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'Shadow Brokers' Threatens to Unmask A Hacker Who Worked With NSA

'Shadow Brokers' Threatens to Unmask A Hacker Who Worked With NSA

June 28, 2017Swati Khandelwal
The Shadow Brokers , a notorious hacking group that leaked US cyberweapons — which were also abused by the recent ransomware disasters WannaCry and Petya or NotPetya — has now threatened to unmask the identity of a former hacker who worked for the NSA. Besides this, the Shadow Brokers group has also doubled the price for its monthly subscription model of NSA's built hacking tools and zero-day exploits from 100 ZEC (Zcash) to 200 ZEC, which is around $64,400 USD. Moreover, the hacking group has also announced a VIP service for people, who will be entertained by the group for their queries on the leaked hacking tools and exploits. To subscribe to the VIP service, one has to make a one-time payment of 400 ZEC (around US$128,800). Last month, the Shadow Brokers announced to release more zero-days exploits and hacking tools  developed by the US spy agency every month from June 2017, but only to private members who will subscribe for receiving exclusive access to the futur
Apple releases 'Emergency' Patch after Advanced Spyware Targets Human Rights Activist

Apple releases 'Emergency' Patch after Advanced Spyware Targets Human Rights Activist

August 25, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Apple has released iOS 9.3.5 update for iPhones and iPads to patch three zero-day vulnerabilities after a piece of spyware found targeting the iPhone used by a renowned UAE human rights defender, Ahmed Mansoor. One of the world's most invasive software weapon distributors, called the NSO Group, has been exploiting three zero-day security vulnerabilities in order to spy on dissidents and journalists. The NSO Group is an Israeli firm that sells spying and surveillance software that secretly tracks a target's mobile phone. The zero-day exploits have allowed the company to develop sophisticated spyware tools that can access the device location, contacts, texts, calls logs, emails and even microphone. Apple fixed these three vulnerabilities within ten days after being informed by two security firms, Citizen Lab and Lookout, who conducted a joint investigation. Background Story: Malware Discovery Mansoor, 46, ‘ Martin Ennals Award ’ winner from the United Arab Emirate
WIN $1 Million Bounty For Hacking the New iOS 9 iPhone

WIN $1 Million Bounty For Hacking the New iOS 9 iPhone

September 21, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Good news for Hackers and Bug hunters! You can now WIN 1 Million Dollars for finding zero-day hacks for iPhones and iPads. Yes, $1,000,000.00 Reward This Huge Bug Bounty is offered by the new Security firm  Zerodium , a startup of the infamous French-based Security firm " VUPEN ", who is well known for buying and selling zero-day vulnerabilities. Zerodium, which describes itself as "the premium zero-day acquisition platform," announced a total of $3 Million ($3,000,000) bounty bounty rewards for iOS exploits and jailbreaks. $3 Million Reward for Zero-day exploits and Jailbreaks  The Zero-day Acquisition Firm challenges hackers, researchers, and bug hunters to discover zero-day flaws and exploits in Apple's latest mobile operating system iOS 9 that must allow an attacker to remotely compromise a non-jailbroken iOS device through: A web page, In-app browsing action, or text message or MMS (Multi-Media Messages) "The whol
These Top 7 Brutal Cyber Attacks Prove 'No One is Immune to Hacking' — Part II

These Top 7 Brutal Cyber Attacks Prove 'No One is Immune to Hacking' — Part II

September 08, 2015Khyati Jain
In Part I of this  two-part series from The Hacker News , the First Four list of Top Brutal Cyber Attacks shows that whoever you are, Security can never be perfect. As attackers employ innovative hacking techniques and zero-day exploits, the demand for increased threat protection grows. In this article, I have listed another three cyber attacks, as following: #5 Car Hacking Driving a car is a network’s game now! ' Everything is hackable ,' but is your car also vulnerable to Hackers ? General Motors’ OnStar application and cars like Jeep Cherokee, Cadillac Escalade, Toyota Prius, Dodge Viper, Audi A8 and many more come equipped with more advanced technology features. These cars are now part of the technology very well known as the “ Internet of Things ”. Recently two Security researchers, Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller demonstrated that Jeep Cherokee could be hacked wirelessly over the internet to hijack its steering, brakes, and transmi
These Top 7 Brutal Cyber Attacks Prove 'No One is Immune to Hacking' — Part I

