How to slow Google Sensorvault from tracking your location on iOS, Android

By: Rick Broida

Not only is Google Maps tracking you, but a program called Google Sensorvault is potentially turning over your location data to law enforcement, according to a report from The New York Times. We’ll show you how you make it more difficult for Google or at least not hand over the most granular data.

Keep in mind that a 2018 Associated Press investigation reported that even if you manually disable Google Location History, Google Maps and other apps may retain data about your whereabouts.

We also recently learned that Facebook is tracking you even after you deactivate your account, so it’s not just Google that you have to worry about. (Alternatively, you may want to at least turn off Facebook’s facial recognition feature.)

The Web & App Activity toggle will fully disable Google location tracking, but good luck finding it unless you know exactly where to look.Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET


“Google maintains that such location-tracking features are intended to improve your experience. But that notion is at odds with the definition of “off,” said Princeton computer scientist Jonathan Mayer. “If you’re going to allow users to turn off something called ‘Location History,’ then all the places where you maintain location history should be turned off,” he said.

Feel free to disable Web & App Activity on Android, but keep in mind you’ll lose out on a lot of location-based services.Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET


Indeed, even when Location History is toggled off in your Google account settings, AP discovered, actions like searching for something in your browser, checking automatic weather updates and opening Google Maps will record your location. Princeton researchers were able to verify AP’s claims.

If you want to fully disable location tracking (which, keep in mind, will limit certain apps’ location-driven capabilities), you need to disable another setting called Web & App Activity.


Jamie Dimon says risk of cyberattacks ‘may be biggest threat to the US financial system’

By: Hugh Son

  • J.P. Morgan Chase spends almost $600 million on cyberdefenses, according to CEO Jamie Dimon’s annual letter to shareholders.
  • “The threat of cyber security may very well be the biggest threat to the U.S. financial system,” Dimon says.

The risk of a devastating cyberattack may be the single greatest danger to the U.S. financial system, according to J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon.

J.P. Morgan spends almost $600 million annually to tighten its defenses and ward off a constant stream of attacks, Dimon said Thursday in his annual letter to shareholders. But the interconnected nature of the financial system means the risk never goes away.

Indeed, J.P. Morgan was the victim of a large data breach in 2014 tied to hackers.

“The threat of cyber security may very well be the biggest threat to the U.S. financial system,” Dimon said.

The bank spends “a lot of time and effort trying to protect our company in different ways as part of the ordinary course of running the business,” Dimon said. “But the financial system is interconnected, and adversaries are smart and relentless — so we must continue to be vigilant.”

In last year’s letter, Dimon called cybersecurity an “arms race” that was critical for the financial industry, as well as for sectors including utilities and tech firms. He also called for improvements to the local and international regulatory framework tied to cyber risk.

Dimon hints that there seems to be improvements coming. In this year’s letter, Dimon said the “good news” is that the banking industry and U.S. government are “increasingly being mobilized to combat this threat.”


Hackers Compromise Microsoft Support Agent to Access Outlook Email Accounts

By: Swati Khandelwal

If you have an account with Microsoft Outlook email service, there is a possibility that your account information has been compromised by an unknown hacker or group of hackers, Microsoft confirmed The Hacker News.

Earlier this year, hackers managed to breach Microsoft’s customer support portal and access information related to some email accounts registered with the company’s Outlook service.

Yesterday, a user on Reddit publicly posted a screenshot of an email which he received from Microsoft warning that unknown attackers were able to access some information of his OutLook account between 1 January 2019 and 28 March 2019.

 Another user on Reddit also confirmed that he/she too received the same email from Microsoft.

According to the incident notification email, as shown below, attackers were able to compromise credentials for one of Microsoft’s customer support agents and used it to unauthorisedly access some information related to the affected accounts, but not the content of the emails or attachments.

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The information that a Microsoft’s customer support agent can view is limited to account email addresses, folder names, subject lines of emails, and the name of other email addresses you communicate with.

US Government Warns of New North Korean Malware

By: Phil Muncaster

Officials at the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have issued another warning about North Korean malware, this time a new variant dubbed “Hoplight.”

