Cyber Security

Flight Sim Labs’ ‘Heavy Handed’ Anti-Piracy Tactics Raise Hackles

Developer Flight Sim Labs is in hot water after acknowledging that it has installed malware in its flight simulator product that it said targets pirate users of its software.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 17:13

Year-Old Coldroot RAT Targets MacOS, Still Evades Detection

Researchers are warning users about the Coldroot remote access Trojan that is going undetected by AV engines and targets MacOS computers.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 08:46

On the Security of Walls

Interesting history of the security of walls:

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Monday, February 19, 2018 - 17:24

IRS Scam Leverages Hacked Tax Preparers, Client Bank Accounts

Identity thieves who specialize in tax refund fraud have been busy of late hacking online accounts at multiple tax preparation firms, using them to file phony refund requests. Once the Internal Revenue Service processes the return and deposits money into bank accounts of the hacked firms’ clients, the crooks contact those clients posing as a collection agency and demand that the money be “returned.”

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Monday, February 19, 2018 - 09:44

Broadband network plagued by wheezy old cryptomining gadget

The geriatric Bitcoin miner breathed out "spurious emissions" that befogged T Mobile's broadband network in Brooklyn

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Monday, February 19, 2018 - 08:02

Monday review – the hot 19 stories of the week

From the HTTPS countdown and the site forcing you to watch ads or it'll start cryptomining to Facebook's illegal privacy settings, and more!

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Monday, February 19, 2018 - 05:28

Google drops new Edge zero-day as Microsoft misses 90-day deadline

Microsoft wasn't able to come up with a patch within Google's non-negotiable "you have 90 days" period, so the flaw is now public.

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Monday, February 19, 2018 - 13:35

US and UK condemn Russia for NotPetya worm attack

When it comes to pointing the finger for last year’s historically-disruptive NotPetya cyberattack, nobody could accuse the US and UK of dodging the issue.

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Monday, February 19, 2018 - 07:57

Hackers sentenced for SQL injections that cost $300 million

It wasn't *only* SQL injection, but it shows how far you can go if a company exposes its soft and fleshy parts to the internet.

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Monday, February 19, 2018 - 07:29

New National Academies Report on Crypto Policy

The National Academies has just published "Decrypting the Encryption Debate: A Framework for Decision Makers." It looks really good, although I have not read it yet.

Not much news or analysis yet. Please post any links you find in the comments, and I will summarize them here.

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Friday, February 16, 2018 - 10:17

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Pin

There's a squid pin on Kickstarter.

As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven't covered.

Read my blog posting guidelines here.

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Friday, February 16, 2018 - 17:08

Cryptojacking: the crooks get the money, but you pay the bill [PODCAST]

Fraser Howard of SophosLabs teaches us about cryptojacking - where crooks mine for cryptocurrency, but someone else pays for the electricity.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 08:59

Watch our ads or we’ll use your CPU for cryptomining

The Salon news site is offering users a blunt choice: turn off your adblocker or let the site use your browser to mine cryptocurrency.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 13:34

Telegram IM security flaw – what you see is NOT always what you get

Crooks revived an old visual trick to disguise files that would otherwise look dangerous right away.

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Friday, February 16, 2018 - 13:23

Facebook accused of spamming 2FA phone numbers

The social network is messaging users on their 2FA phone numbers and then posting their "PLEASE STOP!!" replies

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Friday, February 16, 2018 - 05:25

Why Chrome’s ad filter isn’t an adblocker

Optimistic news coverage has described this as the arrival of adblocking in Chrome, it isn't.

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Friday, February 16, 2018 - 06:38

Bitcoin mining to zap more energy than households in Iceland this year

As far as Bitcoin miners are concerned, Iceland is starting to look like the best place in the world to run a business.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 08:20

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