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AT&T Pushed to Cut Ties with Huawei by US Lawmakers

AT&T Pushed to Cut Ties with Huawei by US Lawmakers

Two congressional aides recently revealed that US lawmakers are pressuring AT&T to sever commercial ties with Chinese phone maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd. The second largest wireless carrier in the US was warned of national security concerns and is apparently being ordered to block Huawei’s plans to enter the US telecom market. Prior to this, Congress already lobbied against a plan where AT&T offers Huawei devices to its customers. Observers have noted that the recent moves are in keeping with the harder line on policies taken by the Trump administration on issues ranging from Beijing’s role in restraining North Korea, […]

VR Porn App Exposes Names  of 20,000 Users

VR Porn App Exposes Names  of 20,000 Users

A flaw in an adult virtual reality app was recently found to have leaked the personal information of around 20,000 usernames and email addresses. The flaw in the porn game SinVR was discovered British cybersecurity firm Digital Interruption who immediately reported it to the US-based company. SinVR fixed the flaw and thanked the cybersecurity company. A spokesperson added that they will be increasing their security measures, and that passwords and credit card details were not included in the leak. Digital Interruption however, pointed out that it may still be embarrassing for users to have their details exposed by such a […]

Four Malicious Chrome Extensions Affect Over 500,000 Users

Four Malicious Chrome Extensions Affect Over 500,000 Users

Security researchers from US cyber-security firm ICEBRG recently identified four extensions on the official Chrome Web Store which uses malicious Javascript code to perform click fraud using the user’s browser. According to ICEBRG, they found malicious behavior from the four following extensions: Change HTTP Request Header (ppmibgfeefcglejjlpeihfdimbkfbbnm) Nyoogle – Custom Logo for Google (ginfoagmgomhccdaclfbbbhfjgmphkph) Lite Bookmarks (mpneoicaochhlckfkackiigepakdgapj) Stickies – Chrome’s Post-it Notes (djffibmpaakodnbmcdemmmjmeolcmbae) The extensions had already been taken down after ICEBRG notified the National Cyber Security Centre of The Netherlands (NCSC-NL), the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), and the Google Safe Browsing Operations team. However, a number […]

$400,000 Worth of Lumens Stolen via Compromised BlackWallet

$400,000 Worth of Lumens Stolen via Compromised BlackWallet

Last weekend, around $400,000 in Stellar Lumens were stolen by an unknown threat actor who compromised the DNS server connected to BlackWallet’s domain. The attacker was said to have used a code injection exploit which transferred the contents of a user’s wallet over to the attacker’s if it contained at least 20 Lumens. Logging into BlackWallet’s domain triggered the exploit, and even though warnings were already issued over the weekend, some users still had their funds stolen and funnelled into cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex. The creator of BlackWallet apologized for the problem and said that he is already talking to his […]

Germany’s BSI Warns Against Fake Meltdown-Spectre Patches

Germany’s BSI Warns Against Fake Meltdown-Spectre Patches

Germany’s Federal Office for Security and IT (BSI) recently issued a warning against spam being circulated using the agency’s name. The spam appears to be an alert regarding the recent Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, and directs the recipient to a fake website which hosts the malware disguised as a patch. While BSI did not give the URL of the website hosting the fake patches, security company Malwarebytes had already identified one of the pages the spammers were linking to. The phishing site has already been taken down. However it was noted that the spammers took the efforts to enable SSL […]

Germany Pushes for Global Rule on Bitcoin

Germany Pushes for Global Rule on Bitcoin

Last Monday, Germany’s Bundesbank board member Joachim Wuermeling said that any regulation on Bitcoin must be enforced on global scale and not just on a national or regional level, since digital money is not limited by borders. Wuermeling added that effective regulation of cryptocurrency is only achievable with international cooperation. A number of measures has recently been taken worldwide against Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, with China embarking on a major crackdown where the government shut down initial coin offerings, exchanges, and mining activities. South Korea is currently mulling tighter regulations on trading, while the EU agreed on stricter rules to […]

Philippines Top Cyberattack Target, Says Expert

Philippines Top Cyberattack Target, Says Expert

Digital technology expert Reynaldo Lugtu recently revealed that the Philippines is the most vulnerable country to cyber attacks in Southeast Asia. Citing data from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Lugtu also said that the nation, considered as the social networking capital of the world, is the 10th most vulnerable globally. Lugtu emphasized that cybersecurity in the country remains weak, and that the country ranks only 37th out of 193 in terms of cyber security preparedness. However, he added that the Philippines is ahead in terms of legislation since the Data Privacy Act, E-Commerce Law, and Anti-Wiretapping Law is already […]

Bitcoin Supply Down to Last 20%, 4.2 Million Coins Left

Bitcoin Supply Down to Last 20%, 4.2 Million Coins Left

Last January 13, it was reported that 80% of all Bitcoins, which amounts to 16.8 million coins, in existence had already been mined. This leaves only 4.2 million until the cryptocurrency’s 21 million supply cap is reached. At present, miners get 12.5 BTC for every block mined. However, Bitcoin’s protocol increases the difficulty which means the reward is halved every 210,000 blocks. The next halving is set to take place around June 2020 where rewards will be brought down to just 6.25 BTC per block. Experts believe that Bitcoin’s value will significantly increase due to scarcity once the supply cap […]

New Mac OS X Malware Hijacks DNS Settings

New Mac OS X Malware Hijacks DNS Settings

Security researcher Patrick Wardle recently spotted in the wild a variant of an old Windows DNS hijacker malware targeting Mac OS X systems. The hijacker dubbed MaMi, forcibly changes a user’s DNS entries to 82.163.143.172 and 82.163.142.174. Wardle initially came across the MaMi on Malwarebytes when a user encountered the DNS hijacking issue after installing a nuisanceware called “MyCoupon”. Evidence indicate that the malware is relatively new and unsophisticated. However, it also includes several other functionalities including screenshot capture, file upload and download,  generation of simulated mouse events, arbitrary code execution. The malware is also very persistent and installs a […]

Businesses Warned to Put Off Meltdown-Spectre Patches Due to Instability

Businesses Warned to Put Off Meltdown-Spectre Patches Due to Instability

Last week, Intel advised their datacenter customers to put off installation of the Meltdown and Spectre patches they recently issued as it was reported to have caused some rebooting problems on machines that use Broadcom and Haswell chips. Industrial equipment manufacturer Rockwell Automation also reported that Microsoft’s fix for the security flaw had caused a number of errors in its FactoryTalk-based products. SCADA/ICS software vendor Wonderware also disclosed several issues with the Microsoft update KB4056896 which the company says causes an issue with the Historian system driver. Advisories from other industrial equipment manufacturers have been listed by US ICS-CERT on […]