We all know that Sony screwed up big time when they didn’t make sure that their PSN network was secure from any attacks by hackers. Well guys, they seem to sincerely be making an effort here. Philip Reitinger is the new guy in town at Sony. He used to work for the US National Cyber Security Center as their director and now he is titled Senior Vice President at Sony. He will work out of Washington and report to Nicole Seligman, the Sony general counsel. But will this appointment be enough? Reitinger has a long road ahead of him and hopefully he can get the job done right. [Source] … [Read more...] about Homeland Security Professional to Help Secure PSN
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Cyber security experts have reportedly discovered new information about the notorious WannaCry ransomware that has attacked systems in 150 countries. They noted that a line of code from the program appeared to be similar to one of the works of a hacker group called the Lazarus Group. Based on their investigations, the hackers were apparently linked to North Korea. The analysts suggest that the cyber-attacks could be have originated from the nation. Reports confirm that a Google security researcher named Neel Mehta discovered the similarities between the WannaCry ransomware and a malware script made by the Lazarus Group. NPR reports that the hackers were responsible for the 2014 Sony Pictures hack. They were also involved with Bangladeshi bank incident in 2016 that lost millions of dollars to the hackers. However, the current data is not enough to officially blame North Korea. Shared code between an early, Feb 2017 Wannacry cryptor and a Lazarus group backdoor from 2015 found by … [Read more...] about Speculations Claim North Korea Involved With WannaCry Ransomware Attacks
When listening to an audio, most people would use speakers or headphones as output devices. When needing to record, speak and be heard, a microphone is the input device. Recently, some researchers found out that an output device such as a speaker or headphone can be hacked. This has ledto the need to strengthen cyber security. Wired reported that a group of researchers from Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have demonstrated how hackers turn non-powered speakers and normal headphones into microphones. They used a proof-of-concept malware to prove it how they can hack even the simplest devices and surpassing cyber security. It has been known in the cybertech world for a while that an output device can be turned into an input device. Speakers or headphones and microphones use almost the same components. The diaphragm in a microphone is a lot like the cone in the speaker. The cyber security experts are well aware about these things. Both microphones and headphones process … [Read more...] about Cyber Security Tips News & Updates: Not Just Cameras, Headphones Can Be Hacked To Spy; Here’s How To Protect Yourself
2000 machines of San Francisco's Light Railway Train system have been hacked. The San Francisco Examiner reported that the system was hacked Friday afternoon, The Verge reported that the staff had to shut down all machines on the San Francisco's Light Railway Train system network as a precautionary measure. They also shut down the affected ticketing machines. As a result, train commuters were able to travel for free. The hackers demanded a ransom of 100 Bitcoin which is about $70,000 or approximately £56,000 or €66,000. The hackers also left a message "You Hacked, ALL Data Encrypted. Contact For Key([email protected])ID:681 ,Enter" all over the screens of the hacked San Francisco's Light Railway Train system machines. Yandex is an internet company from Russia that also provides social networking tools other than emails. The hack did not affected the trains. A spokesman told BBC that the attack had no impact on the San Francisco's Light Railway Train system, the train's … [Read more...] about Cyber Security Latest News & Updates : Hackers Held San Francisco Light Railway System For Ransom. Mored Details Here.
Over the years, several reports have featured experts giving warnings about router attacks. Many of these attacks have shown that devices can have a "way in" for cyber criminals to access one's private data or even remotely control their devices. In this case, a recent discovery claimed that some models of "Netgear" routers contain command injection vulnerability. A cyber security expert known only by the name Aceworm disclosed some details of his findings on Exploit Database on Wednesday. When a user visits a malicious web link, the remote cracker can perform "arbitrary shell commands" on the affected "Netgear" router. The vulnerability is the result of the Web interface's unsuccessful filtering of illegal commands found in URLs. Techspot says that Aceworm has notified "Netgear" about the security issue in August but heard nothing from them. To address the issue, "Netgear" has updated its list and named following routers that have a vulnerability. The confirmed affected … [Read more...] about ‘Netgear’ News & Update: Security Experts Found Unpatched Bug In Specific Models of Netgear Routers?
