Kerbs on Security

R.I.P. root9B? We Hardly Knew Ya!

3 days 16 hours ago
root9B, a company that many in the security industry considered little more than a big-name startup aimed at cashing in on the stock market's insatiable appetite for cybersecurity firms, surprised no one this week when it announced it was ceasing operations at the end of the year. Founded in 2011, Colorado Springs, Colo. based root9B Technologies touted itself as an IT security training firm staffed by an impressive list of ex-military leaders with many years of cybersecurity experience at the Department of Defense and National Security Agency (NSA). As it began to attract more attention from investors, root9B's focus shifted to helping organizations hunt for cyber intruders within their networks.
BrianKrebs

Adobe, Microsoft Patch Critical Cracks

4 days 7 hours ago
It's Nov. 14 -- the second Tuesday of the month (a.k.a. "Patch Tuesday) -- and Adobe and Microsoft have issued gobs of security updates for their software. Microsoft's 11 patch bundles fix more than four-dozen security holes in various Windows versions and Office products -- including at least four serious flaws that were publicly disclosed prior to today. Meanwhile, Adobe's got security updates available for a slew of titles, including Flash Player, Photoshop, Reader and Shockwave.
BrianKrebs

How to Opt Out of Equifax Revealing Your Salary History

5 days 13 hours ago
A KrebsOnSecurity series on how easy big-three credit bureau Equifax makes it to get detailed salary history data on tens of millions of Americans apparently inspired a deeper dive on the subject by Fast Company, which examined how this Equifax division has been one of the company's best investments. In this post, I'll show you how to opt out of yet another Equifax service that makes money at the expense of your privacy.
BrianKrebs

Hack of Attack-for-Hire Service vDOS Snares New Mexico Man

1 week 1 day ago
A New Mexico man is facing federal hacking charges for allegedly using the now defunct attack-for-hire service vDOS to launch damaging digital assaults aimed at knocking his former employer's Web site offline. Prosecutors were able to bring the case in part because vDOS got massively hacked last year, and its customer database of payments and targets leaked to this author and to the FBI.
BrianKrebs

DDoS-for-Hire Service Launches Mobile App

1 week 2 days ago
In May 2013 KrebsOnSecurity wrote about Ragebooter, a service that paying customers can use to launch powerful distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks capable of knocking individuals and Web sites offline. The owner of Ragebooter subsequently was convicted in 2016 of possessing child pornography, but his business somehow lived on while he was in prison. Now just weeks after Poland made probation, a mobile version of the attack-for-hire service has gone up for sale on the Google Play store.
BrianKrebs

Simple Banking Security Tip: Verbal Passwords

1 week 5 days ago
There was a time when I was content to let my bank authenticate me over the phone by asking for some personal identifiers (SSN/DOB) that are broadly for sale in the cybercrime underground. At some point, however, I decided this wasn't acceptable for institutions that held significant chunks of our money, and I began taking our business away from those that wouldn't let me add a simple verbal passphrase that needed to be uttered before any account details could be discussed over the phone.
BrianKrebs

2nd Breach at Verticalscope Impacts Millions

2 weeks 1 day ago
For the second time in as many years, hackers have compromised Verticalscope.com, a Canadian company that manages hundreds of popular Web discussion forums totaling more than 45 million user accounts. Evidence of the breach was discovered just before someone began using that illicit access as a commercial for a new paid search service that indexes consumer information exposed in corporate data breaches.
BrianKrebs

Equifax Reopens Salary Lookup Service

2 weeks 2 days ago
Equifax has re-opened a Web site that lets anyone look up the salary history of a large portion of the American workforce using little more than a person's Social Security number and their date of birth. The big-three credit bureau took the site down just hours after I wrote about it on Oct. 8, and began restoring the site eight days later saying it had added unspecified "security enhancements."
BrianKrebs

Fear the Reaper, or Reaper Madness?

3 weeks 1 day ago
Last week we looked at reports from China and Israel about a new "Internet of Things" malware strain called "Reaper" that researchers said infected more than a million organizations by targeting newfound security weaknesses in countless Internet routers, security cameras and digital video recorders (DVRs). Now some botnet experts are calling on people to stop the "Reaper Madness," saying the actual number of IoT devices infected with Reaper right now is much smaller. Arbor Networks said it believes the current actual size of the Reaper botnet fluctuates between 10,000 and 20,000 bots total. Arbor notes that this can change any time.
BrianKrebs

Dell Lost Control of Key Customer Support Domain for a Month in 2017

3 weeks 4 days ago
A Web site set up by PC maker Dell Inc. to help customers recover from malicious software and other computer maladies may have been hijacked for a few weeks this summer by people who specialize in deploying said malware, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. There is a program installed on virtually all Dell computers called "Dell Backup and Recovery Application." It's designed to help customers restore their data and computers to their pristine, factory default state should a problem occur with the device. That backup and recovery program periodically checks a rather catchy domain name -- DellBackupandRecoveryCloudStorage.com -- which until recently was central to PC maker Dell's customer data backup, recovery and cloud storage solutions. Sometime this summer, DellBackupandRecoveryCloudStorage.com was suddenly snatched away from a longtime Dell contractor for a month and exposed to some questionable content. More worryingly, there are signs the domain may have been pushing malware before Dell's contractor regained control over it.
BrianKrebs

Reaper: Calm Before the IoT Security Storm?

