The crypto alternative

Suppose, just for a moment, just for argument’s sake, that (some) cryptocurrencies are not a giant scam, and what’s more, they’re not just another kind of financial asset. Come on. Don’t look at me like that. Work with me here. Imagine, just for a moment, that there exist plausible futures in which they matter.

“We are going to surrender! Stop shooting!”: Reconstructing Óscar Pérez’s Last Hours

This report (Spanish version) was co-researched and authored by Giancarlo Fiorella (@invenezuelablog), author of In Venezuela, and Aliaume Leroy(@Yaolri), member of the Bellingcat Investigation Team. Bellingcat undertook the investigation in collaboration with Forensic Architecture who have constructed a navigable three-dimensional digital platform of El Junquito in which the more than 60 pieces of evidence are located in space and time.

82% Increase In Kids’ Personal Information Exploited On The Dark Web

It’s being reported that that between 2016 and 2017, there was a 182% increase in raw identity records discovered by intelligence threat company 4IQ. “Raw” identity records refer to social security numbers and other pieces of PII associated with children, which fraudsters can purchase to amass unchecked credit on dark web forums. Tim Helming, Director of Product Management at DomainTools commented below.

NHS WannaCry: One Year On

Saturday 12th May will mark one year since the WannaCry attack on the NHS. There’s been plenty of critical assessment about how the health service could avoid another WannaCry attack. But, as the anniversary of the attack looms, we need to understand that improving cybersecurity for the NHS cannot be done instantly. Last year, the government pledged to boost investment in data and cyber security for the NHS by over £50m. However, the size and complexity of the organisation’s IT estate means this investment is not going to deliver positive outcomes for several years.

Critical Windows Vulnerabilities Exploited By Hackers Now Patched In Microsoft May 2018 Updates

In May’s Patch Tuesday, 68 Windows vulnerabilities have been patched, including two where exploitation had been detected. A vulnerability discovered in VBScript could allow attackers to execute code in the context of the logged in user. This vulnerability could be exploited via certain web browsers or Microsoft Office documents. The second flaw is a privilege escalation vulnerability affecting Win32k which could allow an attacker to execute code in kernel mode. VERT is actively working on coverage for these vulnerabilities and expects to ship ASPL-777 on Wednesday, May 9th.

The Number Of Ransomware Complaints Has Declined In 2017

News broke today that the number of people who reported ransomware infections to US authorities has gone down last year, according to a yearly FBI Internet crime report. During 2017, the FBI says it received only 1,783 complaints regarding ransomware infections, a number far smaller than the 2,673 complaints it received in 2016, and the 2,453 complaints received in 2015. Andy Norton, Director of Threat Intelligence at Lastline commented below.

ADVISORY: Intel…Simply Misunderstood?

To close numerous security gaps, Microsoft, Adobe, Apple, Red Hat, Xen, VMware and other vendors have released a number of patches in the first 10 days of May. We discussed some of these in our recent blog post, Microsoft May Madness. However, one issue that stands out because it impacts multiple operating system platforms is the chip giant Intel’s CVE-2018-8897. A problem that’s being framed as a “developers documentation misunderstanding” has turned into a cross-platform patch requirement to secure the kernel. To be clear, the issue doesn’t exist in the chip itself – rather, in the way developers have built their software stacks to interact with the processor.

TippingPoint Threat Intelligence and Zero-Day Coverage – Week of May 7, 2018

This week marked National Teacher Appreciation Week here in the United States. I was happy to see that many other countries celebrate educators in all the other months of the year. All of us have at least one teacher, instructor or professor who really made a difference in our lives. There are two for me, and while they may not remember me out of the thousands they taught over the years, I definitely remember them. The first one helped me realize that I could write, and had me focus my frustration through poetry and essays as a 10-year-old moving from a city of almost two million (at the time) to a small town with 3,000 people trying to fit in. The second one validated my love for writing and journalism in college, encouraged me to ask the tough questions (don’t forget the five Ws and the H!) and reminded me to never bury the lead. He never forgave me for “going to the dark side” – that was his definition for marketing – but told me that as long as I’m still writing in some capacity, he was happy.