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IT Security Newsletter - 11/20/2019


How a bank got hacked (a study in how not to secure your networks)

Robbing a bank is easier than you might think, especially if you don't care which bank you rob, according to a "how to rob a bank" manifesto by the apparently vigilante hacker Phineas Phisher. The PwC incident response report, which Phineas Phisher leaked, backs up that claim. The report details the intrusion to management at the robbed bank, Cayman National Bank (Isle of Man) Limited (CNBIOM) and its sister company, Cayman National Trust Company (Isle of Man) Limited (CNTIOM).

Hackers Dump 2.2M Gaming, Cryptocurrency Passwords Online

The passwords and other personal data of more than 2.2 million users of two websites were revealed online as the result of data breaches that happened earlier this year, a notable security researcher warned. Personal information belonging to the users of cryptocurrency wallet service GateHub and gaming bot provider EpicBot were posted online even though the information was heavily encrypted, security researcher Troy Hunt told Ars Technica on Tuesday.


Monero Project site compromised, served malware-infected binaries

The official website of the Monero Project has been compromised to serve a malware-infected version of the CLI (command-line interface) wallet. The malicious file was available for download for around 14 hours and at least one of the users who downloaded the malware has had their funds stolen. On Tuesday (November 18), a user noticed that the SHA256 hash sum of the 64-bit Linux binary he downloaded from the site did not match the one listed on it, which means that the file had been modified.

DDoS-for-Hire Boss Gets 13 Months Jail Time

A 21-year-old Illinois man was sentenced last week to 13 months in prison for running multiple DDoS-for-hire services that launched millions of attacks over several years. This individual’s sentencing comes more than five years after KrebsOnSecurity interviewed both the defendant and his father and urged the latter to take a more active interest in his son’s online activities.


400 Vet Locations Nipped by Ryuk Ransomware

National Veterinary Associates (NVA) has been hit with the Ryuk ransomware, in an attack that affects 400 clinics across the country. The California company said that it could take a week for its facilities to be fully back up and running normally. Patient records, payment systems and practice management software were all locked up in the attack. NVA said it discovered the ransomware outbreak on Oct. 27 and hired two outside security firms to help it recover. Affected clinics now have regained access to patient records.


Thousands of Enterprises At Risk Due to Oracle EBS Critical Flaws

Two critical security vulnerabilities discovered in Oracle's E-Business Suite (EBS) could allow potential attackers to take full control over a company's entire enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. "Over 21,000 global organizations use Oracle EBS for financial management, customer relationship management (CRM), supply chain management (SCM), human capital management (HCM), logistics, procurement and more," according to Onapsis Research Labs.

D-Link Adds More Buggy Router Models to ‘Won’t Fix’ List

D-Link has warned that more of its routers are vulnerable to critical flaws that allow remote hackers to take control of hardware and steal data. The routers won’t be fixed, said D-Link, explaining that the hardware has reached its end-of-life and will no longer receive security updates. The vulnerability is identified as a remote code-execution (RCE) flaw — a “bad authentication check” — impacting 13 model D-Link routers, according to a support announcement released Tuesday.