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Mailsploit: It's 2017, and you can spoof the 'from' in email to fool filters

Penetration tester Sabri Haddouche has reintroduced the world to email source spoofing, bypassing spam filters and protections like Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC), thereby posing a risk to anyone running a vulnerable and unpatched mail client. What he's found is that more than 30 mail …

Uni staffer's health info blabbed in email list snafu

The University of East Anglia has been involved in a personal data breach for the second time in five months. Around 300 postgraduate students in the received an email on Sunday 5 November which contained "personal information about the health of a member of staff", due to the accidental use of an email distribution list. UEA …

OpenSSL patches, Apple bug fixes, Hilton's $700k hack bill, Kim Dotcom raid settlement, Signal desktop app, and more

Happy weekend, everyone, except those of you on call, of course. Let us catch you up on all the IT security bits and pieces besides what's been reported this week. Down in New Zealand, Kim Dotcom, the bête noire of Hollywood, reached a settlement with the New Zealand authorities over a rather dramatic raid in 2012 on his home …
Iain Thomson, 4 Nov 2017

Let's dig into how open source could KO the Silicon Valley chat silos

Interview There's never been a better opportunity for the world to start untangling itself from the giant Silicon Valley data harvesters than now. Last week, we revealed a plan to embed open-source chat into three quarters of the world's IMAP servers. And this may be an important development. Maybe. Google, Yahoo!, Apple and Microsoft …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Oct 2017

Brit intel fingers Iran for brute-force attacks on email accounts

Iran has been blamed for the brute-force attack on UK Parliament earlier this year. An unpublished assessment by British intelligence obtained by The Times fingers Iran for the high-profile hack. The revelation comes as the US president has refused to continue signing off the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, to which the UK is a party …
John Leyden, 16 Oct 2017

Sensitive client emails, usernames, passwords exposed in Deloitte hack

Deloitte, one of the world's "big four" accountancy firms, has fallen victim to a cyberattack that exposed sensitive emails to hackers. The IT security breach dates back to November 2016 but was only discovered in March this year, according to The Guardian, which broke the news in an exclusive on Monday. Deloitte has …
John Leyden, 25 Sep 2017 looking more like an outage outbreak for Europe

Microsoft's email services got hit with not one but two bugs today: in addition to an earlier blip with Exchange Online, Microsoft confirmed it is now probing "issues" with "some" users in Europe. According to, more than a thousand users have reported problems such as trouble receiving messages and …
Andrew Silver, 18 Sep 2017
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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

A US district judge has dismissed the libel lawsuit entrepreneur Shiva Ayyadurai filed against bloggers who rubbished his claims he invented email. Judge Dennis Saylor ruled [PDF] on Wednesday that Techdirt posts that trashed Ayyadurai's claims of inventing an electronic message system we know today as email were covered by …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Sep 2017

Did ROPEMAKER just unravel email security? Nah, it's likely a feature

A new attack, dubbed ROPEMAKER, changes the content of emails after their delivery to add malicious URLs and corrupt records. The assault undermines the comforting notion that email is immutable once delivered, according to email security firm Mimecast. Microsoft reckons the issue doesn't represent a vulnerability, a stance a …
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2017
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Data archiver striver Mimecast reports revenues rise of 40%

Email and data archiver Mimecast reported a year-on-year increase in revenues of 40 per cent for Q1 2018. Revenues for the quarter were $58.2m compared to $41.7m a year ago and $52.4m in the previous quarter. There was a GAAP net loss of $1.9m, which contrasts with the small $244,000 profit recorded a year ago but is better …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2017
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Got that syncing feeling? Cloud's client-side email problem

Despite predictions of its demise, we've been happily using email in business since it first became widespread more than two decades ago. In many ways it's defined the way we compose, reply or send digital messages. A number of technologies have consolidated and extended it to something that became called "collaboration". …
Sonia Cuff, 4 Aug 2017
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Thought your divorce was ugly? Bloke sues wife for wiretapping – 'cos she read his email

A fella in the US is suing his ex‑wife, alleging she broke federal wiretapping and privacy laws by snooping on his email during their divorce. The case, just kicked off in an Illinois district court after six years of wrangling, pits Barry Epstein against his former spouse of 46 years, Paula Epstein, who filed for divorce in …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Aug 2017
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If you love your email standards, SMTP your feet: 35 years later

This month marks the 35th anniversary of the sign-off of RFC 821, the first definition of the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, that everyday staple of email comms. Although the original spec has long been superseded, with the latest version of SMTP being contained in RFC 5321, RFC 821 laid the foundations for the billions of …
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Moneysupermarket fined £80,000 for spamming seven million customers

Price-comparison darling has been fined £80,000 for sending 7.1 million emails to customers who had opted out of receiving direct marketing emails. The UK’s data protection watchdog stepped in to compare the firm’s behaviour with the law – and found that it had attempted to circumvent rules on direct …
Rebecca Hill, 21 Jul 2017

Judge used personal email to send out details of sensitive case

Concerns have been raised over a British judge's use of his personal email address to send out a ruling in a family court case, which contained sensitive personal information. The Register has seen evidence that the judge in question used two personal accounts to send out a draft ruling and final ruling: one using a domain …
Kat Hall, 10 Jul 2017
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UK parliamentary email compromised after 'sustained and determined cyber attack'

The Parliament of the United Kingdom has admitted it experienced a “sustained and determined cyber attack” over the weekend and says <90 email accounts have been compromised as a result. The event struck on Saturday and late that evening Parliament issued a ”Statement regarding cyber incident” admitting that “We have …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jun 2017

Brit uni blabs students' confidential information to 298 undergrads

The University of East Anglia has sent almost 300 undergraduates an email detailing other students' extenuating circumstances. The information was in an Excel spreadsheet attached to an email that ended up being sent to every undergraduates enrolled at the American Studies school through an email-all address. It included 42 …
Rebecca Hill, 19 Jun 2017
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Edinburgh Uni email snafu tells students they won't be graduating

Edinburgh University in Scotland has insisted a "system error" caused this year's graduands to be told by email that they wouldn't be receiving their degrees after all. The cockup caused a number of students to receive emails telling them that, contrary to their expectations after three or four years of sex, booze and drugs …

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