Cyber Security & Privacy Foundation certifies Security Products


Cyber Security and Privacy Foundation(CSPF) has certified a few security products after extensive testing.

CSPF has selected Avast Antivirus and ESET Nod32 as best anti virus products which is suitable for Indian environment.

"DiskCryptor" in disk encryption category, "React OS" in operating system category, 'Zemana' and 'Keyscrambler' in Anti keylogger category, "IronWASP" in Web Application pentesting tool category have all been certified by the CSPF.

We asked the founder of CSPF  Mr. J. Prasanna if CSPF will certify any other products in the future and on what basis these tools were chosen for testing? He said "We will only certify tools after they have been extensively tested for the Indian market, we do not take any funding or sponsorships from companies that own these products."

"We were recently approached by some other companies to test their products, but we discovered that many of them do not even pass the eligibility criteria."
 
We at EHN hope that CSPF will test many such products in the future and thus enable the public make better decisions about the softwares they run in their computers.

Indexeus.org website hacked by Pernicious Developers 2014

A day after Security blogger Brian Krebs published an article entitled "Even Script Kids Have a Right to Be Forgotten", hackers breached the Indexeus website(indexeus.org)

Yesterday, Krebs wrote an article about "Indexeus" which is a new search engine containing database of stolen user names and passwords from more than 100 data breaches.

According to KrebsOnSecurity, the database contained stolen credentials from the recent Yahoo and Adobe breaches.


The site also contained databases of few hacker forums that have been hacked. It seems to have ticked off many hackers.  Today, the website was defaced by hacker group Pernicious Developers.

"This is the Original Pernicious Developers, we're still here. Even if you don't know which version of the group who did this." The defacement message reads.  At the time of writing, the website shows a blank page. 

Owner of the Indexeus has replied in one of the threads in HackForums about the hack:



Mirror:
http://www.zone-h.org/mirror/id/22702440

*Update:
The hacker group have provided a screenshot that shows they uploaded a backdoor shell to the affected website.


Kronos: A new Banking Trojan for sale in Underground forums

Researchers from Trusteer have discovered a new Banking Trojan dubbed as "Kronos" which is being sold in the Underground forum.

The malware is being sold for $7,000 and the cyber criminals are offering one week test for the price of $1,000 with full access to the command and control server without any limitation.

Similar to other banking Trojans, this new malware also capable of doing form grabbing and HTML Injection.

Kronos has user-mode rootkit(ring3) capabilities that will help this trojan to defend itself from other pieces of malware, will work in both 32bit and 64 bit Operating systems.

It is also designed to evade antivirus software and bypass Sandbox. The malware use encryption to communicate with the C&C server.

Trusteer said it has not yet analyzed the malware sample in order to validate the seller’s claims, all the information provided are based on the advertisement in the underground forum.

Researchers say GameOver malware is back

Last month, DOJ announced that International law enforcement agencies disrupted the Game Over Botnet.   However, Researchers at Sophos say the GameOver malware is back.

Researchers spotted several spam campaign and analyzed a few samples of the new version.

The new version has few modifications.  One of them is removing Necurs rootkit part from the malware.

The second modification is using Domain generation algorithm(DGA) as the primary command and control mechanism instead of Peer-to-Peer protocol.

"We do not know if it is being operated by the same people that were indicted last month, or a subset of them, or indeed a different group altogether that has obtained the Gameover source code." researcher said.

CSPF introduces Free online Ethical Hacking Course

Cyber Security and Privacy Foundation is happy to announce the first free online Ethical Hacking & Cyber Defence Course.

Within first 10 days after the course is launched, we have seen alreay 240 students registered for the online course.  The students registered range from Age group of 20 to 60.

Mr. Gemini Ramamurthy, chairman of CSPF, says we are very happy with overwhelming response from across the Globe for this course.  CSPF will continue to offer more such courses to the Online academy.


White Hat Hacking Course:
https://www.udemy.com/certified-whitehat-hacker-level-1/

Cyber Defence Course:
https://www.udemy.com/cyber-defence-course-cdc/

Hacking Any Facebook Accounts using REST API

Stephen Sclafani , a Security Researcher, has discovered a critical security vulnerability in the Social Networking giant Facebook that allowed him to hack any facebook accounts.

Stephen just need your user ID, he can hack into your account and read private messages, view email addresses, create or delete notes, on top of that he can update status and upload photos and tag you friends,  on behalf you. 

"A misconfigured endpoint allowed legacy REST API calls to be made on behalf of any Facebook user using only their user ID" Stephen explained in his blog.

The Facebook REST API is said to be predecessor of Facebook’s current Graph API.  He managed to send request to server using this API such that it will update status on behalf of victim.


Stephen found this bug in April 23 and reported to Facebook.  After getting notification, Facebook permanently fixed the bug on April 30th. Facebook awarded $20,000 bounty to him for finding and reporting this bug.

Security Vulnerability in Android allows any app to make phone calls

An application normally needs permission and should alert user that it needs permission to make phone call, when it is being installed.

Researchers at Security firm CureSec has discovered a security flaw in the Android system that allows malicious applications to initiate unauthorized phone calls. 

By exploiting this vulnerability, malicious apps can make phone calls to premium-rated numbers and terminate any outgoing calls.  It is also capable of sending Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) codes that can be used for enabling call forwarding, blocking your sim cards and so on.

The security bug appears to be introduced in Android Jelly bean 4.1.1  and it exits in all latest versions through Android Kitkat 4.4.2.

CureSec has also released a source code and proof-of-concept application to demonstrate the existence of vulnerability.

The bug has been fixed in the latest version of android (v4.4.4).

Antivirus Test conducted by Cyber Security & Privacy Foundation

Cyber Security & Privacy Foundation(CSPF) has got members who have more than 30 man years of experience in Antivirus industry. Recently, due to popular demands from its members, CSPF decided to test good antivirus products. 

CSPF chose Avast antivirus and ESET NOD32 for testing from the various antivirus product available. 

Among all the products, CSPF chose ESET NOD32 best suited for Indian environment. ESET NOD32 has also shown consistency in various international testing for last few years.

To access the test report, you can follow the link :
http://securityresearch.cysecurity.org/?p=493

Dailymotion website visitors redirected to malicious web page


Attackers managed to compromise the popular video sharing website dailymotion and redirected visitors to malicious web page that installs malware in victim's machine.

On June 28, Symantec researchers identified an iframe in Dailymotion.com which sends users to different website hosting Sweet Orange Exploit kit.

Sweet Orange Exploit Kit is a malware toolkit used by attackers to infect victim's machine with malware by exploiting software vulnerabilities on their machine.

The vulnerabilities that Sweet Orange attempts to exploit are : Java Vulnerability(CVE-2013-2460), Adobe Flash Player vulnerability(CVE-2014-0515), Internet Explorer Vulnerability(CVE-2013-2551).

If the user's machine is vulnerable, then Trojan.Adclicker was downloaded onto the victim’s computer.

"This malware forces the compromised computer to artificially generate traffic to pay-per-click Web advertisements in order to generate revenue for the attackers" the symantec researchers said.

Data Breach at Butler University affects over 163,000 individuals

Officials at Butler University have informed approximately 163,000 individuals that a data breach has compromised their personal information.

The breach came to light when police arrested an identity theft suspect who had a flash drive containing the personal information of some Butler University employees.

An internal investigation revealed that someone hacked into the university's computer network between November 2013 and May 2014.

According to the letter, the hacker had access to files containing names, date of birth, Social Security numbers and bank account information.

The university is offering one year free credit card monitoring service to those affected.