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Hacker finds flaws that could let anyone steal $25 Billion from a Bank

Hacker finds flaws that could let anyone steal $25 Billion from a Bank

May 17, 2016Swati Khandelwal
A security researcher could have stolen as much as $25 Billion from one of the India's biggest banks ‒ Thanks to the bank's vulnerable mobile application. Late last year, security researcher Sathya Prakash discovered a number of critical vulnerabilities in the mobile banking application of an undisclosed bank that allowed him to steal money from any or all bank customers with the help of just a few lines of code. Being a white hat hacker, Prakash immediately reached out to the bank and alerted it about the critical issues in its mobile app and helped the bank fix them, instead of taking advantage of the security holes to steal money from the bank that has about 25 Billion USD in Deposits. While analyzing the mobile banking app, Prakash discovered that the app lacks Certificate Pinning , allowing any man-in-the-middle attacker to downgrade SSL connection and capture requests in plain text using fraudulently issued certificates. Also Read:  Best Password Manager — For
When a 'Hacker News' Reader Tricked Me into visiting this Amazing Site (Don't Click at Work)

When a 'Hacker News' Reader Tricked Me into visiting this Amazing Site (Don't Click at Work)

September 19, 2015Swati Khandelwal
My usual bed routine is to check comments under my articles before I go to sleep. The same I was doing last night, but something weird happened to me. Someone posted a mysterious short link without any text below one of my articles on our  official 'The Hacker News' Facebook Page , and with the curiosity to check that link I visited that website. And what I saw… One by one my every single account I logged in into my web browser got automatically logged out just in few seconds in front of my eyes. This is exactly what Super Logout does. Log Out All Your Accounts in Just One Click Yes, Super Logout – a website that logs you out of over 30 major Internet services just in one click. You can visit 'Super Logout' here . ( Note : Once clicked, this will log you out instantly from all your online accounts and don't worry it is neither harmful, nor malicious ) This is a great tool for people who: Usually visit Internet Cafes for surfing In
Critical Persistent Injection Vulnerability in Apple App Store and iTunes

Critical Persistent Injection Vulnerability in Apple App Store and iTunes

July 28, 2015Mohit Kumar
A critical vulnerability has been discovered in the official Apple’s App Store and iTunes Store, affecting millions of Apple users. Vulnerability-Lab Founder and security researcher Benjamin Kunz Mejri discovered an Application-Side input validation web vulnerability that actually resides in the Apple App Store invoice module and is remotely exploitable by both sender as well as the receiver. The vulnerability, estimated as high in severity, has been reported to Apple Security team on June 9, 2015 and the company patched the issue within a month. How the vulnerability works? By exploiting the flaw, a remote hacker can manipulate the name value ( device cell name ) by replacing it with a malicious script code. Now, if the attacker buys any product in the App Store or iTunes Store, the internal app store service takes the device value ( which is actually the malicious code ) and generates the invoice which is then sends to the seller account. This results in
Alibaba Marketplace Vulnerability Puts Millions Of Shoppers at Risk

Alibaba Marketplace Vulnerability Puts Millions Of Shoppers at Risk

December 12, 2014Wang Wei
Alibaba Group has patched a major security vulnerability in one of its e-commerce portals that exposed account details of tens of millions of Merchants and shoppers to cyber criminals. An Israeli application security firm, AppSec Labs, found a Cross site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in AliExpress, the company’s English language e-commerce site that was found vulnerable to similar flaw a week ago that compromised personal information of Alibaba customers. The flaw was fixed shortly after Cybermoon security firm disclosed it to Alibaba. AliExpress is an online marketplace owned by Chinese E-Commerce giant Alibaba.com, also known as Google of China. The company serves more than 300 Million active users from more than 200 countries including the U.S., Russia and Brazil. But the critical vulnerability found by the researcher could allow an attacker to hijack merchant’s account. Using AliExpress XSS vulnerability an attacker can inject any malicious payload script as value
LinkedIn Boosts Security With New Session Alert and Privacy Control Tools

LinkedIn Boosts Security With New Session Alert and Privacy Control Tools

September 04, 2014Swati Khandelwal
With a need to give more controls in users’ hands, LinkedIn has introduced a few new security features that the company says will help users of the social network for professionals keep their accounts and data more secure. SESSION ALERTS Just like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and other online services, LinkedIn has added a new option within the settings tab that allows users to see where and on what devices they are logged into their account. From there, users can sign out of various sessions with one click. This will include details about the users’ current sessions, the browser name, operating system, carrier and IP address, which is used to give an approximate location of the device through which the session is occurring. Just like the Facebook feature, LinkedIn lets people to approve the devices to be used, and if somebody accesses a user’s LinkedIn account from an unapproved device it will alert user. PASSWORD ALERTS LinkedIn has also introduced its password c
Instagram Mobile App Issue Leads to Account Hijacking Vulnerability

