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Hackers Exploit Accellion Zero-Days in Recent Data Theft and Extortion Attacks

Hackers Exploit Accellion Zero-Days in Recent Data Theft and Extortion Attacks
February 22, 2021Ravie Lakshmanan
Cybersecurity researchers on Monday tied a  string of attacks  targeting Accellion File Transfer Appliance (FTA) servers over the past two months to data theft and extortion campaign orchestrated by a cybercrime group called UNC2546 . The attacks, which began in mid-December 2020, involved exploiting multiple zero-day vulnerabilities in the legacy FTA software to install a new web shell named DEWMODE on victim networks and exfiltrating sensitive data, which was then published on a data leak website operated by the CLOP ransomware gang. But in a twist, no ransomware was actually deployed in any of the recent incidents that hit organizations in the U.S., Singapore, Canada, and the Netherlands, with the actors instead resorting to extortion emails to threaten victims into paying bitcoin ransoms. According to  Risky Business , some of the companies that have had their data listed on the site include Singapore's telecom provider  SingTel , the American Bureau of Shipping, law firm 

Critical Magento SQL Injection Vulnerability Discovered – Patch Your Sites

Critical Magento SQL Injection Vulnerability Discovered – Patch Your Sites
March 29, 2019Swati Khandelwal
If your online e-commerce business is running over the Magento platform, you must pay attention to this information. Magento yesterday released new versions of its content management software to address a total of 37 newly-discovered security vulnerabilities. Owned by Adobe since mid-2018, Magento is one of the most popular content management system (CMS) platform that powers 28% of websites across the Internet with more than 250,000 merchants using the open source e-commerce platform. Though most of the reported issues could only be exploited by authenticated users, one of the most severe flaws in Magento is an SQL Injection vulnerability which can be exploited by unauthenticated, remote attackers. The flaw, which does not have a CVE ID but internally labeled "PRODSECBUG-2198," could allow remote hackers to steal sensitive information from the databases of vulnerable e-commerce websites, including admin sessions or password hashes that could grant hackers access

Fortnite Flaws Allowed Hackers to Takeover Gamers' Accounts

Fortnite Flaws Allowed Hackers to Takeover Gamers' Accounts
January 16, 2019Swati Khandelwal
Check Point researchers have discovered multiple security vulnerabilities in Fortnite, a massively popular online battle game, one of which could have allowed remote attackers to completely takeover player accounts just by tricking users into clicking an unsuspectable link. The reported Fortnite flaws include a SQL injection, cross-site scripting (XSS) bug, a web application firewall bypass issue, and most importantly an OAuth account takeover vulnerability. Full account takeover could be a nightmare, especially for players of such a hugely popular online game that has been played by 80 million users worldwide, and when a good Fortnite account has been sold on eBay for over $50,000. The Fortnite game lets its players log in to their accounts using third-party Single Sign-On (SSO) providers, such as Facebook, Google, Xbox, and PlayStation accounts. According to the researchers, the combination of cross-site scripting (XSS) flaw and a malicious redirect issue on the Epic Games&

Katyusha Scanner — Telegram-based Fully Automated SQL Injection Tool

Katyusha Scanner — Telegram-based Fully Automated SQL Injection Tool
July 12, 2017Swati Khandelwal
A new powerful hacking tool recently introduced in an underground forum is making rounds these days, allowing anyone to rapidly conduct website scans for SQL injection flaws on a massive scale — all controlled from a smartphone using the Telegram messaging application. Dubbed Katyusha Scanner , the fully automated powerful SQLi vulnerability scanner was first surfaced in April this year when a Russian-speaking individual published it on a popular hacking forum. Researchers at Recorded Future's Insikt Group threat intelligence division found this tool for sale on an underground hacking forum for just $500. Users can even rent the Katyusha Scanner tool for $200. According to the researchers, Katyusha Scanner is a web-based tool that's a combination of Arachni Scanner and a basic SQL Injection exploitation tool that allows users to automatically identify SQLi vulnerable sites and then exploits it to take over its databases. Arachni is an open source vulnerability scann

