revealed almost one million devices vulnerable to BlueKeep, the Windows vulnerability that has the security community on high alert this month. BlueKeep is better known as CVE-2019-0708, a vulnerability that Microsoft announced in its May Patch Tuesday release that affects Windows Remote Desktop Services, accessible via the RDP […]

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What a teen grade hacker’s confession can teach us

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry at a new column that Motherboard’s Vice started earlier this month. It’s called Scam Academy. Pull up a chair, students: Scam Academy is where you come to read about “schemes and cheats from within the high schools and colleges of America.” The authors […]

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New research generates deepfake video from a single picture

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Danny Bradbury You’ve all seen the deepfake video of a digital Barack Obama sockpuppet controlled by Jordan Peele, but we bet you haven’t seen an animated video of the Mona Lisa talking before. Well, thanks to the magic of AI, now you can. Deepfake AI produces realistic videos of people doing and saying fictitious […]

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Three tech-support scammers charged with ripping off the elderly

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas Three alleged tech-support scammers have been charged with bilking the elderly out of at least $1.3 million for tech support services they didn’t need and never got. The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced on Friday that the three had been arrested the day before. According to […]

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Unpatched Docker bug allows read-write access to host OS

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Danny Bradbury There are lots of books on tools and techniques to secure software containers, but what happens when someone discovers a basic architectural flaw? And what do you do when there’s no working patch for it? That’s the situation in the Docker universe this week after Suse developer Aleksa Sarai uncovered a bug […]

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Flipboard data breach – what users should do now

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by John E Dunn Popular news aggregation site Flipboard – one billion app downloads from Google Play and counting – has become the latest internet company to admit it has suffered a breach. We’ve covered a lot of data breaches in recent years but this one has one or two wrinkles that are worth highlighting. […]

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Foreign spies may be hiding in your VPN, warns DHS

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas Before we get into the latest scary-virtual private network (VPN) news, let’s do as Naked Security’s Paul Ducklin advises and repeat after him: A VPN doesn’t magically improve security. All it really does is to make your VPN provider into your new ISP – your “first hop” on the internet. That first […]

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Facial recognition used to strip adult industry workers of anonymity

Posted on May 31st, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Lisa Vaas As if we don’t already have enough facial-recognition dystopia, someone’s claiming to have used the technology to match the faces of porn actresses to social media profiles in order to “help others check whether their girlfriends ever acted in those films.” A Germany-based Chinese programmer said he and some friends have identified […]

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The cryptominer that kept coming back

Posted on May 30th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by John E Dunn One of computer security’s special frustrations is the phenomenon of malware that keeps re-infecting a system no matter how many times defenders think they’ve cleaned it. This was the puzzle that recently confronted Sophos Support when it was called in to investigate the mystery of an internet-facing Apache Tomcat web server […]

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