What’s behind this 1,000-character phishing URL?

Posted on February 14th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Danny Bradbury Phishing sites are common, but this week the internet found a strange strain that’s a little rarer: a phishing site with a URL almost a thousand characters long. Experts have a good theory about why a scammer would go to all that trouble. Bleeping Computer learned of a strange phishing campaign which […]

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Security firm beats Adobe by patching reader flaw first

Posted on February 13th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Danny Bradbury Adobe has patched a flaw that enabled attackers to slurp a user’s network authentication details – but not before someone else patched it first. Security researcher Alex Inführ discovered a flaw in Adobe Reader which enabled a malicious PDF file to trigger a callback from the program. A compromised program would communicate […]

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Just two hacker groups are behind 60% of stolen cryptocurrency

Posted on February 6th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Danny Bradbury We may not know the names of those who steal cryptocurrency from online exchanges, but we now know that most of the thefts are down to just two groups – and one of them isn’t even in it for the money alone. A new report from blockchain investigation company Chainalysis reveals that […]

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Phone cloner gets 65 months in jail

Posted on January 31st, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Danny Bradbury A US court has sentenced a man to over five years for his part in a massive telecommunications fraud involving stolen cellphone accounts and reprogrammed phones. After pleading guilty last November, 54-year-old Braulio De la Cruz Vasquez received a 65-month sentence this week for participating in a scheme that used stolen cellphone […]

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Firefox makes it easier for users to dodge ad-trackers

Posted on January 30th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Danny Bradbury Firefox has introduced a new set of controls to make it easier for users to protect themselves from online ad trackers. The browser’s redesigned Content Blocking section makes it easier for users to switch off cross-site trackers. These are mechanisms that advertisers and data brokers use to track your activity across different […]

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BGP secure routing experiment ends in online row

Posted on January 30th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Danny Bradbury An experiment to make the internet safer ended up breaking parts of it last week. Researchers were testing a way to make the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) more secure. BGP is the language that routes traffic between autonomous system networks (ASNs), which are the large networks that make up the internet. However, […]

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Thieves’ names and descriptions made public on B&Q database

Posted on January 30th, 2019 by Responsible Cyber

by Danny Bradbury When people find unsecured Elasticsearch databases online, they often contain sensitive customer information. Not so with UK-based DIY giant B&Q, which reportedly suffered its own breach this week. Instead of customer data, an exposed Elasticsearch instance gave up information on around 70,000 shoplifters, according to Australian security researcher Lee Johnstone. The exposed […]

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