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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on November 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Aussie researchers find easy way to steal sensitive data via USB 

    Be careful what you plug into your computer.

    Australian researchers are warning that USB interfaces can be easily used to silently capture sensitive user data such as keystrokes from computers by monitoring electric crosstalk leakage.

    Yang Su, Yuval Yarom, and Damith Ranasinghe from the University of Adelaide, together with Daniel Genkin from the University of Pennsylvania, tested 50 different computers and external USB hubs and found that nine out of ten devices were vulnerable to the crosstalk issue

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on August 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    White hats steal Ethereum to ‘save’ users after hack 

    Updated: Over 153,000 ETH stolen from three accounts.

    Holders of the Ethereum cryptocurrency are nervously waiting to see if millions of dollars drained by white hats in a protection effort will be returned, after attackers stole A$39 million from three victims.

    Attackers exploited a vulnerability in the Parity multi-signature wallet this week to steal 153,037 Ethereum from three accounts belonging to cryptocurrency trading platform Swarm City, Edgeless Casino, and the Aeternity project.

    The currency is trading at approximately US$203 per Ethereum coin, bringing the value of the stolen funds to over US$31 million (A$39 million).

    To stop any more Ethereum from being stolen via the vulnerability, Parity employees – who dubbed themselves the White Hat Group – drained other vulnerable wallets of 377,000 Ethereum and put it into a safe address.

    “This vulnerability was trivial to execute, so they took the necessary action to drain every vulnerable multisig they could find as quickly as possible,” Reddit /r/ethereum forum moderator Jordi Baylina wrote.

    “If you hold a multisig contract that was drained, please be patient. We are creating another multisig for you that has the same settings as your old multisig but with the vulnerability removed and we will return your funds to you there.”

    He said once the group had finished its work it would be “like nothing happened”.

    Parity Technologies sent out a critical security alert for its multi-signature wallet, advising people to immediately move assets to a secure address.

    The company said the bug has been fixed.

    Updated to clarify White Hat Group’s involvement.

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  • jkabtech 4:46 am on June 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Hackers sought to steal over $3 billion through wire-transfer fraud: FBI 

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    Hackers have sought to steal more than $3 billion from businesses in a pernicious, fast-growing type of scam in which criminals impersonate company executives in emails ordering large wire transfers, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned on Tuesday.

    The FBI disclosed the data as it launched a public awareness campaign providing tips on how to defend against such scams. The cases, which are widely known as business email compromise, target businesses and not consumers.

    U.S. and foreign victims reported 22,143 cases involving business email compromise cases in which cyber criminals sent requests for some $3.1 billion in fraudulent transfers from October 2013 through last month, according to the FBI. That represents a significant increase from the agency’s previous tally, which put attempted losses at $2.3 billion through February of this year.

    Supervisory Special Agent Mitchell Thompson said victims should notify the FBI immediately if they find they have been victimized in such scams, so the bureau can work with agents overseas to ask foreign banks to freeze the funds before fraudsters pull them out of the banking system.

    “The sooner somebody reports this to the FBI, the better the possibility they can get their money back,” he said at a news conference in New York.

    The bulk of the cases involved requests to transfer funds to banks in Hong Kong and China, though a total of 79 countries have been identified to date, according to the bureau.

    Thompson said he could not say how much money victims actually lost through the schemes, but said about one in four U.S. victims respond by wiring money to fraudsters.

    The FBI said the sharp jump in cases since its last tally was due to the high level of recent activity, as well as an effort by law enforcement agencies around the world to identify such scams as business email compromise, rather than generic wire fraud.

    The FBI said it has seen a 1,300 percent increase in identified exposed losses since January 2015.
    The size of the losses vary widely from case to case, from about $10,000 to tens of millions of dollars, according to Thompson.

    Austrian aircraft parts FACC said in January that it lost about 50 million euros ($55 million) through such a scam.

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  • jkabtech 3:51 am on April 29, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    How criminals could steal your tax return 

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    On March 22 an employee at software company Pivotal Labs received an email purporting to be from CEO Rob Mee, asking for personal information about employees. Assuming the email was legitimate, the worker sent W-2 information

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