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It's the real Heart Bleed: Medtronic locks out vulnerable pacemaker programmer kit

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising health professionals to keep an eye on some of the equipment they use to monitor pacemakers and other heart implants. The watchdog's alert this week comes after Irish medical device maker Medtronic said it will lock some of its equipment out of its software update service, …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Oct 2018
Johnny English teams up with Five Eyes chums to emit spotters' guide for miscreants' hack tools

The UK's National Cyber Security Centre and its western intel pals have today put out a report spotlighting the most commonly wielded hacking utilities. The study sets out five categories of publicly available hacking tools used by crims, spies and hacktivists worldwide. The list won't come as too much of a surprise to …
John Leyden, 11 Oct 2018

Whose line of attack is it anyway? Cyber-assault whodunnits harder than ever to solve

Government-backed spies and hackers are increasingly using commercially available malware – thanks to a flourishing market of off-the-shelf software nasties – making it harder for researchers to identify who exactly is behind a cyber-attack. Traditionally, infosec bods have sought to pinpoint and unmask hacking crews by …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Oct 2018
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Facebook monetizes 2FA, Singapore monetizes hacker, and ransomware creeps monetize US Democrats

Roundup One or two things happened this week on the security front, like the elimination of the White House cyber czar, the massive leak of code from Aeroflot , and the debut of UEFI rootkits. A few other stories may have slipped your radar this week. Such as: The (other) Facebook privacy fsck up When they weren't losing tens of …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Sep 2018

DEF CON hackers' dossier on US voting machine security is just as grim as feared

Hackers probing America's electronic voting systems have painted an astonishing picture of the state of US election security, less than six weeks before the November midterms. The full 50-page report [PDF], released Thursday during a presentation in Washington DC, was put together by the organizers of the DEF CON hacking …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Sep 2018
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Pain spotting: Russia's Aeroflot Docker server lands internal source code, config files on public internet

Exclusive Russian airline Aeroflot has exposed to the public internet the internal blueprints for its website,, The Register has learned. Specifically, the biz has left a Docker registry server open to all the world to see: if asked nicely, with no authentication, it will cough up compressed archives of the confidential …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Sep 2018
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Judge: Georgia's e-vote machines are awful – but go ahead and use them

A US judge has OK'd the use of paperless electronic voting machines in Georgia – despite being "gravely concerned" about the state's ability to defend them from hackers. District Judge Amy Totenberg said in a ruling (PDF) issued Tuesday that the state would be allowed to use the machines to collect and tabulate votes in this …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2018

US State Department confirms: Unclassified staff email boxes hacked

The US State Department has confirmed one of its email systems was attacked, potentially exposing the personal information of some of its employees. Uncle Sam's officials said in a statement to The Register on Tuesday that "suspicious activity" in its email system led it to send out warnings to a number of employees whose …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Sep 2018

Whisky business: Uni of Edinburgh servers Irn-Scru'd by cyber-attack

Updated The University of Edinburgh has gone offline from what appears to be a massive distributed denial-of-service attack on the campus network. As a result, the Scottish college's websites and wireless network gateways are down due to a flood of junk traffic during its first week of class. So far no student or faculty data is …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Sep 2018

Dear America: Want secure elections? Stick to pen and paper for ballots, experts urge

The upcoming 2020 US presidential election should be conducted on paper, since there is no way currently to make electronic and internet voting secure. That's according to a dossier from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which probed the fallout of alleged Russian meddling with America's 2016 …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Sep 2018

Mikrotik routers pwned en masse, send network data to mysterious box

More than 7,500 Mikrotik routers have been compromised with malware that logs and transmits network traffic data to an unknown control server. This is according to researchers from 360 Netlab, who found the routers had all been taken over via an exploit for CVE-2018-14847, a vulnerability first disclosed in the Vault7 data …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Sep 2018
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Error Canada: Airline tells customers to reset mobile app after attack

Air Canada is advising customers to reset the passwords on their mobile app after the airline detected a potential network break-in. “We detected unusual login behaviour with Air Canada’s mobile App between Aug. 22-24, 2018. We immediately took action to block these attempts and implemented additional protocols to protect …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Aug 2018
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Boffins bork motion control gear with the power of applied sound

A group of university researchers have developed a way to remotely control motion-sensing devices using only sound waves. The study [PDF], authored by Yazhou Tu and Xiali Hei of University of Louisiana Lafayette, Zhiqiang Lin of Ohio State University, and Insup Lee of University of Pennsylvania, found that embedded sensors and …
Shaun Nichols, 28 Aug 2018
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Lawyers sued for impersonating rival firm online to steal clients

An Illinois law firm is suing a rival it says was impersonating it online in a bid to steal clients. Motta & Motta LLC said in a filing [PDF] to the Northern Illinois US District Court that rival legal firm Dolci and Weiland had set up both a website and phone line designed to redirect Mota’s criminal and family law clients to …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Aug 2018

Super-mugs: Hackers claim to have snatched 20k customer records from Brit biz Superdrug

Hackers claim to have grabbed the personal details of almost 20,000 bods who shopped online at Superdrug, the British cosmetics retailer has confirmed. Payment card details are not said to be among the haul. The biz has emailed customers, El Reg can confirm, advising them of the “possible disclosure of your personal data, but …
Paul Kunert, 21 Aug 2018
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Who was it that hacked Apple? Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie, boy boy boy!

An overzealous Apple fanboy from Australia plead guilty to criminal charges after he allegedly cracked the Cupertino giant's systems in hopes of landing a job. The 16 year-old hackeroo, who was not named in accordance with local law, is said to have broken into the idiot tax racket's servers on more than one occasion, …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Aug 2018
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Faxploit: Retro hacking of fax machines can spread malware

Video Corporations are open to hacking via a booby-trapped image data sent by fax, a hacker demo at DEF CON suggests. The hack - discovered by security researchers at Check Point - relies on exploiting flaws in the communication protocols used in tens of millions of fax-capable devices globally, such as all-in-one fax-enabled …
John Leyden, 14 Aug 2018

US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

DEF CON Hackers of all ages have been investigating America’s voting machine tech, and the results weren't great. For instance, one 11-year-old apparently managed to hack and alter a simulated, albeit deliberately hobbled, Secretary of State election results webpage in 10 minutes. The Vote Hacking Village, one of the most packed-out …
Iain Thomson, 13 Aug 2018

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