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Over 700 Malicious Typosquatted Libraries Found On RubyGems Repository

Over 700 Malicious Typosquatted Libraries Found On RubyGems Repository

April 16, 2020Ravie Lakshmanan
As developers increasingly embrace off-the-shelf software components into their apps and services, threat actors are abusing open-source repositories such as RubyGems to distribute malicious packages, intended to compromise their computers or backdoor software projects they work on. In the latest research shared with The Hacker News, cybersecurity experts at ReversingLabs revealed over 700 malicious gems — packages written in Ruby programming language — that supply chain attackers were caught recently distributing through the RubyGems repository. The malicious campaign leveraged the typosquatting technique where attackers uploaded intentionally misspelled legitimate packages in hopes that unwitting developers will mistype the name and unintentionally install the malicious library instead. ReversingLabs said the typosquatted packages in question were uploaded to RubyGems between February 16 and February 25, and that most of them have been designed to secretly steal funds by r
Firefox Blocks Inline and Eval JavaScript on Internal Pages to Prevent Injection Attacks

Firefox Blocks Inline and Eval JavaScript on Internal Pages to Prevent Injection Attacks

October 15, 2019Swati Khandelwal
In an effort to mitigate a large class of potential cross-site scripting issues in Firefox, Mozilla has blocked execution of all inline scripts and potentially dangerous eval-like functions for built-in "about: pages" that are the gateway to sensitive preferences, settings, and statics of the browser. Firefox browser has 45 such internal locally-hosted about pages , some of which are listed below that you might have noticed or used at some point: about:config — panel to modify Firefox preferences and critical settings. about:downloads — your recent downloads done within Firefox. about:memory — shows the memory usage of Firefox. about:newtab — the default new tab page. about:plugins — lists all your plugins as well as other useful information. about:privatebrowsing — open a new private window. about:networking — displays networking information. To be noted, these changes do not affect how websites from the Internet work on the Firefox browser, but going forwar
Hackers Hijacked Chrome Extension for Web Developers With Over 1 Million Users

Hackers Hijacked Chrome Extension for Web Developers With Over 1 Million Users

August 03, 2017Swati Khandelwal
From past few years, spammers and cyber criminals were buying web extensions from their developers and then updating them without informing their users to inject bulk advertisements into every website user visits in order to generate large revenue. But now they have shifted their business model—instead of investing, spammers have started a new wave of phishing attacks aimed at hijacking popular browser extensions. Just two days ago, we reported how cyber criminals managed to compromise the Chrome Web Store account of a German developer team and hijacked Copyfish extension , and then modified it with ad-injection capabilities to distribute spam correspondence to users. Now just yesterday, another popular Chrome extension ' Web Developer ' was hijacked by some unknown attackers, who updated the software to directly inject advertisements into the web browser of over its 1 million users. Chris Pederick , the creator of Web Developer Chrome extension that offers various w
NSA Opens Github Account — Lists 32 Projects Developed by the Agency

NSA Opens Github Account — Lists 32 Projects Developed by the Agency

June 21, 2017Swati Khandelwal
The National Security Agency (NSA) — the United States intelligence agency which is known for its secrecy and working in the dark — has finally joined GitHub and launched an official GitHub page. The NSA employs genius-level coders and brightest mathematicians, who continually work to break codes, gather intelligence on everyone, and develop hacking tools like EternalBlu e that was leaked by the Shadow Brokers in April and abused by the WannaCry ransomware last month to wreak havoc worldwide. The intelligence agency mostly works in secret, but after Edward Snowden leaks in 2013, the NSA has started (slowly) opening itself to the world. It joined Twitter in the same year after Snowden leaks and now opened a Github account. GitHub is an online service designed for sharing code amongst programmers and open source community, and so far, the NSA is sharing 32 different projects as part of the NSA Technology Transfer Program ( TTP ), while some of these are 'coming soon.'
Internet Explorer Developer Channel - Early Access to Next-Generation Features For Developers

Internet Explorer Developer Channel - Early Access to Next-Generation Features For Developers

June 16, 2014Swati Khandelwal
In an effort to create more open and accessible atmosphere between the Internet Explorer team and the Web development community, Microsoft today announced the launch of The Developer Channel for Internet Explorer . Internet Explorer Developer Channel is a fully-functioning browser designed to provide Web programmers and early adopters an advance and better understanding of the features the team is currently working on and let them offer feedback before it reaches the broader public. " Today we're excited to announce the release of the Internet Explorer Developer Channel, a fully functioning browser designed to give Web developers and early adopters a sneak peek at the Web platform features we're working on, " Microsoft said in a blog post . Thankfully, Internet Explorer Developer Channel runs independently of the user's copy of IE and allows Web programmers to test newest Web technology and browser features without disrupting their current browser set
Dumb Ransomware Developer leaves Decryption Keys on Infected Computers

Dumb Ransomware Developer leaves Decryption Keys on Infected Computers

April 02, 2014Swati Khandelwal
So, How do Hackers compromise a Website? Simply by exploiting the flaws in it, that means they took advantage of the error in the developers' code. Now, this time the hackers itself has left behind a crucial flaw in its malware code which can be exploited by us to help save our computer systems. Believe me, it's not an April Fools' joke! A malicious software program that holds the victims' computer files hostage by wrapping them with strong encryption until the victim pays a ransom fee to get them decrypted, has a critical flaw in its malware code itself that it leaves the decryption key on the victim's computer. The Anti-virus firm Symantec examined a sophisticated malware program dubbed as CryptoDefense (Trojan.Cryptodefense) ransomware , which appeared in the end of the last month. CryptoDefense is one of the complex malware programs that include a number of effective techniques, including Tor anonymity tool usage and Bitcoin digital currency to extort money from victims. Cryp
Twitter Vine app hacked by 16 year old Web developer

Twitter Vine app hacked by 16 year old Web developer

June 05, 2013Mohit Kumar
Recently Twitter has rolled out Vine app for Android, A new way to share video on twitter. The free app, which enables people to record and share clips of up to six seconds with other Vine users as well as on Twitter and Facebook. But on the very next day, Twitter's video-sharing application Vine was hacked by 16-year-old Will Smidlein , who uploaded the three-and-a-half minute video of Rick Astley's song " Never Gonna Give You Up ." This video violated Vine's usual code that only six second videos are posted. " I think I broke Vine ," Will Smidlein tweeted Monday night , where he described himself as a Web developer. What he did exactly? Smidlein decompile the app's code into a readable format, then modify few parts of the program that actually validate user to upload only 6 sec video. " Sorry, Twitter/Vine engineers, " he wrote. " I tried to keep it quiet, but the internet never forgets." ,  it could potentially embarrass a few of
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