- The Phone Hackers at Cellebrite Have Had Their Firmware Leaked Online. From Motherboard.
Cellebrite, an Israeli company that specialises in digital forensics, has dominated the market in helping law enforcement access mobile phones. But one apparent reseller of the company’s products is publicly distributing copies of Cellebrite firmware and software for anyone to download.
Although Cellebrite keeps it most sensitive capabilities in-house, the leak may still give researchers, or competitors, a chance to figure out how Cellebrite breaks into and analyzes phones by reverse-engineering the files.
- Volkswagen partners with former Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency chief on cybersecurity. From Jerusalem Online. Israel has emerged as a leader in the race to keep cars secure and prevent hacking your vehicle. International groups including Volkswagen, Harman International Industries and IBM have already bought local companies or invested in research centers.
Today, Volkswagen announced a joint new automotive cyber security venture, with the former head of Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency Yuval Diskin. “To develop cybersecurity systems for Internet-connected cars and self-driving vehicles,” the partners said in a statement Wednesday.
“To enable us to tackle the enormous challenges of the next decade, we need to expand our know-how in cybersecurity in order to systematically advance vehicle cybersecurity for our customers,” said Volkmar Tanneberger, head of electrical and electronic development at Volkswagen.
Israeli Online Attack Service ‘vDOS’ Earned $600,000 in Two Years. From KrebsOnSecurity.
vDOS — a “booter” service that has earned in excess of $600,000 over the past two years helping customers coordinate more than 150,000 so-called distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks designed to knock Web sites offline — has been massively hacked, spilling secrets about tens of thousands of paying customers and their targets.
The vDOS database, obtained by KrebsOnSecurity.com at the end of July 2016, points to two young men in Israel as the principal owners and masterminds of the attack service, with support services coming from several young hackers in the United States.
Government Hackers Caught Using Unprecedented iPhone Spy Tool. From Motherboard. Since its founding in 2010, [Israeli vendor] NSO has developed a reputation for providing sophisticated malware to governments that need to target cellphones in their investigations, although the use of its tools has never been documented before. The company claims that its products are completely stealthy, like a “ghost.” The company has been so guarded about its wares that it’s never had a website, and has rarely given interviews or any comments to the press. But some information has leaked out, including an investment for $120 million by a US-based venture capital firm in 2014 and a subsequent reported valuation of $1 billion.
Tech Report Says Palestinian Rights Orgs Are Under Sophisticated Cyber Attack. From AlterNet. Palestinian rights campaigners are under cyber-attack, with the key website for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement slammed by at least six sophisticated and complex offensives since the beginning of February, a Canadian open source digital security organization revealed Thursday.
- Customs invests $1.4M to beef up cybersecurity. From Manila Bulletin. The Bureau of Custom has invested $1.4 million in a comprehensive cybersecurity program that will protect the government’s second largest tax agency from cybercriminal activities. Customs Commissioner Alberto D. Lina said they partnered with Microsoft Philippines to implement reforms in the agency’s information and communications technology and establish the highest data integrity assurance levels. Lina said Customs is the first government agency to implement a comprehensive cybersecurity program in less than year. Earlier, several government institutions, including the Commission on Elections’ controversial “comeleak,” were targeted by cybercriminals that drastically affected public trust.
Cyber-crooks meet their match with Israeli-developed GPS protector. From Times Of Israel. Farr more than a tool for Waze users to figure out the best routes to their destinations, the Global Positioning System is used in a wide variety of endeavors and industries. Among them, to name a few, are agriculture, to help farmers determine the ideal spots to plant crops; shipping, to guide ships across the ocean; retail sales, to help companies keep track of their products; aviation, to ensure that planes are able to get to their destination; and defense, to position systems to ensure response to attack.
- ‘Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War’: The worldwide war of keystrokes. From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. You’ve heard the complaining, from the White House on down, about the cyberattacks on our country. Well, yes, you guessed it: We started it. That’s one of the central thrusts of Fred Kaplan’s “Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War.” Because it pioneered computing, the U.S. intelligence agencies enjoyed decades of dominance over rivals, and even learned how to remotely wreak havoc on, say, the Iranian nuclear program. But because nearly everything in our country is networked, we’re uniquely vulnerable now that the rest of the world has caught up.
- Malware attacks on two banks have links with 2014 Sony Pictures hack. From CSO Online. Bangladesh Bank, a commercial bank in Vietnam and Sony Pictures are the unlikely bedfellows in a tale of cyber intrigue uncovered by security researchers at BAE Systems. Researchers Sergei Shevchenko and Adrian Nish have found some links between malware involved in the 2014 attack on Sony Pictures and attacks on two banks involving the theft of credentials for the SWIFT financial transfer network.
- How Israel is turning part of the Negev Desert into a cyber-city. From Washington Post. Here in the middle of the Negev Desert, a cyber-city is rising to cement Israel’s place as a major digital power. The new development, an outcropping of glass and steel, will concentrate some of the country’s top talent from the military, academia and business in an area of just a few square miles. No other country is so purposefully integrating its private, scholarly, government and military cyber-expertise.
Vietnam bank says interrupted cyber heist using SWIFT messaging. From Reuters. Vietnam’s Tien Phong Bank said that it interrupted an attempted cyber heist that involved the use of fraudulent SWIFT messages, the same technique at the heart of February’s massive theft from the Bangladesh central bank. Hanoi-based TPBank said in a statement late on Sunday in response to inquiries from Reuters that in the fourth quarter of last year it identified suspicious requests through fraudulent SWIFT messages to transfer more than 1 million euros ($1.1 million) of funds.
- Râmnicu Vâlcea aka Hackerville, a town in Romania is full of hackers.From Techworm. How would you react if your town or city is known as the global centre of cybercrime? Well, there is a town in Romania full of hackers and scammers that it has become famous as the global centre of cybercrime. Râmnicu Vâlcea which is also known as “Hackerville” rose to world fame its population of EBay and Craigslist scammers. Râmnicu Vâlcea is just three hours drive from the Romanian capital, Bucharest but it seems to get more attention than the capital city.
- OpIcarus Finds More Targets as Banks in Panama, Bosnia and Kenya Go Offline. From Hackread. It’s been over a week since Anonymous and Ghost Squad began conducting cyber attacks on banking websites worldwide. It’s the weekend now but the hacktivists aren’t taking a break; while you were sleeping they conducted distributed denial-of-service DDoS attacks on the websites of four International banks including the central bank of Kenya, National Bank of Panama, Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Maldives Monetary Authority.
- Classified Documents Stolen From Israel Police Cybersecurity Exper. From Haaretz. A file folder containing classified documents was stolen on Thursday from the central-Israel home of a police expert in computer security.
The Walla Hebrew-language news site reported that the deputy head of the cyber security division of the Israel Police left the folder on a table after returning home. The assumption is that the unknown thief used a long-handled rake or other instrument to grab the folder, as well as the officer’s key ring, through a window. The thief then apparently entered the house using the keys and stole a wallet before fleeing.