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IT Security Newsletter - 8/30/2019


Indictment of Capital One suspect alleges breaches of 30 companies, cryptojacking

A federal grand jury indicted Paige Thompson, the accused Capital One hacker, in connection with allegations that she accessed data on more than 30 companies and used that illicit access to generate cryptocurrency, the Department of Justice said Wednesday. Thompson was arrested on July 29 on suspicion of hacking into the bank’s systems and accessing data on roughly 106 million people.

TGI Fridays Delivers Customer Indigestion Over Data Exposure

Customers of TGI Fridays Australia were “strongly recommended” to change their MyFridays membership rewards program passwords. According to an email sent to customers this week, the company had inadvertently left sensitive loyalty program data exposed on the internet. News of the leaky server spread via social media, but on Thursday TGI Fridays Australia confirmed to Threatpost that there was a potential leak of data.


Hacking group FIN6 changes tactics and aims at e-commerce websites

Hackers have been discovered injecting malware into compromised e-commerce websites that steal payment card data from unsuspecting victims. According to a blog post by security researchers at IBM X-Force Incident Response and Intelligence Services (IRIS), FIN6 (a.k.a. ITG08) is better known for targeting point of sale (PoS) terminals in Europe and the US but lately has changed tactics.

Google discovers websites exploiting iPhones, pushing spying implants en masse

Unidentified attackers have been compromising websites for nearly three years, equipping them with exploits that would hack visiting iPhones without any user interaction and deliver a stealthy implant capable of collecting much of the sensitive information found on users’ iOS-powered devices. Subsequent research revealed the attackers’ use of five unique iPhone exploit chains, using 14 vulnerabilities covering almost every version from iOS 10 through to the latest version of iOS 12.


Krebs on Security: Ransomware Bites Dental Data Backup Firm

PerCSoft, a Wisconsin-based company that manages a remote data backup service relied upon by hundreds of dental offices across the country, is struggling to restore access to client systems after falling victim to a ransomware attack. The ransomware attack hit PerCSoft on the morning of Monday, Aug. 26, and encrypted dental records for some — but not all — of the practices that rely on DDS Safe.

Phishing Campaign Hides Malware in Resumes

For many people, applying for a new job is a soul-crushing activity on a par with cleaning the bathroom in a six-person student dorm room. Landing a new role can mean spending hours searching for positions, rewriting your résumé and cover letter countless times and using LinkedIn to badger people you haven't spoken to for years into giving you a reference. 


Critical Cisco VM Bug Allows Remote Takeover of Routers

A critical remote authentication-bypass vulnerability – with the highest possible severity level of 10 out of 10 on the CvSS scale – has been found in the Cisco REST API virtual service container for Cisco IOS XE Software. The bug (CVE-2019-12643) affects the following hardware if running the REST API interface: Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers; Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Routers; Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V Series; and Cisco Integrated Services Virtual Routers.