Tech news you might have missed – 17/07/2018

Written by:
Lucie Sadler
Date Posted:
17 July 2018
Tech News

We’ve handpicked some tech/security related news stories from the past week, in case you missed them.

Stolen drone files sold on dark web
Some sensitive data about US military drones have been found for sale on the dark web. Some of this data was stolen from a US Air Force captain’s personal computer, according to cyber security company Recorded Future.

The police are currently trying to track down the hacker who stole the files and sold them. The drone files were stolen via a popular bug on a router that the captain was using. He had  failed to update the device, meaning that it was left open to hijack attack. Hackers could then access the network and gain access to files on the computer.

Ironically, the Air Force captain had recently taken a cyber-awareness course not long before the documents were stolen. He clearly hadn’t paid enough attention…

The files included maintenance guides for drones and training manuals for troops deployed outside the US. Definitely not information that the US Air Force would want to fall into the wrong hands.

Office 365 blunder
Last week security specialists, Proofpoint, found that Office 365 emails and calendars can be hacked even if two-factor authentication is in place.

Cybercriminals are apparently able to hack into Office 365 accounts by targeting older systems that aren’t well protected.

Hackers target legacy services that would use weak or well known passwords and are not secured by multi-factor authentication. Passwords could also be phished by email or instant message.

Attackers tend to go for Exchange Web Services and ActiveSync.

Proofpoint gave an example of a hacked 365 account where a CEO’s email’s and calendar were accessed. The hackers used information that they had gained to send an email to the financial offer to ask for money to be shifted around. They then lost a lot of money.

This latest blunder is yet another reminder for businesses that multi-factor authentication and proactive security measures are so vital.

Hola VPN hacked
Hola, the popular free VPN plug-in with nearly 50 million users worldwide, was caught up in an attack to steal cryptocurrency last week.

Hola was allegedly compromised for 5 hours. Any users that were trying to access MyEtherWallet(MEW) to access crypto wallets and send/receive cryptocurrencies may have been affected. But regular users of MEW weren’t affected, as the service itself wasn’t compromised.

MEW is suggesting any users of the Hola VPN and their site should transfer their tokens to a new wallet, if they still have access.

Users were redirected to a phished version of the MEW site that was being controlled by the hacker. The hacker had injected a JavaScript tag into the site to phish information.

It’s a tale of caution that it definitely pays off to use a genuine VPN provider instead of a free plug-in…

Is the PC dead?
Smartphones and tablets have dominated the market for the past few years, so what became of the humble PC?

According to Gartner, worldwide shipments of PCs grew by 1.4 percent in the 2nd quarter of 2018. This is the first time that the PC industry has grown since 2012.

The industry has shipped around 62 million PCs in the past three months. So, is the PC having a sudden resurgence or recovery?

Windows 10 is apparently credited for the increase in sales, as many SMEs are making the jump to Microsoft’s latest offering and buying new PCs to accommodate the upgrade. However these sales seem to be a temporary increase and are likely to drop in the future, as businesses make the upgrades.

HP and Lenovo are fighting for the top spot, with Dell, Apple and Acer as other top suppliers.

Most consumers are still trading in their PCs for smaller, more accessible devices. Chromebooks are also hugely popular in the education sector, which accounts for a significant amount of PC usage. The PC isn’t quite redundant, but time will only tell as tablets and smart devices become more multi-functional.

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