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Pwn2Own Automotive: $1.3M for 49 zero-days, Tesla hacked twice

  • The first edition of Pwn2Own Automotive has ended with competitors earning $1,323,750 for hacking Tesla twice and demoing 49 zero-day bugs in multiple electric car systems between January 24 and January 26.

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    • JANUARY 26, 2024
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  • 23andMe

23andMe data breach: Hackers stole raw genotype data, health reports

  • Genetic testing provider 23andMe confirmed that hackers stole health reports and raw genotype data of customers affected by a credential stuffing attack that went unnoticed for five months, from April 29 to September 27.

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Blackwood hackers hijack WPS Office update to install malware

  • A previously unknown advanced threat actor tracked  as 'Blackwood' is using sophisticated malware called NSPX30 in cyberespionage attacks against companies and individuals.

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    • JANUARY 25, 2024
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  • Hacker prison

Russian TrickBot malware dev sentenced to 64 months in prison

  • Russian national Vladimir Dunaev has been sentenced to five years and four months in prison for his role in creating and distributing the Trickbot malware used in attacks against hospitals, companies, and individuals worldwide.

  • iPhone

iPhone apps abuse iOS push notifications to collect user data

  • Numerous iOS apps are using background processes triggered by push notifications to collect user data about devices, potentially allowing the creation of fingerprinting profiles used for tracking.

  • Pwn2Own Tokyo

Tesla hacked again, 24 more zero-days exploited at Pwn2Own Tokyo

  • Security researchers hacked the Tesla infotainment system and demoed a total of 24 zero-days on the second day of the Pwn2Own Automotive 2024 hacking competition.

  • Cisco

Cisco warns of critical RCE flaw in communications software

  • Cisco is warning that several of its Unified Communications Manager (CM) and Contact Center Solutions products are vulnerable to a critical severity remote code execution security issue.

  • WordPress

Hackers target WordPress database plugin active on 1 million sites

  • Malicious activity targeting a critical severity flaw in the 'Better Search Replace' WordPress plugin has been detected, with researchers observing thousands of attempts in the past 24 hours.

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    • JANUARY 25, 2024
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  • HPE

HPE: Russian hackers breached its security team’s email accounts

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) disclosed today that suspected Russian hackers known as Midnight Blizzard gained access to the company's Microsoft Office 365 email environment to steal data from its cybersecurity team and other departments.

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VexTrio TDS: Inside a massive 70,000-domain cybercrime operation

  • A previously unknown traffic distribution system (TDS) named 'VexTrio' has been active since at least 2017, aiding 60 affiliates in their cybercrime operations through a massive network of 70,000 sites.

  • GitLab

Over 5,300 GitLab servers exposed to zero-click account takeover attacks

  • Over 5,300 internet-exposed GitLab instances are vulnerable to CVE-2023-7028, a zero-click account takeover flaw GitLab warned about earlier this month.

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    • JANUARY 24, 2024
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UK says AI will empower ransomware over the next two years

  • The United Kingdom's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) warns that artificial intelligence (AI) tools will have an adverse near-term impact on cybersecurity, helping escalate the threat of ransomware.

  • EquiLend

Global fintech firm EquiLend offline after recent cyberattack

  • New York-based global financial technology firm EquiLend says its operations have been disrupted after some systems were taken offline in a Monday cyberattack.

  • Google Pixel 7

Google Pixel phones unusable after January 2024 system update

  • Google Pixel smartphone owners report problems after installing the January 2024 Google Play system update, being unable to access their devices internal storage, open the camera, take screenshots, or even open apps.

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  • To increase password security, regulatory bodies recommend longer and unique passwords. Despite this, many still stick to using the same easy-to-guess passwords for the sake of convenience. Learn more from Specops Software on an alternative approach that supports security and end-user experience at the same time.

  • Pwn2Own Tokyo

Tesla hacked, 24 zero-days demoed at Pwn2Own Automotive 2024

  • Security researchers hacked a Tesla Modem and collected awards of $722,500 on the first day of Pwn2Own Automotive 2024 for three bug collisions and 24 unique zero-day exploits.


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