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Mozi IoT Botnet Now Also Targets Netgear, Huawei, and ZTE Network Gateways

Mozi IoT Botnet Now Also Targets Netgear, Huawei, and ZTE Network Gateways

Aug 20, 2021
Mozi, a peer-to-peer (P2P) botnet known to target IoT devices, has gained new capabilities that allow it to achieve persistence on network gateways manufactured by Netgear, Huawei, and ZTE, according to latest findings. "Network gateways are a particularly juicy target for adversaries because they are ideal as initial access points to corporate networks," researchers at Microsoft Security Threat Intelligence Center and Section 52 at Azure Defender for IoT  said  in a technical write-up. "By infecting routers, they can perform man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks—via HTTP hijacking and DNS spoofing—to compromise endpoints and deploy ransomware or cause safety incidents in OT facilities." First  documented  by Netlab 360 in December 2019, Mozi has a history of infecting routers and digital video recorders in order to assemble them into an IoT botnet, which could be abused for launching distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, data exfiltration, and payload execut
Resurgence of Kickass Torrents: A Comprehensive Guide to the New Site and Proxies

Resurgence of Kickass Torrents: A Comprehensive Guide to the New Site and Proxies

Jan 01, 2019
Once upon a time, there was an online portal named Kickass Torrents (KAT cr), celebrated globally for its extensive archive of movies, music, television, and additional media content. This platform was a goldmine for individuals searching for rare content and those seeking a platform to share their work. However, Kickass Torrents had its adversaries. Predominantly, the movie and music industries perceived the site as endangering their revenue and indicted it for encouraging copyright violation. Regardless, the Kickass Torrents team kept advocating for its user's rights, arguing that they were supplying an authentic service. The Downfall and Resurgence of Kickass Torrents In due course, the long arm of the law reached Kickass Torrents, and the site was deactivated. In July 2017, U.S. authorities took down the site as the owner, Artem Vaulin, had permitted copyrighted material. In the aftermath, a band of the site's devoted contributors founded the Katcr.co forum, aiming to
TRON Cryptocurrency Founder Buys BitTorrent, µTorrent for $140 Million

TRON Cryptocurrency Founder Buys BitTorrent, µTorrent for $140 Million

Jun 19, 2018
BitTorrent, the company which owns the popular file-sharing client uTorrent, has quietly been sold for $140 million in cash to Justin Sun, the founder of blockchain-focused startup TRON. TRON is a decentralized entertainment and content-sharing platform that uses blockchain and distributed storage technology. It allows users to publish content without having to use third-party platforms such as YouTube or Facebook, and trades in Tronix (TRX) cryptocurrency. Since BitTorrent is one of the most recognizable brands in the world for decentralized computing and peer-to-peer (P2P) networking, and TRON aims to establish a truly decentralized Internet, BitTorrent would be of great use for Sun to help achieve that goal. There were reports that the two were in negotiations for at least a month, and just yesterday, Variety reported that BitTorrent Inc. was sold to Sun last week, but the report did not disclose the deal price. Now, TechCrunch is reporting that TRON's founder has
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It's Time to Master the Lift & Shift: Migrating from VMware vSphere to Microsoft Azure

It's Time to Master the Lift & Shift: Migrating from VMware vSphere to Microsoft Azure

May 15, 2024Enterprise Security / Cloud Computing
While cloud adoption has been top of mind for many IT professionals for nearly a decade, it's only in recent months, with industry changes and announcements from key players, that many recognize the time to make the move is now. It may feel like a daunting task, but tools exist to help you move your virtual machines (VMs) to a public cloud provider – like Microsoft Azure – with relative ease. Transitioning from VMware vSphere to Microsoft Azure requires careful planning and execution to ensure a smooth migration process. In this guide, we'll walk through the steps involved in moving your virtualized infrastructure to the cloud giant, Microsoft Azure. Whether you're migrating your entire data center or specific workloads, these steps will help you navigate the transition effectively. 1. Assess Your Environment: Before diving into the migration process, assess your current VMware vSphere environment thoroughly. Identify all virtual machines (VMs), dependencies, and resource
Trojanized BitTorrent Software Update Hijacked 400,000 PCs Last Week

