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August 06 2017


✌ Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit - SPIEGEL ONLINE - International

The NSA’s TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency’s top secret weapon. It maintains its own covert network, infiltrates computers around the world and even intercepts shipping deliveries to plant back doors in electronics ordered by those it is targeting.


✌ Pythonizing the VMware Backdoor

In my previous VMware blog, I detailed how to exploit a Use-After-Free
vulnerability that affected drag-and-drop functionality and triggered
through the Backdoor RPC interface. After reading it, one of my ZDI
colleagues, Vincent Lee, asked me to add more information about the
Backdoor interf


✌ Modern Alchemy: Turning XSS into RCE · Doyensec's Blog

Doyensec’s Blog :: Doyensec is an independent security research and development company focused on vulnerability discovery and remediation.


✌ Wannacry money laundering attempt thwarted - BBC News

An online exchange for virtual cash has blocked attempts to swap victims’ bitcoins into another currency


✌ Meet Alex, the Russian Casino Hacker Who Makes Millions Targeting Slot Machines

This Russian mathematician-turned-hacker has cracked slot machines worldwide. His secret: seeing through pseudo-random numbers.


✌ They’ll never see this tiny camera hidden in a screw – Boing Boing

These tiny screw cameras are about $20 on Amazon (or $15 on eBay), with versions that plug into CCTV systems, composite inputs, and USB ports. There’s also the bare camera, minus the fake screwhead. [via OPSEC]

The Amazon listing includes a…

August 05 2017


✌ Parents claim Disney gobbled up kids' info through mobile games

Who’s the guy that just got sued for invading privacy? M-I-C-K-E-Y M-O-U-S-E!


✌ Bail of $30,000 set for UK cyber expert Marcus Hutchins - BBC News

Prosecutors say Marcus Hutchins admitted writing and selling code designed to steal bank details.


✌ Not exactly the best-laid plan….

Spoiler alert: so this probably wasn’t the best-planned crime. The New Indian Express reported this in July: In a case of corporate espionage, a computer engineer’s bid to sell his employer’s data to a company, which he thought was a competitor, fell flat when the recipient discovered the two firms are in fact partners, and…


✌ WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to malware claims

He admitted writing software nasty code, Feds allege. Brit’s lawyers say he’s innocent


✌ Forget sexy zero-days. Siemens medical scanners can be pwned by two-year-old-days

Take ‘em off the network, docs told, until 2015 patches arrive

August 03 2017


✌ Researcher Who Stopped WannaCry Ransomware Detained in US After Def Con

Update 1:  This indictment may help explain things. Then again, it might not, as the more I read it, the more puzzled I am by the charges. Original Post: Joseph Cox reports: On Wednesday, US authorities detained a researcher who goes by the handle MalwareTech, best known for stopping the spread of the WannaCry ransomware…


✌ Vault 7: CIA Tool Can Shut Down Webcams and Corrupt Video Recordings

WikiLeaks has released today eight manuals from the CIA’s Dumbo project, a tool that the Agency uses to disable webcams, microphones, and other surveillance software.


✌ Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome OS | US-CERT

Google has released Chrome OS version 60.0.3112.80 for Chrome devices to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of one these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.Users and administrators are encouraged to review the Google Chrome blog entry and apply the necessary update.


✌ Splitting the NSA and US Cyber Command - Schneier on Security

Rumor is that the Trump administration will separate the NSA and US Cyber Command. I have long thought this was a good idea. Here’s a good discussion of what it does and…

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