Last Friday, a new type of ransomware reportedly affected over 150 countries. It has affected the largest telecom companies in Spain, it caused problems at the National Health Service in the UK, and even the Internal Affairs Ministry of Russia was taken down. According to cyber security analysts, the attack has just started and is poised to gain momentum if it is not stopped soon. It is called WannaCry and it apparently exploits a Windows vulnerability. The latest reports have noted that WannaCry has already spread across 100,000 organizations in at least 150 countries. The ransomware integrates itself onto a vulnerable device like a smartphone or computer. It then disables some of the important features of the device until users pay a ransom to the creator. So far, it has affected countries like the US, Spain, the UK, Russia, and China. Buzz Feed News reports that it continues to spread is being labeled as "the biggest ransomware attack of all time." According to reports, the … [Read more...] about WannaCry Ransomware Attacks More Than 150 Countries, Users Advised To Update Windows ASAP
Kaspersky Lab, perhaps one of the most well-known cyber security research firms, admitted that their own network was hacked. Though none of their products (or their products source code), their database of malware or customer’s data were compromised in the hack, the firm still thinks there is some bad news here. They opened their own blog post about the hack with: The bad news is that we discovered an advanced attack on our own internal networks. It was complex, stealthy, it exploited several zero-day vulnerabilities, and we’re quite confident that there’s a nation state behind it.The malware used in this hack has been called Duqu2 after a similar piece of malware that was discovered in 2011 and investigated by Kaspersky Lab in the same year. It used several Zero-day vulnerabilities, a type of attack that occurs on the same day a weakness is discovered, thus not giving developers time to patch it. Kaspersky claims that whomever committed this attack was looking to … [Read more...] about Leading cyber security firm hacked
A congressional committee has launched an investigation to find out more information about cyber breaches at the Federal Reserve which were reported recently. Concerns about the Fed’s cyber security measures were raised few days ago, when Reuters obtained cyber security reports through a Freedom of Information Act request. The reports were heavily redacted, so not all the details were known, but it did reveal that the Federal Reserve detected more than 50 cyber breaches between 2011 and 2015, several of which were considered to be acts of espionage. The redacted version of the reports did not say who was responsible for the breaches, or if any money or sensitive information was stolen.The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology sent a letter to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, seeking more information about these breaches. Citing the Reuters article about the breaches, the letter states, “These reports raise serious concerns about the Federal Reserve’s … [Read more...] about Congress Investigates Cyber Breaches at Federal Reserve
Last week, a DDoS attack targeting the DNS provider Dyn managed to disrupt access to many popular sites like Twitter, Amazon, and PayPal. It was discovered that many Internet of things devices like DVRs, cameras, and toasters were part of a botnet that was used in the attack. Some sources have pointed the finger at one hardware manufacturer in particular, the Chinese company Xiongmai.Xiongmai has issued a statement acknowledging some security issues with its products and is issuing a recall on certain devices sold in the United States. The main products to be recalled are webcam models, according to the company. The company primarily sells circuit boards preloaded with software that are then used by third parties to build their own products. This may make the recall more complicated. Many owners may not even be aware that their devices contain Xiongmai hardware.The company also stated that it will strengthen passwords and send a patch to improve the security of devices sold before … [Read more...] about Chinese Firm Recalls Devices Used in Last Week’s DDoS Attack
Earlier this year, after hackers stole personal information from the PlayStation Network user base and brought parts of the online service down for a month, Sony pledged to create a new chief information security officer position to help the electronics giant avoid a repeat of its problems. Sony has apparently found just the person for the job in the US Department of Homeland Security. Reuters today is reporting that former US National Cyber Security Center director Philip Reitinger will be assuming the post. In addition to his work at the DHS, Reitinger has previously worked for the US Department of Defense and Microsoft. "Certainly the network issue was a catalyst for the appointment," a Sony spokesman told the news agency. "We are looking to bolster our network security even further." In April, the PlayStation Network came under attack from a group of hackers that exposed the personal information of the system's 75 million users and brought parts of the service down for … [Read more...] about Sony taps Homeland Security for PSN security head