The backdoor trojan malware is linked to the notorious Hidden Cobra group, also known as the Lazarus Group.

“This artifact is a malicious PE32 executable. When executed the malware will collect system information about the victim machine including OS version, volume information, and system time, as well as enumerate the system drives and partitions,” the alert warned.

“The malware is capable of the following functions: Read, Write, and Move Files; Enumerate System Drives; Create and Terminate Processes; Inject into Running Processes; Create, Start and Stop Services; Modify Registry Settings; Connect to a Remote Host; Upload and Download Files.”

The malware uses a public SSL certificate for secure communications from South Korean web giant Naver, and employs proxies to obfuscate its activity.

“The proxies have the ability to generate fake TLS handshake sessions using valid public SSL certificates, disguising network connections with remote malicious actors,” the report claimed.

This is the latest in a long line of alerts warning of new North Korean malware, now in the double-digits.

It urges IT teams to follow best practices in cybersecurity including keeping systems and AV tools up-to-date and patched, disabling file and printer sharing, enforcing strong passwords, restricting user permissions, scanning for suspicious email attachments and more.


Global Threat Statistics for the week of March 22, 2019

By: Julia Sowells

PayPal Phishing Casts a Wide Net

One of the most successful phishing methods is to co-opt a well-respected brand. PayPal topped the list by a wide margin in a recent analysis of over 100 million endpoints by Comodo Threat Intelligence Lab. PayPal was impersonated in 39% of all such attacks, with Microsoft a distant second at 20%.

Sharing this information is important so that your users know to be more vigilant if they get an email or alert, supposedly from PayPal, Microsoft, or the others in this chart. Some of these phishing websites look quite authentic and may fool even security-minded users. This type of information is a great addition to your security awareness program.

Top Brands co-opted for phishing websites

The scale at which these attacks are being deployed is evident in the number of web pages using this type of attack. This analysis discovered 61,767 web pages impersonating these brands for the purpose of phishing. Just over half were taken down by the time this article was written. That still leaves almost 30,000 malicious web pages to lure your users.

6 characteristics that make brands good targets for phishing impersonation

1. Registered user accounts

Brands that have hundreds of thousands of registered user accounts are an inviting target for cybercriminals. Consider, for example, PayPal with 267 million registered user accounts. If an attacker can send phishing emails to 1% of them, that’s 2.67 million chances that a user will click on a link that brings that user to their malicious website. If just 1% of those users click that link, they get 26,700 accounts that they have compromised.

2. Trusted brand

When dealing with a trusted brand, people tend to let their guard down. If a phishing website impersonates a trusted brand well enough, that lower level of user vigilance increases the chances of a successful attack.

3. Access to money

In most cases, this is the ultimate goal. There are other motivations such as hacktivism or cyber warfare.


FIN6 Shifts From Payment Card Theft to Ransomware

By: Scott Ferguson

FIN6, a cybercrime group that has focused on attacking point-of-sale devices to steal credit card numbers, now also is waging ransomware attacks that target businesses with either LockerGoga or Ryuk, according to a new analysis from security firm FireEye.

Since 2016, FIN6 has been stealing credit card data to sell on the darknet to other groups looking to commit fraud. By targeting the hospitality and retail industries, the group is believed to have collected about 20 million payment cards worth $400 million, FireEye reports.

Security researchers at several firms, including IBM, have concluded that FIN6 has ties to Russia.

Now, FIN6 – or at least some members associated with cybercriminal gang – have begun to switch tactics, deploying ransomware throughout the networks that they are attacking, FireEye researchers note in a blog.

Newer Ransomware Strains

One strain of ransomware that FIN6 is using, according to FireEye, is Ryuk, which was used against the Chicago-based Tribune Publishing company in late 2018. The other is Lockergoga, the ransomware used against the Norwegian firm Norsk Hydro in March, causing at least $40,000 in financial damage. It’s also suspected in other attacks in Europe and the U.S., according to security researchers.

The reason for using these newer strains of ransomware might be that the FIN6 group is attempting to evade security protections that have been put in place to guard against more well-known, widely deployed malware, FireEye tells Information Security Media Group.

