YouTube Hacked, Debit Card Scam, British Anti Violence Strategy, and More

YouTube Hacked, Debit Card Scam, British Anti-Violence Strategy, and More
  • YouTube's music video for the hit song Despacito, which has had over 5 billion views, has been hacked, reports the BBC. More than a dozen other artists, including Shakira, Selena Gomez, Drake, and Taylor Swift are also affected. The original clips had been posted by Vevo. The Despacito video has been removed, but its cover image had shown a group wearing masks and pointing guns. The hackers, calling themselves Prosox and Kuroi'sh, had written "Free Palestine" beneath the videos. Of those, the actual video content itself appears to be unaltered. Many titles have been changed to include the names of the hackers, but only some feature the replaced cover image. A Twitter account that apparently belongs to one of the hackers posted: "It's just for fun…. Don't judge me I love YouTube."

  • The U.S. Secret Service is warning financial institutions about a new scam involving the temporary theft of chip-based debit cards issued to large corporations, reports Krebs on​ Security. In this scheme, the fraudsters intercept new debit cards in the mail and replace the chips with chips from old cards. When the unsuspecting business receives and activates the modified card, thieves can start draining funds from the account. The reason the crooks don't just use the debit cards when intercepting them via the mail is that they need the cards to be activated first, and presumably they lack the privileged information needed to do that. The Secret Service memo doesn't specify at what point in the mail process the crooks are intercepting the cards. It could involve U.S. Postal Service employees (or another delivery service), or perhaps the thieves are somehow gaining access to company mailboxes directly.

  • Tackling serious violence is not a law enforcement issue alone, according to a key government strategy published amid a row over the impact of police numbers on a surge in violent crime in the United Kingdom, reports the Guardian. The impact of police levels is conspicuous by its absence from the government's serious violence strategy, which was published by the Home Office on Monday. The strategy also discussed the impact of drug markets, social and economic disadvantages, and social media, at a time when deaths on British streets, particularly in London, have surged. There have been more than 50 suspected murders in the capital this year. At the same time, London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced a tough crackdown on knives Sunday as the city reels from a spike in stabbings that have led its number of homicides to top New York City's for two straight months.

  • ​In Xinjiang, part of western China, the government forces residents to install an Android app that scans devices for particular files. Now, cybersecurity researchers have found that the JingWang app has horrendous security practices for transferring data and uncovered more details on what exactly the app does to phones, reports Motherboard. China experts say the app is a continuation of China's surveillance and oppression of the Uighur ethnic group. "What we can confirm, based off the audit's findings, is that the JingWang app is particularly insecure and is built with no safeguards in place to protect the private, personally identifying information of its users—who have been forced by the government to download and use it in the first place," said Adam Lynn, research director at the Open Technology Fund, a US government funded program.

  • In other news, the Canadian federal government is asking universities, companies, and others to help the military with pressing challenges, including how to better treat PTSD, increase female recruitment, monitor Canada's waterways, and defend against cyberattacks, and backing the request with $313 million for various projects over the next five years and a total $1.6 billion over the next 20 years. A security officer at a sweepstakes parlor was killed during a robbery at the business in Burlington, North Carolina. Positive Technologies has released a new report Social Engineering: How the Human Factor Puts Your Company at Risk, with statistics on the success rates of social engineering attacks, based on the 10 largest and most illustrative pentesting projects performed for clients in 2016 and 2017. Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress twice this week, starting today, regarding privacy protection at the company.