ISC StormCast for Friday, May 29th 2015 http://isc.sans.edu/podcastdetail.html?id=4505, (Fri, May 29th)

May 29th, 2015
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Android Pay is old news now: Google teases Hands Free Payments prototype

May 29th, 2015
by The Feeder
Hands Free, by Google

In an afternoon session of Google I/O, several Google representatives showed off the new Android Pay platform and explained to developers how they could use it within their apps. With only a few minutes remaining, senior vice president of ads and commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy showed the audience a quick preview of an “early prototype stage” mobile commerce system that was conducted without using any device whatsoever.

The new project, Ramaswamy said, is called Google Hands Free, and it will be field-tested in the coming years at McDonald's and Papa John's locations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ramaswamy pointed to drive-through situations as occasions where even tap-and-pay functionality on a phone is a bit too complicated.

Ramaswamy then showed the audience a video in which a woman carrying a baby in line at McDonald's says she'd “like to pay with Google.” The McDonald's cashier promptly completes the transaction without any device moving between them.

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PSA: Amazon launching next Nintendo Amiibo toy wave in 30-minute waves

May 28th, 2015
by The Feeder

The world of Amiibo toy collection is not for the faint of heart. Debuts of each wave of Nintendo's game-compatible toy line have been met with crazy lines, eBay price spikes, and computer-system meltdowns, and we have no reason to believe that tomorrow's "wave four" launch at American shops will be any different. Amazon, in particular, seems to agree, as the online retailer has sent a notice to interested toy collectors one day ahead of the launch with an unusual, staggered release plan.

Starting at 2pm Pacific time on Friday, Amazon will open one Amiibo buy listing every 30 minutes until all nine of its offerings have gone live. The first, a Pac-Man figurine from the Smash Bros. Amiibo series, will surely start the proceedings off with a bang, thanks to its Nintendo-Namco crossover appeal, and the rest of the day will include all of Splatoon's offerings (which are required to unlock its so-so "challenge" modes), along with a silver-coated Mario, two Fire Emblem characters, longtime nemesis Wario, and Pokemon favorite Charizard.

"Quantities of the new characters are extremely limited," Amazon warned customers (that was their italics, not ours), and the e-mail concluded with the no-brainer warning that " we cannot guarantee that every customer who wants an amiibo will be able to purchase one when they become available on May 29th." The site will also limit buyers to one of each toy, and none of them will work with the site's one-click ordering option.

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New Security Checkup Tested by Facebook for Optimal Security of your Account

May 28th, 2015
by The Feeder

By Waqas

Numerous tweaks in security features have been made by Facebook

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After FBI domain expires, seized Megaupload.com serves up porn

May 28th, 2015
by The Feeder

Earlier this week, something suspicious started happening with Web addresses related to sites seized by the FBI from Megaupload and a number of online gambling sites. Instead of directing browsers to a page with an FBI banner, they started dropping Web surfers onto a malicious feed of Web advertisements—some of them laden with malware.

The hijacking of the Megaupload domains wasn't the result of some sophisticated hack. Based on evidence collected by Ars, it appears someone at the FBI's Cyber Division failed to renew the domain registration for CIRFU.NET, the domain which in turn hosted Web and name servers used to redirect traffic headed to seized domains. As soon as they expired, they were snatched up in a GoDaddy auction by a self-described "black hat SEO marketer," a British ex-pat who calls himself "Earl Grey."

As of Thursday afternoon, all of the server names associated with the domain no longer resolve to Internet addresses. GoDaddy has apparently suspended the domain registration, and Earl Grey has been ranting about it ever since on Twitter. The CIRFU.NET domain currently remains in limbo.

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China to beef up its cyber force to combat security threats

May 28th, 2015
by The Feeder

By Waqas

A military white paper said on Tuesday that China needs

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UN Report Warns Encryption Backdoors Violate Human Rights

May 28th, 2015
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Destiny’s House of Wolves DLC impressions: A better loop, endlessly retold

May 28th, 2015
by The Feeder

The Dark Below, the first expansion for Bungie's shooter Destiny, broke me of an addiction. The base game had (and still has) its share of flaws, but I pumped hundreds of hours into the game across two characters in spite of those flaws. Not bad for a game that was often maligned for not having enough content.

That obsession disappeared with The Dark Below. The expansion compounded the original game's problems by making the base game's hard-won gear obsolete. It felt like the grueling, unfriendly, and often completely random leaps of progression before the expansion’s release were all completely meaningless. This knowledge was enough for me to excuse myself from those months of daily play and wait for the promised second half of the game's first season of extra content.

That second update, House of Wolves, is here, and it carries the unenviable baggage of needing to expand on the game proper while also fixing the problems its predecessor introduced.

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Android M makes another attempt at automated device backups

May 28th, 2015
by The Feeder

We've got the Android M preview installed on some devices already, and we're beginning to dig down past the major improvements that Google announced on stage earlier today. One of these is an improvement to Android's backup system—if you choose to back up your device with a Google account, apps that target Android M and newer will have all of their data and settings backed up by default. That data can then be downloaded and restored to your phone if you get a new one or need to wipe it for some reason.

It should be noted that this isn't Google's first stab at a more comprehensive backup solution for Android, however. Android has had a backup API for years, but it required more effort on the part of developers. Lollipop was another step forward, though in practice it only really restores a limited number of things—Wi-Fi settings, wallpapers, language and input settings, and a few others are restored reliably, and Android is good about restoring the specific apps you had installed from Google Play. Backup of app data and settings usually doesn't work, though, since developers need to expend more effort to make it work. The Android M backup system is opt-out rather than opt-in, which should help with adoption.

All data is backed up to a private folder in Google Drive, and data kept in that folder does not count against your regular Drive storage quota. Developers can use an XML configuration file to explicitly exclude or include certain data, and users can opt out of the backup service altogether. Google also says that "large files" and temporary files generated by your apps won't be backed up by default.

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IRS attack may have originated in Russia

May 28th, 2015
by The Feeder
An IRS breach may have been instigated by attackers in Russia, a U.S. Congressman said.

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