Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: Dutch spies knew Russian hackers interfered in US elections and more

A lot has happened, and secrets were revealed in the cyber security world as well over the last seven days. Here are some notable news you should be aware about:

The biggest cryptocurrency hack targeted Coincheck

Apparently, some of the predictions in terms of cyber-attacks are starting to come true. Hackers are targeting cryptocurrencies and the biggest hack has just hit Coincheck – a Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange. Hackers stole digital assets worth of $532 million, but it affected the entire cryptocurrency market, including the Bitcoin price.

More on the news.

CrossRAT malware hits Windows, macOS and other systems

A new malware called CrossRAT has hit Windows, macOS, Solaris and Linux systems. CrossRAT is a Trojan developed by a group called Dark Caracal, allowing hackers to handle file systems as they please and run random executables. In addition, they use social engineering posting on Facebook and sending messages on WhatsApp, encouraging users to access fake and harmful websites.

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Dutch spies knew that Russians hackers influenced U.S. elections

New and interesting details regarding the Russian intervention in the American election continue to be exposed. Now, the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD is in the spotlight. It seems Dutch spies knew that Russian groups Cozy Bear and Fancy Bear hacked the U.S State Department and warned the NSA about it.

After the warning, the FBI began an investigation which revealed close links between Russians and members of Donald Trump’s team.

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Strava fitness app exposes location of secret American army bases

If you use Strava fitness tracking app, you might see locations of U.S. military bases if you look closer. The app released a detailed visualization map that shows all the activity tracked by users, such as their running routes or remote places where they exercise. And it makes it very easy for users to check out the routines of military personnel around the world.

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Beware of buggy patches for Spectre and Meltdown flaws

Patches that were meant to address Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities (that affected chip companies like Intel, Arm and AMD at the beginning of the year) seem to do more harm than good. Software updates turn out to cause bugs and even making the systems reboot more frequently.

Intel has interrupted its patches until the issue is resolved.

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