InfoSec Overnights 01 February 2019

Hi, I’m Paul Torgersen, it’s Friday, February
1st, 2019, happy birthday me, and this is a look at the information security news from
overnight. From
The U.S. Justice Department is looking to retaliate against North Korea-linked hackers. The department announced this week that it
would seek to map out the Joanap botnet, which has been built and controlled by North Korea-linked
hackers since 2009, and ultimately disrupt it by alerting impacted victims. From
Houzz, the home improvement startup has admitted a data breach. An email sent by the company doesn’t include
much in the way of details stating they “recently learned that a file containing some of our
user data was obtained by an unauthorized third party.” They are investigating and you should change
your password. From
A day after Facebook was dinged for a shady data-collecting app, Google was discovered
using the same methods. Big G was collecting user data in exchange
for gift cards. The app in question: Screenwise Meter “audience
measurement” app, has been disabled. From
Multiple Windows users in the US and UK have been unable to download updates from Windows
Update. But this time, it isn’t Microsoft’s fault. It’s wonky DNS setting that are getting
in the way. Hit up ZDNet for the details. And last this week from
The United Arab Emirates with the help of former U.S. government intelligence operatives
has been hacking iPhones of activists, diplomats, and rival foreign leaders using a spying tool
dubbed as ‘Karma’. The spy tool enters through a text message
which doesn’t even have to be clicked or opened to be effective. As soon as the text lands, the tool lets spies
steal photos, messages, emails and location data. As of now it cannot intercept phone calls,
or hack Androids. That’s all for me this week. Have a fantastic Superbowl weekend and until
Monday, be safe out there.

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