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First widely distributed Android bootkit Malware infects more than 350,000 Devices

First widely distributed Android bootkit Malware infects more than 350,000 Devices

Jan 29, 2014
In the last quarter of 2013, sale of a Smartphone with ANDROID operating system has increased and every second person you see is a DROID user. A Russian security firm ' Doctor Web' identified the first mass distributed Android bootkit malware called ' Android.Oldboot ', a piece of malware that's designed to re-infect devices after reboot, even if you delete all working components of it. The bootkit Android.Oldboot has infected more than 350,000 android users in China, Spain, Italy, Germany, Russia, Brazil, the USA and some Southeast Asian countries. China seems to a mass victim of this kind of malware having a 92 % share. A Bootkit is a rootkit malware variant which infects the device at start-up and may encrypt disk or steal data, remove the application, open connection for Command and controller. A very unique technique is being used to inject this Trojan into an Android system where an attacker places a component of it into the boot
Google announces $2.7 million Reward for hacking Chrome OS at Pwnium Contest

Google announces $2.7 million Reward for hacking Chrome OS at Pwnium Contest

Jan 27, 2014
Pwnium is the annual Hacking competition where Google invites coders from around the world to find security holes in Google Chrome. Google has announced its 4th Pwnium Hacking Contest hosted at the Canadian Security conference in March, offering more than $2.7 million in potential rewards for hacking Chrome OS-running ARM and Intel Chromebook. This year the security researchers have a choice in between an ARM-based Chromebook, the HP Chromebook 11 (WiFi) and the Acer C720 Chromebook (2GB WiFi) based on Intel's Haswell microarchitecture . The attack must be demonstrated against one of these devices running " then-current " stable version of Chrome OS. " Security is a core tenet of Chromium, which is why we hold regular competitions to learn from security researchers. Contests like Pwnium help us make Chromium even more secure ," Jorge Lucángeli Obes, Google Security Engineer said. Amongst the payouts are $110,000 for the browser or s
'123456' giving tough competition to 'password' in Worst 25 Passwords of 2013

'123456' giving tough competition to 'password' in Worst 25 Passwords of 2013

Jan 21, 2014
123456, password, 12345678, qwerty… or abc123 , How many of you have your password one of these??? I think quite a many of you. Even after countless warnings and advices given to the users by many security researchers, people are continuously using a weak strength of password chains. After observing many cyber attacks in 2013, we have seen many incidents where an attacker can predict or brute-force your passwords very easily. From 2012, the only change till now is that the string " password " has shifted to the second place in a list of the most commonly used passphrases and string " 123456 " has taken the first place recently, according to an annual " Worst Passwords " report released by SplashData , a password management software company They announced the annual list of 25 most common passwords i.e. Obviously the worst password that found on the Internet. The Most common lists of the passwords this year are " qwerty ," " abc123 ," &qu
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Defending Your Commits From Known CVEs With GitGuardian SCA And Git Hooks

Defending Your Commits From Known CVEs With GitGuardian SCA And Git Hooks

May 20, 2024Software Security / Vulnerability
All developers want to create secure and dependable software. They should feel proud to release their code with the full confidence they did not introduce any weaknesses or anti-patterns into their applications. Unfortunately, developers are not writing their own code for the most part these days. 96% of all software contains some open-source components, and open-source components make up between  70% and 90% of any given piece of modern software . Unfortunately for our security-minded developers, most modern vulnerabilities come from those software components.  As new vulnerabilities emerge and are publicly reported as  Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures  (CVEs), security teams have little choice but to ask the developer to refactor the code to include different versions of the dependencies. Nobody is happy in this situation, as it blocks new features and can be maddening to roll back component versions and hope that nothing breaks. Developers need a way to  quickly  determine if
How to use PGP encryption with Mozilla Thunderbird Email client

