Top CyberSecurity News For 23rd May 2016

  1. Learn to Hack from Phineas Fisher, the Man Who Pwned the Hacking Team From Softpedia. Phineas Fisher, the hacker who compromised the networks of Hacking Team and Gamma Group, two international surveillance software providers, has released a “how-to” video, detailing various hacking techniques. The video is more than just proof-of-concept learning material, and it actually presents a step-by-step process of his latest hack, the website of the Sindicat De Mossos d’Esquadra (SME), which is Spain’s Catalan police union. This is not the first time Phineas Fisher does this, as just a month ago he released a detailed guide on how he broke into Hacking Team’s servers and quietly stole all of their most sensitive data. At the time of writing, SME’s website is down, meaning Phineas Fisher’s hack was successful. Even more, the hacker dumped all the stolen data online but was later removed by the hosting service.

Top Cybersecurity News For 18th April 2016

  1. Detailed account of the Hacking Team data breach by FinFisher. From Softpedia. Hacking Team is a Milan-based IT company that sells offensive intrusion and surveillance capabilities to governments, law enforcement agencies and corporations. On July 5, 2015, the Twitter account of the company was compromised by an unknown individual who leaked links to over 400 gigabytes of data, including alleged internal e-mails, invoices, and source code. This article explains how that breach was conducted.
  2. Dump Adobe QuickTime, Department Of Homeland Security tells Windows users. From Krebs On Security. Apple is deprecating QuickTime for Microsoft Windows. They will no longer be issuing security updates for the product on the Windows Platform and recommend users uninstall it. Furthermore, there are two new, unpatched vulnerabilities which could be used to remotely compromise Windows computers.
  3. More US commandos, choppers and bases are hacking ISIS. From Daily Beast. Three U.S. officials told The Daily Beast that US cyber operations against ISIS have moved beyond mere disruption and are entering a new, more aggressive phase that is targeted at individuals and is gleaning intelligence that could help capture and kill more ISIS fighters.
  4. The National Institute of Standards and Technology is poised to deliver new cybersecurity guidance, according to NIST fellow Ronald Ross. From HealthcareITNews. “We can build and deploy systems that we can trust, too, in a hospital environment, so the systems can better withstand cyberattacks, are more penetration-resistant, and limit the damage an adversary can do if an attack comes through the perimeter,” Ross said.
  5. Indian political party accused of hacking Facebook. From Economic Times. An internal email communique allegedly from the AIADMK IT Wing president to his team informing that they have hacked Facebook for making posts about their party “go viral” has leaked and the mail itself has gone viral.