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Unprotected Elasticsearch database belonging to Honda exposes 134 million records of employee data

Security researcher Justin Paine discovered an unprotected Elasticsearch instance belonging to Honda, which was publicly accessible without any authentication.
The leaky database contained information for over 300,000 employees across the globe, which included employees’ names, email addresses, their last login, their computers' endpoint security vendor network information, OS versions, hostnames, and patch status.

Mirai Botnet Sees Big 2019 Growth, Shifts Focus to Enterprises

The infamous Mirai internet of things botnet is spiking in growth while changing up its tactics, techniques and procedures so far in 2019, to target more and more enterprise-level hardware, It’s a state of affairs that presents a greater concern than ever before given the ongong migration to the cloud era, researchers said.

According to researchers at IBM X-Force, Mirai is now made up of several different related botnets, which sometimes compete with each other. Since bursting on the scene with a massive DDoS takedown of DNS provider Dyn – which impacted vast swathes of the internet including major sites like Twitter, Spotify and GitHub – the botnet has proliferated into at least 63 Mirai variants, the firm said.

Slack Resets Passwords For Users Who Hadn't Changed It Since 2015 Breach

If you use Slack, a popular cloud-based team collaboration server, and recently received an email from the company about a security incident, don't panic and read this article before taking any action.
Slack has been sending a "password reset" notification email to all those users who had not yet changed passwords for their Slack accounts since 2015 when the company suffered a massive data breach.
For those unaware, in 2015, hackers unauthorisedly gained access to one of the company's databases that stored user profile information, including their usernames, email addresses, and hashed passwords.

Agent Smith Malware Infects 25M Android Phones to Push Rogue Ads

Researchers are warning of a new breed of Android malware, dubbed “Agent Smith,” that they claim has infected 25 million handsets in order to replace legitimate apps with doppelgangers that display rogue ads. The malware is tied to a China-based firm, according to Check Point researchers, and is targeting users in India, Pakistan and other parts of Asia.

According to research released Wednesday, the malware targets phones that have not been patched for a host of old vulnerabilities such as Janus, an Android flaw that dates back to 2017. Victims are enticed to download dropper program camouflaged as either an image editor, porn-related app or game from a third-party app store. The dropper program then downloads the Agent Smith payload.

Apple disables Walkie Talkie app due to vulnerability that could allow iPhone eavesdropping

Apple has disabled the Apple Watch Walkie Talkie app due to an unspecified vulnerability that could allow a person to listen to another customer’s iPhone without consent, the company told TechCrunch this evening.

Apple has apologized for the bug and for the inconvenience of being unable to use the feature while a fix is made.

The Walkie Talkie app on Apple Watch allows two users who have accepted an invite from each other to receive audio chats via a ‘push to talk’ interface reminiscent of the PTT buttons on older cell phones.