Critical infrastructure is generally not connected to the public Internet. And then, there are too many wrong configurations in productions sometimes just because someone thought that it is a good idea to mine bitcoins on a nuclear weapon facility.
Yesterday Pukhraj Singh did a tweet saying:
So, it's public now. Domain controller-level access at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant. The government was notified way back. Extremely mission-critical targets were hit.
Yup, you read it right, a nuclear power plant was hit, using a static username password combination over SMB. Following the standard Indian Government style about dealing with problems, the plant released a note saying there was no problem. Sadly just denying that there were no issues does not cover up the truth, and today a story on Indian Express confirms the breach.
One another big news, Citizen Lab published a report on NSO Group’s attack over WhatsApp, which points out that now WhatsApp officially filed a complaint in a U.S. federal court against NSO group. WashingtoPost has a detailed report. WhatsApp also messaged around 1400 users who might have been impacted by this attack.
Links to read
- How did a Chinese APT get a U.S. hacking tool before it was leaked? Check Point has a theory. Read the theory about how did they reverse-engineered NSA hacking tools (before they were leaked online).
- Xiaomi FurryTail has a breach Internet-connected pet feeders seem to have a vulnerability.
- NordVPN security updates The steps NordVPN is taking after many security issues in their systems
- Rethinking Encryption Former FBI General Counsel Jim Baker on Encryption and Backdoors
Videos to watch
- Nothing to hide Documentary on privacy
- So You Want To Be A Pentester? Peter Bassill giving amazing details to any newcomer to the industry
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Note: I think I managed to break the formatting, sorry for the trouble in reading.