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All Smartwatches are vulnerable to Hackers

All Smartwatches are vulnerable to Hackers

July 25, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Do you own a Smartwatch ? If yes, then how safe it is? There are almost 100 percent chances that you own a vulnerable Smartwatch. Computer manufacturer Hewlett-Packard is warning users of smartwatches including Apple Watch and Samsung Gear that their wearable devices are vulnerable to cyber attacks. In a study, HP's Fortify tested today's top 10 smartwatches for security features, such as basic data encryption, password protection and privacy concerns. The most shocking part of the study was that –  Not even a Single Smartwatch Found to be 100 percent Safe Security experts found that 100 percent of wearable devices contained at least one serious security vulnerability that could make the devices vulnerable to hackers. With the increase in the adoption of smartwatches, manufacturers need to pay closer attention to the customers' security because these wearable devices could potentially open doors to new threats to personal and sensitive informat
This Simple Trick Requires Only Your Phone Number to Hack your Email Account

This Simple Trick Requires Only Your Phone Number to Hack your Email Account

June 20, 2015Wang Wei
We all have been receiving spam phone calls and messages on almost daily basis from scammers who want to pilfer your money and personal information, but a new type of social engineering hack that makes use of just your mobile number to trick you is a little scarier. Security firm Symantec is warning people about a new password recovery scam that tricks users into handing over their webmail account access to the attackers. In order to get into your email account, an attacker does not need any coding or technical skills. All an attacker needs your email address in question and your cell phone number. Since the process to reset the password is almost similar to all mail services, this new password recovery scam affects all popular webmail services including Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook among others. Symantec has provided a video explanation of how this new hack attack works. The trick is as simple as it sounds: if you want to reset someone's email account password, all y
Rakabulle, Advance File Binder from DarkComet RAT Developer

Rakabulle, Advance File Binder from DarkComet RAT Developer

January 17, 2014Wang Wei
I hope you all still remember the famous and powerful Remote Administration Tool (RAT) called ' Dark Comet ', developed by a French computer geek ' Jean-Pierre Lesueur ', also known as ' DarkCoderSc '. However, He had closed the Dark Comet project, when the Syrian government found to be using it to track down and to spy on their people. After that  DarkCoderSc  started working under a new banner ' Phrozen Software ' to develop many new security softwares and penetration testing tools. Just yesterday, Jean-Pierre and his team-mate Fabio Pinto  from French University, have released a new tool called ' Rakabulle ', a file binder with some cool features for penetration testers and malware researchers. File binder is an application that allows a user to bind multiple files together, resulting in a single executable file. When you execute that single application, all previous merged files will be extracted to a temporary location, and will be exe
CryptoLocker developer launches Decryption Service website; 10 Bitcoins for Decryption Keys

CryptoLocker developer launches Decryption Service website; 10 Bitcoins for Decryption Keys

November 03, 2013Mohit Kumar
There's an extraordinary malware making rock-n-roll over the Internet and if you are one of the unlucky folks to cross its path, then it could make your computer unusable and you have to pay a few hundred Dollars to retrieve your important data back. We have warned our readers in many  previous articles about a nasty piece of Ransomware malware called ' CryptoLocker ', which is targeting computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system. The CryptoLocker  Ransomware encrypts the files on a victim's computer and issues an ultimatum - Pay up or lose your data . Users who are getting infected with CryptoLocker can see a message informing them that their computer is locked up and their files encrypted. It then asks them to make a ransom payment, which typically ranges between $100 and $700 or 2 Bitcoins , to get their files back. Just yesterday I noticed on a forum that the criminals behind the CryptoLocker malware has recently launched a dedicated  Cry
Microsoft issues Emergency Fix for Internet Explorer zero-day exploit

Microsoft issues Emergency Fix for Internet Explorer zero-day exploit

September 18, 2013Anonymous
All supported versions of Internet Explorer are vulnerable to a zero-day Exploit that is currently being exploited in targeted attacks against IE 8 and IE 9, dubbed " CVE-2013-3893 MSHTML Shim Workaround ". Microsoft confirmed that the flaw was unknown before the attacks and that it is already working on an official patch, meantime Microsoft released an emergency software fix for Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser. Advisory noted that Microsoft is investigating public reports of a remote code execution vulnerability in Internet Explorer. This issue could allow remote code execution if an affected system browses to a website containing malicious content directed towards the specific browser type. Victims could be infected despite the adoption of all necessary countermeasures due the nature of the flaw previously unknown. The flaw that has been recently targeted by hackers during attacks is considerable serious and complicated to fix. State-sponsored hackin
Palestinian hacker, who hacked Zuckerberg’s Facebook account to be rewarded with $12,000

