Elevated phishing activity at BU

For the past couple of days BU has been targeted through spear phishing emails. Users should be alert on any emails coming from student accounts with a subject related to academic activities (projects, guest lecturers, etc.)

TV licensing suffers data breach

Following this statement from tvlicensing.co.uk, customers who used their services to pay for their tv licensing fees between 29 August until around 3.20pm on 5 September 2018 may have their details compromised. The company reports that this was due to a technical update and during that period the transactions were not as secure as intended.

Weakness in WhatsApp Enables Large-Scale Social Engineering

From darkreading.com

Researchers at Check Point Software Technologies say they have discovered a dangerous weakness in the WhatsApp messaging app that gives threat actors a way to manipulate content in private and group conversations on the platform without raising any red flags.

The security vendor this week published a report demonstrating how an adversary could exploit the issue to change the identity of a message sender, alter the text of message replies, and send private messages spoofed as a public message to individual participants in a group.

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Critical Flaws in PGP and S/MIME Tools – Immediately disable tools that automatically decrypt PGP-encrypted email

From securityaffairs.co

Researchers found critical vulnerabilities in PGP and S/MIME Tools, immediately disable and/or uninstall tools that automatically decrypt PGP-encrypted email.

If you are one of the users of the email encryption tools Pretty Good Privacy and S/MIME there is an important warning for you.

A group of European security expert has discovered a set of critical vulnerabilities in PGP and S/Mime encryption tools that could reveal your encrypted emails in plain text, also the ones you sent in the past.

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baseStriker: Office 365 Security Fails To Secure 100 Million Email Users

From avanan.com

We recently uncovered what may be the largest security flaw in Office 365 since the service was created. Unlike similar attacks that could be learned and blocked, using this vulnerability hackers can completely bypass all of Microsoft’s security, including its advanced services – ATP, Safelinks, etc.

The name baseStriker refers to the method hackers use to take advantage of this vulnerability: splitting and disguising a malicious link using a tag called the <base> URL tag.

So far we have only seen hackers using this vulnerability to send phishing attacks, but but it is also capable of distributing ransomware, malware and other malicious content

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LinkedIn Autofill flaw lets hackers harvest website visitors’ personal info

from www.scmagazineuk.com

If the visitor clicks anywhere on the page, then according to Cable, “LinkedIn interprets this as the AutoFill button being pressed, and sends the information via postMessage to the malicious site”. A vulnerability in LinkedIn’s Autofill feature allowed malicious actors to harvest personal information of LinkedIn users by inserting autofill iframes over websites that were whitelisted by LinkedIn, a security researcher has revealed.According to researcher Jack Cable who described the exploit in a detailed blog post, once a malicious actor lures a victim to visit a malicious website which is controlled by the former, the visitor is then greeted by a “LinkedIn AutoFill button iframe” which is styled so it takes up the entire page and is invisible to the user.

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