Instagram Mobile App Issue Leads to Account Hijacking Vulnerability

July 28, 2014Swati Khandelwal
In the era of Government surveillance, ensuring the security and safety of our private communications regardless of platform – email, VOIP, message, even cookies stored – should be the top priority of the Internet industry. Some industry came together to offer Encryption as the protection against government surveillance, but some left security holes that may expose your personal data. A critical issue on Instagram’s Android Application has been disclosed by a security researcher that could allow an attacker to hijack users’ account and successfully access private photos, delete victim's photos, edit comments and also post new images. Instagram , acquired by Facebook in April 2012 for approximately US$1 billion, is an online mobile photo-sharing, video-sharing and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures and videos, apply digital filters, and share them on a variety of social networking services, such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr.
Facebook SDK Vulnerability Puts Millions of Smartphone Users' Accounts at Risk

Facebook SDK Vulnerability Puts Millions of Smartphone Users' Accounts at Risk

July 03, 2014Mohit Kumar
Security researchers from MetaIntell, the leader in intelligent led Mobile Risk Management (MRM), have discovered a major security vulnerability in the latest version of Facebook SDK that put millions of Facebook user's Authentication Tokens at risk. Facebook SDK for Android and iOS is the easiest way to integrate mobile apps with Facebook platform, which provides support for Login with Facebook authentication, reading and writing to Facebook APIs and many more. Facebook OAuth authentication or ‘ Login as Facebook ’ mechanism is a personalized and secure way for users to sign into 3rd party apps without sharing their passwords. After the user approves the permissions as requested by the application, the Facebook SDK implements the OAuth 2.0 User-Agent flow to retrieve the secret user’s access token required by the apps to call Facebook APIs to read, modify or write user's Facebook data on their behalf. ACCESSING UNENCRYPTED ACCESS TOKEN It is important that
Thousands of websites based on Ruby on Rails vulnerable to Cookie Handling flaw

Thousands of websites based on Ruby on Rails vulnerable to Cookie Handling flaw

November 29, 2013Anonymous
Ruby on Rails contains a flaw in its design that may allow attackers to more easily access applications. Websites that rely on Ruby on Rails’s default cookie storage mechanism   CookieStore  are at risk. The vulnerability was actually reported two months ago, but still thousands of website are running a vulnerable version of Ruby on Rails that allows a malicious attacker to gain unauthorized access again and again without password, if someone manages to steal users' cookies via via cross site scripting or session sidejacking or with physical access.  More than 10,000 websites are vulnerable to Ruby on Rails's cookie storage mechanism flaw, but this vulnerability requires your user's session cookies to be compromised in the first place. Security researcher G.S. McNamara provided the details of the vulnerability in a blog post , he analyzed nearly 90,000 sites running specialized scripts and discovered 1,897 sites based on old versions of Ruby on Rails ( version 2.0 to ve
Vulnerability in HTC website allow attacker to hijack accounts

Vulnerability in HTC website allow attacker to hijack accounts

December 28, 2012Wang Wei
Thamatam Deepak (Mr.47™) reported a Cross site scripting (XSS) Vulnerability and cookie handling in HTC website, that allow an attacker to HTC website hijack accounts. Mr. Deepak is a 16 years old whitehat hacker, listed in Apple Hall of Fame with 'The Hacker News' researcher Mohit Kumar this month. Cross-Site Scripting attacks are a type of injection problem, in which malicious scripts are injected into the otherwise benign and trusted web sites. The malicious script can access any cookies, session tokens, or other sensitive information retained by your browser. This vulnerability may be used by attackers to bypass access controls such as the same origin policy. Cross site scripting is very common web application vulnerability, Yesterday our security researcher, Christy Philip Mathew reported about multiple xss in official latest versions of cPanel and WHM . As reported by Whitehat hacker Deepak, there are multiple xss in HTC website, that allow an attacker
Exclusive : Hacking Hotmail and Outlook accounts using Cookie reuse vulnerability

Exclusive : Hacking Hotmail and Outlook accounts using Cookie reuse vulnerability

December 14, 2012Mohit Kumar
This Friday I was working with my co-security researcher " Christy Philip Mathew " in +The Hacker News  Lab for testing the Cookie Handling Vulnerabilities in the most famous email services i.e Hotmail and Outlook. Well, both are merged now and part of the same parent company - Microsoft, the software giant.  Vulnerability allows an attacker to Hijack accounts in a very simple way, by just exporting & importing cookies of an user account from one system to attacker's system, and our results shows that even after logout by victim, the attacker is still able to reuse cookies at his end. There are different way of stealing cookies, that we will discuss below. In May 2012, another Indian security researcher Rishi Narang claimed similar vulnerability in Linkedin website. Vulnerability Details Many websites including Microsoft services uses cookies to store the session information in the user's web browser. Cookies are responsible for maintainin
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