By Waqas Privacy concerns are rising with the advancement of technology. Today, we need to be a lot more careful about online browsing than we needed to a few years back despite that we have come far ahead with technology. Tor browser and VPNs are generally believed to protect our privacy online, but what if they are also […] This is a post from HackRead.com Read the original post: Now use Internet anonymously through Tor-enabled SIM card Onion3G
By Waqas The Italian Competition Authority AGCM has fined Apple and Samsung a whopping 5 million Euros ($5.7m – £4.4m) and 10 million Euros ($11.4m – £8.84m). for what it called “planned obsolescence” of their smartphones. If you have ever noticed how your old iPhone or Samsung device had performance issues right after a software update that means it was probably because both companies […] This is a post from HackRead.com Read the original post: Apple and Samsung fined millions for intentionally slowing down old smartphones
A full 21 percent of survey respondents would walk away from a business permanently after a major hack.
The convicted co-author of the highly disruptive Mirai botnet malware strain has been sentenced to 2,500 hours of community service, six months home confinement, and ordered to pay $8.6 million in restitution for repeatedly using Mirai to take down Internet services at Rutgers University, his former alma mater.
Paras Jha, a 22-year-old computer whiz from Fanwood, N.J., was studying computer science at Rutgers when he developed Mirai along with two other convicted co-conspirators. According to sentencing memo submitted by government prosecutors, in his freshman and sophomore years at Rutgers Jha used a collection of hacked devices to launch at least four distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against the university’s networks.
Jha told investigators he carried out the attacks not for profit but purely for personal, juvenile reasons: “He reveled in the uproar caused by the first attack, which he launched to delay upper-classmen registration for an advanced computer science class he wanted to take,” the government’s sentencing memo stated. “The second attack was launched to delay his calculus exam. The last two attacks were motivated in part by the publicity and outrage” his previous attacks had generated. Jha would later drop out of Rutgers after struggling academically.
In January 2017, almost a year before Jha’s arrest and guilty plea, KrebsOnSecurity identified Jha as the likely co-author of Mirai — which sprang to notoriety after a record-smashing Sept. 2016 attack that sidelined this Web site for nearly four days.
That story posited that Jha, operating under the pseudonyms “Ogmemes” and “OgRichardStallman,” gave interviews with a local paper in which he taunted Rutgers and encouraged the school to consider purchasing some kind of DDoS protection service to ward off future attacks. At the time, Jha was president and co-founder of ProTraf Solutions, a DDoS mitigation firm that provided just such a service.
The sentence handed down by a Newark federal judge today comes on the heels of Jha’s September 2018 sentencing in an Alaska court for his admitted role in creating, wielding and selling access to Mirai — malware which enslaves poorly-security Internet of Things (IoT) devices like security cameras and digital video recorders for use in extremely powerful attacks capable of knocking most Web sites offline.
Prosecutors in the Alaska case said Jha and two co-conspirators did not deserve jail time for their crimes because the trio had cooperated fully with the government and helped investigators with multiple other ongoing cybercrime investigations. The judge in that case agreed, giving Jha and each of his two co-defendants sentences of five years probation, 2,500 hours of community service, and $127,000 in fines.
Prosecutors in Alaska argued that Jha had completely turned over a new leaf, noting that he was once again attending school and had even landed a job at an unnamed cybersecurity company. Sending him to prison, they reasoned, would only disrupt a remarkable transformation for a gifted young man.
However, the punishment meted out today for the Rutgers attack requires Jha to remain sequestered in his parent’s New Jersey home for the next six months — with excursions allowed only for medical reasons. The sentence also piles on an additional 2,500 hours of community service. Further, Jha will be on the hook to pay $8.6 million in restitution — the amount Rutgers estimated it cost the university to respond to Jha’s attacks.
Jha could not be immediately reached for comment. But his attorney Robert Stahl told KrebsOnSecurity today’s decision by the Newark court was “thoughtful and reasoned.”
“The judge noted that Paras’ cooperation has been much more extensive and valuable than any he’s ever seen while on the bench,” Stahl said. “He won’t be going to back to school right now or to his job.”
It is likely that Jha’s creation will outlive his probation and community service. After the Sept. 2016 attack on KrebsOnSecurity and several other targets, Jha and his cohorts released the source code for Mirai in a bid to throw investigators off their trail. That action has since spawned legions of copycat Mirai botnets and Mirai malware variants that persist to this day.
Microsoft has been notified, but no patch is yet available.
The news comes on the heels of a breach at Cathay Pacific exposing 9.4 million people.
An unsophisticated but effective botnet is targeting exposed cloud servers and racking up millions of infections.
By Waqas The listening habits of around 90,000 drivers of General Motors in Chicago and Los Angeles were monitored by the company for three months in 2017 under its radio-tracking program. The Detroit Free Press reported later released a report that General Motors was involved in targeted advertising in cars. Now the company has publicly admitted that it […] This is a post from HackRead.com Read the original post: General Motors collected location & radio listening habits data of 90,000 drivers
An Indian security researcher has discovered a highly critical flaw in X.Org Server package that impacts OpenBSD and most Linux distributions, including Debian, Ubuntu, CentOS, Red Hat, and Fedora.
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By Waqas Hong Kong's Cathay Pacific Airways Limited has suffered a massive data breach in which personal data of 9.4 million customers has been stolen by unknown hackers. Cathay Pacific states that the stolen data includes passenger name, date of birth, nationality, email, phone number, frequent flyer programme membership number, physical addresses, 245,000 Hong Kong ID card numbers, 860,000 passport numbers, customer service […] This is a post from HackRead.com Read the original post: Cathay Pacific hit by massive data breach; 10 million passengers affected
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