“The Travelers Guide To Wi-Fi Hacking”

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“The Travelers Guide To Wi-Fi Hacking”

Dear Blast Reader,

Do you stay at hotels when you travel? Do you ever use the hotel internet? Did you know that there may be someone spying on you while you are in your hotel? Did you know that hackers target hotel Wi-fi? Did you know that the hackers that target hotel wi-fi also target traveling business professionals?

 

Hotel wi-fi is targeted and compromised to assist in the delivering of the malicious payload to the selected victims. A ­payload is the part of the malware that performs the malicious action. Those behind the attack continually evolve the malware’s tactics and payload. It is believed that the attackers are exploiting the vulnerabilities in the server software, either by:

  • Gaining remote access.
  • Physically gaining access to the hotel and the hotel’s servers.

 

Now, attackers are using a new form of malware known as the “Inexsmar Attack”. This attack starts with a phishing email.  To make the email look real, the message is tailored to you. This email address you by name, and has real looking documents attached.

 

But, looks can be deceiving. Within this email there is a self-extracting archive package. This is a package that begins the trojan downloader process. A trojan downloader process is a malicious program, usually installed through an exploit or some other deceptive means. Using email attachments the malware is installed onto your computer. Once you are convinced to open the attachment, hackers will then initiate their malware attack.

 

How does the malware go un-detected?

To prevent being detected, the malware is downloaded in stages. These stages include:

  1. Hiding malicious codes and strings by linking malicious code to otherwise unrelated code.
  2. The malware then runs an operation to download the second part of the payload, the trojan malware.

 

So, as your defences improve, it is believed that the multi-stage download for the trojan malware is an evolutionary way to keep the trojan viable.

So, how do you protect yourself?

To protect yourself against this new form of advanced and evolutionary trojan malware, here are a few tips:

  1. Use public wi-fi as little as possible. Hackers exploit public wi-fi in places like coffee shops, restaurants, and hotels.
  2. Use a Virtual Private Network, also known as a VPN. VPNs are encrypted web browsers that hide your IP addresses & your location.

 

If you have any questions about Hacking, Malware, Cyber Security, or Computer Forensics contact FDS Global. You can reach us at our office at (954) 727-1957 or by email at RMoody@FDS.Global. Please feel free to visit out website at www.FDS.Global.


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“In A Day Where Everything Is Getting Smarter, It Might Be Smarter To Play Dumb”

Dear Blast Readers,

 

Did you know that 6.6 million people in the US are stalked every year*? Only 1 in 5 victims are stalked by strangers*. 85% of stalking victims know who their stalkers are*. Did you know that there are 78% of stalkers use more than 1 approach when it comes to stalking their victims*?

 

We live in a day and age where technology is continuing to get smarter. With technology getting smarter so are the cyber criminals. Today Cyber criminals are always looking for vulnerabilities and back doors to provide access to his or her next victim.

 

Recently, vulnerabilities in cyber security have been found hiding and lurking in the shadows of smart appliances. Some examples of smart appliances include:

  • Smart Refrigerators
  • Smart Slow Cookers
  • Smart Dish Plates

 

Smart Refrigerators can have 3 built in cameras, that allow you to see inside of the Refrigerators from where ever you are. They also can have the capability of streaming music, streaming videos, as well as sharing calendars, notes, memos and pictures. The Smart Refrigerators can also have voice activated features. If these refrigerators fell victim to a hack attack, then hackers would have total control over all the features.

 

By hacking the Smart Refrigerators, hackers can then peer into your life. Watching you, your spouse, and even your children with the help of the video feed that comes from the Smart Refrigerators cameras.

 

Also, they can listen to every conversation going on inside your home because of the voice activation speakers (the speakers that help to refrigerator listen and respond to your commands).

 

The Smart Refrigerators can also share calendars, notes, memos and pictures. If a hacker was to gain access to this information, it could be sold on the dark net to someone with malicious intent. But, you could also be stalked. With this information, a stalker would know your schedule, know what your family and friends look like, where your favorite places are, among other things.

 

A Smart Slow Cooker is another smart device that cyber criminals and/or hackers could use to their malicious advantages. Being a Bluetooth connected device allows the Smart Slow Cooker to connect to smartphones (both Android and iOS devices), and tablets that have the Smart Slow Cookers application. From this application, you can control all the features, including:

  • Adjusting the temperature
  • Turning the Smart Slow Cooker on/off

 

With access to the Smart Slow Cookers, hackers would be able to get into the application and mess with the settings. They would be able to turn it on and off as they pleased, they would also be able to control the heat settings, possibly being able to blow the power source creating a fire. Hackers would be able to do all of this without the consent or knowledge of the device’s owners.

 

Do you wear a fitness tracker on your wrist consistently? Do you monitor your caloric intake with said device? Did you know there is a Smart Dish Plate that can help you track your eating habits and calorie intake? The Smart Dish Plate is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connected. It connects to your smartphone, via application, and your fitness tracker. It also has 3-mini built in cameras.

 

If hackers and/or cyber criminals were to gain control over this device, then it is likely that your phone and its data will be targeted as well. This leads to the possibly that this data could be sold on the dark net.

 

With the 3-mini built in cameras, hackers would also be able to spy on you through the camera feed.

