PINDROP BLOG

Category: Hacking

October 7, 2016
Bugs in Chinese IoT Components Aid Mirai Botnet Spread
Researchers looking into the Mirai botnet that has been used in two massive DDoS attacks in the last couple of weeks have discovered that many of the compromised IoT devices in the botnet include components from one Chinese manufacturer and have hardcoded credentials that can’t be changed. The Mirai botnet is made up of a…
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October 6, 2016
U.S. Charges Two in Lizard Squad DDoS, Phone Bombing Attacks
The Department of Justice has charged two teenagers in connection with a scheme that involved hacking-for-hire activities as well as a service that would make repeated harassing phone calls to victims for a price. The charges are related to an investigation into the Lizard Squad hacking group, which has been tied to a number of DDoS…
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October 6, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Mike Mimoso
It’s been a weird and wild week in the security world, with the Yahoo mail-scanning scandal, the arrest of another NSA contractor for allegedly stealing classified documents, and the FBI asking for cyber help. So we called up Mike Mimoso of Threatpost to unpack all of it and see where things stand. Music by Chris…
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October 6, 2016
New Attack Invisibly Monitors Mac Video Calls
There have been a number of pieces of malware to emerge in the last few years that have the ability to hook into the microphone and camera of infected machines, allowing attackers to record private conversations of targeted users. Now a researcher is releasing a new tool that can detect and alert Mac users to hidden…
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October 5, 2016
FBI Official: Skepticism of Government Hurts Cyber Investigations
Although the FBI has improved its information security and forensics capabilities significantly in recent years, the bureau still is hamstrung by its inability to get complete cooperation from private companies and other organizations on attack data, the FBI’s deputy director said. The bureau is the main investigative agency for cybercrime and attacks on American companies,…
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October 4, 2016
Open Whisper Systems Makes the Case Against Data Retention
The continued success of the modern web relies on nothing so much as data, great roiling rivers of information produced by billions of users and trawled constantly by the network’s insatiable predators. They take in and store as much of that data as possible, and dissect, analyze, and categorize it every which way from Sunday.…
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September 30, 2016
Hack iOS 10 and Get $1.5 Million
The stakes in the vulnerability acquisition and bug bounty game have just gone up several notches, with a well-known security startup now offering $1.5 million for a remote jailbreak in iOS 10. The payout was put on the table Thursday by Zerodium, a company that buys vulnerabilities and exploits for high-value target platforms and applications. The company…
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September 28, 2016
Senators Demand Answers of Mayer on Yahoo Data Breach
Six Democratic senators are demanding answers from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer about the massive data breach that the company disclosed last week. The legislators want to know when Yahoo discovered the breach, which occurred in 2014, and why it took so long to disclose it to the public. The Yahoo data breach involves information from…
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September 28, 2016
Facebook Releases Osquery Network Detection Tool for Windows
Facebook has released a new tool that allows administrators and security teams to search for malicious processes, browser extensions, or other problematic issues on their Windows networks. The tool, called osquery, has been available for a couple of years for Linux and OS X environments, but now Facebook engineers have published a Windows version. It’s…
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September 27, 2016
‘Putting in a Back Door Isn’t the Solution’ to Encryption Debate
Rep. Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said forcing vendors to install backdoors or intentionally weakened encryption in their products is not the solution to the disagreement over law enforcement access to encrypted devices and said there needs to be international standards for how the problem is handled. McCaul (R-Texas), speaking…
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