Tag Archives: cybersecurity

Chips compromised by Spectre and Meltdown bugs

      Comments Off on Chips compromised by Spectre and Meltdown bugs

By now you’ve heard plenty about Meltdown and Spectre, but this article by Bleeping Computer goes into a bit more technological detail about the background to the bugs, how they might be resolved, and the potential harm they can cause. Google has discovered that just about every Central Processing Unit… Read more »

Share

Researcher reveals longstanding macOS bug

      Comments Off on Researcher reveals longstanding macOS bug

A hobbyist hacker codenamed Siguza has unearthed a macOS local privilege escalation (LPE) vulnerability that appears to have been lying dormant in the system since 2002. As macOS doesn’t fork out bug bounties, Siguza opted to disclose the discovery via Twitter on New Year’s Eve instead of privately alerting Apple…. Read more »

Share

Buildings’ heating systems attacked

      Comments Off on Buildings’ heating systems attacked

Poor procedure for installing Building Management Systems (BMS) is making it easy for hackers to use the Internet of Things to tamper with the heating systems of schools – and also universities, government offices, military bases, fire stations, restaurants, retailers and businesses in general. Due to general lack of authentication… Read more »

Share

British shipping giant Clarkson takes a cyber-hit

      Comments Off on British shipping giant Clarkson takes a cyber-hit

British shipping services provider Clarksons is a big fish in international shipbroking waters. Recently, the company played by the best-practice-rulebook and refused to be bullied into paying a ransom demanded by… let’s call them cyber pirates. Apparently, the privateers breached a single isolated user account, allowing them access to Clarkson’s… Read more »

Share

Sneaky! There’s a crypto-miner under my taskbar

      Comments Off on Sneaky! There’s a crypto-miner under my taskbar

Crypto-miners are all the rage at the moment. When a movie pirating site ran one surreptitiously, it raised a few eyebrows, but then a well-respected news site was found out to do so as well, and now it seems the list of sites secretly using visitors’ browsers to mine for… Read more »

Share

University perpetrates second data leak this year

      Comments Off on University perpetrates second data leak this year

The communication of knowledge to students is an integral part of a university’s brief – but not when it’s confidential medical information on one of their staff members. The University of East Anglia has a history of accidentally leaking confidential health details. Earlier this year UEA circulated highly sensitive personal… Read more »

Share

Google launches malvertising counter attack

      Comments Off on Google launches malvertising counter attack

In order to prevent its users from being steered onto bogus websites, Google is planning on launching three new Chrome security features in early 2018 – designed to counter the wave of malicious ads infesting its systems. This kind of malvertising-based URL redirection uses JavaScript code installed in iframes embedded… Read more »

Share

New financial hacker is a chip off the old block

      Comments Off on New financial hacker is a chip off the old block

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In this case, it is a new financial hacking team, dubbed ‘Silence’ by Kapersky Labs, that are taking inspiration from preeminent cybercrime outfit Carbanak, which is believed to have harvested over $1bn from the international finance sector. While the two… Read more »

Share

Aussies hit for six by data breach

      Comments Off on Aussies hit for six by data breach

A hole in an Amazon S3 bucket has left 50,000 private and public sector workers in Australia exposed online. While the data breach has now been rectified, it’s still not clear whether any private and sensitive information has fallen into malicious hands. It appears that a third party contractor left… Read more »

Share