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UK Mass Hacking Ruled Illegal

After five years of legal wrangling, the UK High Court has ruled that the security and intelligence services cannot search the computers and phones of millions of people under a single ‘general warrant’.

Quashing a decision by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), the court ruled that section 5 of the Intelligence Services Act (ISA) 1994 does not permit the issuing of general warrants to property interference with property and certain forms of computer hacking.

Source: UK Mass Hacking Ruled Illegal

Ticketmaster Pays $10 Million Criminal Fine for Intrusions into Competitor’s Computer Systems

Ticketmaster Used Passwords Unlawfully Retained by a Former Employee of a Competitor to Access Computer Systems in Scheme to “Choke Off” the Victim’s Business.

Ticketmaster agreed to pay a $10 million fine to resolve charges that it repeatedly accessed without authorization the computer systems of a competitor. The fine is part of a deferred prosecution agreement that Ticketmaster has entered with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York to resolve a five-count criminal information filed today charging computer intrusion and fraud offenses.

Source: Ticketmaster Pays $10 Million Criminal Fine for Intrusions into Competitor’s Computer Systems

FBI Warn Hackers are Using Hijacked Home Security Devices for ‘Swatting’

Stolen email credentials are being used to hijack home surveillance devices, such as Ring, to call police with a fake emergency, then watch the chaos unfold.

By accessing a targeted home security device an attacker can initiate a call for help to authorities and watch remotely as the swat occurs. The FBI points out that by initiating a call for help from the actual security device lends authenticity and anonymity to the hacker.

Source: FBI Warn Hackers are Using Hijacked Home Security Devices for ‘Swatting’ | Threatpost

Microsoft Confirms Its Network Was Breached With Tainted SolarWinds Updates

Microsoft confirmed that its network was among the thousands infected with tainted software updates from SolarWinds, even as new data the company has released suggest the likely Russian actors behind the campaign were focused on a smaller set of targets than originally thought.

Microsoft on Friday said that it had detected malicious SolarWinds binaries in its environment, which the company isolated and removed. However, the software giant denied a Reuters report on Thursday that claimed Microsoft’s own products were then used to distribute malware to other organizations in much the same way SolarWinds’ Orion network product management technology was abused.

Source: Microsoft Confirms Its Network Was Breached With …

Nintendo Conducted Invasive Surveillance Operation Against Homebrew Hacker

Leaked Nintendo documents have revealed a frightening surveillance operation carried out against a hacker who was researching exploits for the 3DS handheld.

In addition to monitoring his private life, including aspects of his education, when he left the house and where he went, the company followed its target from his place of work in order to pressure him into stopping his activities.

Source: Nintendo Conducted Invasive Surveillance Operation Against Homebrew Hacker * TorrentFreak

The vulnerabilities that allowed Russia’s SolarWinds hack have been known for decades

The most stunning thing about Russia’s latest hack of 18,000 computer networks—including those of at least six federal agencies, including the State Department, the Homeland Security Department, and the National Nuclear Security Administration—is not how sophisticated the attack was. It’s that these sorts of attacks are still happening—are still possible, in some cases easy—and that months can go by with nobody noticing them.

The awareness that something like this could happen dates all the way back to the dawn of the internet, when it was a Defense Department research-sharing project called the ARPANET.

Full article: The vulnerabilities that allowed Russia’s SolarWinds hack have been known for decades.

Trump Twitter Account Hacker Won’t Be Punished

The Netherlands’ Public Prosecution Service has announced that Victor Gevers, the Dutch hacker who broke into the Twitter account of US President Donald Trump in October this year, will not be punished.

Even though hacking is a criminal offense in the Netherlands, the nation’s Public Prosecution Service (Openbaar Ministerie – OM) made the announcement after an investigation by the High Tech Crime Team, which found that Gevers’ intent was non-malicious and fell under what are considered ‘special circumstances’, aka ‘responsible disclosure’.

Source: Trump Twitter Account Hacker Won’t Be Punished – SecAlerts – Security vulnerabilities in your inbox

Study Shows Robot Vacuum Cleaners Can Be Hacked to Spy on People

Robot vacuum cleaners use LiDAR (light detection and ranging) sensors to navigate and map the floor plan. By modifying LiDAR sensors on robot vacuum cleaners, hackers can use it for LidarPhone attack and listen to private conservation for extracting sensitive information.

As the robot cleaner maps the floor by pointing lasers at nearby objects such as dustbins, desks, speakers, or even takeaway bags, the researchers were able to obtain the original sound that vibrated on the object. They found that glossy polypropylene bags were the best reflector of sound while glossy cardboard was the worst.

Source: NUS Study Shows Robot Vacuum Cleaners Can Be Hacked to Spy on People

U.S. Schools Are Buying Cellebrite Phone-Hacking Tech

A Gizmodo investigation has found that schools in the U.S. are purchasing phone surveillance tools from Cellebrite and companies that offer similar tools just four years after the FBI used it to crack a terrorism suspect’s iPhone.

Known as mobile device forensic tools (MDFTs), this type of tech is able to siphon text messages, photos, and application data from student’s devices. Together, the districts encompass hundreds of schools, potentially exposing hundreds of thousands of students to invasive cell phone searches.

Source: U.S. Schools Are Buying Cellebrite Phone-Hacking Tech

Chinese embassy blames hackers for retweet of Trump’s claim that Democrats cheated in election

The Chinese embassy in the U.S. said its Twitter account was hacked after it retweeted a baseless claim from President Donald Trump that the Democrats cheated in the election.

“If somebody cheated in the Election, which the Democrats did, why wouldn’t the Election be immediately overturned? How can a Country be run like this?,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday, without any evidence.

The Chinese embassy then retweeted it in a moment captured by one Reuters reporter.

Source: Chinese embassy blames hackers for retweet of Trump’s claim that Democrats cheated in election

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