Archive for August, 2019

Threat Intelligence Bulletin Warns Software Developers are High Targets

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Cybersecurity company Glasswall’s August 2019 Threat Intelligence Bulletin stated that the technology sector accounts for nearly half of phishing campaigns.  Software developers appear to be the most common target.  Hackers are often looking to steal intellectual property or copy products. A key reason they target developers is the administrator privileges across multiple systems that are […]

iNSYNQ Ransom Attack Possibly Caused by Phishing

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

KrebsOnSecurity has reported that a ransomware outbreak that compromised QuickBooks cloud hosting firm iNSYNQ in mid-July started with a phishing attack. A sales employee for iNSYNQ apparently fell victim to the hacker tactic, and hackers were free to romp around the iNSYNQ internal network for almost ten days. They then unleashed their ransomware. iNSYNQ chief executive Elliot Luchansky briefed […]

Steam Zero-Day Vulnerability Discovered and Fixed

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Despite Valve determining that a flaw submitted by their bug bounty program HackerOne was “Not Applicable”, two independent researchers confirmed a zero-day privilege escalation vulnerability in the popular Steam game client for Windows.  The vulnerability allowed an attacker with limited permissions to run a program as an administrator. This posed a significant threat to Steam […]

Pakistani National Faces 20 Year Sentence for AT&T Unlock Scheme

Wednesday, August 7th, 2019

Muhammad Fahd, a 34-year-old Pakistani national arrested by the United States Federal Government back in February has now been charged with bribing employees at AT&T call center in Bothell, Washington, and was extradited to the U.S. on Friday. For over five years Fahd unlocked more than 2 million phones and planted malware on the telecommunication […]

Tencent Discovers Android “QualPwn” Vulnerabilities

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Security researchers from Tencent’s Blade team discovered a series of Android vulnerabilities collectively known as QualPwn in February and March this year.  The vulnerabilities lie in the WLAN and modem firmware of Qualcomm chipsets.  Hundreds of millions of Android devices are at risk of complete take over. “One of the vulnerabilities allows attackers to compromise […]