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Cyberattackers have used a bogus mobile device management (MDM) system to target a small – but presumably high-value – set of iPhones in India in a cyberespionage campaign that has some unusual hallmarks.
Scenes from this year’s hacking conference in Las Vegas, Nev. include a keynote by General Keith B. Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency and talks by researchers Karsten Nohl and Ralf-Phillip Weinmann.
Ryan McGeehan, the director of incident response at Facebook and Chad Greene, the manager of the Facebook CERT on Thursday both explained how the social network has planned red team exercises in the past to prepare the company’s security team for a real attack.
The team from French research firm VUPEN, including CEO Chaouki Bekrar, has dominated the Pwn2Own hacking contest, taking down several targets, including Internet Explorer 10, Java and Mozilla Firefox. They plan to attack Adobe Flash on Thursday.
Peiter Zatko, also known as Mudge, has run the DARPA Cyber Fast Track program for the last three years, but he said that the researcher program is ending on April 1. The CFT program funded a wide range of security research projects in its time, including Charlie Miller’s NFC work and Moxie Marlinspike’s Convergence system.