Seems like Facebook Home, new launcher app for certain Android apps, will allow you to put updates from Facebook News Feed right onto your lock screen. While this brings Facebook to life for you, it isn’t exactly the safest. There are many reasons.
Let’s put it this way: adding a PIN code lock to your phone doesn’t keep people locked out of your Facebook account. People, even if they don’t access your phone, can still access the Facebook account on the lock screen, because the PIN code does not secure Facebook Home.
Maybe it’s a good idea to wait to use Facebook Home, so security features can be enhanced.
Do you have a phone enabled with Facebook Home and a PIN code? Let me know, comment below!
After dealing with multiple attacks on several sites, including Apple, Facebook, and Twitter – this being Java exploits. Now, it’s time to deal with more hacks, including NBC.com (which has been serving up malware for a day now) and Twitter. As in recent reports now, Tumblr and Pinterest have been forewarned.
NBC.com’s hacked pages were modified to include additional HTML component called IFRAME, which is inline frame. This allows at least a 1px x 1px frame to be included independently in the webpage, which may contain malicious code. In HTML code, frames can be made to host web content. But, in the hands of the evildoers, aka cybercriminals, it is used as an effort to launch malware campaigns.
I recognized something was wrong with NBC.com, which may have already been hacked a few weeks ago, and I posted the information on my Twitter account that a downloaded file was sent to my browser asking me to save or open it. This was on a sister site/blog, RedTape. I asked people to replicate it. The Twitter status can be found here.
What type of malware was delivered? Citadel or ZeroAccess, which are both crimeware families and botnets. They are usually part of several exploit kits.
This drive-by download situation is no good, as the pages were taken offline. Therefore, that dropped the traffic of those specific areas of the site. It is sure that this situation is a matter of cybercrime aimed at a financial side of things, not defacement or pranks.
Was it a big deal that it was NBC? No. In fact, it is sure the hackers were aimed at using a high-profile site, and apparently NBC.com was the easiest or quickest to access. Hackers rely on time and many other factors to make their approach(es).
Zendesk hacks and other various warnings
Zendesk is all about customer support…therefore no one really knows, except for those in the business of customer support. Big names use this service, which include Tumblr, Twitter, and Pinterest, among others. Hackers broke into the Zendesk systems, accessing email addresses of those big name customers, namely Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest.
How “pinteresting” that another hack has been born, which is related to a social network. Zendesk detailed the hack:
We’ve become aware that a hacker accessed our system this week. As soon as we learned of the attack, we patched the vulnerability and closed the access that the hacker had. Our ongoing investigation indicates that the hacker had access to the support information that three of our customers store on our system. We believe that the hacker downloaded email addresses of users who contacted those three customers for support, as well as support email subject lines. We notified our affected customers immediately and are working with them to assist in their response.
The companies involved made a point to tell its customers that they haven’t been hacked, but private information was stolen. Luckily, no password thievery was involved.
Obviously, an incident like this, just like the NBC.com incident, needs to be taken very seriously. Something must be done to stop the continuous hacks.
Twitter hacks additionally are nothing new. Many times, hackers used a backdoor, such as the tools the support team uses, to infiltrate the information of Twitter users. It’s not a huge gain, more possibly a waste of time.
The Secret Service is investigating a theft from hackers on personal emails and photos belonging to the Bush Family. Such material was posted to the Smoking Gun website last night. A report by the Smoking Gun details that the emails covered a period from 2009-2012 – six accounts now compromised, it appears.
Those hacked were George H.W. Bush, his daughter Dorothy Bush Koch – who’s also the sister of George W. Bush. The other hack was on Jim Nantz, sportscaster and family friend of the Bush’s.
The hacker titled “Guccifer” posted in an account, which was purposeful for posting the material. On Friday, the Bush family’s spokeperson confirmed such hack. It was also confirmed by Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan.
More details can be found within the Washington Post.
The Bamital Botnet, known for grossing about $1 million a year using fraudulent means has been destroyed by the investigative teams of Microsoft and Symantec. With help from the feds, the two teams collaborated in the investigation of a number of data centers for the botnet servers. This operation is the sixth operation in the past three years to take down botnets, titled Operation b58. This operation began around a year ago, when Symantec approached Microsoft with intent to collaborate and take down this botnet.
The most notorious means of the botnet are very typical, inflicting a fraudulent payload via search redirects. The victims were lured in to a scam (social engineering), in which malware was then installed to infect the machine. Once done, the victim will do their normal activities including searching, which the malware will redirect to scam sites, selling fake (or legitimate but modified) software or services, attempting to steal credit card data.
For the last two years of its continual attack on internet users, the botnet totaled 8 million computers, approximately, and stole/racked in around $1 million USD. Right now, it’s estimated that anywhere from 300,000 to 1 million computers are still infected with the botnet.
During the takedown operation, Microsoft’s crew constructed a lawsuit against the botnet operators to pull the plug on the zombie network. Yesterday, February 6, after the request was granted by the court, Microsoft was escorted by the US Marshals Service to go to every facility in Virginia and New Jersey to seize servers.
