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Voter Database Leak with 350,000 Files Discovered

Another massive voter database leak was discovered last week by the Austin-based security company MacKeeper. According to their blog, the 350,000-file public database contained information about voters from California, Montana, New Jersey, and Virginia, including voters’ names, addresses, phone numbers, gender, birth date, marital status, voter ID number, date of registration, political affiliation, and elections they have voted in.

IoT Scanner Tests Device Vulnerability to DDoS Attacks

With the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, cybersecurity experts has repeatedly warned that any of them could be subject to an unprecedented wave of major DDoS attacks. Already seen with KrebsonSecurity, the 1 Tbps DDoS attack on French-based OVH hosting company, and the Dyn server attacks, the availability of the malware source codes made millions of devices vulnerable to attackers.

Red Cross Service Responsible for Australia’s Biggest Data Leak

Security researcher and owner of haveibeenpwned.com Troy Hunt has unveiled that the Australian Red Cross Service data log of blood donors’ personal information has been exposed in what appears to be the largest leak ever exposed in Australia to date. The data comprises of a 1.74GB MySQL database backup containing 1.3 million rows and 647 different tables (or 413k unique email addresses and 550k blood donors) has been compromised due to a poor security encryption by a third-party provider. 

Moonlight Malware Campaign Targets Middle East

Researchers at Vectra Networks has been monitoring a threat group in Palestine believed to have been targeting entities in Palestine and across the Middle Eastern region. Dubbed ‘Moonlight’ malware, chosen based by the name the attackers chose for one of their command-and-control (C&C) domains, the researchers have analyzed 200 samples of malware used by the threat group over the last two years.

AtomBombing Code Injection Attacks All Windows Versions

enSilo researchers have discovered a code injection to the underlying Windows operating system in order to inject malicious code and infect user PCs. Dubbed ‘AtomBombing’, the security firm that found the vulnerability and posted technical details of the exploit in their blog post. The code injection has the ability to bypass every Window versions’ current security solutions that could protect the system from potential malware attacks.

CloudFanta Malware Leverages Cloud Storage App

Netskope Threat Research Labs today published a report that the CloudFanta malware campaign began operations since July 2016 and is suspected to have stolen more than 26,000 email credentials and also monitoring online banking activities. Cloudfanta leverages the effective use of cloud services for hosting malware by malicious threat adversaries by uses a popular online storage app to complete the infection cycle. 

Chinese Webcam Company Pulls Devices Used in Dyn Attack

Chinese tech manufacturer Hangzhou Xiongmai Technology issued a recall for millions of webcams after it has been identified as one of the main causes for the massive DDoS attacks against cloud-based DNS provider Dyn’s servers on Friday. Chinese Webcam Company Pulls Devices Used in Dyn Attack

Ex-NSA Contractor Stole 50 TB of Classified Data and Hacking Tools

A few months ago, the FBI quietly arrested NSA contractor Harold Thomas Martin III for stealing an enormous number of top secret documents from the agency in the largest ever breach of intelligence classification. And now a court document filed Thursday has revealed that the FBI has seized at least 50 terabytes (TB) of data that Martin has been secretly collecting for the past 20 years. The latest filing indicated that Martin was hoarding stolen information that included 500 million pages of government records involving top-secret information about “national defense” and six bank boxes of documents marked “Secret” or “Secret”. Ex-NSA Contractor Stole 50 TB of Classified Data and Hacking Tools

Rowhammer Attack Bitflips Android Phones

Researchers at the VUSec Lab at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam have published details of a new method for exploiting a problem with Android devices, exploiting a relatively new type of bug that allows adversaries to manipulate data within DRAM memory modules. The vulnerability, dubbed Drammer, employs an existing PC-based hack known as Rowhammer, a technique where the vulnerability gains unfettered “root” access in a matter of seconds to a large variety of Android phones including Nexus, Samsung, LG and Motorola.

The researchers describe the attack as a Flip Feng Shui exploitation technique which carefully selects the sizes of the portion of memory where dynamically allocated memory resides (heap). After detecting the hardware vulnerability location, Rowhammer targets rows of cells of memory in DRAM devices to induce cells to flip from one state to another, making the settings perfect for memory manipulation. Those bit flips could include simply changing a 0-to-1 or 1-to-0.

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