How to use PGP encryption with Mozilla Thunderbird Email client

Jan 13, 2014
In my last article, we have learnt that how to encrypt our Emails using Gnu Privacy Guard . Previously we used Microsoft Outlook as a desktop mail client and a GpgOL plugin to handle encryption decryption of our communication. Since Microsoft is a US-based company, that has to follow all the laws of that contingent. Should we trust Microsoft product to save our e-mail password and data? Obviously NO!  This made me write a new article on the same topic is that today we are going to use an open source mail client i.e.  Mozilla Thunderbird , available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Thunderbird Installation: Initially you need to download the Thunderbird mail client, and install it to make your email communication more secure and private. Open Thunderbird tool and configure your mail account, as shown: Installing and Configuring ENIGMAIL:  In the next step you need to install an Add-on in Thunderbird, called  ENIGMAIL . You can search and install add-on using Tools-> Add-ons
Kali Linux introducing Emergency Self Destruct feature to Full Disk Encryption

Kali Linux introducing Emergency Self Destruct feature to Full Disk Encryption

Jan 08, 2014
Full disk encryption is expected to be the top security technology to be adopted this year. Take a moment to think about the information that is present on your personal computer, i.e. Photo s , passwords, emails, Important documents from work or  Financial data and  trade secrets. Many of us from the Security Industry obviously have enough confidential and important data regarding our work, source codes, or researches stored in our laptops or systems. What if your computer is stolen or seized by any Law enforcement agency at the Airport? Best example to explain the situation is as follows: We all know  Guardian journalist ' Glenn Greenwald ', who  has written a series of stories in July 2013 revealing the NSA's secret surveillance programs, leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden . In August 2013,  The partner of the Guardian journalist ' Glenn Greenwald ', was returning from a trip to Berlin when he was stopped by officers at the Airport under Terrorism Act 20
6 Tips to Save Time Doing Patch Management

6 Tips to Save Time Doing Patch Management

Jan 08, 2014
If you spend more than a few hours a month doing patching; if you stay up until the middle of the night one Saturday each month doing patching; if you just flip on automatic updates and hope for the best; or if you email your users instructions on how to update their machines – then you're doing it wrong. Patching shouldn't be something that takes multiple days, nor is it something that should ruin one weekend a month. But it is critical and needs to be done right. If you think you're spending way too much time on patching, and have actually considered skipping a month because things didn't sound "that bad," then here's a post just for you. In it, we'll look at seven tips to save you time (and money) taking care of patch management. 1. Have a plan: First of all, you have to have a plan. Management has to support it, and you need to make sure it covers all the systems on your network. You don't want to patch at random, or try to remember every system that you have. Create a plan that
Android based Cars may pose various Security and Privacy Issues

Android based Cars may pose various Security and Privacy Issues

Jan 07, 2014
After being an owner of Smartphones, now it's your turn to own a Smart Car. Wouldn't it sound great if you could use your favorite mobile apps on Car's dashboard display? Yes! You heard right.. Google has tied-up with several Auto manufacturers with the goal to bring Android to Cars with built-in controls and hardware by the end of this year. Google has announced at the CES technology trade show in Las Vegas, the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) will achieve this with their partners i.e. General Motors, Honda, Audi, Hyundai and chipmaker Nvidia. This new project is designed to accelerate innovation in the Automotive sector, with the customized version of most popular mobile platform 'Android' for Cars, that will bring Google Places, Maps, Voice, Earth and developer support to cars. " This open development model and common platform will allow automakers to more easily bring cutting-edge technology to their drivers, and create new opportunities for developers to delive
Indian Intelligence Agencies going to deploy Internet Surveillance project NETRA

