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Brothers Face Jail Time for Stealing Power to Mine BitcoinsCoinDeskThe case dates back to 2014, when the brothers, whose names were not disclosed, are said to have been caught stealing electricity from a local utility provider in order to power bitcoin…


Brothers Face Jail Time for Stealing Power to Mine Bitcoins
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Cisco Reveals Major Security Exploits to its Customers

shutterstock_180216653Cisco, the networking giant has said that they are becoming victims of hackers using the leaked NSA tools from a while back. The tools were released in August by ShadowBrokers and were confirmed to be the real deal by the Equation Group; which was found to have very long standing ties to the NSA. This is the second public vulnerability since the data dump Cisco suffered at the hands of unknown hackers. Cisco said that it has already fixed the flaw in its SNMP implementation in its ASA firewalls. Cisco warned customers that all versions of its IOS, IOS XE

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Cisco, the networking giant has said that they are becoming victims of hackers using the leaked NSA tools from a while back.

The tools were released in August by ShadowBrokers and were confirmed to be the real deal by the Equation Group; which was found to have very long standing ties to the NSA. This is the second public vulnerability since the data dump Cisco suffered at the hands of unknown hackers. Cisco said that it has already fixed the flaw in its SNMP implementation in its ASA firewalls.

Cisco warned customers that all versions of its IOS, IOS XE and IOS SX are vulnerable to one of the many exploits released in August. Cisco didn’t reveal which of its customers have already been breached, but it’s likely that since the issue effects firewalls, routers and switches made by the firm, there are some that have been some.

“The vulnerability is due to insufficient condition checks in the part of the code that handles IKEv1 security negotiation requests. An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending a crafted IKEv1 packet to an affected device configured to accept IKEv1 security negotiation requests,” Cisco said in a blog post.

While Cisco’s Incident Response Team is aware of the exploitation of vulnerabilities to customers running the faulty platforms, they haven’t developed a patch. They have released IPS signatures and Snort rules to moderate the risks to its customers.

The new exploit was named BENIGNCERTAIN and its made up of three binary codes. Each code can be exploited to obtain RSA private key data and VPN configurations details if exploited.

Former Chief evangelist with GRC Apps company MetricStream, French Caldwell, issued warning to other spy agencies.

“If the NSA was hacked, the chances that they too have been targeted are certainly more than 50-50,” he warned.

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Would be Felon Hacker, White-Hats $300,000 After He Changes His Ways

shutterstock_234242878In 2004 Computer Engineering student Ryan Gregory Pickren hacked into a pre-football game message on his schools calendar to post this:   Sat, November 29, 2014/12:00 pm/ Get Ass Kicked by GT. To which his grandfather called the best prank ever. Georgia law saw it as a felony.   Two years later, Pickren has received job offers, written an apology to the University of Georgia, completed 12 months of community service with a non-profit organization that provides tech support for other no profits. He now has a spotless record that had been wiped clean. Pickren has done what one can

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In 2004 Computer Engineering student Ryan Gregory Pickren hacked into a pre-football game message on his schools calendar to post this:

 

Sat, November 29, 2014/12:00 pm/ Get Ass Kicked by GT.

To which his grandfather called the best prank ever. Georgia law saw it as a felony.

 

Two years later, Pickren has received job offers, written an apology to the University of Georgia, completed 12 months of community service with a non-profit organization that provides tech support for other no profits. He now has a spotless record that had been wiped clean.

Pickren has done what one can only assume hackers want to do, taken his love for hacking and made it into his livelihood. Business Insider recently reported that Pickren has been the number one most successful participant in the United Airlines’ Bug Bounty Program.

 

Brought to life in May 2015, the program gives up to one million free air miles to hackers who discover security flaws in the airlines websites and apps, as well as databases. The program has made it clear that there are to be no tampering with onboard flight systems like onboard Wi-Fi and entertainment.

 

The program was debuted after a hacker was banned from flying on United after he Tweeted that he was able to hack into onboard systems and deploy the oxygen masks.

 

Pickren told that he it was an out of state internship that got him involved with looking for the bugs.

 

“I first started working with United because I was about to leave the state for an internship and wanted the flyer miles so I could see my girlfriend back in Atlanta on the weekends. But I quickly realized how fun looking for bugs was, so I just kept at it,” he said.

 

To date, Pickren has earned 15 million United frequent flyer miles, worth around $300,000. He also said he had donated 5 million of his miles to his school to be used by charity organizations like Engineers without Borders.

 

“I love everything about the school, the faculty, professors, students, and facilities. I’m a diehard ramblin’ wreck,” Pickren stated.