3 weeks 5 days ago
It's been just over a year since the world witnessed some of the world's top online Web sites being taken down for much of the day by "Mirai," a zombie malware strain that enslaved "Internet of Things" (IoT) devices such as wireless routers, security cameras and digital video recorders for use in large-scale online attacks. Now, experts are sounding the alarm about the emergence of what appears to be a far more powerful strain of IoT attack malware -- variously named "Reaper" and "IoTroop" -- that spreads via security holes in IoT software and hardware. And there are indications that over a million organizations may be affected already. Reaper isn't attacking anyone yet. For the moment it is apparently content to gather gloom to itself from the darkest reaches of the Internet. But if history is any teacher, we are likely enjoying a period of false calm before another humbling IoT attack wave breaks.
BrianKrebs

What You Should Know About the ‘KRACK’ WiFi Security Weakness

1 month ago
Researchers this week published information about a newfound, serious weakness in WPA2 -- the security standard that protects all modern Wi-Fi networks. What follows is a short rundown on what exactly is at stake here, who's most at-risk from this vulnerability, and what organizations and individuals can do about it.
BrianKrebs

Krebs Given ISSA’s ‘President’s Award’

1 month ago
KrebsOnSecurity was honored this month with the 2017 President's Award for Public Service from the Information Systems Security Association, a nonprofit organization for cybersecurity professionals. The award recognizes an individual's contribution to the information security profession in the area of public service.
BrianKrebs

Equifax Credit Assistance Site Served Spyware

1 month ago
Big-three consumer credit bureau Equifax says it has removed third-party code from its credit report assistance Web site that prompted visitors to download malicious software disguised as an update for Adobe's Flash Player software.
BrianKrebs

Microsoft’s October Patch Batch Fixes 62 Flaws

1 month 1 week ago
Microsoft on Tuesday released software updates to fix at least 62 security vulnerabilities in Windows, Office and other software. Two of those flaws were detailed publicly before yesterday's patches were released, and one of them is already being exploited in active attacks, so attackers already have a head start.
BrianKrebs

Equifax Hackers Stole Info on 693,665 UK Residents

1 month 1 week ago
Equifax Inc. said today an investigation into information stolen in the epic data breach the company disclosed on Sept. 7 revealed that intruders took a file containing 15.2 million UK records. The company says it is now working to inform nearly 700,000 U.K. consumers whose data was stolen in the attack.
BrianKrebs

Equifax Breach Fallout: Your Salary History

1 month 1 week ago
In May, KrebsOnSecurity broke a story about lax security at a payroll division of big-three credit bureau Equifax that let identity thieves access personal and financial data on an unknown number of Americans. Incredibly, this same division makes it simple to access detailed salary and employment history on a large portion of Americans using little more than someone's Social Security number and date of birth -- both data elements that were stolen in the recent breach at Equifax.
BrianKrebs

Fear Not: You, Too, Are a Cybercrime Victim!

1 month 2 weeks ago
Maybe you've been feeling left out because you weren't among the lucky few hundred million or billion who had their personal information stolen in either the Equifax or Yahoo! breaches. Well buck up, camper: Both companies took steps to make you feel better today. Yahoo! announced that, our bad!: It wasn't just one billion users who had their account information filched in its record-breaking 2013 data breach. It was more like three billion (read: all) users. Meanwhile, big three credit bureau Equifax added 2.5 million more victims to its roster of 143 million Americans who had their Social Security numbers and other personal data filched in a breach earlier this year. At the same time, Equifax's erstwhile CEO informed Congress that the breach was the result of even more bone-headed security than was first disclosed. To those still feeling left out by either company after this spate of news, I have only one thing to say (although I feel a bit like a broken record in repeating this): Assume you're compromised, and take steps accordingly.
BrianKrebs

USPS ‘Informed Delivery’ Is Stalker’s Dream

1 month 2 weeks ago
A free new service from the U.S. Postal Service that provides scanned images of incoming mail days before it is slated to arrive at its destination address is raising eyebrows among security experts who worry about the service's potential for misuse by private investigators, identity thieves, stalkers or abusive ex-partners. The USPS says it hopes to have changes in place by early next year that could help blunt some of those concerns.
BrianKrebs
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