Malware Hiding on Streaming Sites – Free yet illegal streams of films, TV shows and sports fixtures could end up costing you dearly as it has been found that hackers are planting malware on streaming sites in exchange for money. With more and more people watching content illegally (more people watched Games of Thrones illegally than legally), it is a natural attack vector for any cyber criminal. With video and song files being implanted with harmful adverts or security pop-ups that require the unsuspecting user to click on them for the content to play, they inadvertently invite malware onto their system. Streaming sites have attempted to counter this with a rating or seeding scale that provides quality downloads with a positive recommendation with malicious files being removed after receiving bad feedback. However, attackers can flood a site with streaming content, which effectively rates itself and falsifies malicious downloads as something that is safe to download. Hackers are incredibly good at taking advantage of people and for the sake of watching your favourite TV show for free it may not be a risk worth taking.
Spies Hacking Spies – Crouching Yeti, an advanced persistent threat actor thought it had hacked a website and made it act like a command and control server. However, what they missed was that hidden on the website was an unusual image, the size of a pixel that whenever the webpage loaded it hailed an IP address in China, which pointed to another hacked server. This was most likely another espionage group monitoring Crouching Yeti whenever they logged in. This real-world story is one of many discovered by Kaspersky researchers over the past five years and details how some spy agencies are stealing information already stolen by other espionage groups. They also steal one anothers toolkits and infrastructure, leveraging their data and perpetuating attacks in their name. There are many reasons and advantages why spies spy on each other, with small powers gaining exponential power from stealing from hacking superpowers (i.e. WannaCry), obscuring their true identities and gaining access to regions that are normally difficult to monitor. The full research hasn’t been published yet by Kaspersky but when it does it will make for very interesting reading.
Google’s Pixel Buds Offer Real-Time Translation – At Google’s annual hardware event, a new wireless earbud called Pixel Bud was announced. With the ability to use gestures and swipes to change songs and access Google Assistant, it is this last attribute that is really interesting. With a built in microphone, this device could be used as an universal translator as Google Assistant can translate up to 40 languages in real time, which makes this device a very useful tool for all travellers. The Pixel buds arrive in November and offer a new and useful way to maybe order that beer when travelling.