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New Hack Uses Hard Drive's Noise to Transfer Stolen Data from Air-Gapped Computer

New Hack Uses Hard Drive's Noise to Transfer Stolen Data from Air-Gapped Computer

August 12, 2016Mohit Kumar
Air-gapped computers that are isolated from the Internet and other computers are long considered to be the most secure and safest place for storing data in critical infrastructures such as industrial control systems, financial institutions, and classified military networks. However, these systems have sometimes been targeted in the past, which proves that these isolated systems are not completely secure. Previous techniques of hacking air gap computers include: AirHopper that turns a computer's video card into an FM transmitter to capture keystrokes; BitWhisper that relies on heat exchange between two computer systems to stealthily siphon passwords or security keys; Hacking air-gapped computer using a basic low-end mobile phone with GSM network; and Stealing the secret cryptographic key from an air-gapped computer placed in another room using a Side-Channel Attack. Now, researchers have devised a new method to steal data from an infected computer even if it has no
Warning! Seagate Wireless Hard Drives Have a Secret Backdoor for Hackers

Warning! Seagate Wireless Hard Drives Have a Secret Backdoor for Hackers

September 07, 2015Khyati Jain
Several of Seagate's 3rd generation Wireless Hard drives have a secret backdoor for hackers that puts users' data at risk. A Recent study done by the security researchers at Tangible Security firm disclosed an " undocumented Telnet services " with a hard-coded password in Seagate Wireless Hard Drives. The secret Telnet Vulnerability ( CVE-2015-2874 ) with an inbuilt user account (default username and password — "root") allows an attacker to access the device remotely, left users data vulnerable to theft. According to US-CERT (Computer Emergency and Response Team) public advisory, multiple models of Seagate hard drives contain multiple vulnerabilities. Affected devices are: Seagate Wireless Plus Mobile Storage Seagate Wireless Mobile Storage (Wirelessly streaming your tablet and smartphone's data) LaCie FUEL (Wirelessly extending storage for iPads) The violation that an attacker can activate is, they can gain root access to the device and ac
Whistleblowers' Lawyer Finds Malware On Hard Disk Planted By Police

Whistleblowers' Lawyer Finds Malware On Hard Disk Planted By Police

April 16, 2015Mohit Kumar
An Arkansas lawyer representing three police whistleblowers has claimed that the law enforcement officials at the Fort Smith Police Department (FSPD) tried to infect his computer with Trojan viruses in order to spy on their legal opponents. What's the issue? A lawyer Matthew Campbell of the Pinnacle Law Firm in North Little Rock is representing Don Paul Bales, Rick Entmeier, and Wendall Sampson, current and former officers of the Fort Smith Police Department in the lawsuit since January 2014. The three whistleblowers exposed some frauds within the corrupt department, and, therefore, the police have illegally investigated them. " Since July 2013, the plaintiffs have been the target of nearly two dozen various investigations , Campbell told the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette. " [This range] from accusations that they misspent FSPD funds to allegations that they were impugning the FSPD on Facebook. " What happened? Campbell provided a blank ha
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