Palestinian hacker, who hacked Zuckerberg's Facebook account to be rewarded with $12,000

August 22, 2013Mohit Kumar
The Palestinian hacker ' Khalil Shreateh ', who broke into the Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook Timeline  to expose a security lapse will be awarded nearly $12,000 but not from Facebook, it will come from an online crowdsourced campaign. The hacker initially used Facebook's whitehat disclosure program, a service that rewards bug hunters for reporting vulnerabilities, to inform the company about the issue. Facebook refused to pay him for finding the bug since he used it to post on Mark Zuckerberg's wall, because Facebook had ignored his earlier warnings. The exploit allows users to post to other Facebook user's timeline while they are not in friend list. Marc Maiffret, CTO of BeyondTrust, has kicked off a crowd-sourced funding to come up with a reward for Khalil Shreateh, and the results have already been impressive. ' Khalil Shreateh found a vulnerability in Facebook.com and, due to miscommunication , was not awarded a bounty for his work,'
Anonymous Hacker outs wanted Edmonton men for child exploitation

Anonymous Hacker outs wanted Edmonton men for child exploitation

June 11, 2013Mohit Kumar
A YouTube video posted by a group calling themselves Anonymous is getting a lot of attention online, claims to have outed two men who allegedly tried to lure underaged girls over the internet. In a video posted on Friday, a member of Anonymous describes a sting operation in which two Edmonton-area men were allegedly caught trying to meet up with 13- and 14-year-old girls for sex. Bob Andrews, the head of ALERT's Integrated Child Exploitation unit in Edmonton. "I think it's really important to let the police do their jobs, and not judge someone in a public forum. " Hacker also claims that they contacted Edmonton police about one meeting that was supposed to take place at West Edmonton Mall, but that police did nothing. " There has been no reply. This is unacceptable. Together, we must act, and we must act swiftly to protect our children. For your benefit, we will begin to reveal the identities of the people that were identified ," the video states. The video detai
Latest Al-Qaeda Magazine content hacked by Western intelligence agencies

Latest Al-Qaeda Magazine content hacked by Western intelligence agencies

May 17, 2013Mohit Kumar
New issue of English-language al-Qaeda magazine posted on the terror group's website earlier this week linked to the Boston terrorist attacks has possibly been hacked by Western intelligence agencies and its content beyond its cover page was scrambled. The magazine, produced by al Qaeda's Yemeni affiliate, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which regularly includes how-to instructions for followers to carry out terrorist attacks in the West, has received significant scrutiny in recent weeks. Investigators believe that Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev accessed Inspire magazine, and the material had instructions on bomb-making, a law enforcement official said.  According to analysts , the explosive devices the Boston bombers built had striking similarities to a bomb recipe in the first issue of the magazine, " How to build a bomb in your Mom's kitchen ", that has been downloaded by militants in multiple Islamist terrorist plots. Previous issu
Anonymous Hackers Launch #OpUSA against US Banking and Government Agencies

Anonymous Hackers Launch #OpUSA against US Banking and Government Agencies

May 08, 2013Anonymous
#OpUSA campaign is officially started, the day has come, today May 7 as announced by Anonymous , a coordinated online attack will hit Banking and government websites. The announcement made by popular group of hacktivists is creating great concerns between US security experts in charge of defense the potential targets. The message passed sent by Anonymous to US authorities is eloquent, " We Will Wipe You Off the Cyber Map "  A new wave of attacks, presumably distributed-denial-of-service attack , is expected to hit principal US financial institutions exactly as already happened in the last months. The hacktivists participating to OpUSA campaign protest against the policy of the US Government blamed to have committed war crimes in foreign states and in its countries. "A nonymous will make sure that's this May 7 will be a day to remember. On that day anonymous will start phase one of operation USA. America you have committed multiple war crimes in Iraq, Afg
Update : Backtrack Kali Linux 1.0.3 released with built-in accessibility features

Update : Backtrack Kali Linux 1.0.3 released with built-in accessibility features

April 26, 2013Mohit Kumar
BackTrack Linux, a specialized distribution of penetration testing tools, has long been a favorite of security specialists and IT pros. Security professionals have been relying on the BackTrack security distribution for many years to help them perform their assessments. A couple of weeks ago, futuristic major release of BackTrack was announced as   Kali Linux . Today Backtrack team released few updates to Kali Linux as version 1.0.3 and fixed couple of bugs. " Our first attempts at building an accessible version of Kali failed and after a bit of digging, we found that there were several upstream GNOME Display Manager (GDM3) bugs in Debian, which prevented these accessibility features from functioning with the GDM greeter. Working together with an upstream GNOME developer, we knocked out these bugs and had the fixes implemeted in Kali, and hopefully in future builds of GDM3 in Debian ." Download  new version of Kali Linux ( kali-linux-1.0.3-i386.iso ) wi
Chinese Hackers targeting American Drones under Operation Beebus

