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Google cloaks Android in Red Screen of malware Dearth

 Google has extended its anti-social engineering Chrome tool to Android, making big efforts to reduce blacklists bandwidth costs along the way. The Red Screen of malware Dearth officially branded Safe Browsing has long been a feature of Chrome desktop platforms where bandwidth and processing requirements are much less restrictive.

There the red splash screen has walled off all but the most persistent to be pwned users from websites known to have hosted malware, advertising injectors, or other web scum. Read more...



Brit-American hacker duo throws pwns on IoT BBQs, grills open admin

‪‎Kiwicon American hardware hackers have ruined Christmas cooks ups across Australia, revealing gaping and pwnable vulnerabilities in Internet-connected barbecues.

Hardware hackers Matthew Garrett and Paul McMillan revealed how the Internet-of-things CyberQ exposed its remote administration facilities and could be owned over the internet. Read more...




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Anonymous Leaks Paris Climate Summit Officials' Private Data

Hackers have leaked the private login details of nearly 1,415 officials at the UN climate talks in Paris in an apparent act of protest against arrests of activists in the city.

Anonymous, the hacktivist movement, hacked the website of the summit organisers, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and posted names, phone numbers, usernames, email addresses, and secret questions and answers onto an anonymous publishing site. Read more...



GCHQ can hack your systems at will – thanks to 'soft touch' oversight

‪‎Privacy International claimed that previously secret documents, and witness statements produced by GCHQ, show that, among other things, overseas hacking does not require authorisations to name or describe a particular piece of equipment, or an individual user of the equipment.
The complaints follow the outing of GCHQ's "Operation Socialist", in which the spooks attacked Belgacom, the largest telecommunications company in Belgium, to gain access to its core GRC routers – ultimately for the purpose of running man-in-the-middle attacks against targets roaming with smartphones. Read more...



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How TV ads silently ping commands to phones

Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) warned that an Indian firm called SilverPush has technology that allows adverts to ping inaudible commands to smartphones and tablets.

Imagine sitting in front of the telly with your smartphone nearby. An advert comes on during the show you're watching, and it has a SilverPush ultrasonic message embedded in it. This is picked up by an app on your mobile, which pings a media network with information about you, and could even display followup ads and links on your handheld. Read more...


Hacker group: We'll wipe ISIS off the Internet

‪‎Hacker‬ collective Anonymous‬ has declared "war is unleashed" against ISIS, the Islamic militant group that claimed responsibility for the deadly attacks that occurred Friday in Paris. Anonymous, a loosely affiliated group of Internet‬ users who ‪‎hack‬ and spread leaked information, said its #OpParis‬ campaign aims to strip ISIS of one of its most valuable weapons: the Internet.

Anonymous has leveled its ire at a huge variety of individuals, groups and companies that it perceives as crossing ethical and moral lines. Their attacks involve leaking documents and taking down websites with a form of attack called distributed denial of service, which overwhelms websites with too many requests. Read more...



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