Cybercriminals behind distributed denial of service attacks have added a new and highly effective technique to their arsenal to amplify attacks by as much as 51,200x by using misconfigured memcached servers accessible via the public internet. Read More
We are just a few months into 2018 and from a geo-gamers perspective it’s looking to be a very exciting year!!
Lets take a look together at what we can expect.
Niantic Inc. with five years of operational experience is continuing to head towards their goal of being a GPS gaming platform provider. Ingress as its proof of concept is going strong and will be seeing an upgrade to its client and story line with Ingress Prime. The scanner app will be shifting over to a Unity-based client while getting a graphical and user interface overhaul. Niantic has set the expectation that Prime will release with all the current game mechanics we know and love. Along with the upgrade to the scanner, an anime series has been announced retelling the Ingress plot line from a new perspective. The few screenshots, developer lead previews of the app and the four-second clip Niantic has released of the anime are causing agents everywhere to get very excited. Read More
Researchers said they found cyptojacking code hidden on the Los Angeles Times’ interactive Homicide Report webpage that was quietly harnessing visitors’ CPUs to mine Monero cryptocurrency.
After much anticipation, Niantic have finally revealed the dates and locations for all the upcoming XM Anomalies until Q2 2019. Things kick off on the 28th of July with six events with another six on the 25th of August. This could help us narrow down the window of a possible release date for Ingress Prime of late July at the latest. This can be further confirmed by a few other facts: In Andrew Krug’s February AMA, the answer to question 10 confirms that Mission Days are now on hold while the release of Ingress Prime is being worked on: Read More
621 Agents from 39 cities in 12 countries earned 76 million AP, gained 47 levels and walked 1,907 km during February’s First Saturday events around the world.
This month, the Enlightened had the most AP earned (+1.0m), most AP per agent (+13.2k) and most KM per agent (+0.14). The Resistance had the most agents (+25), most levels gained (+1) and most KM walked (+33). Read More
Dell EMC fixed two critical flaws in its management interfaces for its VMAX enterprise storage systems. One of the vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to use a hard-coded password to a default account to gain unauthorized access to systems. Read More
Winter Olympics officials have confirmed that a cyberattack occurred during the games’ opening ceremony on Feb. 9, but are remaining mum on the source of the attack. Researchers say the attack employed malware, dubbed Olympic Destroyer, that was written with the sole intention of destroying systems, not to steal data. Read More
Detailed personal information from thousands of insurance customers in Maryland–as well as login credentials for a massive national insurance claims database–was exposed due to an an open port on a NAS server. Read More
Researchers have identified a new ransomware strain that went undetected by built-in anti-malware protection used by cloud heavyweights Microsoft and Google as recently as January.
According to researchers at the cloud service firm Bitglass, both Google Drive and Microsoft Office 365’s SharePoint web service failed to identify a new strain of Gojdue ransomware called ShurL0ckr when tested last month. More troubling, when the malware was tested in the same timeframe against VirusTotal’s database of known vulnerabilities on Jan. 16, only seven percent of AV engines detected the malware. Read More
An erroneously configured Amazon (S3) Simple Storage Service bucket managed by Paris marketing firm Octoly left contact information and personal details for more than 12,000 social media influencers.
Octoly connects popular Instagram, Twitter and YouTube users with companies that provide them consumer goods and services at no charge, in hopes of getting favorable reviews or otherwise amplifying their brand image online. Read More