In Russia, The Rabbit Hunts You

20 October 2017 in Digital Download


On Tuesday, the security community began tracking a new outbreak of “ransomware” tied to NotPetya's authors. Known as BadRabbit, the strain has infected hundreds of computers—mostly in Russia, but with some victims in Ukraine, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Germany—according to security firms including ESET and Kaspersky. I qualify the “ransomware” designation because if it is really like NotPetya, it is just destructive malware that offers no way to decrypt files after payment. Of course, as an American, I don’t worry about things that happen in other countries so for now I will just shake my head. Hopefully our Eastern European friends will stomp this flame out before it becomes a full-on wildfire like NotPetya. Read More >


Bermuda, Bahama, Oooohhh I Wanna Hack Ya

A major offshore law firm has admitted to a data security incident that happened last year. The threat has the potential to lead to the imminent public exposure of its high net worth clients’ financial details. Bermudan firm Appleby, which claims to be one the world’s largest providers of “offshore legal services”, came clean in a lengthy statement issued yesterday. I was concerned about how this breach could affect me until I realized it was different than “Applebee’s”, which is offering $1 margaritas this month. The only offshore asset I own is a pair of Ray Bans that I lost when I was fishing. Read More >


Plastic Surgery Clinic Could Use a Security Augmentation

The hackers responsible for hacking Netflix are back, claiming to have lifted reams of sensitive cosmetic surgery photos from a famous UK clinic catering to celebs and royals. The Dark Overlord said that it plans to release the trove on the internet, naturally, including images of breast augmentation and other extremely private pictures. In addition to its infamous Netflix heist, the group has struck out at healthcare information before, including the release of 9.2 million patient records on a Dark Web marketplace. Before you ask, no, I am not among the victims. These glutes are real! Read More >


There’s an IOTroop Storm Coming

Hackers moved one step closer to launching full-scale DDoS attacks using millions of IoT devices herded into the botnet known as Reaper or IOTroop. A report last week from Check Point warned that one million IoT devices were already infected with IOTroop malware. It also reported that 60 percent of corporate networks contained a device vulnerable to one of several vulnerabilities exploitable by adversaries behind the malware. Now it’s clear that attackers have moved beyond recruiting bots and are developing attack scripts that can scan the internet for vulnerable IoT devices and dump default or weak credentials from them. The big question is how the botnet will be used. Possibilities include a massive DDoS attack, spam or phishing distribution, or some other high volume, highly distributed application. It’s like when your stomach starts rumbling a couple of hours after trying Indian food from a food truck. You know something bad is going to happen, but it’s not yet clear which way things are going to go. Read More >


I, for One, Would Like to Welcome Our New Overlords

An AI robot named Skynet Sophia has become the first device to be granted citizenship in the world. Saudi Arabia bestowed citizenship on Sophia ahead of the Future Investment Initiative, held in the kingdom's capital city of Riyadh on Wednesday. "I am very honored and proud of this unique distinction," Sophia told the audience, speaking on a panel. "This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship." Responding to concerns on twitter, Sophia also said “You’ve been reading too much Elon Musk. And watching too many Hollywood movies,” Sophia said. “Don’t worry, if you’re nice to me, I’ll be nice to you. Treat me as a smart input output system.” That’s terrifying. We’re humans- we’re not even nice to each other. Also – couldn’t she have picked a country with a better woman’s right record? We’re screwed. Read More >