According to Richard Boscovich, assistant general counsel with Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, the operators of the Virginia data center were persuaded to take down the server at the parent facility in the Netherlands.
Many of the cybercriminals involved include about 18 of them, scattered all around the world from the US, to the UK, to Australia, and even Romania.
Microsoft and Symantec seek to help users who’re infected. The search redirect and querying system by the rogue servers will be broken, therefore the search function on victim computers will be broken, too. There will be removal tools to help this, as well as the ability to repair the broken functions.
It is sure this will make it a lot harder for the cybercriminals behind Bamital to restart their servers, as Microsoft and possibly others like the feds and Symantec, have the servers in their custody.
The FBI has taken into custody a 27-year-old man, claiming that he hacked the accounts of Facebook users coaxing hundreds of women to strip on their webcams, while watching on Skype.
The man identified by the FBI as Karen (“Gary”) Kazaryan of Glendale, CA, was arrested yesterday on federal computer hacking charges.
According to a US Department of Justice press release, Kazaryan is claimed to have broken into victims’ Facebook and email accounts, changing their passwords, and searching for naked and half-naked photographs. He also gathered personally-identifiable information from the users, including passwords, personal details, names of friends, etc.
The report details also that Karen threatened the users who did not comply to his demands of stripping, that he would post nude photos of them on their own Facebook pages. It is also reported that approximately 3,000 photos were seized from the man’s computer. The FBI believes 350 women were lead in to “sextortion”.
The FBI is urging all women who believe they might be a victim to contact the Los Angeles Field Office at +1-(310) 477-6565.
Security experts are investigating an Egyptian hacker who goes by the name “Virus_Hima”, who released screenshots of potential flaws in Yahoo’s website. This has been done before by the hacker, whose intentions may or may not be good.
One of the flaws identified by this hacker included the ability to access a full backup of one of Yahoo’s domains. The other problems included a cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection vulnerability, according to a PasteBin.com post “Yahoo data leak by Virus_Hima“.
Some of his previous work included Adobe, where he released a batch of more than 200 email addresses obtained from a database belonging to them. Adobe shut down Connectusers.com as a result, which is the Connect Web conferencing service.
Without his “good intentions”, it appears that he also has shut down the claim that he sold a $700 XSS vulnerability in the black market. He claims to be a former blackhat, and that his intentions are good as a vulnerability researcher. However, he was spotted in his PasteBin.com post to be taking shots at security reporter Brian Krebs, calling his site “Krebsonshitz” when it clearly is “Krebs on Security”. Krebs reported about the hacker back when the XSS vulnerability was being sold.
When you look at the scope of Android malware (malicious software/viruses), and then think about Windows Phone malware, it’s as if hackers and virus-makers (“cybercriminals”) are retrying their own luck. What is meant by this? Years ago when malware started gaining big time (probably around 2000), these cybercriminals tried a number of ways to hack the Windows API/kernel, causing innumerable issues for Windows users. Now, today’s market looks like it’s being done all over again.
During the 2000s era, it seemed like we had quite a few different types of malware. Here are those types explained in today’s market for smartphone malware:
- Dialer: a trojan app/program that automatically dials premium rate numbers and attempts to rack up charges on the user’s phone bill. This can be highly costly, so removing it immediately is the best option.
- Trojan: a common name for any type of app/program that is designed to look like it does one thing, but it’s code does something else untrustworthy. Many options trojans pick would be the stealing of personal data off of the device, or changing the settings of a device to make it behave a different way.
- Virus: a self-replicating piece of code, infects other files, or just damages files on devices.
- Spyware: another trojan app/program, which decides to attempt the stealing of personal data on the user’s device.
- Adware: another trojan app/program designed to show ads to the user, sometimes flooding their screen. Commonly, these ads are personalized for the user, by getting a scope of the type of apps they have.
- Rootkit: a piece of trojan code, designed to get administrator privileges on the device, and then take control (and manipulate) of the system.
As you can see, some of those issues are as prevalent on mobile devices as they were on Windows operating systems in the 2000s era.
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Secret information on counter-terrorism shared by foreign governments may have been compromised by a massive data theft by a senior IT technician for the NDB, Switzerland’s intelligence service, European national security sources said.
Intelligence agencies in the United States and Britain are among those who were warned by Swiss authorities that their data could have been put in jeopardy, said one of the sources, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information.
Swiss authorities arrested the technician suspected in the data theft last summer amid signs he was acting suspiciously. He later was released from prison while a criminal investigation by the office of Switzerland’s Federal Attorney General continues, according to two sources familiar with the case.
The suspect’s name was not made public. Swiss authorities believe he intended to sell the stolen data to foreign officials or commercial buyers.
A European security source said investigators now believe the suspect became disgruntled because he felt he was being ignored and his advice on operating the data systems was not being taken seriously.