Hackers Getting More Ingenious

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Cryptocurrency Valuations Rising – Expect More Hacks and Cyber Attacks

Hackers are becoming more and more ingenious especially now that cryptocurrency is starting to take off, as the valuations of cryptocurrency rises, cyber attacks are becoming more and more prevalent because hackers want to mine for cryptocurrency.

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All of the attacks are unknown to users and are coin-mining scripts, normally planted by hackers in the background of public websites, on servers, devices, and in software and are far more lucrative than coin-mining’s ugly adopted twin, malware, stealing bank account information from users.

The attacks, they mine for cryptocurrency and as coin prices rise, so too will the attacks.

One recently discovered attack involved a mass collection of servers where hackers were able to exploit CVE-2-17-10271 which is a critical vulnerability in Oracle’s WebLogic package.

Oracle does have a patch for the vulnerability that was released back in October, but the owner of the servers had not installed it yet.

The hackers were able to mine for cryptocurrency and had mined roughly $6,000 worth of the AEON cryptocurrency.

Back in December a hack generated more than $8,500 worth of Monero cryptocurrency, using the same flaw that hackers exploited to hack Equifax.

What’s interesting here is that the mining programs typically mine the Monero currency rather than Bitcoin, because of Monero’s CPU-friendly hashing algorithm.

Cryptocurrency prices tend to be tightly correlated, so Monero’s price is in sync with Bitcoin.

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These attacks are not necessarily stealing the cryptocurrency, they are actually generating digital coins which is a new and improved way of creating counterfeit currency.

As cryptocurrency becomes more and more popular, it looks like the security surrounding cryptocurrency is going to need to be tightened exponentially in order to curb these mining attacks.  

Cristal M Clark

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Marcus Hutchins – Discovers Killswitch for WannaCry, Gets Arrested by the FBI

Surfer Who Saved World From WannaCry Attack Prepares For Next Wave

WannaCry Hero Who Stopped the Global Cyber Attack – Arrested?

Marcus Hutchins who was responsible for stopping WannaCry from its global cyber attack, was found to be a wanted individual and by wanted I mean by the FBI of course.

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Marcus who is 23, hailed as a hero for saving the NHS from cyber criminals, was at a hacking conference in Las Vegas when he was arrested by the FBI.

In an indictment that was released by the US Department of Justice it was revealed that dear old Marcus faces at least 6 counts of helping to create, spread and maintain the banking Trojan Kronos between 2014 and 2015.

The banking Trojan Kronos was spread through emails that contained malicious attachments which victims would click on and install onto the user’s computer, once installed it allowed thieves to steal money using credentials such as internet banking passwords.

In the 8 page indictment that was filed in Wisconsin, a U.S. Attorney accuses Marcus of creating the app and at least one unnamed other person of conspiring to sell the app on AlphaBay, an underground website that was seized by law enforcement in early July.

That “other” person? Well they have yet to be named.

The indictment also happens to charge Marcus and the mystery co-defendant with using a device to intercept communications in violation of the Wiretap Act.

It does not however, specify the nature of the device, but recent court cases suggest utilizing such a “device” can also refer to software and apps.

After having discovered the “killswitch” for WannaCry Marcus did attempt to keep a low profile and stay out of the media spotlight and as it turns out, for good reason.

And as for the mystery co-defendant? Well everyone is wondering why the FBI has made the decision to redact that individual’s name from the indictment, the only real good reason they would have were if that individual were actually cooperating with them.

As for Marcus, well he should have stayed out of the whole WannaCry situation but even sometimes cybercriminals are super competitive and perhaps he wanted to one up those behind WannaCry.

Of course, being that he may have been behind the banking Trojan Kronos, his playing around and actually finding the killswitch to WannaCry would cause concern for the FBI, while he may have released the info about discovering the killswtich, he might have found something else that, for him would have been more of a benefit to aid in committing future cybercrimes.

Cristal M Clark

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New and Improved Cyber Attack Spreading Across the Globe 

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U.S. National Security Agency – The World Thanks You!

 

Once again we are seeing a global cyber attack spreading today and, the attack is causing massive disruptions around the world today.

Pharmaceutical company Merck became the first more well known U.S. company impacted by the ransomware. They made an announcement sometime around the middle of the day stating that it’s computer network had been compromised.

The Ukraine so far has been hit the hardest, its government and company officials have reported serious intrusions across the Ukrainian power grid, banks and government offices.

Rosneft which is Russia’s top oil producer and Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk were hit hard as well as the the largest advertising company in the world, Britian’s W.P.P.

While no one is quite sure who might be responsible for today’s attacks, security experts are saying that the attack’s are similar to ransomware and even more curious or maybe not so much, the attacks are eerily similar to last month’s WannaCry.

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Ironically, both are utilizing tools that were created by, you guessed it, none other than the U.S. National Security Agency.

This particular piece of ransomware is deeply concerning because some suspect that it is a worm, meaning it is self-spreading software, which can in turn spread rapidly, without human intervention. It runs on it’s own once inside.

It is akin to having the flu and coughing inside an elevator without covering one’s mouth while the virus inside of that person is still contagious. Everyone on the elevator is at risk at becoming ill.

It never ceases to amaze that while the U.S. National Security Agency loves to play with fire, they have yet to learn how to put the fires out.

Bravo U.S. National Security Agency, you’ve really outdone yourselves this time, by creating a cyber weapon that is full of loopholes and flaws, that somehow managed to escape the confines of the NSA and fall into the hands of those who just want to watch the world burn.

Cristal M Clark

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