Security Alerts & News
by Tymoteusz A. Góral

#1885 WordPress 4.7.1 fixes CSRF, XSS, PHPMailer vulnerabilities
One of the XSS vulnerabilities could be triggered via the plugin name or version header on update-core.php, another could be exploited via theme name fallback, according to the release notes.

One of the CSRF bugs, identified by Abdullah Hussam, an Iraqi security researcher who’s previously found bugs in Vine, Twitter, and Vimeo, could lead to a bypass if a specific Flash file was uploaded. Another CSRF bug, discovered by Danish developer Ronni Skansing, was tied to how WordPress handled accessibility mode in widget editing. Skansing has found several bugs in WordPress over the years. Last February he found a server side request forgery (SSRF) vulnerability in WordPress 4.4.1. An attacker could have exploited the bug by making it appear that the server was sending certain requests, possibly bypassing access controls.

Another issue in WordPress’ REST API could have exposed user data for any users who “authored a post of a public post type.” The issue, jointly uncovered by Brian Krogsgard, who runs the WordPress news site Post Status, and Chris Jean, a WordPress developer for iThemes, was fixed by limiting which posts are seen within the API.
#1884 Spora ransomware works offline, has the most sophisticated payment site as of yet
A new ransomware family made its presence felt today, named Spora, the Russian word for "spore." This new ransomware's most notable features are its solid encryption routine, ability to work offline, and a very well put together ransom payment site, which is the most sophisticated we've seen from ransomware authors as of yet.

First infections with Spora ransomware were spotted on the Bleeping Computer and Kaspersky forums. Below is an analysis of the Spora ransomware mode of operation provided by Bleeping Computer's Lawrence Abrams, with some information via MalwareHunterTeam and Fabian Wosar of Emsisoft.
#1883 Post-holiday spam campaign delivers Neutrino bot
During the Christmas season and early into the new year, we noticed a sharp decrease in spam volume, perhaps as online criminals took a break from their malicious activities and popped the champagne to celebrate. It could also have been a time to regroup and plan new strategies for the upcoming year.

In any case, over the weekend we observed a large new campaign purporting to be an email from ‘Microsoft Security Office’ with a link to a full security report ( This was somewhat unexpected, as typically the malicious Office files are directly attached to the email. Instead, the files are hosted on various servers with a short time to live window.
#1882 A look at EyePyramid, the malware supposedly used in high-profile hacks in Italy
Two Italian citizens were arrested last Tuesday by Italian authorities (in cooperation with the FBI) for exfiltrating sensitive data from high-profile Italian targets. Private and public Italian citizens, including those holding key positions in the state, were the subject of a spear-phishing campaign that reportedly served a malware, codenamed EyePyramid, as a malicious attachment. This malware was used to successfully exfiltrate over 87 gigabytes worth of data including usernames, passwords, browsing data, and filesystem content.
#1881 Adobe Acrobat Reader DC update installs Chrome browser extension
An Adobe Acrobat extension comes with anonymous usage data collection turned on by default, which might scare some users.
#1880 Hacker steals 900 GB of Cellebrite data
The hackers have been hacked. Motherboard has obtained 900 GB of data related to Cellebrite, one of the most popular companies in the mobile phone hacking industry. The cache includes customer information, databases, and a vast amount of technical data regarding Cellebrite's products.

The breach is the latest chapter in a growing trend of hackers taking matters into their own hands, and stealing information from companies that specialize in surveillance or hacking technologies.

Cellebrite is an Israeli company whose main product, a typically laptop-sized device called the Universal Forensic Extraction Device (UFED), can rip data from thousands of different models of mobile phones. That data can include SMS messages, emails, call logs, and much more, as long as the UFED user is in physical possession of the phone.
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