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Posted on 03/23/2017
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For years, the CIA has been developing tools for hacking into Apple products — and thanks to WikiLeaks, those tools are now public. Today, the group published a new set of documents dubbed “Dark Matter,” part of the ongoing Vault 7 publication on CIA hacking tools. Today’s documents focus specifically on Apple products, detailing the CIA’s methods for breaking into MacBooks and iPhones.
Posted on 03/23/2017
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New research from the security firm ZeroFox shows a surge in Bitcoin-related crimes during the first three weeks of March, just as the cryptocurrency was moving to integrate into conventional financial markets. The scams varied from straightforward phishing attempts to more elaborate pyramid schemes — but in each case, the familiar Bitcoin logo was front and center, employed as a way to gain the target’s trust. Over a three-week period, ZeroFox tracked 3,618 unique URLs linked to those scams, shared over 8,742 social media posts, although it’s unclear how many criminal groups were responsible.
Posted on 03/23/2017
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Apple has poured water on claims by a hacker group that it has gained access to hundreds of millions of iCloud accounts. In a statement provided to Fortune, an Apple spokesperson said that none of the company’s systems — including iCloud and Apple ID — had been breached, and that the alleged list of email addresses and passwords “appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services.
Posted on 03/22/2017
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Court papers filed today indicate that prosecutors are trying to break into locked smartphones seized during arrests made on Inauguration Day. According to a report from BuzzFeed, there are more than 100 phones involved, some belonging to individuals who have not been indicted. These devices were seized by law enforcement on January 20th when 214 people were arrested on felony rioting charges related to demonstrations held in protest of President Donald Trump.
Posted on 03/22/2017
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A LastPass security vulnerability could have allowed malicious attackers to steal users’ passwords, a researcher revealed this week.
Posted on 03/22/2017
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Android security has always been an uphill fight. Unlike iOS, there’s no single mandatory App Store, making it easier for a bad link to give rise to a persistent malware problem. At the same time, the operating system is spread across dozens of carriers and device manufacturers, making it hard to push out fixes once a vulnerability is discovered. But after 2015’s Stagefright bug, Google started a new crackdown, hardening subsequent versions of Android and demanding better patching schedules from partners. Now, a year and a half later, those efforts may finally be starting to bear fruit.
Posted on 03/20/2017
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In theory, it was the perfect setup: an anonymous Twitter account on a prepaid SIM card, bought with cash. With no credit card or other identifiable info tied to the account, there should have been no way to trace tweets back to a human.
Posted on 03/16/2017
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House Speaker Paul Ryan today closed the case on President Donald Trump’s baseless claim that the Obama administration had his phones tapped during the election. Citing intelligence reports given to House leaders, Ryan said, “No such wiretap existed,” according to CNN. Although it will likely remain a talking point for Trump and his aides to insinuate the criminal wrongdoing of his predecessor without evidence, Ryan’s admission here should, at the very least, put pressure on White House officials and Republicans to stop entertaining the wiretapping idea in public.
Posted on 03/15/2017
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Today, federal officials announced new charges relating to the 2014 hack of Yahoo, alleging a conspiracy between criminal hackers and the Russian Federal Security Agency (or FSB). The indictment names two FSB agents — Igor Suschin and Dmitry Dokuchaev — who allegedly contracted two criminal hackers — Aleksey Belan and Karim Baratov — to compromise Yahoo’s database, which included both US military officers and Russian journalists believed to be of interest to the FSB. One of the two contracted criminals was arrested yesterday in Canada, Department of Justice officials say.
Posted on 03/15/2017
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Today, researchers at Check Point Security announced a new attack against WhatsApp and Telegram, targeting the way both chat services process images and multimedia files. Check Point was able to craft a malicious image that would appear normal in preview, but direct users to a malware-laden HTML page. Once loaded, the page will retrieve all locally stored data, enabling attackers to effectively hijack the user’s account.