WordPress Plugin Used by 300,000+ Sites Found Vulnerable to SQL Injection Attack

WordPress Plugin Used by 300,000+ Sites Found Vulnerable to SQL Injection Attack
July 01, 2017Wang Wei
A SQL Injection vulnerability has been discovered in one of the most popular Wordpress plugins, installed on over 300,000 websites, which could be exploited by hackers to steal databases and possibly hijack the affected sites remotely. The flaw has been discovered in the highly popular WP Statistics plugin, which allows site administrators to get detailed information related to the number of users online on their sites, the number of visits and visitors, and page statistics. Discovered by Sucuri team, WordPress plugin WP Statistics is vulnerable to SQL Injection flaw that allows a remote attacker, with at least a subscriber account, to steal sensitive information from the website's database and possibly gain unauthorized access to websites. SQL Injection is a web application bug that allows hackers to inject malicious Structured Query Language (SQL) code to web inputs in order to determine the structure and location of key databases, which eventually allows stealing of

Latest Joomla 3.7.1 Release Patches Critical SQL Injection Attack

Latest Joomla 3.7.1 Release Patches Critical SQL Injection Attack
May 17, 2017Mohit Kumar
If your website is based on the popular Joomla content management system, make sure you have updated your platform to the latest version released today. Joomla, the world's second popular open source Content Management System, has reportedly patched a critical vulnerability in its software's core component. Website administrators are strongly advised to immediately install latest Joomla version 3.7.1, released today, to patch a critical SQL Injection vulnerability (CVE-2017-8917) that affects only Joomla version 3.7.0. " Inadequate filtering of request data leads to a SQL Injection vulnerability ." release note says. The SQL Injection vulnerability in Joomla 3.7.0 was responsibly reported by Marc-Alexandre Montpas, a security researcher at Sucuri last week to the company. According to the researcher , ' The vulnerability is easy to exploit and doesn't require a privileged account on the victim's site ,' which could allow remote hackers to steal sensitive inf

Critical WordPress REST API Bug: Prevent Your Blog From Being Hacked!

Critical WordPress REST API Bug: Prevent Your Blog From Being Hacked!
February 02, 2017Swati Khandelwal
Last week, WordPress patched three security flaws, but just yesterday the company disclosed about a nasty then-secret zero-day vulnerability that let remote unauthorized hackers modify the content of any post or page within a WordPress site. The nasty bug resides in Wordpress REST API that would lead to the creation of two new vulnerabilities: Remote privilege escalation and Content injection bugs. Wordpress is the world's most popular content management system (CMS) used on millions of websites. The CMS recently added and enabled REST API by default on WordPress 4.7.0. Flaw lets Unauthorised Hacker Redirect Visitors to Malicious Exploits The vulnerability is easy to exploit and affects versions 4.7 and 4.7.1 of the Wordpress content management system (CMS), allowing an unauthenticated attacker to modify all pages on unpatched sites and redirect visitors to malicious exploits and a large number of attacks. The vulnerability was discovered and reported by Marc-Alexandr

Websites of Indian Embassy in 7 Countries Hacked; Database Leaked Online

Websites of Indian Embassy in 7 Countries Hacked; Database Leaked Online
November 07, 2016Mohit Kumar
Indian embassy websites in seven different countries have been hacked, and attackers have leaked personal data, including full name, residential address, email address, passport number and phone number, of Indian citizens living abroad. This incident is extremely worrying because it involves diplomatic personnel working in the embassies that have always been a favorite target of state-sponsored hackers launching cyber espionage campaigns. Security pen-testers who go by the name Kapustkiy and Kasimierz have claimed responsibility for the hack and told The Hacker News that the reason behind the hack was to force administrators to consider the cyber security of their websites seriously. In Pastebin link shared on their Twitter account , the hackers claimed to have hijacked Indian Embassy websites in Switzerland, Italy, Romania, Mali, South Africa, Libya, and Malawi and leaked personal details of hundreds of Indians, including students studying abroad. The pair exploited a si

