- The U.S. Blames North Korea For ‘WannaCry’ Cyber Attack
The US has publicly blamed North Korea for the WannaCry cyber-attack that crippled hospitals, banks and other companies across the globe during May this year. “The attack was widespread and cost billions, and North Korea is directly responsible,” Tom Bossert, homeland security adviser to President Donald Trump, wrote in a piece published in the Wall Street Journal.
- Microsoft bug CVE-2017-11882 exploited to deliver Loki information stealer
Cybercriminals continue to exploit patched remote code execution vulnerability in the Microsoft Equation Editor component of Microsoft Office. This time a bug was used to deliver a modified version of Loki information-stealing malware. The vulnerability, CVE-2017-11882, is a memory corruption bug that was patched on Nov. 14, yet reportedly has already been leveraged in multiple in-the-wild attacks that deliver malware such as Cobalt, POWRUNER, BONDUPDATED, Pony/FAREIT, FormBook, ZBOT, and Ursnif.
- Spanish research tool probes smartphone electromagnetic emissions for encryption keys
Research analysts from Spain are developing a tool that will scan smartphones for ‘electromagnetic emanations’ that could be used to obtain encryption keys as part of an attack. Spanish researchers are developing a tool that will scan smartphones for ‘electromagnetic emanations’ that could be used to obtain encryption keys as part of an attack.
- Teen Hacker Avoids Jail Over On-Demand DDoS Attacks
A British teenager has avoided jail time after pleading guilty to a string of offenses, including thousands of distributed denial-of-service attacks against such organizations as Amazon and Netflix. The list also includes 2015 attack that disrupted online banking systems at National Westminster Bank, better known as NatWest.
- Bengal mulling ‘blockchain’ to protect online records
The West Bengal government is planning to introduce the blockchain technology to protect its documents from cyber-attacks. The state government’s proposed Cyber Security Centre of Excellence would be entrusted to execute the new ‘blockchain’ mechanism at various departments, a senior official of the Information Technology Department told PTI.