Articles for June 2018

Hilarious! Paid Jailbreak for Nintendo Switches Includes Anti-Piracy Code

It’s hilarious that pirates are using anti-piracy measures to protect its own paid software that helps others to run pirated games on Nintendo Switches.

Hacking group Team Xecuter—the developers of Nintendo Switch jailbreaking software SX OS that helps gamers play homebrewed and pirated games on the console—has itself been caught using anti-piracy measures in its own code that can brick your Switch, if it detects you are trying to crack it for unauthorized distribution.

If you own a Nintendo Switch, you must be aware that to fight piracy on the console, the company has an anti-piracy measure in place that uses encrypted certificates to verify a game’s legitimacy. If it detects any pirated game or modified console, the Switch immediately gets banned from the company’s online servers.

Source: Hilarious! Paid Jailbreak for Nintendo Switches Includes Anti-Piracy Code

Chinese Hackers Carried Out Country-Level Watering Hole Attack

Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered an espionage campaign that has targeted a national data center of an unnamed central Asian country in order to conduct watering hole attacks.

The campaign is believed to be active covertly since fall 2017 but was spotted in March by security researchers from Kaspersky Labs, who have attributed these attacks to a Chinese-speaking threat actor group called LuckyMouse.

LuckyMouse, also known as Iron Tiger, EmissaryPanda, APT 27 and Threat Group-3390, is the same group of Chinese hackers who was found targeting Asian countries with Bitcoin mining malware early this year.

Source: Chinese Hackers Carried Out Country-Level Watering Hole Attack

 

Email Phishers Using A Simple Way to Bypass MS Office 365 Protection

Tricky, tricky…


Security researchers have been warning about a simple technique that cyber criminals and email scammers are using in the wild to bypass most AI-powered phishing detection mechanisms implemented by widely used email services and web security scanners.

Dubbed ZeroFont, the technique involves inserting hidden words with a font size of zero within the actual content of a phishing email, keeping its visual appearance same, but at the same time, making it non-malicious in the eyes of email security scanners.

Source: Email Phishers Using A Simple Way to Bypass MS Office 365 Protection

 

Apple’s Mac is in a ‘sad state’, says this popular developer: Do you agree? | ZDNet

Yet another reason to not buy Apple products…

There’s a growing view that Apple needs to update its Mac lineup across the board.

Apple’s new series of ads promoting the Mac as the choice for creatives could backfire and simply drawn attention to how infrequently it updates its Mac lineup.

Just before Apple released the Mac ads, Mac app developer Quentin Carnicelli of Rogue Amoeba, posted a scathing assessment of the sorry state of the Mac. Basically, Mac fans are out of luck if they’re looking for a fresh Mac from Apple.

Source: Apple’s Mac is in a ‘sad state’, says this popular developer: Do you agree? | ZDNet

This sneaky Windows malware delivers adware – and takes screenshots of your desktop | ZDNet

Zacinlo malware has been targeting Windows devices since 2012.

A newly uncovered form of stealthy and persistent malware is distributing adware to victims across the world while also allowing attackers to take screenshots of infected machines’ desktops.

Discovered by researchers at Bitdefender, the malware has been named Zacinlo after the name of the final payload that’s delivered by the campaign which first appeared in 2012.

The vast majority of Zacinlo victims are in the US, with 90 percent of those infected running Microsoft Windows 10. There are also victims in other regions of the world, including Western Europe, China and India. A small percentage of victims are running Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Source: This sneaky Windows malware delivers adware – and takes screenshots of your desktop | ZDNet

Cybersecurity top of mind after $10 Million bank heist in Chile!

There’s more detail coming in on Chile’s second largest bank being hacked which resulted in a $10 million heist!

“Hackers infected around 9,000 computers and hundreds of servers belonging to Banco de Chile, in which Citigroup Inc. owns a 29 percent stake, forcing the bank to halt almost all operations May 24 at its nearly 400 branches throughout the country. It took almost two weeks for the bank to resume normal services.

Source: Cybersecurity top of mind after $10 Million bank heist in Chile!