Cyber-ketju: verkkovakoilu,kännyköiden ja wlanien seuranta, hakkerointi, virukset, DoS etc

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Four-year investigation shuts down EncroChat and busts 746 alleged criminals for planning murders, selling drugs and laundering money.

European law-enforcement officials have shut down an encrypted Android-based communications platform used exclusively by criminals to plot murders, traffic illegal drugs, commit money laundering and plan other organized crimes.

An international law-enforcement team from the France and the Netherlands cracked the encryption of EncroChat, a secure mobile messaging service that was “one of the largest providers of encrypted communications,” according to the U.K.’s National Crime Agency (NCA).

U.K. officials had been investigating the platform and nefarious activities of the criminals using it since 2016 through Operation Venetic, working alongside international law-enforcement agencies to share technical expertise and intelligence.
https://threatpost.com/eu-authorities-crack-encryption-murder-network/157146/
 

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"Draft plans suggest a significant chunk of the Royal Marines’ capability could be axed, including its artillery, engineers and landing craft."

"Mandarins have suggested the scrapping of RAF air bases and a fleet of Hercules planes and Puma helicopters."

Nuo ei ole sitten Rajalle sopivia Super Pumia vaan jotain ikäloppua, joka olisi viimeisellä puolivuosikymmenyksellä muutenkin.

Eiköhän vielä sieltä jotain Shadow R1 tapaista löydy vaihtoehdoiksi/lisäksi leikkuriin.

Tehneekö Royalien tykeillä mitään? Tuskin aluksia tarvitaan.
 

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US president Donald Trump has revealed that in 2018 he authorized an attack on suspected-to-be-state-sponsored Russian internet trolls intent on disrupting the electoral process during Congressional elections.

In an interview with The Washington Post Trump claimed credit for a previously-reported but never-before-confirmed attack on the Internet Research Agency, the allegedly Moscow-controlled outfit that the Mueller Report found conducted a massive disinformation campaign ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Trump’s remarks to the Post were thin but seemingly substantiate other statements in which he has said the USA was aware of the 2016 misinformation campaign and had resolved to prevent a recurrence.

Trump has repeatedly stated a preference for being friendly to Russia to bring it into the fold, a stance that has seen him criticised for being inexplicably soft on an adversary. Revealing an attack addresses such criticism. It also gives Russia two things it’s always hard to find after a cyber-attack: certainty of attribution, and therefore a chance to observe the techniques used in the hope of better understanding US offensive capabilities and tradecraft.

Admitting to the strike also runs counter to Trump’s oft-stated position that his own brilliance was the reason for his election win, rather than outside influence. Taking on a troll farm to secure an election suggests Russia has real muscle.
 

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The CIA is running a secret cyberwar including Russian-style hack-and-leak operations with little or no oversight, US officials have warned.

The covert operations are largely targeted at Iran, China, Russia, and North Korea, say anonymous sources, and have included the public disclosure of 15 million debit card details belonging to customers of Iranian banks, according to a report by Yahoo! News.

The approval for the operations stems from a National Security Presidential Memorandum (NSPM) signed in 2018 by President Trump which has long been known about but the contents of which remain top secret. It has been officially described as authorizing “offensive cyber operations.”
 

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Malicious actors are abusing the secondary market for IPv4 addresses, according to Lancaster University lecturer Vasileios Giotsas, University College London research and teaching assistant and postdoctoral fellow Ioana Livadariu from Norway's Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering.

In a recent paper titled A first look at the misuse and abuse of the IPv4 Transfer Market [PDF], the three explain how IP address depletion saw regional internet registries establish transfer markets for the increasingly-hard-to-find IPv4 addresses.

“However, the IPv4 market has been poorly regulated due to the lack of widely adopted IP prefix ownership authentication mechanisms, inconsistent contractual requirements between legacy and allocated address space, and policy incongruences among Regional Internet Registries (RIRs),” the trio wrote. “As a result, IPv4 transfers have become target of fraud and abuse by malefactors who try to bypass legal IP ownership processes.”

Those who abuse the process do things like using “clean” IP addresses from which to host botnets or fraudulent sites.

