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Friday Squid Blogging: Jurassic Squid and Prey
From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Jurassic Squid and Prey

A 180-million-year-old Vampire squid ancestor was fossilized along with its prey. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security storieshere...

Backdoor Added — But Found — in PHP
From Schneier on Security

Backdoor Added — But Found — in PHP

Unknown hackers attempted to add a backdoor to the PHP source code. It was two malicious commits, with the subject “fix typo” and the names of known PHP developers...

WTF: Signal Adds Cryptocurrency Support
From Schneier on Security

WTF: Signal Adds Cryptocurrency Support

According to Wired, Signal is adding support for the cryptocurrency MobileCoin, “a form of digital cash designed to work efficiently on mobile devices while protecting...

Google’s Project Zero Finds a Nation-State Zero-Day Operation
From Schneier on Security

Google’s Project Zero Finds a Nation-State Zero-Day Operation

Google’s Project Zero discovered, and caused to be patched, eleven zero-day exploits against Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Windows, and iOS. This seems to have been...

Phone Cloning Scam
From Schneier on Security

Phone Cloning Scam

A newspaper in Malaysia is reporting on a cell phone cloning scam. The scammer convinces the victim to lend them their cell phone, and the scammer quickly clones...

Wi-Fi Devices as Physical Object Sensors
From Schneier on Security

Wi-Fi Devices as Physical Object Sensors

The new 802.11bf standard will turn Wi-Fi devices into object sensors: In three years or so, the Wi-Fi specification is scheduled to get an upgrade that will turn...

Friday Squid Blogging: 500-Million-Year-Old Cephalopod
From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: 500-Million-Year-Old Cephalopod

The oldest known cephalopod — the ancestor of all modern octopuses, squid, cuttlefish and nautiluses — is 500 million years old. As usual, you can also use this...

Malware Hidden in Call of Duty Cheating Software
From Schneier on Security

Malware Hidden in Call of Duty Cheating Software

News article: Most troublingly, Activision says that the “cheat” tool has been advertised multiple times on a popular cheating forum under the title “new COD hack...

Fugitive Identified on YouTube By His Distinctive Tattoos
From Schneier on Security

Fugitive Identified on YouTube By His Distinctive Tattoos

A mafia fugitive hiding out in the Dominican Republic was arrested when investigators found his YouTube cooking channel and identified him by his distinctive arm...

System Update: New Android Malware
From Schneier on Security

System Update: New Android Malware

Researchers have discovered a new Android app called “System Update” that is a sophisticated Remote-Access Trojan (RAT). From a news article: The broad range of...

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Potato Masher
From Schneier on Security

Friday Squid Blogging: Squid Potato Masher

A squid potato masher for only $11.50. As usual, you can also use this squid post to talk about the security stories in the news that I haven’t covered. Read my...

Hacking Weapons Systems
From Schneier on Security

Hacking Weapons Systems

Lukasz Olejnik has a good essay on hacking weapons systems. Basically, there is no reason to believe that software in weapons systems is any more vulnerability...

Determining Key Shape from Sound
From Schneier on Security

Determining Key Shape from Sound

It’s not yet very accurate or practical, but under ideal conditions it is possible to figure out the shape of a house key by listening to it being used. Listen...

Accellion Supply Chain Hack
From Schneier on Security

Accellion Supply Chain Hack

A vulnerability in the Accellion file-transfer program is being used by criminal groups to hack networks worldwide. There’s much in the article about when Accellion...

Details of a Computer Banking Scam
From Schneier on Security

Details of a Computer Banking Scam

This is a longish video that describes a profitable computer banking scam that’s run out of call centers in places like India. There’s a lot of fluff about glitterbombs...

Easy SMS Hijacking
From Schneier on Security

Easy SMS Hijacking

Vice is reporting on a cell phone vulnerability caused by commercial SMS services. One of the things these services permit is text message forwarding. It turns...

Exploiting Spectre Over the Internet
From Schneier on Security

Exploiting Spectre Over the Internet

Google has demonstrated exploiting the Spectre CPU attack remotely over the web: Today, we’re sharing proof-of-concept (PoC) code that confirms the practicality...

Illegal Content and the Blockchain
From Schneier on Security

Illegal Content and the Blockchain

Security researchers have recently discovered a botnet with a novel defense against takedowns. Normally, authorities can disable a botnet by taking over its command...

Upcoming Speaking Engagements
From Schneier on Security

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

This is a current list of where and when I am scheduled to speak: I’m speaking at the Australian Cyber Conference 2021 on March 17 and 18, 2021. I’m keynotingRSA...

More on the Chinese Zero-Day Microsoft Exchange Hack
From Schneier on Security

More on the Chinese Zero-Day Microsoft Exchange Hack

Nick Weaver has an excellent post on the Microsoft Exchange hack: The investigative journalist Brian Krebs has produced a handy timeline of events and a few things...
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