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Homeland Security: Uninstall Quicktime on Windows PC Because of Hacking Vulnerabilities

quicktimeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland security officials and a top cybersecurity farm are warning Windows PC users to uninstall Apple’s Quicktime video player because bugs could be used to launch attacks on computers, Fox News reports. 

Authorities discovered bugs in the software that make it vulnerable to attacks.

Apple, however, is not issuing security updates for Quicktimes for Windows, the Trend Micro security firm said.

Experts have not seen any hacking cases yet.

“The only mitigation available is to uninstall QuickTime for Windows,” DHS’s United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team said. 

Apple has not commented publicly on the issue.

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Professional Hackers Helped FBI Unlock San Bernardino Terrorist’s iPhone

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Professional hackers helped the FBI unlock a San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone by exploiting a previously unknown software flaw.

The Washington Post reports that the FBI cracked the phone’s four-digit personal identification number by creating a piece of hardware that would prevent the security feature from erasing all of the data.

The FBI paid the hackers a one-time flat fee.

But the solution won’t help the FBI with every iPhone. The new information was only helpful opening an iPhone 5Cs running the iOS9 operating system.

The bureau is unsure whether it will reveal to Apple the procedure used to open the phone. If the information was shared with Apple, FBI Director James Comey said, “they’re going to fix it and then we’re back where we started from.”

How the FBI Unlocked an iPhone without the Help of Apple

FBI headquarters

FBI headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Apple refused to help the FBI open an iPhone of one of the San Bernardino killers, the bureau sought help from experts worldwide.

They met with companies and hackers, but no one was able to bypass the security feature.

Then on March 20, a company came forward and demonstrated that they unlocked another iPhone. The FBI decided to give the San Bernardino phone a shot with the company this past weekend, ABC News reports. 

“The FBI has now successfully retrieved the data stored” on the phone, the Justice Department announced just days ago.

The FBI has declined to identify the company, saying they arrived at a “mutual agreement.”

The solution was “generated as a result of the media attention,” a source told ABC News.

Now forensic examiners are trying to gather evidence from the phone.

FBI Helps Bangladesh Investigate Massive $81M Cyberheist, Kidnapping of Crime Expert

BangladeshBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is helping Bangladesh investigate a massive heist by hackers who stole $81 million from the country’s central bank last month.

The stolen money was funneled to casino in the Philippines by hackers from six different countries, Time reports. 

“This is the biggest transnational organized crime ever seen in Bangladesh and so we sought both technical and human assistance [from the FBI],” Mirza Abdullahel Baqui, a senior police official, told Reuters.

The theft escalated after one of the country’s leading cybercrime experts, Tanvir Hassan Zoha, was kidnapped while helping investigating the case.

“This is a wake-up call,” former central bank governor Mohammad Farashuddin said.

Before Zoha was kidnapped, he had told the media he identified three of the user IDs involved in the heist – one of the world’s largest.

FBI Warns That Cars Are ‘Increasingly Vulnerable’ to Hacking

GM fixed a security flaw in some Chevrolet Volts.

GM fixed a security flaw in some Chevrolet Volts.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration warned that cars are “increasingly vulnerable” to hacking, Fortune reports.

“The FBI and NHTSA are warning the general public and manufacturers – of vehicles, vehicle components, and aftermarket devices – to maintain awareness of potential issues and cybersecurity threats related to connected vehicle technologies in modern vehicles,” the agencies said in the bulletin.

Some car companies are beginning to use software that could be hacked. General Motors, for example, issued a security update after realizing that hackers could start the engine or unlock the doors of a Chevrolet Volt.

BMW also fixed a security flaw that could have allowed hackers to remotely open the doors.

“While not all hacking incidents may result in a risk to safety – such as an attacker taking control of a vehicle – it is important that consumers take appropriate steps to minimize risk,” the FBI bulletin said Thursday.

FBI Investigating Alleged ISIS ‘Kill List’ Containing Law Enforcement Officials in Minnesota

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

State and federal authorities are investigated an alleged ISIS “kill list” that contains personal information of dozens of Minnesota law enforcement officers, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. 

A group of hackers affiliated with ISIS in Iraq and the Levant is accused of creating a list of names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least 36 officers across Minnesota. The group calls itself the Caliphate Cyber Army.

The list also included instructions to kill and was posted on the encrypted app Telegram.

Authorities are trying to determine how legitimate the group is.

“It is on our radar and we have been working with the various agencies which have been both named and unnamed,” FBI spokesman Kyle Loven said of the list. “We’re proceeding forward with this matter and treating it as a serious threat.”

Hackers Unload Information on 20,000 FBI Employees After Doing Same for Homeland Security

Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 8.02.48 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hackers unveiled the contact information for 20,000 FBI employees Monday evening, a day after releasing similar data on nearly 10,000 Homeland Security employees.

The information was released on Twitter, via @DotGovs, indicating the hacks are in retaliation for the U.S. government’s ties to Israel.

“When will the US government realize we won’t stop until they cut relations with Israel..” the tweet reads.

The hackers broke into a Justice Department database.

The information on FBI and Homeland Security officials contained their names, titles, phone numbers and e-mail addresses.

The Justice Department, which is investigating, said private information, such as Social Security numbers, didn’t appear to be breached, CNN reports. 

“The department is looking into the unauthorized access of a system operated by one of its components containing employee contact information,” said Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr. “This unauthorized access is still under investigation; however, there is no indication at this time that there is any breach of sensitive personally identifiable information. The department takes this very seriously and is continuing to deploy protection and defensive measures to safeguard information. Any activity that is determined to be criminal in nature will be referred to law enforcement for investigation.”

Teenage Hackers Who Broke into Email Account of CIA Director Also Targeted White House Official

hacker-artBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Teenage hackers who managed to break into the email account of CIA Director John Brennan have struck a White House official, Motherboard reports. 

The group, called Crackas with Attitude, gained access to the home phone and email accounts of President Obama’s senior advisor on science and technology, John Holdren.

The hackers managed to manipulate the phone so that all calls would get forwarded to the Free Palestine Movement.

One of the members of the hacking group sent an email to Motherboard to divulge the latest stunt.

“If you don’t believe me you can call the home phone,” he said, before sending me a phone number that belongs to Holdren.

When Motherboard called the number, the reporter was forwarded to the Free Palestine Movement, which answered the phone.

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