Martijn Lammerts
My own digital place with a little of everything

Water Utility Infected by Cryptocurrency Mining Software

8 February 2018
A water utility in Europe has been infected by cryptocurrency mining software. This is a relatively new attack: hackers compromise computers and force them to mine cryptocurrency for them. This is the first time I've seen it infect SCADA systems, though. It seems that this mining software is benign, and doesn't affect the performance of the hacked computer. (A smart...
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Cabinet of Secret Documents from Australia

7 February 2018
This story of leaked Australian government secrets is unlike any other I've heard: It begins at a second-hand shop in Canberra, where ex-government furniture is sold off cheaply. The deals can be even cheaper when the items in question are two heavy filing cabinets to which no-one can find the keys. They were purchased for small change and sat unopened...
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Signed Malware

2 February 2018
Stuxnet famously used legitimate digital certificates to sign its malware. A research paper from last year found that the practice is much more common than previously thought. Now, researchers have presented proof that digitally signed malware is much more common than previously believed. What's more, it predated Stuxnet, with the first known instance occurring in 2003. The researchers said they...
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Jackpotting Attacks Against US ATMs

1 February 2018
Brian Krebs is reporting sophisticated jackpotting attacks against US ATMs. The attacker gains physical access to the ATM, plants malware using specialized electronics, and then later returns and forces the machine to dispense all the cash it has inside. The Secret Service alert explains that the attackers typically use an endoscope -- a slender, flexible instrument traditionally used in medicine...
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Israeli Scientists Accidentally Reveal Classified Information

31 January 2018
According to this story (non-paywall English version here), Israeli scientists released some information to the public they shouldn't have. Defense establishment officials are now trying to erase any trace of the secret information from the web, but they have run into difficulties because the information was copied and is found on a number of platforms. Those officials have managed to...
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