Trojanized BitTorrent Software Update Hijacked 400,000 PCs Last Week

Mar 14, 2018
A massive malware outbreak that last week infected nearly half a million computers with cryptocurrency mining malware in just a few hours was caused by a backdoored version of popular BitTorrent client called MediaGet . Dubbed Dofoil (also known as Smoke Loader), the malware was found dropping a cryptocurrency miner program as payload on infected Windows computers that mine Electroneum digital coins for attackers using victims' CPU cycles. Dofoil campaign that hit PCs in Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine on 6th March was discovered by Microsoft Windows Defender research department and blocked the attack before it could have done any severe damages. At the time when Windows Defender researchers detected this attack, they did not mention how the malware was delivered to such a massive audience in just 12 hours. However, after investigation Microsoft today revealed that the attackers targeted the update mechanism of MediaGet BitTorrent software to push its trojanized version (m
Flaw in Popular μTorrent Software Lets Hackers Control Your PC Remotely

Flaw in Popular μTorrent Software Lets Hackers Control Your PC Remotely

Feb 26, 2018
If you have installed world's most popular torrent download software, μTorrent, then you should download its latest version for Windows as soon as possible. Google's security researcher at Project Zero discovered a serious remote code execution vulnerability in both the 'μTorrent desktop app for Windows' and newly launched 'μTorrent Web' that allows users to download and stream torrents directly into their web browser. μTorrent Classic and μTorrent Web apps run in the background on the Windows machine and start a locally hosted HTTP RPC server on ports 10000 and 19575, respectively, using which users can access its interfaces over any web browser. However, Project Zero researcher Tavis Ormandy found that several issues with these RPC servers could allow remote attackers to take control of the torrent download software with little user interaction. According to Ormandy, uTorrent apps are vulnerable to a hacking technique called the "domain name s
Flaw in Popular Transmission BitTorrent Client Lets Hackers Control Your PC Remotely

Flaw in Popular Transmission BitTorrent Client Lets Hackers Control Your PC Remotely

Jan 16, 2018
A critical vulnerability has been discovered in the widely used Transmission BitTorrent app that could allow hackers to remotely execute malicious code on BitTorrent users' computers and take control of them. The vulnerability has been uncovered by Google's Project Zero vulnerability reporting team, and one of its researchers Tavis Ormandy has also posted a proof-of-concept attack—just 40 days after the initial report. Usually, Project Zero team discloses vulnerabilities either after 90 days of reporting them to the affected vendors or until the vendor has released a patch. However, in this case, the Project Zero researchers disclosed the vulnerability 50 days prior to the actual time limit because Transmission developers failed to apply a ready-made patch provided by the researchers over a month ago. "I'm finding it frustrating that the transmission developers are not responding on their private security list, I suggested moving this into the open so that
ISPs Should Block ‘The Pirate Bay’ Torrent Site: Top European Court Rules

ISPs Should Block 'The Pirate Bay' Torrent Site: Top European Court Rules

Jun 14, 2017
The Pirate Bay — a widely popular file-sharing website predominantly used to share copyrighted material free of charge — is once again in trouble, this time in Europe. The European Union Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled today that Dutch ISPs can block access to The Pirate Bay, as the Swedish file-hosting website facilitates an "act of communication" by allowing users to post and obtain torrents for pirated films, TV shows and music for free. Dutch anti-piracy group Stichting Brein (BREIN) in 2009 filed a case against local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Ziggo and XS4ALL, and in 2012, the District Court of The Hague ruled that the ISPs must block users from accessing The Pirate Bay. However, Ziggo and XS4ALL, ISPs successfully overturned the decision two years later with the court ruling against BREIN and concluding that the blockade restricted the internet providers entrepreneurial freedoms. BREIN group then took the same case to the Supreme Court, who eventually r
BitTorrent Forum Hacked; Change your Password Immediately

