Infosec Weekly Roundup , February 27 – March 4, 2012

Backtrack 5 USB Bootable Drive with Encryption PDF Available

Kevin Riggins have released over this week a PDF for the new backtrack version where he explains advanced technique to install Backtrack 5 USB Bootable Drive with Encryption. This handy USB drive is very important as you never know when it is needed, you can be offline and you need to check some wireless network against latest security measures.

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NASA says it was hacked 13 times last year

Nasa have reported about 13 times successful attack on last year, this include stealing employee credentials and gaining access to critical projects in breaches that could compromise U.S. national security.

“Some NASA systems house sensitive information which, if lost or stolen, could result in significant financial loss, adversely affect national security, or significantly impair our nation’s competitive technological advantage,” Martin said in testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, released on Wednesday.”

Google Code Projects Host Android Malware

After some cases observed by TrendMicro about infected application at the android market, MacAfee alert on a malicious application that are hosted on Google code website.

“The first variant of the current malware in Google Code was found in a third-party Android market repacked in a Chinese version of a legitimate memory-optimization application. Every time the application executes or the boot process finishes (device rebooted or turned on), the payload starts as a service running in the background.”

Police Arrest 25 Anonymous Hackers In Four Countries

“Police in Latin America and Europe have apprehended 25 people believed to be members of Anonymous, the international group of hackers and “hacktivists,” according to Interpol.”

Fake Chat Screen Malware Hijacks Banking Customers

Banking customers are one more time targeted by new malwares, this time a phishing attack conducted to hijack accounts in real time, the malware is reported by Trusteer.

“the customer receives a series of notifications claiming that a representative of the bank will assist – via chat – in verifing their account to avoid a lockout. On a chat screen operating through a mix of HTML injections and Javascript, the victims think they are speaking to customer support. In reality they are chatting with a cybercriminal that is attempting to get them to provide names, passwords and other banking credentials.”

Censorship – Global Concern: THN Magazine March Edition

New edition for the hacker news magazine comes after one month rest this release includes update about information security and various articles by different bloggers the topic of this month is censorship. Happy Reading!

“It is March Madness at The Hacker News as we release the latest edition of our magazine which gives internet security a thorough look and and a fascinating read. Pierluigi Paganini gives a great interview on the woes of internet security and Mourad Ben Lakhoua provides you with a comprehensive guide on what tools are available to keep your web activity private.”

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