Hacker Arrested after Exposing Flaws in Elections Site

Hacker Arrested after Exposing Flaws in Elections Site
May 10, 2016Mohit Kumar
A security researcher responsibly disclosed vulnerabilities in the poorly secured web domains of a Florida county elections, but he ended up in handcuffs on criminal hacking charges and jailed for six hours Wednesday. Security researcher David Michael Levin, 31, of Estero, Florida was charged with three counts of gaining unauthorized access to a computer, network, or electronic instrument. On 19 December last year, Levin tested the security of Lee County website and found a critical SQL injection vulnerability in it, which allowed him to access site's database, including username and password. Levin was reportedly using a free SQL testing software called Havij for testing SQL vulnerabilities on the state elections website. According to Levin, he responsibly reported vulnerabilities to the respective authorities and helped them to patch all loopholes in the elections website. Video Demonstration of the Elections Website Hack Meanwhile, Levin demonstrates his finding via

Fourth, a 16-year-old Hacker, Arrested over TalkTalk Hack

Fourth, a 16-year-old Hacker, Arrested over TalkTalk Hack
November 04, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Police have arrested a fourth person, a 16-year-old boy , from London in connection with the high-profile hack of British telecoms giant TalkTalk. The investigating officers from the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit (MPCCU) arrested the teenager at his home in Norwich on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act offences. TalkTalk was subjected to a ' significant and sustained ' hacking attack on its official website two weeks back, which put the Bank Details and Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of its 4 Million customers at risk. The telco confirmed last week that at most 1.2 Million names, email addresses and phone numbers and around 21,000 unique bank account numbers and sort codes were compromised in the attack. However, TalkTalk said that the stolen credit card details were incomplete, so the payment cards could not be used for any false financial transactions. But, the company advised customers to remain vigilant against financial fraud. S

Joomla 3.4.5 patches Critical SQL Injection Vulnerability

Joomla 3.4.5 patches Critical SQL Injection Vulnerability
October 23, 2015Khyati Jain
Joomla – one of the most popular open source Content Management System (CMS) software packages, has reportedly patched three critical vulnerabilities in its software. The flaws, exist in the Joomla version 3.2 to 3.4.4, include SQL injection vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to take admin privileges on most customer websites. The patch was an upgrade to Joomla version 3.4.5  and only contained security fixes. The vulnerability, discovered by Trustwave SpiderLabs researcher Asaf Orpani and Netanel Rubin of PerimeterX, could be exploited to attack a website with SQL injections. SQL injection ( SQLi ) is an injection attack wherein a bad actor can inject/insert malicious SQL commands/query (malicious payloads) through the input data from the client to the application. The vulnerability is one of the oldest, most powerful and most dangerous flaw that could affect any website or web application that uses an SQL-based database. The recent SQLi in Jooml

SQL Injection Vulnerability in 'Yahoo! Contributors Network'

SQL Injection Vulnerability in 'Yahoo! Contributors Network'
October 09, 2014Mohit Kumar
Yahoo! Contributors Network ( contributor.yahoo.com ), the network of authors that generated the contents such as photographs, videos, articles and their knowledge to more than 600 million monthly visitors, was vulnerable to a Time based Blind SQL Injection vulnerability. Behrouz Sadeghipour, a security researcher reported the Blind SQLi vulnerability in Yahoo! 's website that could be exploited by hackers to steal users' and authors' database, containing their personal information. Behrouz reported this flaw to Yahoo! Security team few months back. The team responded positively and within a month they patched the vulnerability successfully. Unfortunately after that Yahoo! announced to shut down ' Yahoo Contributors Network ' due to its decreasing popularity and removed all the contents from the web, except some of the "work for hire" content may remain on the web. The critical vulnerability was able to expose the database which carried sensitive and personal inform

