A report investigating a Denial of Service botnet has revealed a substantial number of wireless gateways emplaced in emergency vehicles and around numerous USG infrasctructure sites that are full of holes (archived). These ready bake botnet nodes are embedded in networks as varied as airports, hydrogen refueling stations, and ambulance fleets. In addition to being recruited into producing poor internet weather, when installed in vehicles they can allow tracking the vehicle with sufficient resolution to guess what kind of vehicle: police, fire fighting, etc is ferrying around the vulnerable wireless gateway. Fixed installations of the vulnerable gateways has in several cases been documented as motivated by a desire to provision emergency access to the networks so compromised by the device's installaton.
Amid increasing isolation within Europe, political instability, and an unyeilding committment to a 1990's Clintonesque "end of history" worldview, the German political establishment is considering the merits of starting a nuclear weapons program (archived). Several years of sending their soldiers to joint NATO exercises armed with black broomsticks in the place of rifles (archived) has the German regime fearful that its allies might take the alliances which have blanketed Germany with foreign protection as unseriously as the Germans themselves do.
Germany has been dismantling their civil nuclear power generation infrastructure for years raising concerns over what they will do with all their delicious yellow cake.
The "Bitfi" wireless hardware wallet has been discovered to be very hackable and otherwise molestable contrary to vendor claims (archived). The device turns out to be a Mediatek Android smartphone board in a case readily pried open by a normal, healthy human thumbnail. Meanwhile the software stack is readily rootable and open to subterfuge as these things tend to be.
Reddit has announced that they were hacked in June losing control of current user email addresses and a complete 2007 backup including password salted and hashed to Reddit's 2007 standards for such things (archived). Reddit attributes their loss to SMS based 2 factor authorization being defeated with their third party cloud and code hosting providers. They further claimed to have involved "law enforcement" in this matter.
Information on a US surveillance program targeting persons not known to be terrorists has been leaked (archived). The progam dubbed "Quiet Skies" involves the assignment of air marshall details to follow travelers who meet the following criteria:
- Not under investigation by any agency
- Not in the terrorist screening database
Selected targets are then followed by a team of armed plainclothes air marshalls for the duration of their US air travel. In their report on the program, the Boston Globe estimated the program manages to handle 35 targets daily.
It has been discovered that Sony IPELA series network cameras will execute commands issued through specially formed http GET requests (archived). The affected cameras are marketed for "monitoring and surveillance", but there is a chance that a number of the affected cameras may be in service within the camwhore industry.
In Britain the Investagatory Powers Tribunal has found that MI5 and GCHQ have spent 15 years grossly violating section 94 of the local Telecommunications act through their cable tapping programs (archived). The tribunal's president Michael Burton however found no reason for anything to be done citing a word salad of bureaucratic wank.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed has expressed shock at the amount of human feces on the city's sidewalks during her first interview since taking office (archived, archived). Her proposed solution is pressuring non-profits organizations enabling the city's homeless population to educate their charges about hygiene and "cleaning up after themselves".
There are reports circulating on an attack affecting a number of iPhone users being referred to as "hyper-targeted" (archived). Historically Apple has marketed a number of measures to prevent iPhone purchasers from owning their devices as security measures protecting those same customers. Yet, reportedly malware versions of apps varying from the Apple blessed versions of those apps found their ways on these devices in spite of the security colored marketing.
Fifty year old Theresa Lynn Tetley, who did business on LocalBitcoins as "Bitcoin Maven", was sentenced to 366 days in prison and ordered to forfeit 40 Bitcoins, 292,264.00 USD in cash, and 25 gold bars after pleaing guilty to single counts of operating an unlicensed money transmitting business and money laundering (archived). The Bitcoin matron unknowingly began doing business with an undercover DEA agent in 2016 and according to the plea knowingly agreed to trade on entrapping terms insisted on by the DEA agent. Guilty pleas remain harmful to your future as they always were.