Tag: zero day

Morpho Is A Profit-Based Hacking Group, Says Symantec

Attribution in information security attack is a difficult thing. Being able to put a particular person behind a keyboard is often the problem. However, in recent years, security companies have been doing a better job of identifying groups of individuals with similar attack methods and preferences. For example CrowdStrike has identified over seven thousand discrete groups of state-sponsored groups, criminals, and hacktivists solely by their methods of operation, their patterns of attack. A report this week from Symantec looks at one particular group they call Morpho, which they believe is not state-sponsored but nonetheless responsible for intellectual property theft for monetary gain. Symantec notes that one key difference between attacks coming from competitors and state-sponsored attackers is that competitors are likely in a better position to request the theft of specific information of economic value. They make faster use of this information than a state-sponsored group. Morpho hs a preference […]

Security Hole in Samsung Smart TVs Could Allow Remote Spying

Security Hole in Samsung Smart TVs Could Allow Remote Spying

The company that made headlines in October for publicizing zero day holes in SCADA products now says it has uncovered a remotely exploitable security hole in Samsung Smart TVs. If left unpatched, the vulnerability could allow hackers to make off with owners’ social media credentials and even to spy on those watching the TV using compatible video cameras and microphones. In an e-mail exchange with Security Ledger, the Malta-based firm said that the previously unknown (“zero day”) hole affects Samsung Smart TVs running the latest version of the company’s Linux-based firmware. It could give an attacker the ability to access any file available on the remote device, as well as external devices (such as USB drives) connected to the TV. And, in a Orwellian twist, the hole could be used to access cameras and microphones attached to the Smart TVs, giving remote attacker the ability to spy on those viewing […]