Yahoo Quickly Fixes SQL Injection Vulnerability Escalated to Remote Code Execution

Yahoo Quickly Fixes SQL Injection Vulnerability Escalated to Remote Code Execution
September 20, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Yahoo! was recently impacted by a critical web application vulnerabilities which left website's database and server vulnerable to hackers. A cyber security expert and penetration tester, Ebrahim Hegazy a.k.a Zigoo from Egypt , has found a serious SQL injection vulnerability in Yahoo's website that allows an attacker to remotely execute any commands on its server with Root Privileges. According to Hegazy blog post , the SQLi vulnerability resides in a domain of Yahoo! website i.e. https://innovationjockeys.net/tictac_chk_req.php . Any remote user can manipulate the input to the " f_id " parameter in the above URL, which could be exploited to extract database from the server. While pentesting, he found username and password ( encoded as Base64 ) of Yahoo!' admin panel stored in the database. He decoded the Administrator Password and successfully Logged in to the Admin panel. Furthermore, SQL injection flaw also facilitate the attacker to exploit Remote Cod

How to Detect SQL Injection Attacks

How to Detect SQL Injection Attacks
September 19, 2014Swati Khandelwal
SQL Injection (SQLi) attacks have been around for over a decade. You might wonder why they are still so prevalent. The main reason is that they still work on quite a few web application targets. In fact, according to Veracode's 2014 State of Security Software Report , SQL injection vulnerabilities still plague 32% of all web applications. One of the big reasons is the attractiveness of the target – the database typically contains the interesting and valuable data for the web application. A SQLi attack involves inserting a malformed SQL query into an application via client-side input. The attack perverts the intentions of web programmers who write queries and provide input methods that can be exploited. There is a reason they're on the OWASP Top 10 . Termed " injection flaws ", they can strike not only SQL, but operating systems and LDAP can fall prey to SQLi. They involve sending untrusted data to the interpreter as a part of the query. The attack tricks the interpreter into

Jobvite Recruitment Service Website Vulnerable to Hackers

Jobvite Recruitment Service Website Vulnerable to Hackers
August 04, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Jobvite , a recruiting platform for the social web, is found vulnerable to the most common, but critical web application vulnerabilities that could allow an attacker to compromise and steal the database of the company's website. Jobvite is a Social recruiting and applicant tracking created for companies with the highest expectations of recruiting technology and candidate quality. Growing companies use Jobvite's social recruiting, sourcing and talent acquisition solutions to target the right talent and build the best teams. An independent security researcher Mohamed M. Fouad from Egypt, has found two major flaws in Jobvite website  that could be used by an attacker to comprise the company's web server. As a responsible security researcher, Fouad also reported the critical flaws three months ago to the Jobvite team, but the company didn't fix it till now. According to Fouad, Jobvite is vulnerable to Boolean SQLi (SQL injection) and LFI (local file inclusion) v

Russian Hacker Charged in Biggest U.S Hacking Case Doesn't Want Extradition to U.S

Russian Hacker Charged in Biggest U.S Hacking Case Doesn't Want Extradition to U.S
May 12, 2014Wang Wei
A Russian Hacker who was arrested in year 2012 by the authorities of the Netherlands and accused for allegedly hacking into the computer networks of more than a dozen major American corporations and stole over 160 million Credit and Debit Card Numbers. Earlier we reported , 33-year-old Russian hacker Vladimir Drinkman is wanted in U.S and Russia for various cyber crime charges, and the Netherlands Court ruled simultaneous requests from the U.S. & Russia for the extradition were admissible. But now it's up to the Dutch Minister of Justice to decide, whether to which country he would be extradited. However, Hacker Vladimir Drinkman does not want to face charges in US and appealed to the Supreme Court of the Netherlands, Country's highest court, to avoid his extradition to the US, Bloomberg reported. In the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey , the U.S. prosecutor plead that he was involved in the theft of more than 160 million credit and debit-