BitTorrent Forum Hacked; Change your Password Immediately

Jun 08, 2016
If you are a torrent lover and have registered on  BitTorrent community forum website, then you may have had your personal details compromised, along with your hashed passwords. The BitTorrent team has announced that its community forums have been hacked, which exposed private information of hundreds of thousands of its users. As of now, BitTorrent is the most visited torrent client around the world with more than 150 Million monthly active users. Besides this, BitTorrent also has a dedicated community forum that has over hundreds of thousands of registered members with tens of thousands of daily visitors. A recent security alert by the team says the forum database has been compromised by hackers who were able to get their hands on its users' passwords, warning its users to update their passwords as soon as possible. The vulnerability is believed to be originated at one of its vendors, who alerted the BitTorrent team about the issue earlier this week. "The vulnera
Popular Download Service μTorrent wants you to pay for its Software

Popular Download Service μTorrent wants you to pay for its Software

Aug 25, 2015
Just to enhance the services being rendered. The popular peer-to-peer file sharing software application is aiming to achieve new heights by making their software be a paid scheme . uTorrent is one of the clients of BitTorrent Inc. (the parent company) which implements a BitTorrent protocol. Where each client is capable of creating, publishing, and transmitting any computer file over a network, using the protocol. μTorrent is a free piece of software and to support it, the company uses bundled software to offset the cost that would "otherwise be paid directly by the user." "This is a familiar revenue model that is commonly used by software companies," the μTorrent team wrote. "It allows us to fund the costs associated with software development, as well as other projects and innovations." However, the team says it's never satisfied with this revenue model approach , as it requires compromises and reduces a premium user experience,
The Pirate Bay Co-Founder Released From Swedish Prison

The Pirate Bay Co-Founder Released From Swedish Prison

Jun 03, 2015
Fredrik Neij , the third and the last founder of the infamous file-sharing website The Pirate Bay , was released on Monday from a Swedish prison. Neij, who goes by the online moniker " TiAMO ", was arrested by Thai immigration authorities at the end of November 2014 while he was trying to cross the border illegally from Laos to Thailand and then extradited to a prison in Skänninge, Sweden. Fredrik Neij is Now a FREE Man However, after his ten-month prison sentence, Neij is now a free man and has already reunited with family and friends, TorrentFreak reports . The 37-year-old fugitive Swede man was first convicted of aiding copyright infringements by a Swedish court in 2009 and escaped arrest by fleeing to Laos. However, Neji's passport was revoked in 2012, and then after two years in November 2014, he was arrested under an Interpol warrant near the Laotian border after four years on the run. Before his arrest, Neji was living and hosting a f
BEWARE! μTorrent Silently Installing Bitcoin Mining Software

BEWARE! μTorrent Silently Installing Bitcoin Mining Software

Mar 06, 2015
If you have recently installed or updated the popular BitTorrent client μTorrent 3.4.2 Build 28913 on your computer, then you read this warning post right now. Users of the μTorrent file-sharing service are complaining that the latest update of software used for torrent downloading is silently installing a piece of unwanted software called EpicScale , which is basically a Bitcoin mining software . Note: Story update has been added below. USER COMPLAINTS ON SILENT  INSTALLATION The Epic Scale , installed without the consent of users, is a cryptocurrency mining software that reportedly uses the combined computing power of users to generate Bitcoin income for BitTorrent company. The unwanted software slows down the host computers and is particularly harder to remove from the system. The Bitcoin mining software was recently highlighted at uTorrent's complaint forum where a member ' Groundrunner ' says: " There was no information about this during installation
MegaNet — New Decentralized, Non-IP Based and Encrypted Network

MegaNet — New Decentralized, Non-IP Based and Encrypted Network

Feb 18, 2015
The Famous Internet entrepreneur and former hacker Kim Dotcom , who introduced legendary Megaupload and MEGA file sharing services to the World, has came up with another crazy idea — To start his very own Internet that uses the "blockchain". Just last month, Kim Dotcom, a German millionaire formerly known as Kim Schmitz , launched the public beta of its end-to-end encrypted video and audio chat service called " MegaChat ", which it says gives better protection than alternatives such as Skype and Google Hangouts. Now, his latest series of tweets referred to Kim Dotcom's supposed " MegaNet " which, he believes, would be immune to the global mass surveillance conducted by governments or corporations and would not be based on IP addresses. MegaNet would be a decentralized, non-IP based network in which the blockchain used by Bitcoin will play an " important role ". Decentralizing the Internet means to take the power of the Web
The Pirate Bay Updated With Phoenix Image and Set to return on 1 February

