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 Pentagon email hacked, Russia already blamed

A chunk of the US Department of Defense's email system has been down for 11 days, following what appears to have been a successful attempt to hack it. On Thursday, DoD officials told The Register the unclassified email system of the Pentagon's Joint Chiefs of Staff was compromised following a "sophisticated cyberattack" on July 25. The servers, used by 4,000 government workers, were shut down in response. The system is still not up. The attackers exploited "a new and different vulnerability," according to one report. Another says that a "spear phishing" effort resulted in malware being installed on Pentagon computers. Read more...

 

 

Lightening just struck TWICE! Thunderstrike 2: World's First Firmware Worm That Infects Mac Computers Without Detection

Two security researchers have developed a proof-of-concept computer worm for the first time that can spread automatically between MacBooks, without any need for them to be networked. Dubbed Thunderstrike 2, the new proof-of-concept firmware attack is inspired by previously developed proof-of-concept firmware called Thunderstrike. Read more...

 

 

 

 

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 White House Says No Thanks to Snowden Pardon Petition

It’s been more than two years since Edward Snowden became a name as familiar to the millions of people who have no idea what the NSA actually does it is to the power players in Washington. In that time support for Snowden has waxed and waned, but the position of the White House on Snowden’s actions has never changed. Read more...

 

 

Google Promises Fix For Recently Discovered Stagefright Android Flaw

Google has now come out with a statement on the Stagefright vulnerability, it promises a fix for this flaw by next week. Stagefright  exploits how the Hangouts app automatically process incoming video so that it’s ready for the user in the gallery. Hackers can put malicious code inside the video and since it will be automatically processed by the device it doesn’t even matter if the message was opened or not.Read more...

 

 

 

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600TB MongoDB Database 'accidentally' exposed on the Internet

 

System administrators have reportedly exposed almost 600 Terabytes (TB) of MongoDBdatabase due to running outdated and unpatched versions of the NoSQL MongoDB database. The open source MongoDB is the most popular NoSQL database used by companies of all sizes, from eBay and Sourceforge to The New York Times and LinkedIn. According to Shodan's representative John Matherly, nearly 30,000 MongoDB instances are publicly accessible over the Internet without the need of any form of authentication. Read more...



 

Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It!

Carjacking has gone wireless. It’s the latest in a series of revelations from two hackers, Miller and Valasek who plan to publish a portion of their exploit on the Internet, that have spooked the automotive industry.

"Miller and Valasek’s full arsenal includes functions that at lower speeds fully kill the engine, abruptly engage the brakes, or disable them altogether. The most disturbing maneuver came when they cut the Jeep’s brakes, leaving me frantically pumping the pedal as the 2-ton SUV slid uncontrollably into a ditch" says Andy Greenberg of WIRED.com Read more...

 

 

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