1.7Tbps – Memcached DDoS the Next Generation in Digital Attacks


Security experts from some security firms have reported that threat actors have started abusing the memcached protocol to power distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) Attacks, so-called memcached DDoS attacks.

Memcached is a free and open source, high-performance, distributed memory caching system designed to speed up dynamic web applications by alleviating database load.

Clients communicate with memcached servers via TCP or UDP on port 11211.



Apple confirms it uses Google’s cloud for iCloud


A file that Apple updated on its website last month provides the first acknowledgment that it’s relying on Google’s public cloud for data storage for its iCloud services.

The disclosure is fresh evidence that Google’s cloud has been picking up usage as it looks to catch up with Amazon and Microsoft in the cloud infrastructure business.


Flight Sim Company “FSLabs” Combats Piracy by Sending Them Your Chrome Passwords


This has to be a first. The tl;dr of this is that if the company detects their software installation using a blacklisted/fraudulent product key, it pushes a “test.exe” to the target machine. This executable was revealed to be the Chrome Password Dumping Tool by SecurityXploded – available at http://securityxploded.com/chrome-password-dump.php. The dump of the passwords is packaged by an included “base64.exe” and sent via HTTP back to FSLabs. Once this was revealed to the public, the company issued a statement defending their stance on piracy, followed by a new release of their downloader that promises this DRM is not included. Superhero or supervillian? Read more here.

Dell might sell itself to VMWare in a massive deal


Dell is weighing a sale of its business to VMware, a massive and unusual deal that would allow Dell to go public by essentially selling itself to a company that it owns, according to CNBC’s Alex Sherman.

Shares of VMware were down 9% on the report, which cited anonymous sources and noted that Dell was also considering other strategic options.

Dell owns 80% of VMware, a publicly traded software virtualization company that Dell acquired when it purchased EMC for $67 billion in 2015.


Signal partners with Microsoft to bring end-to-end encryption to Skype


In collaboration with Signal, Microsoft is introducing a Private Conversations feature in Skype, powered by Signal Protocol. Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Google Allo already use this technology. The protocol combines the Double Ratchet Algorithm, prekeys, and a triple Diffie–Hellman (3-DH) handshake, and uses Curve25519AES-256 and HMAC-SHA256 as primitives.


WPA3 to be Released in 2018


LAS VEGAS, Jan. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wi-Fi Alliance® introduces enhancements and new features for Wi-Fi Protected Access®, the essential family of Wi-Fi CERTIFIED™ security technologies for more than a decade. Wi-Fi Alliance is launching configuration, authentication, and encryption enhancements across its portfolio to ensure Wi-Fi CERTIFIED devices continue to implement state of the art security protections.