The authors explain that he was able to access data about address transfers from internet registries, map the address ranges against known autonomous system numbers (AS numbers), correlate all of that with border gateway protocol activity and eventually create a picture of what happens to IPv4 addresses after they are bought and sold.

The paper's conclusions are not pretty: “We find that for more than 65 percent of the IP transfers, the origin ASes and the transaction dates appear to be inconsistent with the transfer reports, while six percent of Route Origin Authorizations (ROAs) become stale after the transfer for many months.”

“Our results reveal at best poor practices of resource management that can facilitate malicious activities, such as hijacking attacks, and even lead to connectivity issues due to the increasing deployment of RPKI-based or IRR-based filtering mechanisms.”

It gets worse: “ASes involved in the transfer market exhibit consistently higher malicious behavior compared to the rest of the ASes, even when we account for factors such as business models and network span,” the three authors said, adding “Our findings are likely to be a lower bound of malicious activity from within transferred IP addresses since a number of transactions may occur without being reported to the regional internet registries.”
 

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More than 1,000 unsecured databases so far have been permanently deleted in an ongoing attack that leaves the word “meow” as its only calling card, according to Internet searches over the past day.

The attack first came to the attention of researcher Bob Diachenko on Tuesday, when he discovered a database that stored user details of the UFO VPN had been destroyed. UFO VPN had already been in the news that day because the world-readable database exposed a wealth of sensitive user information, including:
  • Account passwords in plain text
  • VPN session secrets and tokens
  • IP addresses of both user devices and the VPN servers they connected to
  • Connection timestamps
  • Geo-tags
  • Device and OS characteristics
  • Apparent domains from which advertisements are injected into free users’ Web browsers

Besides amounting to a serious privacy breach, the database was at odds with the Hong Kong-based UFO’s promise to keep no logs. The VPN provider responded by moving the database to a different location but once again failed to secure it properly. Shortly after, the Meow attack wiped it out.

Representatives of UFO didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

Since then, Meow and a similar attack have destroyed more than 1,000 other databases. At the time this post went live, the Shodan computer search site showed that 987 ElasticSearch and 70 MongoDB instances had been nuked by Meow. A separate, less-malicious attack tagged an additional 616 ElasticSearch, MongoDB, and Cassandra files with the string “university_cybersec_experiment.” That attackers in this case seem to be demonstrating to the database maintainers that the files are vulnerable to being viewed or deleted.
 

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Amerikkalainen elektroniikkafirma Garmin ilmeisesti laajan hakkerointi & kiristyshyökkäyksen kohteena. Firmahan on todella suosittu kuluttajatuotteiden tekijä erilaisten kannettavien tai puettavien laitteiden (wearabless) parissa Suomessakin.

Lähde: https://teknavi.fi/elektroniikka/kiristajat-lamauttivat-garminin-laitteiden-synkronoinnin-ja-tuotannon


" Kiristäjät lamauttivat Garminin laitteiden synkronoinnin ja tuotannon

Julkaistu 24.7.2020

Kiristäjät ovat saaneet Garminin palvelut polvilleen, ZDNet kertoo. Jopa älykellovalmistajan tuotantolinjastoja on jouduttu sulkemaan.

MÄlykellovalmistaja Garmin on joutunut kiristyshyökkäyksen kohteeksi. Hakkerit ovat lamauttaneet Garminin palveluita, kuten Garmin Connectin ja flyGarminin, ja älykellovalmistaja on joutunut Twitterissä ilmoittamaan usean vuorokauden huoltokatkosta.

Myös asiakaspalvelulinjat ovat kaatuneet, ja mikä erikoisinta, tilanne vaikuttaa taiwanilaisen iThome-sivuston mukaan jopa tuotantolinjastoihin, jotka on Taiwanissa suljettu kahdeksi vuorokaudeksi. Työntekijöille on tiedotettu, että sulun taustalla on ”virus”, mikä viitannee tässä tapauksessa kiristyksessä käytettyyn haittaohjelmaan.
Garmin ei virallisesti ole vahvistanut, että kyseessä on kiristyshyökkäys. Se kertoo tutkivansa tilannetta, mutta yhtiön työntekijät ovat jo paljastaneet Garminin joutuneen kiristyksen kohteeksi.
Käyttäjille tilanne näkyy siten, että Garmin Connect -älypuhelinsovellus ja -verkkopalvelu eivät toimi, eikä asiakaspalveluun saa yhteyttä puhelimitse tai sähköpostitse. Myös lentäjien suosima flyGarmin-palvelu on nyt väliaikaisesti pois käytöstä, mikä on aiheuttanut harmia monille amatööripiloteille."
 
