Weekly Axis Of Easy #14
In this issue:
- RIP Flash. Adobe to kill prolific security nightmare.
- Domain hijack attempted…at gunpoint.
- Swedish government leaks personal data of entire citizenry.
- Bitcoin forks tomorrow (Aug 1st)… or not.
The cyber-crime underworld is scrambling for a new source of 0-day attacks as fertile as Adobe’s Flash player after the company announced it would cease providing updates and distributing Flash at the end of 2020.
One for the books: domain name hijacks occur all the time, usually via spearphishing attacks or some other form of online compromise. Meanwhile, in Iowa, a home invasion by an armed assailant occurred wherein the objective was to specifically bring about a domain name transfer from the home’s occupant to an unnamed third-party. Two people were shot and the burglar has been charged with robbery and kidnapping.
A massive data breach within Sweden’s transport ministry has apparently leaked names, photos and home addresses of nearly all Swedish citizens. The leak occurred as the result of a botched data transfer in an outsourcing job with IBM.
On August 1st, Bitcoin will probably do some kind of fork, although it’s not entirely clear which, among 3 or 4 possible scenarios will play out. The general upshot is that bitcoin will most likely not commit utter suicide and entirely possibly that everybody holding bitcoin will soon have a duplicate number of “bitcoin cash” coins, which have already been trading in some futures markets at roughly $400 – $500 USD per.
Previously on #AxisOfEasy
If you missed the previous issues, they can be read online here:
- July 24, 2017: Cops: “You Cannot Hide On The Dark Web”
- July 17, 2017: New Ransomewanre Will Share Your Browser History
- July 10, 2017: China Shuts Down Access To Popular VPN Services
- July 4, 2017: Freedom Of Speech Ends Where Criminal Law Begins
- June 26, 2017: Hackers Target Email Accounts Of UK Parliament