The Pirate Bay Updated With Phoenix Image and Set to return on 1 February

Jan 26, 2015
The Pirate Bay — an infamous Torrent website predominantly used to share copyrighted material free of charge — could be relaunched on 1st February, the date the website has long been expected to return. The website went dark from the Internet following a raid in Sweden last month. After a complaint was filed by a group called the Rights Alliance, Swedish Police officers raided The Pirate Bay's server room in Stockholm and seized several servers and other equipment. Last month's raid comes almost a month after the arrest of Fredrik Neij, the third and final founder of The Pirate Bay, at the border between Laos and Thailand on November 3. He was convicted by Swedish courts for sharing copyrighted material more than five years ago. The Pirate Bay homepage is displaying a logo of Phoenix once again with a timer counting down to 1 February. The search box and categories are back under the flag, but are not active yet. At the bottom of the page, a pirate ship sails tow
BitTorrent Invites Sony to Release 'The Interview' Movie On Its Paid Service

BitTorrent Invites Sony to Release 'The Interview' Movie On Its Paid Service

Dec 23, 2014
Sony was forced to pull the cinema release of " The Interview ," scheduled for Christmas day, after hacker group Guardians of Peace (GOP) threatened to attack any theater that decided to show the film. But the studio will release the controversial North Korean-baiting film via different alternatives. HACKERS WARNED OF TERROR ATTACK The massive hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment is getting worst day by day. The hack has yet exposed about 200 gigabytes of confidential data belonging to the company from upcoming movie scripts to sensitive employees data, celebrities phone numbers and their travel aliases, and also the high-quality versions of 5 newest films leak , marking it as the most severe hack in the History. Week back, the hacker group GOP, who has claimed responsibility for the damaging Sony cyber-attack, demanded Sony to cancel the release of " The Interview " — the Seth Rogen and James Franco-starring comedy centered around a T
BitTorrent Unveiled New Decentralized "Bleep" Instant Messenger

BitTorrent Unveiled New Decentralized "Bleep" Instant Messenger

Jul 31, 2014
Pretty good news for privacy-oriented people! BitTorrent unwraps its new instant messaging program that doesn't store your metadata and helps you with encrypted communication to keep your online conversations private, whether its voice or text communications. BitTorrent named its Online chat service as " Bleep ", a decentralised peer-to-peer voice and text communications platform that offers end-to-end encryption, therefore is completely safe from the prying eyes. In order to spread users' voice and text conversations, Bleep make use of the BitTorrent distributed network rather than a centralised server. Unlike Skype or Google Hangouts, Bleep comes with with a completely decentralized design, giving you extremely strong anonymity. WHY BLEEP? " We never see your messages or metadata, " said Jaehee Lee, the senior product manager for Bleep, in a blog post announcing the new app on Wednesday. " As far as we're concerned, anything you say is 'bleep'
Federal Judge ruled at Child pornography case, 'Your Peer-to-Peer file sharing data is not a private matter'

Federal Judge ruled at Child pornography case, 'Your Peer-to-Peer file sharing data is not a private matter'

Nov 13, 2013
Today computer telecommunications have become one of the most prevalent techniques used by pedophiles to share illegal photographic images of minors and to lure children into illicit sexual relationships. The Internet has dramatically increased the access of the preferential sex offenders to the population they seek to victimize and provides them greater access to a community of people who validate their sexual preferences. The Fourth Amendment is the most implicated and litigated portion of the Constitution. Courts are increasingly confronting the problems associated with adapting Fourth Amendment principles to modern technology. If you think that your peer-to-peer file sharing can be kept under wraps, then please think again. A federal judge ' Christina Reiss ' in Vermont has ruled that there should be no expectation of privacy for data shared across peer-to-peer file-sharing services. In a Child pornography case, three defendants argued that information gained
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