“Given that this ransomware is being manually deployed post-compromise and needs only the barest functionality (encrypt files, drop ransom note, evade anti-malware protections), the benefit of using a malware that is largely unknown and for which anti-malware detections are poor likely outweighs the benefit of [using other] well-known ransomware that may be better detected or integrate unnecessary functionality,” FireEye says in a statement provided to ISMG. “FIN6 may believe that Ryuk and LockerGoga have lower prevalence and therefore might be less likely to be detected.”

The report also notes: “FireEye has observed what appears to be a gradual decline in the volume of FIN6-attributable point-of-sale intrusions preceding this shift, but we can definitely not rule out the possibility that this activity is ongoing in parallel. FIN6 typically monetizes intrusions. Targeting payment card data limits the scope of potential targets and requires additional time and resources.”


Fake Malware Tricks Radiologists Diagnosing Cancer

By: Kacy Zurkus

With the use of deep learning, researchers Yisroel Mirsky, Tom Mahler, Ilan Shelef and Yuval Elovici at Cyber Security Labs at Ben-Gurion University demonstrated in a video proof of concept (PoC) that an attacker could fool three expert radiologists by falsifying CT scans, inserting or removing lung cancer, the Washington Post reported.

“In 2018, clinics and hospitals were hit with numerous cyber attacks leading to significant data breaches and interruptions in medical services,” the researchers wrote. “Attackers can alter 3D medical scans to remove existing, or inject non-existing medical conditions. An attacker may do this to remove a political candidate/leader, sabotage/falsify research, perform murder/terrorism, or hold data ransom for money.”

Using a test dummy to highlight the vulnerabilities in picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), researchers demonstrated that 98% of the times they injected or removed solid pulmonary nodules, they were able to fool radiologists and state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI).

“I was quite shocked,” Nancy Boniel, a radiologist in Canada who participated in the study, told the Washington Post. “I felt like the carpet was pulled out from under me, and I was left without the tools necessary to move forward.”

According to the PoC, researchers built a man-in-the-middle device to use the method of attack that penetration testers demonstrated in a hospital. The researchers gained access to the radiologist’s workstation and the CT scanner room after the cleaning staff opened the door for them. In a matter of 30 seconds, they installed a device running a fake malware designed to inject or remove images.

Once installed, the attackers returned to the waiting room, where they had remote wireless access and were able to intercept and manipulate CT scans, which were not encrypted.


Brazilian Banking Trojan BasBanke spreads via Facebook and WhatApp promos

By: Robert Abel

A new Brazilian banking trojan, dubbed BasBanke, is setting trends in Brazil with over 10,000 installations from the official Google Play Store alone.

Kaspersky Labs researchers witnessed the malware starting to make rounds during that country’s 2018 election and found the malware has credential stealing, keylogging, screen recording, SMS interception, payment card and financial information stealing features, according to an April 4, blog post.

The campaigns new URLs redirect victims to the either the Google Play Store or a third-party website hosting malicious APK packages. Researchers noted the number of targeted banking applications is quite significant and included the likes of several Brazilian financial institutions, Spotify, YouTube, and Netflix.


Hackers Could Turn Pre-Installed Antivirus App on Xiaomi Phones Into Malware

By: Swati Khandelwal

What could be worse than this, if the software that’s meant to protect your devices leave backdoors open for hackers or turn into malware?

Researchers today revealed that a security app that comes pre-installed on more than 150 million devices manufactured by Xiaomi, China’s biggest and world’s 4th largest smartphone company, was suffering from multiple issues that could have allowed remote hackers to compromise Xiaomi smartphones.

According to CheckPoint, the reported issues resided in one of the pre-installed application called, Guard Provider, a security app developed by Xiaomi that includes three different antivirus programs packed inside it, allowing users to choose between Avast, AVL, and Tencent.

Since Guard Provider has been designed to offer multiple 3rd-party programs within a single app, it uses several Software Development Kits (SDKs), which according to researchers is not a great idea because data of one SDK cannot be isolated and any issue in one of them could compromise the protection provided by others.

