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The Mirai botnet architects are now fighting crime with the FBI

Three college-age defendants behind the creation of the Mirai botnet - an online tool that wreaked destruction across the internet in the fall of 2016 with unprecedentedly powerful distributed denial of service attacks - will stand in an Alaska courtroom Tuesday and ask for a novel ruling from a federal judge: They hope to be sentenced to work for the FBI.


Russians tried to hack Swiss lab testing samples from Skripal attack

Dutch officials recently revealed that they arrested and expelled two alleged Russian intelligence agents who were caught attempting to hack into the Spiez Laboratory, a Swiss national laboratory that is home to the Swiss Federal Institute for NBC (Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical) Protection.


Major Hacks of the Week

Hackers swipe card numbers from local government payment portals

A previously unknown hacker group is behind a mounting number of breaches that have been reported by local governments across the US.

US cyber-security vendor FireEye has revealed that this yet-to-be-identified hacker group has been breaking into Click2Gov servers and planting malware that stole payment card details.


Zaif cryptocurrency exchange loses $60 million in recent hack

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Zaif announced today that it lost $60M worth of company and user funds during a security incident that took place last week.

The Zaif team suspended user deposits and withdrawals, while its staff is making sure the hacker(s) is out of their network for good.


Major Vulnerabilities Disclosed

A flaw in Alpine Linux could allow executing arbitrary code

Security researcher has discovered several flaws in the distribution Alpine Linux, including an arbitrary code execution. Alpine Linux is based on musl libc and busybox, it is a tiny distro and is optimized to manage resources, it is known also for fast boot times.

The experts discovered several vulnerabilities in the APK, the default package manager in Alpine.


Watch Out! This new web exploit can crash and restart your iPhone

It's 2018, and just a few lines of code can crash and restart any iPhone or iPad and can cause a Mac computer to freeze.

A security researcher at encrypted instant messaging app Wire, revealed a proof-of-concept (PoC) web page containing an exploit that uses only a few lines of specially crafted CSS & HTML code.

Beyond just a simple crash, the web page, if visited, causes a full device kernel panic and an entire system reboot.


Legal, Regulatory and Corporate
Security and Beyond

Internet-Connected CCTV Cameras Vulnerable to 'Peekaboo' Hack

A security flaw in a widely used network video recorder technology has put potentially hundreds of thousands of CCTV cameras worldwide at risk of crippling attacks including remote hijacking.

The so-called Peekaboo flaw exists in NUUO Inc.'s NVRMini2, a network-attached storage device that allows organizations to view and manage up to 16 connected CCTV cameras at once.


Just 13 - no, er, make that 3,200 punters hit in Oz's Perth Mint hack

A computer security breach at Perth Mint first thought to have affected just 13 customers turned out to be more widespread – with more than 3,000 punters now screwed over by hackers.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported barely more than two handfuls of users of the mint's online repository were hit in the cyber-break-in.

The Western Australian-government-owned Perth Mint is Oz's bullion mint, and its repository is the customers buy-and-sell trading platform for precious metals.


Security Awareness Tip

Think Like An Attacker: How a Red Team Operates

Seasoned red teamers explain the value-add of a red team, how it operates, and how to maximize its effectiveness. If you want to stop an attacker, you have to think like an attacker.


Silensec Editorial Team

Editor: Dr. Almerindo Graziano
Dr. Graziano is the Silensec CEO. He holds an MSc in Electronic Engineering and a PhD in Mobile Computer Security, both from the University of Naples, Italy. Dr. Graziano has consulted in information security for private and government organisations across Europe, Africa and Middle East over the last 15 years. He is also a BSI-certified ISO27001 Lead Auditor trainer and auditor

Vice Editor: George Nicolaou (BSc, MSc)
George Nicolaou (BSc, MSc) leads the Silensec Malware Analysis Lab (MAL). He received his BSc in Computer Science and MSc in Advanced Computing Security from the University of Bath in UK, where he pursued research in malware and vulnerability analysis. For many years George has also been the Head of Research and Development department of the Astalavista Security Community. George is also a frequent speaker at security conferences around the world on advanced malware analysis, reverse engineering and exploit development techniques.

Digital Editor: Salome Omondi (B.Com)
Salome Omondi leads the Silensec Marketing Department. She holds a Bachelors of Commerce and Management from Strathmore University. Miss Omondi publishes the weekly Silensec Newsletter, keeping you up to date with the latest infosec news as well as improving information security awareness.

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