Computer security researchers at Trend Micro have discovered a new way hackers are trying to run .EXE files, the official executable file format used for Windows, on macOS. During their investigation, these .EXE files were delivering a malicious payload that overrides Mac’s built-in protection mechanisms such as Gatekeeper, with the highest numbers for infections to be in the United Kingdom, Australia, Armenia, Luxembourg, South Africa and the United States. It was found in the installer of a popular firewall app for Mac and Windows called Little Snitch, available for download from various torrent websites. Read more to discover how this app is able to bypass Gatekeeper.
Computer security researcher Linus Henze discovered a KeySteal exploit in macOS Mojave that enables anyone to steal passwords from the operating system’s Keychain Access without requiring administrator privileges. Fortunately, it doesn’t affect items stored in iCloud’s keychain, or as far as we know. This may take a while to get patched, since Henze is protesting Apple’s bug bounty program, which only pays out to researchers for disclosing bugs on iOS and not macOS. Read more for a video of the exploit in-action.
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Let’s face it, Apple’s AirPods are quite easy to lose, especially if you don’t put them back in their charging case immediately after use. Gabrielle Reilly, a 22-year-old paralegal from Virgina, has come up with an interesting solution. “I absolutely refuse to lose them. My cat ate through two pairs of Beats Bluetooth earphones, and all my other earphones. So I got the AirPods because there was no wire for her to chew but I still needed something to connect them. So I made earrings. I also have a chain necklace that I used to connect them. It took me maybe around an hour to make the earrings because I had to custom-make the piece that connects the AirPods to the earrings,” she told Buzzfeed. Read more for a video, another picture, and where to get them yourself.
The AI-powered unCAPTCHA system designed by University of Maryland reseachers can now defeat Google’s latest audio-based reCAPTCHA challenges with 90% accuracy. Simply put, the unCAPTCHA system downloads the audio challenge, splits it into several clips, then runs them through several text-to-speech systems to determine exact and near-homophones, weighing the aggregate results by confidence level before sending the most probable answer back to Google. Read more to see the first version in-action.
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Sam Curry, an 18-year-old student in Omaha, Nebraska, has tinkered with computers from a young age, but not in the way most use them. As a sophomore in high school, he found a way into the system that allowed him to pose as an administrator, meaning that he could have changed student grades, but Sam just wanted to enter the network as a prank. Subsequently when school administrators found out, he was suspended for two weeks. The next time he discovered a security vulnerability, he reported the bug to the high school administration instead of exploiting it, and received a $50 gift card to Subway as a reward. Since that time, he’s earned more than $100,000 from legally hacking well known institutions including the U.S. Department of Defense, Valve, and Yahoo. Read more for a video interview and additional information.
Sony’s PlayStation Classic was heavily criticized for using the European versions of the 20 included games, mainly because they’re slower due to the PAL television standard, which has a refresh rate of 50 Hz. Now, the miniature console has been hacked to run the games that should have came loaded with it. Since the device is basically an ARM-powered mini PC running an open-source emulator, BleemSync (or gpghax) lets you run any PS1 game you want off a USB drive. This software modifies the PlayStation Classic’s game database to enable one to swap out games with new ones. Simply put, the steps involve modifying the console’s database file to add your desired game(s), load that on a pen drive and then copy your desired game(s) onto it. Read more for another video tutorial and additional information.
Sony’s PlayStation Classic may not have lived up to the hype, but for those who did pick one up, there’s at least one hidden Easter egg that we know of, and it’s fairly easy to access. Simply plug in just a compatible USB keyboard (Apple, Logitech and Razer keyboards confirmed to be incompatible), press the ESC button, and you’ll be greeted with hidden settings menus. These reveal a few things about the miniature console, including that it runs the open-source PCSX ReARMed emulator as well giving users the ability to change the video output mode, complete with scan lines, and the option of playing the games using an analog controller. Read more for a full video review and additional information.
The FBI sent a confidential alert on Friday to warn that cyber criminals are planning a global ‘cash-out scheme’ using malware to hack ATMs, also known as ATM jackpotting. The most vulnerable targets are smaller banks without sophisticated security systems. “The FBI has obtained unspecified reporting indicating cyber criminals are planning to conduct a global Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cash-out scheme in the coming days, likely associated with an unknown card issuer breach. Historic compromises have included small-to-medium size financial institutions, likely due to less robust implementation of cyber security controls, budgets, or third-party vendor vulnerabilities,” said the alert. Continue reading for another ATM jackpotting demonstration and more information.
The Nintendo Switch was hacked back in February to run Linux, but now a team has revealed a flaw that enables users to run arbitrary code through an exploit of an unpatchable flaw in the console’s Nvidia Tegra X1 chip. That’s right, it’s at the silicon level of the Tegra X1 chip’s USB recovery mode, which normally prevents hardware hackers from accessing the system’s bootROM, thus the vulnerability allows for the entire ‘root-of-trust’ for the processor to be compromised. Continue reading for another video and more information.
The Nintendo Switch is a fine game console, but unfortunately, you’re not able to load your own software on it, that is unless…hacker team “FailOverflow” has gotten their hands on the device. That’s right, they managed to get a full Linux distro running on a hacked Switch, complete with touchscreen support, web browser, as well as a GPU-powered demo application. Continue reading for another video and more information.