Month: May 2017

Serious Samba Flaw Threatens Networks
Hacking

Serious Samba Flaw Threatens Networks

There is a severe, remotely exploitable vulnerability in many versions of the Samba software that has been siting unnoticed for seven years. The vulnerability is trivial to exploit and there is proof-of-concept exploit code available for it, making it even more dangerous. The Samba maintainers have released a patch for the flaw, […]

On the Wire Podcast: Jessy Irwin
Podcast

On the Wire Podcast: Jessy Irwin

One of our most popular guests, Jessy Irwin, returns to the podcast to discuss the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, usable security, user education, safaris, and why we can’t past the idea of pointing fingers whenever something goes wrong. Music by Chris Gonsalves and Ken Montigny

Researchers Find Deeper Links Between WannaCry and Lazarus Group
Hacking

Researchers Find Deeper Links Between WannaCry and Lazarus Group

The links between the WannaCry ransomware and the Lazarus group, which is believed to be responsible for several high-profile attacks, are deeper and more substantial than previously thought, according to new evidence unearthed by security researchers. The Lazarus group is a hacking team tied to North Korea that researchers have […]

Decryption Tools Help Turn Tide Against WannaCry
Device Security, Hacking

Decryption Tools Help Turn Tide Against WannaCry

As the WannaCry ransomware campaign stretches on into its second week, researchers have had more and more success developing tools to help users decrypt the files on infected PCs. Last week, French researcher Adrien Guinet released a tool called Wannakey that could recover the private keys used to encrypt files […]

WannaCry is the Future of Ransomware
Device Security, Hacking

WannaCry is the Future of Ransomware

We knew this was coming. We’ve known for years that a ransomware attack on the scale of WannaCry was not just possible, but probable. What we didn’t know was that when it came it would involve a vulnerability discovered by the NSA, an exploit developed by the NSA, and a […]

Google Play Protect Adds App Scanning to Android
Device Security

Google Play Protect Adds App Scanning to Android

Google is introducing a new system that scans all of the apps on Android devices continuously, looking for unwanted behavior, malware, and other problems. The new Play Protect framework is Google’s latest attempt to shore up the security of the Android ecosystem. Any apps that are in the Play store […]

On the Wire Podcast: Kurt Baumgartner
Podcast

On the Wire Podcast: Kurt Baumgartner

The WannaCry ransomware campaign has had a remarkable effect on the Internet as a whole and the security community specifically. It has shown users just how vulnerable many of the world’s computers are, and it also has reminded experts of the lessons they learned during the heyday of Internet worms such […]