Browsing Tag: Hacking

Categories: Vulnerabilities

From DarkReading (Kelly Jackson Higgins)

Texting just keeps getting riskier: Researchers at next month’s Black Hat USA in Las Vegas will demonstrate newly discovered threats to mobile phone users, as well as release a new iPhone application that tests phones for security flaws.

“We set out to create a graphical SMS auditing app that runs on the iPhone,” says Luis Miras, an independent security researcher. The tool can test any mobile phone, not just the iPhone, for vulnerabilities to specific exploits that use SMS as an attack vector.  Read the full story [darkreading.com]

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Categories: Government

From Federal Computer Week (Ben Bain)
Attackers have penetrated a network that the Department of Homeland Security uses to share sensitive information with state and local authorities, gaining access to important, but unclassified, data. The attack began in March and occurred again a few weeks later, according to a report in Federal Computer Week.

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Categories: Data Breaches

From WaPo Security Fix (Brian Krebs)

Hackers last week broke into a Virginia state Web site used by pharmacists to track prescription drug abuse. They deleted records on more than 8 million patients and replaced the site’s homepage with a ransom note demanding $10 million for the return of the records, according to a posting on Wikileaks.org, an online clearinghouse for leaked documents. Read the full story [washingtonpost.com]

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Categories: Web Security

From ZDNet (Dancho Danchev) 
Yesterday, a French hacker claimed to have gained access to Twitter’s administration panel, and based on the screen shots that he included featuring internal data [zataz.com] for accounts belonging to U.S President Barack Obama, Britney Spears, Ashton Kutcher, and Lily Allen, as well as a detailed overview of different sections behind the scenes of Twitter, his claims [mashable.com] seem pretty legitimate. Read the full story [zdnet.com].

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Categories: Vulnerabilities

From IDG News (Jeremy Kirk)

Criminals are willing to pay thousands of euros for a discontinued Nokia mobile phone with a software problem that can be exploited to hack into online bank accounts [cio.com], according to a fraud investigator in the Netherlands.

About 10 days ago, investigators observed someone transfer €25,000 (US$32,413) for a Nokia 1100 phone, said Frank Engelsman of Ultrascan Advanced Global Investigations. The candy-bar style phone is one of Nokia’s all-time best-selling models, and originally sold for under €100. Read the full story [cio.com]

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From Computerworld (Gregg Keizer)
Although the media blitz about the Conficker worm prompted a significant number of enterprise users to finally fix a six-month-old Windows bug, about one in five business computers still lack the patch [computerworld.com], a security company said today.
Scans of more than 300,000 Windows PCs owned by customers of Qualys Inc. show that patching of the MS08-067 vulnerability — a bug that Microsoft fixed with an emergency update issued in October 2008 — picked up dramatically two weeks ago. Read the full story. Also see our previous coverage of the Conficker threat.

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Categories: Government

By Kim Zetter, Wired.com
U.S. authorities are investigating the possibility of indicting and extraditing an Israeli man [wired.com] accused of hacking into Canadian banks as part of a credit and debit card scam that may also have affected two American banks. Ehud Tenenbaum has been in Canadian jail since last year and now U.S. law enforcement officials are looking into whether he was responsible for an attack on two U.S. banks that netted about $10 million.

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