GitHub has said a bug exposed some user passwords -- in plaintext. The code repository site, with more than 27 million users as of last year, sent an email to affected users Tuesday.
"During the course of regular auditing, GitHub discovered that a recently introduced bug exposed a small number of users' passwords to our internal logging system," said the email, received by some users. The email said that a handful of GitHub staff could have seen those passwords -- and that it's "unlikely" that any GitHub staff accessed the site's internal logs. "We have corrected this, but you'll need to reset your password to regain access to your account," the email added.Read more
One of iOS' rougher edges are the popups it produces on a regular but seemingly random basis. These popups require users to enter their Apple ID before they can install or update an app or complete some other mundane task.
The prompts have grown so common most people don't think twice about them. Mobile app developer Felix Krause makes a compelling case that these popups represent a potential security hole through which attackers can steal user credentials. In a blog post published Tuesday, he showed side-by-side comparisons, pictured above, of an official popup produced by iOS and a proof-of-concept phishing popup.Read more
Money may not grow on trees, but apparently, it can grow in Amazon Web Services (AWS).
A report from the security intelligence group RedLock found at least two companies which had their AWS cloud services compromised by hackers who wanted nothing more than to use the computer power to mine the cryptocurrency bitcoin. The hackers ultimately got access to Amazon's cloud servers after discovering that their administration consoles weren't password protected. "Upon deeper analysis, the team discovered that hackers were executing a bitcoin mining command from one of the Kubernetes containers," reads the RedLock report.Read more
Disqus has confirmed its web commenting system was hacked. The company, which builds and provides a web-based comment plugin for news websites, said that hackers stole more than 17.5 million email addresses in a data breach in July 2012.
About a third of those accounts contained passwords which has largely been deprecated in recent years in favor of stronger password scramblers. The data also contained sign-up dates and the date of the last login. Some of the exposed user information dates back to 2007. Many of the accounts don't have passwords because they signed up to the commenting tool using a third-party service.Read more
Parliament has been hit by a cyber attack, officials at Westminster say. The "sustained" hack began on Friday night, prompting officials to disable remote access to the emails of MPs, peers and their staff as a safeguard.
The parliamentary authorities said hackers had mounted a "determined attack" on all user accounts "in an attempt to identify weak passwords". Government sources say it appeared the attack has been contained but it will "remain vigilant". A parliamentary spokeswoman said they were investigating the attack and liaising with the National Cyber Security Centre.Read more
Passwords belonging to British politicians, diplomats and senior police officers have been traded by Russian hackers, it has been reported.
Security credentials said to have belonged to tens of thousands of government officials, including 1,000 British MPs and parliamentary staff, 7,000 police employees and more than 1,000 Foreign Office staff were in the troves sold or swapped on Russian-speaking hacking sites. The majority of the passwords are said to have been compromised in a 2012 hacking raid on the business social network LinkedIn, in which millions of users' details were stolen.Read more
Encrypted information has been accessed during a data breach at password management service OneLogin. It affects "all customers served by our US data centre" and perpetrators had "the ability to decrypt encrypted data".
Those affected have been advised to visit a registration-only support page, outlining the steps they need to take. Security experts said the breach was "embarrassing" and showed every company was open to attack. OneLogin is a single sign-on service, allowing users to access multiple apps and sites with just one password. In 2013, the company had 700 business customers and passed 12 million licensed users.Read more
Hackers have zeroed in on the growing number of third-party sellers on Amazon Marketplace, reportedly using stolen logins to swipe thousands of dollars from some merchants.
In recent weeks, hackers have ramped up their attacks by taking over dormant accounts and changing the bank account information. They'll then post nonexistent merchandise at bargain prices, make the sell and collect the cash. Buyers can get a refund, but the scam hits sellers hard, since they're on the hook for reimbursing customers who never received their merchandise. Hackers then likely used a method called "credential stuffing."Read more
Do you know how many kinds of sensors your smartphone has inbuilt? And what data they gather about your physical and digital activities? An average smartphone these days is packed with a wide array of sensors such as GPS, Camera, microphone, accelerometer, magnetometer, proximity, gyroscope, pedometer, and NFC, to name a few.
Now hackers can potentially guess PINs and passwords – that you enter either on a bank website, app, your lock screen – to a surprising degree of accuracy by monitoring your phone's sensors, like the angle and motion of your phone while you are typing.Read more
If you were protecting your smartphone passcode from someone lurking over your shoulder, or from unseen security cameras, you might cover the screen as you tap in the PIN’s four or six digits.
But once you’ve unlocked the phone, perhaps you’d let down your guard, and leave the screen in full view — especially if it’s off. That would be unwise, according to researchers at two German universities. At an upcoming conference, they will present a new study that explains how someone armed with a thermal-imaging camera would have little trouble extracting your passcode from the heat signature left on your smartphone’s screen.Read more