“The hidden disadvantages in using several SDKs within the same app lie in the fact that they all share the app context and permissions,” the security firm says.

“While minor bugs in each individual SDK can often be a standalone issue, when multiple SDKs are implemented within the same app it is likely that even more critical vulnerabilities will not be far off.”


xiaomi antivirus for android

It turns out that before receiving the latest patch, Guard Provider was downloading antivirus signature updates through an unsecured HTTP connection, allowing man-in-the-middle attackers sitting on open WiFi network to intercept your device’s network connection and push malicious updates.



By: Sina

Pane nas redes sociais, invasões, venda de dados, privacidade existe?

Convidamos um especialista em segurança em tecnologia para falar sobre o tema que cada vez mais fica em evidencia e rodeado de escândalos.

Alexandre Vasconcelos é executivo de Tecnologia com mais de 20 anos de experiência em engenharia, produto e vendas na indústria de TIC, desde pequenos Integradores e Revendas a Multinacionais. Bacharel em Ciência da Computação e com MBA de Governança de TI. Atualmente gerencia as Operações da *Sikur, conduzindo seus recursos e otimizando as habilidades das pessoas, conduz o trabalho da equipe de P&D em projetos existentes e de inovação, alinhando o posicionamento estratégico da empresa com as necessidades de mercado e suas tendências. Confira a entrevista:

REDE SINA – Em março houve uma pane nas redes sociais, facebook, whats, instagram pararam. Há quem diga que foi para que fotos do massacre em Suzano não fossem circuladas. O que pensam a respeito? Quais as possíveis causas da pane?

ALEXANDRE VASCONCELOS – Nos dias de hoje a infraestrutura de rede em nuvem dos vários provedores disponíveis pelo planeta é bem madura e capaz de atender aos mais diferentes níveis de carga de acesso, inclusive com redundância geográfica. Eventos recentes, como esta pane parcial nas redes sociais, certamente foi causada por erro humano. Alguns sites noticiaram erro de configuração de um servidor que acabou causando um pequeno transtorno nestes serviços.

REDE SINA- Em março de 2018, foi noticiado que a empresa Cambridge Analytica teria comprado acesso a informações pessoais de mais de 50 milhões de usuários do Facebook e usado esses dados para criar um sistema que permitiu predizer e influenciar as escolhas dos eleitores nas urnas, segundo a investigação dos jornais The Guardian e The New York Times. Em setembro de 2018, o Facebook sofreu um ataque em sua rede de computadores que afetou 50 milhões de pessoas. A rede social deslogou 90 milhões de usuários, forçando-os a fazer login de novo. O que pensam a respeito destes casos?

A.V – Casos como estes tem motivado países (ou até mesmo blocos inteiros, como a União Europeia) a criarem legislações específicas para proteção de dados dos usuários, com penalidades altíssimas. Na União Europeia já está em vigor a GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), nos USA o Estado da Califórnia elaborou a CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act) e o Brasil não ficou atrás e publicou a LGPD (Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados). Estas leis/regulamentos tendem a incentivar outras nações a seguirem na mesma direção, no sentido de valorizar a privacidade e propriedade dos dados de seus usuários, criando mecanismos para impedir que compra e venda de informações por parte de terceiros mal intencionados.

REDE SINA – O sobre o comércio “legal” e ilegal da venda de dados?

A.V – Estamos sempre em conformidade com legislação vigente, se algo é ilegal deve ser devidamente tratado pelas autoridades competentes. No que diz respeito ao comércio “legal” de informações é fundamental ter clareza do que se compra e do que se vende e que ambas as partes atentem ao que é ou não permitido nas regiões em que atuam.

REDE SINA – Aplicativos como whats app dizem usar um sistema criptografado. É seguro, pode ser invadido? Eles podem vender dados assim mesmo?

A.V – Em linhas gerais, aplicativos como o WhatsApp oferecem um sistema de criptografia bem robusto e bem difíceis de serem quebrados. No entanto, é importante mencionar que nem sempre sistemas gratuitos oferecem a robustez de um sistema corporativo desenhado e preparado para atender demandas específicas e com suporte adequado. Com sistemas gratuitos é importante prestar atenção aos termos de uso, pois geralmente incluem cláusulas que possibilitam o compartilhamento de informações com terceiros ou dentro do mesmo grupo de empresas que detém os direitos sob o App, o que acaba abrindo brechas para perda de privacidade.

