Young people are top targets in epidemic of identity theft

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Iden­ti­ty theft is reach­ing “epi­dem­ic lev­els,” says U.K. fraud pre­ven­tion group Cifas, with peo­ple in their 30s the most tar­get­ed group. A total of 89,000 cas­es were record­ed in the first six months of the year, a 5 per­cent increase over the same peri­od last year and a new record. “We have seen iden­ti­ty fraud attempts increase year on year, now reach­ing epi­dem­ic lev­els, with iden­ti­ties being stolen at a rate of almost 500 a day,” said Cifas CEO Simon Dukes. “The vast amounts of per­son­al data that is avail­able either online or through data breach­es is only mak­ing it eas­i­er.” ID theft accounts for more than half the fraud that Cifas records. More than four in five crimes were com­mit­ted online, with many vic­tims unaware that they had been tar­get­ed until they received a bill or real­ized their cred­it rat­ing had fall­en. Fraud­sters steal iden­ti­ties by gath­er­ing name, address, date of birth and bank account details, often by steal­ing mail, hack­ing com­put­ers, trawl­ing social media, trick­ing peo­ple into giv­ing details, or buy­ing data through the dark web. Cifas said the lat­est fig­ures show there has been a sharp rise in fraud­sters apply­ing for loans, online retail, tele­coms and insur­ance prod­ucts. Sources: BBC News, Huff­in­g­ton Post U.K.

$500,000 offered for messaging mobile app exploits

Zerodi­um is offer­ing $500,000 for weaponized exploits that work against mobile apps that offer con­fi­den­tial mes­sag­ing or pri­va­cy, such as Sig­nal, What­sApp, iMes­sage, Viber, WeChat, and Telegram. The bro­ker said it would pay the same rate for exploits against default mobile email apps. Those are among the high­est prices Zerodi­um offers. Only remote jail­breaks for Apple’s iOS devices fetch a high­er fee, with $1.5 mil­lion offered for those that require no user inter­ac­tion and $1 mil­lion for those that do. Source: Ars Tech­ni­ca

A hack wrapped inside an Enigma mailing list

Enig­ma, a plat­form that’s prepar­ing to raise mon­ey via a cryp­to token sale, had its web­site and a num­ber of social accounts com­pro­mised, with the per­pe­tra­tors net­ting near­ly $500,000 in dig­i­tal coin by send­ing out spam. Enig­ma didn’t lose any mon­ey; the hack­ers tar­get­ed the Enig­ma com­mu­ni­ty, peo­ple who joined the company’s mail­ing list or Slack group to learn more about its ICO in Sep­tem­ber. Source: Tech Crunch

Researchers says robots are too easy to infiltrate

Some of the most pop­u­lar indus­tri­al and con­sumer robots are easy to hack and could be turned into bug­ging devices or weapons, cyber­se­cu­ri­ty firm IOAc­tive says. The com­pa­ny found major secu­ri­ty flaws in indus­tri­al mod­els sold by Uni­ver­sal Robots, a divi­sion of Ter­a­dyne. It also cit­ed issues with robots Pep­per and NAO, man­u­fac­tured by Japan’s Soft­bank Group, and the Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 made by Chi­na-based UBTech Robot­ics. These vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties could allow the robots to be turned into sur­veil­lance devices or let them be hijacked and used to phys­i­cal­ly harm peo­ple or dam­age prop­er­ty. Source: Bloomberg

McCain calls out Trump for lack of promised cybersecurity plan 

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., crit­i­cized Pres­i­dent Trump over his lack of a cyber­se­cu­ri­ty pol­i­cy, call­ing the administration’s lead­er­ship on the issue “weak.” Dur­ing remarks at a cyber­se­cu­ri­ty con­fer­ence host­ed by Ari­zona State Uni­ver­si­ty, McCain dinged Trump for not deliv­er­ing on his promise of pro­duc­ing a plan to com­bat cyber attacks with­in 90 days of tak­ing office. “As America’s ene­mies seized the ini­tia­tive in cyber space, the last admin­is­tra­tion offered no seri­ous cyber deter­rence pol­i­cy and strat­e­gy,” McCain said. “And while the cur­rent admin­is­tra­tion promised a cyber pol­i­cy with­in 90 days of inau­gu­ra­tion, we still have not seen a plan.” Source: The Hill

Ukraine issues warnings about another possible computer virus attack

Ukrain­ian cyber secu­ri­ty firm ISSP may have detect­ed a new com­put­er virus dis­tri­b­u­tion cam­paign, after secu­ri­ty ser­vices said Ukraine could face cyber attacks sim­i­lar to those that knocked out glob­al sys­tems in June. The June 27 attack, dubbed Not­Petya, took down many Ukrain­ian gov­ern­ment agen­cies and busi­ness­es, before spread­ing rapid­ly through cor­po­rate net­works of multi­na­tion­als with oper­a­tions or sup­pli­ers in east­ern Europe. The state cyber police said they also had detect­ed new mali­cious soft­ware. Source: Reuters

Naval ship accident raises concerns about possibility of hacking

The Pen­ta­gon won’t yet say how the USS John S. McCain was rammed by an oil tanker near Sin­ga­pore, but the Navy’s reliance on elec­tron­ic guid­ance sys­tems could attract a cyber attack. The inci­dent occurred near the Strait of Malac­ca, a crowd­ed 1.7-mile-wide water­way that con­nects the Indi­an Ocean and the South Chi­na Sea and accounts for rough­ly 25 per­cent of glob­al ship­ping. “When you are going through the Strait of Malac­ca, you can’t tell me that a Navy destroy­er doesn’t have a full nav­i­ga­tion team going with full look­outs on every wing and extra peo­ple on radar,” said Jeff Stutz­man, chief intel­li­gence offi­cer at Wapack Labs, a cyber intel­li­gence ser­vice. Source: McClatchy News Service

Federal cyber official warns against use of Kaspersky Lab software

Rob Joyce, the Trump administration’s cyber­se­cu­ri­ty coor­di­na­tor, warned the pub­lic against using soft­ware from Kasper­sky Lab. U.S. offi­cials believe the com­pa­ny has ties to the Krem­lin, and the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment has vowed not to use its prod­ucts. FBI offi­cials have met with pri­vate indus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives to relay con­cerns about Kasper­sky, a Moscow-based cyber­se­cu­ri­ty com­pa­ny with sus­pect­ed ties to Russ­ian intel­li­gence. Source: CBS News

Lindsey Vonn decries release of nude photos hacked from phone

Olympic ski cham­pi­on Lind­sey Vonn is brand­ing as a “despi­ca­ble inva­sion of pri­va­cy” the steal­ing and leak­ing online of nude pho­tos of her by some­one who hacked her cell phone. The hack­er also leaked at least one old pri­vate pho­to of Vonn’s ex-boyfriend Tiger Woods, a lawyer rep­re­sent­ing both of them said. Source: Min­neapo­lis Star Tribune

Robert Downey Jr. warns fans about online scam using his name

Robert Downey Jr. warned fans of an online scam in which imper­son­ators con­tact fans through pri­vate mes­sage via social media, con­vince a vic­tim they are the actor and ask for dona­tions to char­i­ty groups. “I will nev­er com­mu­ni­cate via pri­vate chat plat­form,” the actor said in a state­ment on his ver­i­fied Twit­ter account. “And I would nev­er ask indi­vid­ual fans for mon­ey for any rea­son.” Source: The Hol­ly­wood Reporter