Weekly Dump 11

Organizers of the annual Social Engineering Capture The Flag (SETF) contest at DEF CON have released the final report on the competition, held in August in Las Vegas, and the findings don’t bode well for enterprises – http://www.darkreading.com/vulnerability/social-engineers-pwn-the-human-network-i/240163379

The National Security Agency’s director flatly denied a Washington Post report Wednesday that the NSA secretly broke into communications links to Google and Yahoo servers overseas – http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/30/us/nsa-google-yahoo/index.html

A large number of apps for iPhones and iPads are susceptible to hacks that cause them to surreptitiously send and receive data to and from malicious servers instead of the legitimate ones they were designed to connect to, security researchers said on Tuesday – http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/10/ios-apps-can-be-hijacked-to-show-fraudulent-content-and-intercept-data/

Ronen Solomon reveals: the US embassy in Tel Aviv and other US embassies around the world possess devices similar to the one used for wiretapping purposes in Berlin, according to the investigation by Der Spiegel – http://www.israeldefense.com/?CategoryID=484&ArticleID=2542

The recent data breach at Adobe that exposed user account information and prompted a flurry of password reset emails impacted at least 38 million users, the company now says. It also appears that the already massive source code leak at Adobe is broadening to include the company’s Photoshop family of graphical design products – http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/10/adobe-breach-impacted-at-least-38-million-users/

Russia spied on foreign powers at last month’s G20 summit by giving delegations USB pen drives capable of downloading sensitive information from laptops, it was claimed today – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/10411473/Russia-spied-on-G20-leaders-with-USB-sticks.html

Now, using the Raspberry Pi microcontroller as a platform, Adafruit Industries has released the Onion Pi Pack, a kit that creates a Wi-Fi access point with Tor software built in – http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/hands-on/a-diy-tor-wifi-access-point

In collaboration with Ofcom, the Office of Fair Trading and PhonepayPlus, the ICO has released the following guidance on how you can protect the information held on your smartphone – http://www.ico.org.uk/for_the_public/topic_specific_guides/online/~/media/documents/library/Data_Protection/Detailed_specialist_guides/smartphone-securityV5.pdf

Good resource providing parents with the information parents need to help their children enhance privacy and safety online – http://bc.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ViewPage.action?siteNodeId=87&languageId=1&contentId=21690

Cybercrime and digital espionage remain the biggest threats to both governments and the business community. The threat of disruption of online services has increased. Clearly visible in the past year has been the rise of the criminal cyber services sector – https://www.ncsc.nl/english/current-topics/news/cyber-security-assesment-netherlands.html

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