 

By gaining access to the smart kitchen appliances, hackers can do many things without your knowledge or consent. They can control the device and all its features and they can also gain access to any other internet connected device connected the same network, including:

  • Smartphones
  • Tablets
  • Computers
  • Alarm systems

 

If you have any questions about hacking or cyber security contact FDS Global. You can reach us at our office at (954) 727-1957 or by email at RMoody@FDS.Global. Please Feel free to visit our website at www.FDS.Global.

 

 

 

*(The statistics represented in this blast were identified from: Stalking Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2017.)*


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“The Stores Have Eyes”

Dear Blast Readers,

 

When you are out shopping, is there ever a moment that you look around because you feel someone is watching you? Like you are being followed or tracked? Did you know that some stores track their customers? Both physical stores and online stores are tracking their customers inside and outside of the stores.

 

Physical stores track their customers with applications and biometric technologies. They build databases about customer habits by logging information about what is bought and by who. Usually, customers don’t even know that they are being surveilled.

Online stores are becoming more and more invasive as they modify Ads for customers based on their customer’s:

  • Internet Preferences
  • Website Histories
  • Personal Information

 

Companies are tracking their customers a few ways, including:

  1. Following a digital trail. This trail is left behind by customers using things like: search engines, social media activity, and online shopping.
  2. Statistical Analysis. The linking of your different devices. What you do on your phone, tablet and/or computer. This data can then be combined into a customer reports.
  3. GPS Technology. Allows stores to follow you outside of the store sending customized messages when you are near the store.

 

This retail analysis happens with a black box that is closed to both individuals and federal regulators. Meaning that stores can compile massive amounts of customer data without a regulatory body overseeing the store’s future use of this data.

 

There are a few things that can be done that can ensure that retailers do not see their customer’s personal information, include:

  • Not using frequent shopper cards
  • Shutting off your Wi-Fi when entering a store
  • Shutting off Bluetooth when entering a store
  • Closing all applications, not just putting them to run in the background

 

If you have any questions relating to Computer Forensics and Cyber Security contact FDS Global. You can reach us at our office at (954)727-1957 or by email at RMoody@FDS.Global. Please feel free to visit our website at www.FDS.Global\blog


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“Is Your Phone Watching You While You Sleep?”

Dear Blast Readers,

 

Have you ever had the hair on the back of your neck stand up because you thought you were being watched? Have you ever wondered if you were being spied on? Imagine your every move being watched and listened to without your knowledge. Have you ever considered that maybe, your smartphone is watching and listening to everything that you say and/or do?

Usually, when someone thinks about a “Smartphone” you think about all the different things that you can do on the phone. The different applications that you can run. Applications like:

·        Gaming Apps

·        Messaging Apps

·        Shopping Apps

·        Social Media

·        Internet Browsers

 

Digital Forensic Analysts are worried about malware that can remotely take over features of a smartphone. With this ability, Hackers can take over, and use your phone’s camera and microphone. This lets them gain the ability to listen in to your conversations and watch you through your camera.

More times than not, these issues arise as the result of old software in need of an update. Therefore, older models of technology become out-of-date so quickly.

Security researchers have found another example on how hackers can spy on smartphone users. It might seem like a complicated process to accomplish the task of taking over a smartphone’s Camera and Microphone. This form of exploit works the same as any other form of malware. Firstly, you will be sent a message to download an app that seems real, or you could be re-directed to a secondary website. If you proceed with the download these programs attempt to gain control of the smartphone functions through security holes in the phone. Once the App is installed the hacker can collect surveillance information.

FDS’ Tips on preventing hackers from spying on your smartphone:

1.      Do not click on links sent from unknown numbers

2.      Do not click on pop-up windows with links

3.      Do not install Apps onto your phone if you are not sure who has manufactured them.

 

If you have any questions relating to our tips or computer forensics and cyber security contact FDS Global. You can reach us at our office at (954) 727-1957 or by email at RMoody@FDS.Global. Please feel free to visit our website at www.FDS.Global.


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“Game Console Forensics”

Dear Blast Readers,

 

Many of us have purchased a gaming system for ourselves or for our children. These devices have exponentially increased in complexity 11-game-consel-forensicsand in their auxiliary capabilities. These auxiliary capabilities extend to applications such as Skype, Netflix, and Hulu. Both the Xbox Console and PlayStation Console have a built-in web browser. With exposure to the world-wide web comes the need for forensics on these devices.

 

Digital Forensics has expanded beyond the realm of phones and computers to include Gaming Systems. Game System Forensics can provide a very deep insight into the activity occurring on these devices. FDS Global has had several cases involving videogame consoles. FDS global has investigated cyber bullying through the chat functions. FDS Global has also extracted log files from these machines to investigate Skype conversations.

 

To perform an investigation dealing with Game System Forensics, just like the other forms of digital forensics the first step is to preserve a copy of the hard drive contained within the game systems. We are now in a time where Video-Game Consoles have 1 terabyte Hard drives and the ability to utilize external hard drives. This means that as a forensic investigator it is important to make sure you capture all data, including external drives.

 

Once you have a good copy of the data on the Video-Game Console you can proceed as normal with your investigation. As a parent keep in mind when buying your child one of these devices, that they are most likely asking for, you are buying them a very powerful computer that has many more capabilities than just playing video games.

For more information on Game System Forensics or about FDS Global contact us by phone at 954-727-1957 or by email at rmoody@forensic-data-svc.com. Check out our website at www.FDS.global.