A plethora of patches, Kaspersky hits back, new hope for Wannacry Brit hero – and more

The Register - Sat, 21/10/2017 - 01:07
Everything you also need to know in security

Roundup  IT admins aren't always fond of patching. It's like going to the dentist – it needs to be done but it can be a pain to do. Sadly, this week there was a lot of patching to be done.…

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Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

The Register - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 20:57
If you downloaded and installed stuff from Eltima yesterday, you are totally screwed

It's going to be an unpleasant weekend for some Mac users who are facing a complete system wipe and reinstall – after hackers stashed malware in legitimate applications.…

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Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it

The Register - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 09:03
Spend the money on freezing your brain

Something for the Weekend, Sir?  Flee! Flee! It’s the return of the frozen heads!…

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Canadian spooks release their own malware detection tool

The Register - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 08:29
Canuck NSA/GCHQ equivalent open-sources 'Assemblyline', to make us all as safe as Canada

Canada's Communications Security Establishment has open-sourced its own malware detection tool.…

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Hack apps, attack code drawbacks for cash stacks, Google yaks

The Register - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 07:03
An attempt was made

Google is offering cash to those who can find, exploit and report bugs in its Android apps, or similarly hack other programs in its Play Store.…

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Make America late again: US 'lags' China in IT security bug reporting

The Register - Fri, 20/10/2017 - 03:58
Mind the gap

The US is starting to fall well behind China in terms of the speed at which organizations are alerted to reported security vulnerabilities, according to a study out this week by threat intel biz Recorded Future.…

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YouTube sin-bins account of KRACK WPA2 researcher

The Register - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 13:33
Only to be mysteriously restored hours later

The YouTube account of the researcher behind the KRACK WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability was restored early on Thursday hours after it was shut down for violating "community guidelines".…

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Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

The Register - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 11:29
Also, the US negotiates fighter jet purchase contracts on our behalf

Britain’s F-35B fighter jets currently cost around $123m each – and British officials are quite content that the only engine overhaul facility for the stealth aircraft’s engines is located in Turkey.…

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Stealth web crypto-cash miner Coin Hive back to the drawing board as blockers move in

The Register - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 08:02
We've got something much more ethical anyway, say devs

Malwarebytes has had enough of Coin Hive's alt-currency-generating browser-side code, and is now automatically blocking it.…

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EU: No encryption backdoors but, eh, let's help each other crack that crypto, oui? Ja?

The Register - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 07:03
You scratch my PKCS, and I'll scratch yours

The European Commission has proposed that member states help each other break into encrypted devices by sharing expertise around the bloc.…

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US-CERT study predicts machine learning, transport systems to become security risks

The Register - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 04:58
You've been warned

The Carnegie-Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute has nominated transport systems, machine learning, and smart robots as needing better cyber-security risk and threat analysis.…

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You're doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early

The Register - Thu, 19/10/2017 - 01:49
Redmond wags its finger

A few weeks ago, Google paid Microsoft $7,500 after Redmond's security gurus found, exploited and reported a vulnerability in the Chrome browser – a flaw that would allow malicious webpages to run malware on PCs.…

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Hackers can track, spoof locations and listen in on kids' smartwatches

The Register - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 17:19
Norwegian project exposes worrying lack of security

Tests on smartwatches for children by security firm Mnemonic and the Norwegian Consumer Council have revealed them to be riddled with flaws.…

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BoundHook: Microsoft downplays Windows systems exploit technique

The Register - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 14:31
It's just not a security vulnerability, says Redmond

Features of the Intel MPX designed to prevent memory errors and attacks might be abused to launch assaults on Windows systems, security researchers claim.…

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Ex-TalkTalk chief grilled by MPs on suitability to chair NHS Improvement

The Register - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 09:02
From heading one cyber-attack victim to another

Dido Harding, the woman at the helm during TalkTalk's 2015 mega breach, was yesterday grilled about her move to chair NHS Improvement, the body responsible for overseeing the UK's health service and also famously clobbered by a huge cyber attack.…

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Europol cops lean on phone networks, ISPs to dump CGNAT walls that 'hide' cyber-crooks

The Register - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 08:01
Plod say crims now too hard to find and catch online

Europol has asked cellphone networks and other internet providers to stop using Carrier Grade Network Address Translation (CGNAT) – because it’s making life too difficult for cops trying to track cyber-villains across the web.…

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Oracle Hospitality apps rolled out the Big Red carpet to crims

The Register - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 04:58
Brrrt! Brrrt! Brrrt! Big Red's bug gun targets 252 bugs, and you for not patching fast enough

Hundreds of products, more than 250 vulnerabilities … yes, it's Oracle's quarterly critical patch update day!…

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IRS tax bods tells Americans to chill out about Equifax

The Register - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 03:54
Your personal data was probably already in crims' hands

The United States Internal Revenue Service has said that citizens affected by the Equifax breach need not panic, because it probably didn't reveal anything that hasn't already been stolen and the agency has tooled up to deal with fraudulent tax claims.…

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Domino's Pizza delivers user details to spammers

The Register - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 01:18
I’ll have a garlic bread, a Supreme and a side of privacy breach by slack partners

Domino's Pizza's Australian outpost has blamed a partner for a security breach, after angry customers went online complaining about finding themselves on spam lists.…

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uBlock Origin ad-blocker knocked for blocking hack attack squawking

The Register - Wed, 18/10/2017 - 00:12
Block all the things! No, wait, not the XSS security alerts

Top ad-blocking plugin uBlock Origin has come under fire for being a little too eager in its quest to murder nasty stuff on the internet: it prevents browsers from thwarting and sounding the alarm on hacking attacks.…

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