Table of Contents

  1. Digital rights
    1. ‘Many lives have been lost’: five-month internet blackout plunges Kashmir into crisis
    2. Social media restricted in Venezuela on day of National Assembly leadership vote
  2. Ransomware
    1. DeathRansom ransomware evolves encrypting files, but experts identified its author
  3. Politics
    1. Federal Depository Library Program Govn agency breached by Iranian hackers
    2. 'Serious cyber-attack' on Austria's foreign ministry
  4. OSINT
    1. Pokémon OSINT Techniques
  5. Crime
    1. School software provider Active Network discloses data breach

Digital rights

‘Many lives have been lost’: five-month internet blackout plunges Kashmir into crisis

For many in Kashmir, it has been more than 150 days of agony. The internet blackout which was imposed on the disputed Himalayan region by the Indian government in August is now the longest on record, and has left people’s lives, jobs and the economy in tattered ruins. It has also, according to doctors, cost lives; how many, they say they will never know.

Social media restricted in Venezuela on day of National Assembly leadership vote

Data from the NetBlocks internet observatory confirm that Venezuela’s state-run internet provider ABA CANTV has restricted access to Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook services on the morning of Sunday 5 January. The targeted filtering commenced as security forces were seen blocking lawmakers and media access to National Assembly premises in advance of today’s leadership vote, and was applied for 2.5 hours, then restored for a period.

Ransomware

DeathRansom ransomware evolves encrypting files, but experts identified its author

DeathRansom is a ransomware family that was initially classified as a joke because it did not implement an effective encryption scheme. Researchers at Fortinet published an analysis that shows the threat evolving, it is now capable of encrypting files using strong encryption. The experts pointed out that the ransomware is distributed in an efficient campaign and it was able to infect new victims on a daily basis for the past two months.

Politics

Federal Depository Library Program Govn agency breached by Iranian hackers

A group of Iranian hackers claims to have breached the website of a US government agency, the Federal Depository Library Program, vowing revenge for the killing of commander Qasem Soleimani. Maj.Gen. Qassim Suleimani was killed by a U.S. drone airstrike at the Baghdad airport in Iraq on Friday. The hackers defaced the website of the Federal Depository Library Program and replaced the home page with a page titled “Iranian Hackers!” that displayed images of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the Iranian flag.

'Serious cyber-attack' on Austria's foreign ministry

Austria's foreign ministry has been targeted by a cyber-attack that is suspected to have been conducted by another country. The ministry said the seriousness of the attack suggested it might have been carried out by a "state actor". The hack started on Saturday night and experts warn it could continue for several days.

OSINT

Pokémon OSINT Techniques

How to trace a Pokémon GO user's location and life patterns using screenshots from user's social media.

Crime

School software provider Active Network discloses data breach

Active Network provides web-based school management software for K-12 schools and districts, last week it announced to have suffered a major security breach. The hackers gained access to Blue Bear, a cloud school accounting software customized especially for K-12 schools and districts to help manage and simplify schools’ activity fund accounting. According to Active Network data breach notice, parents who accessed Blue Bear-based web store to pay school fees or buy books and other material between October 1, 2019, and November 13, 2019, might have had their personal data stolen.