Former NSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Espionage! ????

Oct 26 2023

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  • ???? Ex-NSA employee could get life after pleading guilty to espionage charges ????️‍♂️

  • ???? Grammarly, Vidio, and Bukalapak users beware: 0Auth flaws discovered ????

  • ???? More malvertising, this time on Facebook: Warnings of hostile takeovers ????

Russia, Russia, Russia! ????????

???? Former NSA Employee Pleads Guilty to Espionage! ????

In a story brimming with irony, Jareh Sebastian Dalke, a 31-year-old former Information Systems Security Designer at the NSA, has pleaded guilty to attempting to send classified defence information to Russia. ????

Dalke, who had Top Secret clearance, confessed to using an encrypted email account between August and September 2022 to share excerpts from three classified documents with someone he believed was a Russian agent. ????️‍♂️ But, surprise, surprise! The recipient turned out to be an undercover FBI agent! ????️‍♀️

He even asked for $85,000 in exchange for his secret data, claiming it was valuable to Russia. ????

The information Dalke shared included details about the NSA's plans and threat assessments related to U.S. defense and Russia's offensive capabilities. ????

The daring exchange took place at Union Station in Denver, Colorado, and Dalke was arrested right after the transfer. ????

Now, he's awaiting sentencing on April 26, 2024, and could face life in prison. ????

Stay tuned for more updates on this intriguing espionage case! ????️‍♂️????????

Cybersecurity is more important than ever, and your Mac or PC are no exception. Over time, your Mac or PC can accumulate junk files, malware, and other threats that can slow it down and make it vulnerable to attack.

That's where MacPaw comes in. MacPaw offers a suite of easy-to-use apps that can help you clean, optimize, and secure your Mac. With MacPaw, you can:

  • Remove junk files and malware to free up space and improve performance

  • Protect your privacy by erasing sensitive data

  • Optimize your startup settings to speed up boot times

  • Manage your extensions and apps to keep your Mac or PC running smoothly

Since 2008 MacPaw is trusted by over 30 million users worldwide, and it's the perfect solution for keeping your Mac or PC safe and secure.

And these are just the flaws we know Auth ????

???? Critical Security Flaws in OAuth Services! ????

Major online platforms like Grammarly, Vidio, and Bukalapak have recently addressed security issues in their Open Authorization (OAuth) systems. These vulnerabilities, found between February and April 2023, could have potentially allowed hackers to snatch access tokens and compromise user accounts. ????

What is OAuth and Why is it Important? ????

OAuth is a widely used standard for cross-application access, permitting websites to access data from other sites without needing your passwords. When security breaches happen in OAuth, it can lead to identity theft, financial fraud, and access to sensitive personal data. ????

Vidio: A Token Verification Gap ????

Issue: Lack of token verification could let attackers use access tokens from a different App ID, potentially leading to a full account takeover.

Bukalapak: Token Verification Problems ????

Issue: Similar token verification issues via Facebook login could result in unauthorised account access.

Grammarly: A Different Vulnerability ????

Issue: While not susceptible to token reuse, attackers could alter an HTTP POST request to substitute a secret code with an access token, potentially accessing the victim's documents.

These issues have since been resolved, but it's a reminder to stay vigilant about online security. ????️ Remember folks, always use strong passwords and enable two-factor authentication when possible! ????

Stay safe and protect your digital life! ????????

???? Catch of the Day!! ????????????

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???? Digital Ocean: If you build it they will come. Nope, we’re not talking about a baseball field for ghosts ???????? (Great movie, to be fair ????). This is the Digital Ocean who’ve got a really cool platform for building and hosting pretty much anything you can think of. If you check out their website you’ll find yourself catching the buzz even if you can’t code (guilty ????). But if you can and you’re looking for somewhere to test things out or launch something new or simply enhance what you’ve got, we’d recommend checking out their services fo’ sho ???? And how can you not love their slogan: Dream it. Build it. Grow it. Right on, brother! ???? (LINK)

Don’t fall Facebook, line, and sinker ????

???? Beware of Criminals Hijacking Facebook Business Accounts! ????

Criminals are targeting Facebook business accounts, running their ad campaigns using someone else's money. This not only results in financial losses but also damages your reputation. Here's what you need to know!

The Money-Driven World of Social Media Advertising ????

Facebook and other social media platforms thrive on advertising revenue. The more money you invest in an ad campaign, the wider your reach. Criminals want a piece of this pie without getting caught, so they hijack other people's business accounts. If these accounts get blocked, they simply move on to the next victim.

The Bait: Approaching Victims ????

Criminals use direct messaging to approach their targets, often posing as representatives of well-known companies seeking advertising partners. They seem legit, making it difficult to spot their intentions.

The Deceptive Download ????

Victims are enticed to download a document, seemingly packed with marketing materials. Among these files hides a malicious one. Opening it is where the trouble begins.

The Data Theft Operation ????️

This malicious file steals session cookies, passwords, and token data from various browsers. The stolen data is sent to the attackers via Telegram.

The Scary Part: "Persistence" ????

The malware ensures its survival by creating a startup script, allowing it to run every time the system boots up.

The Victim's Nightmare ????

With stolen account access, criminals launch their own ad campaigns, promoting everything from scams to malware downloads. The victim is left to bear the costs and deal with the aftermath.

????️ Top Tips:

  • Log Out: Don't stay permanently logged into your Facebook account.

  • Multi-Factor Authentication: Use it for added security.

  • Stay Sceptical: Never click on unsolicited links.

  • Password Managers: Use them instead of the browser's "remember password" feature.

Stay vigilant and protect your business accounts from these cunning criminals! ????????️

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