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A ransomware attack that took the GPS and smartwatch business Garmin entirely offline for more than three days is believed to have been carried out by a Russian cybercriminal gang which calls itself “Evil Corp”.

Garmin began to restore services to customers on Monday morning, after being held hostage for a reported ransom of $10m, although some services were still operating with limited functionality.

The hack is thought to be just the latest in a long string of attacks on American companies that have earned the cybercriminals’ alleged leader, Maksim Viktorovich Yakubets, 33, a $5m bounty on his head from the FBI. That reward is the highest ever offered for a cybercriminal.

Unlike those behind some previous high-profile ransomware outbreaks, such as the notorious WannaCry and NotPetya campaigns of 2017, Evil Corp has historically been very focused in how it picks and attacks its targets. Rather than going after end users and small businesses, who may be easy to trick into opening a malicious email attachment but unlikely to pay significant ransoms for their data, the organisation has instead deployed a mixture of technical prowess and social engineering to attack sizeable targets such as banks, media organisations and now technology companies.
 

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Over the past few years, online disinformation has taken evolutionary leaps forward, with the Internet Research Agency pumping out artificial outrage on social media and hackers leaking documents—both real and fabricated—to suit their narrative. More recently, Eastern Europe has faced a broad campaign that takes fake news ops to yet another level: hacking legitimate news sites to plant fake stories, then hurriedly amplifying them on social media before they’re taken down.

On Wednesday, security firm FireEye released a report on a disinformation-focused group it’s calling Ghostwriter. The propagandists have created and disseminated disinformation since at least March 2017, with a focus on undermining NATO and the US troops in Poland and the Baltics; they’ve posted fake content on everything from social media to pro-Russian news websites. In some cases, FireEye says, Ghostwriter has deployed a bolder tactic: hacking the content management systems of news websites to post their own stories. They then disseminate their literal fake news with spoofed emails, social media, and even op-eds the propagandists write on other sites that accept user-generated content.

That hacking campaign, targeting media sites from Poland to Lithuania, has spread false stories about US military aggression, NATO soldiers spreading coronavirus, NATO planning a full-on invasion of Belarus, and more. “They’re spreading these stories that NATO is a danger, that they resent the locals, that they’re infected, that they’re car thieves,” says John Hultquist, director of intelligence at FireEye. “And they’re pushing these stories out with a variety of means, the most interesting of which is hacking local media websites and planting them. These fictional stories are suddenly bona fide by the sites that they’re on, and then they go in and spread the link to the story.”
 

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Chinese hackers infiltrated the Vatican's computer networks in the past three months , a private monitoring group has concluded, in an apparent espionage effort before the beginning of sensitive negotiations with Beijing. The attack was detected by Recorded Future, a firm based in Somerville, Mass. The Chinese Communist Party has been waging a broad campaign to tighten its grip on religious groups, in what government leaders have periodically referred to as an effort to "Sinicize religions" in the country.

China officially recognizes five religions, including Catholicism, but the authorities often suspect religious groups and worshipers of undermining the control of the Communist Party and the state, and of threatening the country's national security. Chinese hackers and state authorities have often used cyberattacks to try to gather information on groups of Buddhist Tibetans, Muslim Uighurs and Falun Gong practitioners outside China. But this appears to be the first time that hackers, presumed by cybersecurity experts at Recorded Future to be working for the Chinese state, have been publicly caught directly hacking into the Vatican and the Holy See's Study Mission to China, the Hong Kong-based group of de facto Vatican representatives who have played a role in negotiating the Catholic Church's status. The Vatican and Beijing are expected to start talks in September over control of the appointment of bishops and the status of houses of worship as part of a renewal of a provisional agreement signed in 2018 that revised the terms of the Catholic Church's operations in China.
 
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