Indian Intelligence Agencies going to deploy Internet Surveillance project NETRA

Jan 06, 2014
Think twice before using some words like ' Bomb ', ' Attack ', ' Blast ' or ' kill ' in your Facebook status update, tweets or emails, because this may flag you as a potential terrorist under a surveillance project of Indian Security agencies. This Indian Internet surveillance project named as NETRA ( Network Traffic Analysis) ,   capable of detecting and capture any dubious voice traffic passing through software such as Skype or Google Talk, according to  the Economic Times . In Hindi, NETRA means " eye " and this project is an Indian version of PRISM i.e. A spying project by US National Security Agency (NSA), that also allows the government to monitor the Internet and telephone records of citizens. Reportedly, NETRA is under testing right now by the Indian Intelligence Bureau and Cabinet Secretariat and after on success will be deployed by all Indian National security agencies. Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (CAIR), a lab under Defence Research and D
D-Link Releases Router Firmware Updates for backdoor vulnerability

D-Link Releases Router Firmware Updates for backdoor vulnerability

Dec 02, 2013
In October, A Security researcher ' Craig Heffner ' discovered a backdoor vulnerability ( CVE-2013-6027 ) with certain D-Link routers that allow cyber criminals to alter a router setting without a username or password. Last week, D-Link has released new version of Firmware for various vulnerable router models, that patches the unauthorized administrator access backdoor. Heffner  found that the web interface for some D-Link routers could be accessed if the browser's user agent string is set to xmlset_roodkcableoj28840ybtide . From last month, D-Link was working with Heffner and other security researchers, to find out more about the backdoor and now the Company has released the updates for the following models: DIR-100 DIR-120 DI-524 DI-524UP DI-604UP DI-604+ DI-624S TM-G5240 The company advised users to do not enable the Remote Management feature, since this will allow malicious users to use this exploit from the internet and also warned t
Don't Install Crap ! Bitcoin Mining malware bundled with Potentially Unwanted Programs

Don't Install Crap ! Bitcoin Mining malware bundled with Potentially Unwanted Programs

Nov 30, 2013
The increasing public attention of Bitcoin did not go unnoticed by Cyber Criminals who have begun unleashing Bitcoin Mining malware. Security researchers at Malwarebytes warned about a new malware threat, in which Bitcoin Miners are bundled with third party potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) that come bundled with legitimate applications. Malware allow cybercriminals to utilize systems' computing resources for their own gain. " This type of system hijacking is just another way for advertising based software to exploit a user into getting even more cash. " The malware is found to be using ' jhProtominer ' a popular mining software that runs via the command line, to abuse the CPUs and GPUs of infected computers to generate Bitcoins. Upon further investigation Malwarebytes found that the parent of the Bitcoin miner was " monitor.exe ", a part of YourFreeProxy application, which " beacons out constantly, waiting for commands from a remote server, eventually downlo
Apple iOS 7.0.4 update released to patch Apple Store purchase vulnerability

Apple iOS 7.0.4 update released to patch Apple Store purchase vulnerability

Nov 16, 2013
Apple has released the latest version of its mobile platform i.e. iOS 7.0.4 includes bug fixes, security patches with some new features. The update is available for iPhone , iPad and iPod touch, identified as " build 11B554a ." Most importantly Apple has patched a critical security flaw that allowed to purchase stuff from the online Apple Store without having to tap in a valid password. Vulnerability assigned as  CVE-2013-5193 , " A signed-in user may be able to complete a transaction without providing a password when prompted. This issue was addressed by additional enforcement of purchase authorization. " Apple's security bulletin says. The patch restores the aforementioned authentication check and will allow app store transactions only  if the user will provide a valid password. The update also addressed an issue that would cause FaceTime calls to fail for some users. Apple recommended users to update their devices immediately. iOS users ca
CTF365 Capture The Flag - The Next Generation IT Security Training Platform

CTF365 Capture The Flag - The Next Generation IT Security Training Platform

Nov 11, 2013
For years, the Capture the Flag platform has been a common and very popular part of the hacker convention scene. Teams come from all over the world to show their skill and technique in various competitions. The CTF365 team took that interest, passion and excitement and went to a new level in their platform. That original capture the flag environment is now available to anyone from the safety and comfort of their own home. Not only is the original and fun capture the flag platform available, but the CTF365 team is bringing in red verses blue competitions, as well as an entire exploitable virtual world! While still in alpha, the development team is working tirelessly to bring a brand new approach to an original favorite to the hacker and information security community. What is CTF365? CTF365 is a revolution in the world of capture the flag, simulated attacks and Information security as a whole. Capture the flag is always a fan favorite at hacker conventions, online and
China: 'We are ready for International cooperation to deal with cyber security Challenges'