REDE SINA – Nas eleições do ano passado do Brasil, houve muita polêmica a respeito do uso dos whats app e redes sociais. Disparos em massa pra milhares de pessoas. Fake news. Perfis fakes. É possível prevenir situações como essa?

A.V – Em sistemas abertos como o WhatsApp esse tipo de controle é bem difícil de ser feito, a não ser que o próprio sistema imponha limitação para o envio de informações em massa. As “Fake News” e perfis falsos também são bem difíceis de serem minimizados, uma vez que os infratores não são devidamente penalizados. O fato de que literalmente todas as pessoas com acesso a Internet têm a possibilidade de criar e compartilhar notícias, apesar da legislação prever proteção de situações como calúnia e difamação, já dificulta o controle; o mesmo acontece com perfis falsos, apesar de existirem meios para se investigar e identificar quem gerou o perfil e notícias falsas. Na medida em que leis específicas para este tipo de situação delituosa sejam implementadas – e efetivamente cumpridas – este tipo de situação tende a diminuir.

REDE SINA- Como pensar uma eleição justa com a tecnologia que há hoje?

A.V – A tecnologia nada mais é do que uma ferramenta para facilitar e otimizar o processo eleitoral, com possibilidades de também conferir maior segurança. Por meio do uso adequado da tecnologia a democracia pode ser exercida em sua plenitude, proporcionando liberdade para que todos façam suas escolhas de maneira independente.

REDE SINA – Nossos aparelhos nos escutam? Por que? Para que? É possível evitar? Como?

A.V – Sempre existe a possibilidade dos aparelhos escutarem seus usuários, seja por meio de aplicativos espiões (instalados voluntariamente ou não pelo usuário), bem como por parte da operadora de telefonia a qual nos conectamos. Por isso é fundamental utilizar Aplicativos e dispositivos – como o SIKURPlatform e SIKURPhone – que garante a integridade das informações, não importando por onde passem ou sejam armazenadas.

REDE SINA – Existe privacidade na internet? É possível ter segurança em e-mail, redes sociais? como? Qual o diferencial da Sikur para demais empresas de segurança? Vocês oferecem um app e um aparelho totalmente criptografado. Já houveram tentativas de invasão? Como aperfeiçoam o sistema? Quais são os projetos da Sikur no Brasil?

A.V – É possível ter privacidade na Internet, seguindo uma série de boas práticas que profissionais de segurança frequentemente recomendam, como o uso de senhas fortes, não repetir senhas entre serviços diferentes e usar um segundo fator de autenticação, quando disponível. Além disso, o uso de produtos que ofereçam suporte especializado e garantia de privacidade sempre serão as melhores escolhas.

No que tange às redes sociais, cada uma delas possui mecanismos que ajudam a melhorar a privacidade, mas o que realmente faz diferença e ser seletivo com o tipo de informação que se publica nestes espaços, muitas pessoas disponibilizam informações confidenciais e revelam suas rotinas e dia a dia, desta forma não há privacidade que resista a qualquer tecnologia.

O diferencial da Sikur está na oferta de uma plataforma completa de comunicação segura, pronta para atender governos e corporações em seus mais diversos níveis. A plataforma, que é totalmente integrada entre dispositivos Android, iOS, Windows e o SIKURPhone, um telefone com um sistema operacional seguro, capaz de proteger as informações do usuário nos mais diversos níveis, com várias camadas de segurança.

Em sendo uma empresa que oferece produtos de segurança da informação sofremos ataques constantes, mas seguimos também desenvolvendo e utilizando as melhores práticas de mercado e implementando mecanismos para nos proteger de situações como estas.

Para o Brasil temos um mercado bem amplo a ser conquistado, nossa estratégia é fazer isso por meio dos nossos Integradores. Com eles estamos presentes em vários Estados brasileiros e buscando e conquistando novos contratos em entidades governamentais e no setor privado.