Articles for November 2016

Hacker who exposed Steubenville Rape Faces longer Prison term than Rapists

Remember Steubenville High School Rape Case?

In 2012, Steubenville (Ohio) high school’s football team players gang-raped an unconscious teenage girl from West Virginia and took photographs of the sexual assault.

In December 2012, a member of the hacker collective Anonymous hacked into the Steubenville High School football fan website Roll Red Roll and leaked some evidence of the rape, including a video taken and shared by the crime’s perpetrators in which they joked about the sexual assault.

The hack exposed information about the gang rape by two football team players — Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, both 16 at the time of the crime — who were eventually convicted and sentenced in 2013 to 2 and one years behind bars, respectively, but have since been released.

Source: Hacker who exposed Steubenville Rape Faces longer Prison term than Rapists

Office Depot allegedly running in-store tech support scams – Naked Security


We’ve done plenty of reporting on tech support scams, be they online or by phone, but how about the sort where you walk into a huge, supposedly legit gizmo box store and they try to sell you the same load?

Seattle station KIRO-TV, tipped off by a whistleblower and bolstered by confirming employees, is accusing Office Depot staffers of doing just that: diagnosing brand-new, just out of the box computers with malware infections that some stores suggested would cost up to $200 to clean up.

According to Shane Barnett, an ex-Office Depot employee turned whistleblower, staffers need to sell fixes to keep their jobs.

Source: Office Depot allegedly running in-store tech support scams – Naked Security

Spammers using Facebook Messenger to Spread Locky Ransomware

If you came across any Facebook Message with an image file (exactly .SVG file format) send by any of your Facebook friends, just avoid clicking it.

An ongoing Facebook spam campaign is spreading malware downloader among Facebook users by taking advantage of innocent-looking SVG image file to infect computers.

If clicked, the file would eventually infect your PC with the nasty Locky Ransomware, a family of malware that has quickly become one of the favorite tools among criminals due to its infecting capabilities.

Source: Spammers using Facebook Messenger to Spread Locky Ransomware

New Hack: How to Bypass iPhone Passcode to Access Photos and Messages

Setting a passcode on your iPhone is the first line of defense to help prevent other people from accessing your personal details.

However, it’s pretty much easy for anyone with access to your iPhone to bypass the passcode protection (doesn’t matter if you configured Touch ID or not) and access your personal photos and messages.

A new critical security flaw discovered in iOS 8 and newer, including 10.2 beta 3, allows anyone to bypass iPhone’s passcode and gain access to personal information using the benevolent nature of Apple’s personal assistant Siri.

The security glitch has been discovered by EverythingApplePro and iDeviceHelps and now that they have gone public with a video demonstration, you can expect Apple to fix this issue in the next iOS beta version.

All an attacker need is to find out the phone number of the target’s iPhone and access to the phone for a few minutes.

Source: New Hack: How to Bypass iPhone Passcode to Access Photos and Messages

This $5 Device Can Hack your Password-Protected Computers in Just One Minute


You need to be more careful next time while leaving your computer unattended at your office, as it cost hackers just $5 and only 30 seconds to hack into any computer.

Well-known hardware hacker Samy Kamkar has once again devised a cheap exploit tool, this time that takes just 30 seconds to install a privacy-invading backdoor into your computer, even if it is locked with a strong password.

Dubbed PoisonTap, the new exploit tool runs freely available software on a tiny $5/£4 Raspberry Pi Zero microcomputer, which is attached to a USB adapter.

Source: This $5 Device Can Hack your Password-Protected Computers in Just One Minute

Microsoft Joins The Linux Foundation — Turns Love Affair Into a Relationship

At its 2016 Connect developer event in New York today, Microsoft announced that the company is joining the Linux Foundation as a Platinum member – the highest level of membership, which costs $500,000 annually.

Besides this, Microsoft also announced that tech giant Google has also joined on with the independent .NET Foundation.

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit organization that oversees the development of the very popular free operating system Linux, alongside advances open technology development as well as commercial adoption.

Microsoft has already contributed to a number of its open source projects, including Node.js Foundation, Open Container Initiative, OpenDaylight, R Consortium, and Open API Initiative.

However, today’s announcement from Microsoft still comes as a surprise to many, as Former Microsoft Chief Steve Ballmer once said, “Linux is a cancer,” in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.

Source: Microsoft Joins The Linux Foundation — Turns Love Affair Into a Relationship