China: 'We are ready for International cooperation to deal with cyber security Challenges'

Nov 06, 2013
Yesterday at Stanford University in the United States, Cyber Security Experts and Leaders from more than 40 countries gathered to talk about the cyberspace security problems and cooperation among countries. The need for international cooperation in cybersecurity is evident, due to the nature of cyberspace itself. Cyberspace or the Internet is "borderless" in nature. Cai Mingzhao , Minister of the State Council Information Office of China said that China is keen to continue working with other countries to deal with cyber security Challenges. Interesting! When China is itself the culprit in major Cyber Threats and attacks. " To maintain cyber security, we need to strengthen international cooperation, " and " We are ready to expand our cooperation with other countries and relevant international organizations on the basis of equality and mutual benefit, " he said . He said that the China is a victim of cyber security breaches, where more than 80% of Chinese i
Google Chrome adds automatic malware blocking for suspicious downloads

Google Chrome adds automatic malware blocking for suspicious downloads

Nov 02, 2013
Today Malware is a very real threat, and if you're not careful about what you download and install, you could end up with a serious problem. But now Google will be trying their very best to block malware from installing itself on your computer on your behalf. Google has developed a security feature for Chrome that lets the browser detect and stop malware downloads. The feature has been added to Chrome Canary, the latest version of the browser which is available to download in beta form now. All you'll see is a notification like the one below, which you can then dismiss: " These malicious programs disguise themselves so you won't know they're there and they may change your homepage or inject ads into the sites you browse. Worse, they block your ability to change your settings back and make themselves hard to uninstall, keeping you trapped in an undesired state. " wrote Linus Upson, a Google vice president, in a blog post . Google is implementing
'Dark Mail Alliance', Future of surveillance proof email technology

'Dark Mail Alliance', Future of surveillance proof email technology

Oct 31, 2013
Yesterday I learned about  ' Dark Mail Alliance ', where  Lavabit , reportedly an email provider for NSA leaker Edward Snowden and Silent Circle comes together to create a surveillance-proof email technology. Ladar Levison at Lavabit and Silent Circle CEO Mike Janke, Founders of two e-mail services that recently shut down amid government efforts to nab encryption keys, as well as the larger revelations regarding the NSA's surveillance efforts. The newly developed technology has been designed to look just like ordinary email, with an interface that includes all the usual folders i.e. inbox, sent mail, and drafts. But where it differs is that it applies peer-to-peer encryption not only to the body of the digital missive, but also to its metadata (To:, From: and Subject fields) that third parties are most likely to collect. The encryption, based on a Silent Circle instant messaging protocol called SCIMP and the secret keys generated to encrypt the communic
What Does PCI 3.0 Mean to Security Practitioners?

What Does PCI 3.0 Mean to Security Practitioners?

Oct 23, 2013
Cybercrime , identity theft, and frauds are on the rise; and in most cases, the data breaches are associated with credit cards and cardholder data. The impact of data breach not only affects your organization, but also your customers. A common observation cites that organizations that are PCI compliant are 50% less likely to suffer a data breach . It is alarming to notice that most organizations have difficulty complying with the requirements necessary for processing cardholder data . PCI makes the process smooth Based on the feedback from the industry, PCI Security Council has introduced some changes in the compliance regulations and has come up with version 3.0 for PCI compliance whose final version is scheduled for release on November 7, 2013. And, it is expected to be effective from January 2014. So, how will the upgraded version of PCI Compliance impact your organization? Awareness :  Most security breaches happen due to lack of awareness in the following areas:
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