There are many articles on how people chooses passwords. This article is purely on analyzing PIN numbers. Some observations are obvious but there are quite insightful ones too.
There are 10,000 possible combinations that the digits 0-9 can be arranged to form a 4-digit pin code. Out of these ten thousand codes, which is the least commonly used?Which of these pin codes is the least predictable?Which of these pin codes is the most predictable?
Source: PIN number analysis
This is both wild and wow. Someone essentially built an iPhone X look-alike both in terms of hardware and software, but it is actually running Android.
Source: Review: A Counterfeit, $100 iPhone X – Motherboard
Spear-phishing is quickly becoming the most popular technique for hacking high-value targets. The SingHealth hack was suspected to be due to spear-phishing as well. HR is obviously most at risk, as they need to review resumes which can come as PDF or Word document.
The lawsuit notes the company determined that it was likely the same group of attackers responsible for both intrusions. Verizon also told the bank that the malware the attackers used to gain their initial foothold at the bank in the 2017 breach was embedded in a booby-trapped Microsoft Word document.
Source: Hackers Breached Virginia Bank Twice in Eight Months, Stole $2.4M — Krebs on Security
Good pre-emptive measure to prevent possible misuse of information from the SingHealth hack.
“With immediate effect, all financial institutions should not rely solely on the types of information stolen (name, NRIC number, address, gender, race, and date of birth) for customer verification,” MAS said in a statement.
“Additional information must be used for verification before undertaking transactions for the customer. This may include, for instance, One-Time Password, PIN, biometrics, last transaction date or amount, etc.”
Source: SingHealth cyberattack: MAS orders financial institutions to tighten customer verification – Channel NewsAsia
This is indeed the most serious cybersecurity breach in Singapore so far. 1.5 million records were exfiltrated. If this were to happen to a private company, the fine for breaching PDPA would surely be significant. While cyber attacks are not uncommon or unexpected, having it happen in a way that affects so many people will surely bring pause to many ongoing and upcoming IT projects in the pipeline.
Source: Singapore health system hit by ‘most serious breach of personal data’ in cyberattack; PM Lee’s data targeted
Much ado about nothing. The context was, some journalists were highly suspicious of the USB fan that was included in the goody bag for the media during the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, deeming it a cybersecurity risk. It’s probably good not to plug untrusted USB devices into your machine but c’mon please give the organizers more credit than this.
A University of Cambridge researcher wanted to know if the fan was bugged.
Source: ‘Suspicious’ USB fan given out at Trump-Kim summit deemed safe | ZDNet
What happens when there’s things are fully automated with no manual override.
In the relentless drive towards cost-cutting and automation I won’t be surprised if we see more instances of such problems.
At least a year later, I can sit here and write about it without feeling too embarrassed. So that’s the story about the machine that fired me and no human could do anything about it.
Source: The machine Fired me
A collection of eye-opening NTFS tricks to do things that you normally can’t.
TRICK 1: CREATE FOLDERS WITHOUT PERMISSIONS (CVE-2018-1036/NTFS EOP) On Windows you can assign “special permissions” to folders like permissions that a user is allowed to create files in a folder, …
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Be careful what you install, even if it’s from the official app/repository store. This also goes for browser extensions, docker images, Notepad++ add-ons, etc.
Oh, snap! Just because some packages are available to install directly from the Ubuntu Software Center doesn’t make them safe. This is proved by a recent discovery of malware in some snap packages from the Ubuntu Snaps Store.
Source: Malware Found In The Ubuntu Snap Store – Linux Uprising Blog
This is the classic DDoS attack, but with a twist. Instead of spamming servers through the Internet, someone is spamming phone lines through a phone botnet. Similar to DDoS, this makes it difficult for legitimate calls to go through.
Candidates for Malaysia’s 14th general election have claimed that their phones have been hacked and spammed with calls from overseas numbers.
Source: Malaysia general election candidates slam ‘dirty trick’ spam calls; Najib orders action