These Top 7 Brutal Cyber Attacks Prove 'No One is Immune to Hacking' — Part I

September 08, 2015Khyati Jain
If you believe that your organization is not at real risk of cyber attack, then you are absolutely wrong. Incidents of massive data breaches, advanced cyber attacks coming from China , groups like Syrian Electronic Army , Hacking Point of Sale machines at retailers such as Target have splashed across the news in the last one year. Whether a Government Agency or Private Company, Small or a Large Tech Company.... ...It’s no secret that No one is Immune to Cyber Attacks . This article is the first in a two-part series from The Hacker News , listing first four out of  Top 7 Brutal Cyber Attacks. And here we go... #1 "Hacking Team" Data Breach Hacking Team , the controversial spyware company, recently been hacked by some unidentified hackers that exposed over 400 gigabytes of its internal sensitive data on the Internet. Milan (Italy) based IT firm ‘Hacking Team’ sells intrusion and surveillance software solutions to Governments and Law Enforcement agen
Angler Exploit Kit Uses Domain Shadowing technique to Evade Detection

Angler Exploit Kit Uses Domain Shadowing technique to Evade Detection

March 05, 2015Swati Khandelwal
The world’s infamous Angler Exploit Kit has become the most advanced, much more powerful and the best exploit kit available in the market, beating the infamous BlackHole exploit kit , with a host of exploits including zero-days and a new technique added to it. Angler Exploit Kit's newest technique is dubbed "Domain Shadowing" which is considered to be the next evolution of online crime. Domain Shadowing, first appeared in 2011, is the process of using users domain registration logins to create subdomains. WHAT IS DOMAIN SHADOWING ? With the help of Domain Shadowing technique used in a recent Angler campaign, attackers are stealing domain registrant credentials to create tens of thousands of sub-domains that are used in hit-and-run style attacks in order to either redirect victims to the attack sites, or serve them malicious payloads. Security researcher Nick Biasini of Cisco’s Talos intelligence team analysed the campaign and said the "massive&qu
Apple OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Update to Patch years-old Thunderstrike vulnerability

Apple OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 Update to Patch years-old Thunderstrike vulnerability

January 27, 2015Wang Wei
Apple is preparing to release the second update to OS X Yosemite in the coming days to its customers. The upcoming beta update OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 contains a patch for the Thunderstrike vulnerability that allows malware to be injected into Macs via the Thunderbolt port. Earlier this month, Reverse engineer Trammell Hudson revealed technical details and proof-of-concept of Thunderstrike attack . Thunderstrike, an undetectable bootkit, works by injecting an Option ROM into a Mac’s EFI. It is possible because hardware attached to a system through Thunderbolt port are not as secure as a Mac itself. Once installed using Thunderstrike attack, the malware would be almost impossible to detect and remove. Because the firmware used on Macs doesn’t always apply to the security of attached hardware. So "Apple had to change the code to not only prevent the Mac's boot ROM from being replaced, but also to prevent it from being rolled back to a state where the at
Google reveals 3 Apple OS X Zero-day Vulnerabilities

Google reveals 3 Apple OS X Zero-day Vulnerabilities

January 23, 2015Mohit Kumar
After exposing three critical zero-day vulnerabilities in Microsoft's Windows operating systems, Google's Project Zero vulnerability research program has revealed the existence of three more zero-day vulnerabilities, but this time, on Apple's OS X platform. The team has published three zero-day exploits for Apple’s OS X, with sufficient information for an experienced hacker to exploit the bugs in an attack. Of course, the details about the zero-days were not released without alerting Apple to these issues. FIRST ZERO-DAY  VULNERABILITY The first flaw, " OS X networkd 'effective_audit_token' XPC type confusion sandbox escape ," allows an attacker to pass arbitrary commands to the networkd OS X system daemon because it does not check its input properly. The flaw may already have been mitigated in OS X Yosemite , but there is no clear explanation of whether this is the case. SECOND ZERO-DAY VULNERABILITY The second and third vulnerability both are relate
Zero-Day in Bugzilla Exposes Zero-Day Vulnerabilities to Hackers