Flickr vulnerable to SQL Injection and Remote Code Execution Flaws

Flickr vulnerable to SQL Injection and Remote Code Execution Flaws
April 14, 2014Wang Wei
Yahoo-owned Flickr , one of the biggest online photo management and sharing website in the world was recently impacted by critical web application vulnerabilities, which left website's database and server vulnerable hackers. Ibrahim Raafat , a security researcher from Egypt has found SQL injection vulnerabilities on  Flickr Photo Books , new feature for printing custom photo books through Flickr that was launched 5 months ago. He claimed to have found two parameters ( page_id , items ) vulnerable to Blind SQL injection and one  (i.e. order_id ) Direct SQL Injection that allowed him to query the Flickr database for its content by the injection of a SQL SELECT statements. A Successful SQL exploitation could allow an attacker to steal the Database and MYSQL administrator password. Furthermore, Flickr's SQL injection flaws also facilitate the attacker to exploit remote code execution on the server and using  load_file("/etc/passwd")   function he was successfu

Hacker stole $100,000 from Users of California based ISP using SQL Injection

Hacker stole $100,000 from Users of California based ISP using SQL Injection
October 22, 2013Mohit Kumar
In 2013 we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of hack attacks attempted against banks, credit unions and utility companies using various techniques including  DDoS attack , SQL injection, DNS Hijacking and Zero-Day Flaws. SQL Injection is one of the most common security vulnerabilities on the web and is successful only when the web application is not sufficiently secured. Recently a hacking Group named ' TeamBerserk ' claimed on Twitter that, they have stolen $100,000 by leveraging user names and passwords taken from a California ISP Sebastian (Sebastiancorp.com)to access victims' bank accounts. A video proof was uploaded on the Internet, shows that how hackers used a SQL injection attack against the California ISP Sebastian to access their customers' database includes  e-mail addresses, user names and clear text passwords and then using the same data to steal money from those customers. Let's see what SQL Injection is and how ser

Web Hosting software WHMCS vulnerable to SQL Injection; emergency security update released

Web Hosting software WHMCS vulnerable to SQL Injection; emergency security update released
October 05, 2013Mohit Kumar
WHMCS, a popular client management, billing and support application for Web hosting providers, released an emergency security update for the 5.2 and 5.1 minor releases, to patch a critical vulnerability that was publicly disclosed. The vulnerability was publicly posted by a user named as ' localhost ' on October 3rd, 2013 and also reported by several users on various Hosting related Forums . He also released a  proof-of-concept exploit code  for this SQL injection vulnerability in WHMCS. WHMCS says , as the updates have " critical security impacts .", enables attackers to execute SQL injection attacks against WHMCS deployments in order to extract or modify sensitive information from their databases i.e. Including information about existing accounts, their hashed passwords, which can result in the compromise of the administrator account. Yesterday a group of Palestinian hackers , named as KDMS Team  possibly used the same vulnerability against one of the largest Host

Anonymous Hacker 'Kahuna' sentenced to 3 years in prison for hacking Police websites

Anonymous Hacker 'Kahuna' sentenced to 3 years in prison for hacking Police websites
September 15, 2013Wang Wei
An Anonymous Hacker and Online hacktivist who was  responsible for hacking into the City of Springfield's website and others Police websites has been sentenced to 3 years in federal prison. John Anthony Borell III, a 22-year-old man from Ohio with the online handle @ItsKahuna started advertising his exploits using the Twitter and encouraged other hackers to crack websites as part of campaigns run by an Anonymous offshoot called CabinCr3w . Borell admitted to compromising the websites belongs to various Law Enforcement Agencies from Los Angeles, Syracuse, The official city site for Springfield, Missouri and many more.  He also exposed the names and private details of almost 500 police officers after using an automated script to carry out SQL injection attacks on websites belonging to the Utah Chiefs of Police and the Salt Lake City Police Department. Hacker denied involvement in the attacks on April 2012, but later he pleaded guilty to computer fraud charges and agreed to pay $22
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