Chinese Hackers targeting American Drones under Operation Beebus

April 23, 2013Mohit Kumar
FireEye experts have been tracking the Operation Beebus campaign for a few months now, and new same gang of hackers are being blamed for a set of recently discovered spear-phishing attacks that aim to steal information related to American drones . These attacks exploited previously discovered vulnerabilities via document files delivered by email in order to plant a previously unknown backdoor onto victim systems. Operation Beebus is an APT-style attack campaign targeting government agencies in the United States and India as well as numerous aerospace, defense, and telecom industry organizations. FireEye Labs has linked the attacks to the China-based Comment Group hacker collective (a prolific actor believed to be affiliated with the Chines government), and Operation Beebus. " The set of targets cover all aspects of unmanned vehicles, land, air and sea, from research to design to manufacturing of the vehicles and their various subsystems. Other related malware have been discov
Anonymous #OpIsrael, cyber crime and assumptions on state-sponsored interference

Anonymous #OpIsrael, cyber crime and assumptions on state-sponsored interference

April 19, 2013Anonymous
Last April 7th the Anonymous collective hit the Israeli networks with a huge as historic offensive, for the first time an independent group of hackers declared war to a Governments to protest against its policy. Many web sites of the country were hit by DDoS attacks, the data on the event reported by Israel government are totally different from the information published by Anonymous that produced a report for #OpIsrael in which total damage are estimated of $3-plus billion. According security experts at TrendMicro the collective adopted various botnet coordinating large scale attacks, analyzing traffic directed to one of the targeted website, the researchers discovered that meanwhile usually more of 90% of the traffic is originated in Israel, during the attack almost the entire traffic was originated outside the country and internal connections have fallen to 9% as shown in the following chart: What is surprising is that TrendMicro discovered that many IP addre
Anonymous hacktivist Barrett Brown's Mother faces Prison for hiding Evidences

Anonymous hacktivist Barrett Brown's Mother faces Prison for hiding Evidences

March 27, 2013Mohit Kumar
The mother of alleged Anonymous hacktivist Barrett Brown has pleaded guilty to helping her son hide two laptop computers from federal investigators. Brown's mother, Karen McCutchin , pleaded guilty last week to a charge of obstructing the execution of a search warrant. She faces a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and a $100,000 fine. Sentencing has not yet been scheduled. On March 6, 2012, officers with the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Brown's Dallas, Texas apartment in an attempt to execute a search warrant for computers that could contain information involving hacktivist group Anonymous and LulzSec. The feds hadn't found all the computers they were looking for during a search of Brown's apartment that morning and Brown, located at his mother's house, refused to volunteer them. Karen McCutchin Plea Agreement Barrett Brown is expected to stand trial in September, at which point he will have spent an entire year behind bars witho
Russian Hackers Behind Gozi Malware charged for Infecting Millions users

Russian Hackers Behind Gozi Malware charged for Infecting Millions users

January 26, 2013Mohit Kumar
The mastermind Russian Hackers who coded and distributed the Gozi malware,  Nikita Vladimirovich Kuzmin , 25 was charged along with Deniss Calovskis, 27, and Mihai Ionut Paunescu, 28 for infecting more than a million computers worldwide in order to steal banking and other credentials from tens of thousands of victims. They may face a maximum penalty of 95, 60 and 67 years in prison, respectively. Kuzmin allegedly created the Gozi program in 2005, hiring a programmer to write the source code and then leasing it to other criminal customers. According to latest reports , Nikita has agreed to cooperate with the United States. As potential evidence, the feds have been able to retrieve 51 servers in Romania as well as laptops, desktops and external hard drives. The data seized amounts to 250 terabytes. Paunescu, a Romanian national who went by the name " Virus " operated a bulletproof hosting service that provided criminal customers with servers and IP addresses from which to s
Hundreds of SSH Private Keys exposed via GitHub Search

Hundreds of SSH Private Keys exposed via GitHub Search

January 25, 2013Mohit Kumar
GitHub is a source code repository which lets developers work on programs together as a team, even when they are in different locations. Each repository on the site is a public folder designed to hold the software code that a developer is working on. This Tuesday GitHub announced a major upgrades to the site's search engine, " Finding great code on GitHub just got a whole lot easier, ". Yesterday few twitter users pointed out that there is no shortage of embedded private SSH keys and passwords that can easily be found via GitHub new feature. If you upload security information (keys/passwords etc) to a public repository, new search feature will allow anyone to find them. Today, GitHub's search function stopped working , though the site didn't acknowledge the cause. Updated message is " Search remains unavailable. The cluster is recovering slowly and we continue to monitor its progress. We'll provide further updates as they become available
Payback, Indonesian president website defaced