Zero-Day in Bugzilla Exposes Zero-Day Vulnerabilities to Hackers

October 07, 2014Wang Wei
A critical zero-day vulnerability discovered in Mozilla’s popular Bugzilla bug-tracking software used by hundreds of prominent software organizations, both private and open-source, could expose sensitive information and vulnerabilities of the software projects to the hackers. The critical flaw allows an attacker to bypass email verification part when registering a new Bugzilla account, which clearly means that an attacker can register accounts using any email addresses of their choice without the need to access the actual inbox for validation purposes. VALIDATION BYPASS AND PRIVILEGE ESCALATION BUG Security firm Check Point Software Technologies disclosed the flaw ( CVE-2014-1572 ) on Monday and said that it’s the first time when a privilege-escalation vulnerability has been found in the Bugzilla project since 2002. The Mozilla foundation has also confirmed that this particular bug exists in all versions of Bugzilla going back to version 2.23.3 from 2006. An analysis
Project Zero - A Team of Star-Hackers Hired by Google to Protect the Internet

Project Zero - A Team of Star-Hackers Hired by Google to Protect the Internet

July 15, 2014Mohit Kumar
Today Google has publicly revealed its new initiative called “ Project Zero, ” a team of Star Hackers and Bug Hunters with the sole mission to improve security and protect the Internet. A team of superheroes in sci-fi movies protect the world from Alien attack or bad actors, likewise  Project Zero is a dedicated team of top security researchers, who have been hired by Google to finding the most severe security flaws in software around the world and fixing them. PROTECT ZERO vs ZERO-DAY Project Zero gets its name from the term " zero-day ," and team will make sure that zero-day vulnerabilities don't let fall into the wrong hands of Criminals, State-sponsored hackers and Intelligence Agencies. " Yet in sophisticated attacks, we see the use of "zero-day" vulnerabilities to target, for example, human rights activists or to conduct industrial espionage. " Chris Evans said , who was leading Google’s Chrome security team and now will lead Pro
Two new Java zero-day vulnerabilities reported to Oracle

Two new Java zero-day vulnerabilities reported to Oracle

February 26, 2013Mohit Kumar
A Polish security firm ' Security Explorations' reported two new Java zero-day vulnerabilities , as “ issue 54 ” and “issue 55 ,” with proof of concept code to Oracle. Oracle's security team is currently investigating the issue, but the status flaws not yet confirmed by Oracle. Less than a week after Oracle released its latest Java critical patch update, Researcher and Security Explorations's CEO Adam Gowdiak  have found two previously unknown security issues affecting Java 7. Security experts generally advise users to disable the Java browser plugin, which was exploited in recent targeted attacks on developers at Facebook , Apple and Microsoft. Java has faced an increasing number of zero-day vulnerabilities, bugs that are exploited by criminals before those flaws are patched, or even known by the vendor. Gowdiak confirmed that these newest vulnerabilities can be combined to circumvent Java's anti-exploit sandbox technology and used to attack
Why I decided to uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials Antivirus?

Why I decided to uninstall Microsoft Security Essentials Antivirus?

January 18, 2013Wang Wei
Today I decided to remove Microsoft Security Essentials Antivirus from my system because Security Essentials failed another certification test by independent testing lab, AV-Test Institute. Microsoft's Security Essentials antivirus for Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 is a free add-on to Windows Defender, which blocks adware and spyware on Windows. In its review , AV-Test revealed that 22 of the 25 programs that were tested passed the test, but Security Essentials came up short. The lab tested all programs across three areas: protection, repair ability and usability of the whole computer based on the impact of the software. " We always used the most current publicly-available version of all products for the testing. They were allowed to update themselves at any time and query their in-the-cloud services. We focused on realistic test scenarios and challenged the products against real-world threats. Products had to demonstrate their capabilities using all components
Multiple MySQL database Zero-day vulnerabilities published

Multiple MySQL database Zero-day vulnerabilities published

December 03, 2012Mohit Kumar
Researcher discovered Multiple Zero-day vulnerabilities in MySQL database software including Stack based buffer overrun, Heap Based Overrun, Privilege Elevation, Denial of Service and  Remote Preauth User Enumeration. Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) assigned as : CVE-2012-5611 — MySQL (Linux) Stack based buffer overrun PoC Zeroday CVE-2012-5612 — MySQL (Linux) Heap Based Overrun PoC Zeroday CVE-2012-5613 — MySQL (Linux) Database Privilege Elevation Zeroday Exploit CVE-2012-5614 — MySQL Denial of Service Zeroday PoC CVE-2012-5615 — MySQL Remote Preauth User Enumeration Zeroday Currently, all reported bugs are under review and most of the researchers believed that some of these can be duplicate of an existing bugs. CVE-2012-5612 and CVE-2012-5614 could cause the SQL instance to crash, according to researchers. Where as another interesting bug CVE-2012-5615 allow attacker to find out that either any username exist on the Mysql server or not by repl
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