Another news week, good stuff as usual, enjoy!
- First, a very interesting story on the “Hacking Team” breach from a while back. This time it’s the hacker behind the attack who decided to detail the exact process used to break into the company. Have to say, I didn’t quite expect to get this information straight from the source, but it does make for a very good read.
- Read More @ http://news.softpedia.com/news/finfisher-s-account-of-how-he-broke-into-hackingteam-servers-503078.shtml
- Next, a lengthy sentence has been handed down to the creators of the “SpyEye” banking trojan, a successor to Zeus. SpyEye has been responsible for over a billion dollars in damages and the as the result the combined sentence for the two is around 24 years. Needless to say, they won’t be doing anything similar for a very long time.
- Read More @ http://thehackernews.com/2016/04/spyeye-banking-trojan.html
- Keeping up with the theme from the above story, news also surfaced that the infamous “Paunch” of the “BlackHole Exploit Kit” has also earned himself a nice 7 year vacation in a Russian penal colony. His accomplices also earned similar sentences ranging from 5-8 years. Less time than the SpyEye guys, but I’d take U.S prisons over Russian ones any day.
- Read More @ https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2016/04/18/blackhole-gang-shipping-off-to-russian-penal-colony/
- Next, another article about the “TeslaCrypt” ransomware, detailing the newest updates to this particular malware. Some of the highlights include targeting of new file extensions and additional evasion techniques.
- Read More @ https://threatpost.com/latest-teslacrypt-targets-new-file-extensions-invests-heavily-in-evasion/117541/
- Following in What’sApp’s footsteps, Viber has also enabled End to End encryption for all of it’s users. Good on them.
- Read More @ http://thehackernews.com/2016/04/secure-messaging-app.html
- So, this one is pretty interesting. MIT has created a system called “AI2” that it claims can detect 85% of CyberAttacks, by utilizing machine learning, log analysis, as as well as human analyst input. The claim being that the more data the system is introduced too the smarter it becomes. Seems like a cool idea, let’s see if anyone uses it in a production environment and what the results end up being.
- Read More @ http://thehackernews.com/2016/04/artificial-intelligence-cyber-security.html
- Next, awesome news for those among you that are privacy conscious. In a first, Opera browser has introduced free, unlimited VPN access built in. Even though I have not used Opera in a long long time, this is an awesome addition.
- Read More @ http://thehackernews.com/2016/04/opera-free-vpn-service.html
- So, remember that iPhone the San Bernardino shooter used that the FBI wanted Apple to unlock? Well, they did unlock it finally, without Apple, and boy did it cost them. Supposedly, the FBI paid upwards of 1.3 million to an unknown hacker for the task. And to top it off, so far they seem to have found nothing useless on the phone itself. Nice.
- Read More @ http://thehackernews.com/2016/04/fbi-unlock-iphone.html