Payback, Indonesian president website defaced

January 12, 2013Mohit Kumar
Hackers crew Jember Hacker terrorists (JHT) deface the official website of Indonesian president (https://www.presidensby.info) with a message reads, " This is a PayBack From Jember Hacker Team ". Hackers deface website of president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) apparently in protest at growing corruption and wealth inequality in the country and because of increasing anger at the current administration. Deface page mention hacker code name as " MJL007 " who performed the hack and government is working with law enforcement teams to examine log files in a bid to trace the origin of the attack. " Corruption is rampant, the poor are everywhere. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer ," hacker told . Mirror of hack is available at Zone-H .
Warm up your keyboard for Facebook Hacker Cup 2013

Warm up your keyboard for Facebook Hacker Cup 2013

January 09, 2013Mohit Kumar
Dear Hackers, Warm up your keyboards! Because Facebook open Registration for third Hacker Cup 2013, an annual worldwide programming competition where hackers compete against each other for fame, fortune, glory and a shot at the title of world champion, with $5,000 top prize. The qualification round begins on January 25th. So Participate and enhance your programming competency. The dates have been set for Facebook Hacker Cup 2013 Jan 7 — Jan 27 — Registration Jan 25 — Jan 27 — Online Qualification Round Feb 2 — Online Elimination Round 1 Feb 9 — Online Elimination Round 2 Feb 16 — Online Elimination Round 3 March 22 -23 — Onsite Finals at Facebook Registrations Page -  https://www.facebook.com/hackercup/register This is your chance to compete against the world's best programmers for awesome prizes and the title of World Champion.
NASA 'Space your Face' domain hacked

NASA 'Space your Face' domain hacked

January 08, 2013Wang Wei
Another basic security loop-hole in NASA website lead to a Hack. This time hacker going by name " p0ison-r00t " deface a sub domain of NASA ( https://spaceyourface.nasa.gov/ ). The hacked sub domain running a web application using flash, that allow visitors to create some funny videos of Space using Faces. Hacker able to upload his text on the website, as shown in screenshot taken by ' The Hacker News '. We contact hacker to know more about the hack, on asking How ? Hacker said," I found a form on website, accepting file upload but without validating the extension, that allow me to upload a php shell on server ". Hacker also said that because of low privileges he was not able to modify any file, but was able to upload some text on the website, Check here . Mirror of hack also available on Zone-h .
Israel preparing Cyber Iron Dome Shield

Israel preparing Cyber Iron Dome Shield

January 02, 2013Mohit Kumar
Israel's Prime Minister officially opened a new national program to train teenagers in the art of cyberwarfare. The program named "Magshimim Le'umit", is to prepare them for their future role in the military and intelligence community. Israel Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said the country's computer systems are facing attacks from Iran and other countries, and such attacks are set to increase in the digital age. The new program will accept outstanding pupils aged between 16 and 18 and train them to intercept malicious attacks through a three-year course. Cyber security has become a national priority in Israel, with significant resources being invested in protecting the military and civilian computing networks. Benjamin Netanyahu revealed plans to create a "digital Iron Dome" to protect vital infrastructure from hackers and viruses like last November, Israeli was under heavy cyber attacks from hacktivist group Anonymous as the latte prot
Chinese Hackers exploiting Internet Explorer Zero Day vulnerability for Cyber Espionage

Chinese Hackers exploiting Internet Explorer Zero Day vulnerability for Cyber Espionage

December 29, 2012Mohit Kumar
Web site for the Council on Foreign Relations was compromised and recently hit by a drive-by attack that was detected earlier this week. Hacker are suspected to be from China , who are exploiting a zero day  Internet Explorer vulnerability for Cyber Espionage attack against one of American most elite foreign policy web groups. According to Fireeye  researchers, a malicious content on the website was hosted by hackers, that is exploiting Internet Explorer version 8.0 (fully patched version) to hack windows systems of visitors. " We have chosen not to release the technical details of this exploit, as Microsoft is still investigating the vulnerability at this time. "  Once the system compromised, hackers look for valuable information from their computers, kinda Cyber Espionage. The FBI was notified of the attack and is said to be investigating. The CFR is one of the most elite foreign policy organizations in the United States with a membership of some 4,700 officials, former
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