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Global gas station fraud stopped in Russia

8 October 2013

azsIt would sound like pure madness just a few years ago, but appears to be a reality nowadays. A group of Russian criminals successfully hacked a network of fully automated gas stations with a purpose of unlawful enrichment.

Special modules were found at dozens of gas stations owned by major oil companies that stole a few liters of gas from each client and sent them to a separate tank. This high-tech “bugs” were controlled remotely via devices disguised as regular calculators.

Gas station owners were not involved in this fraud and the police suspect former employees who had access to and knowledge of all hardware and software systems of these stations.

The revenue generated from this scheme is estimated in millions of rubles and was shared between all members of the group. The police believe that similar devices may still be installed at gas stations across the country and is currently conducting a thorough inspection with the help of security services of the oil companies.

Samsung SmartTV Hacked

13 September 2013

samsung-smarttvMartin Herfurt, a German information security expert, announced a successful attempt to hack a Samsung TV with SmartTV functionality.

The attack was made from a remote computer and aimed at disrupting the broadcast over HbbTV.

The hack became possible thanks to the use of WebKit 1.1 in the TV’s web browser. WebKit 1.1 is known for multiple unfixed vulnerabilities and lack of SSL support.

The expert managed to replace the broadcast with his own footage, enable subtitles and even install a Bitcoin generation on the TV set.

Viruses against the road police of the Moscow region

9 July 2013

Kaspersky Lab experts have discovered a virus that was intentionally planted into the Strelka-ST video surveillance systems that belong to the road police of the Moscow region. Specialists have discovered over a hundred files infected with various modifications of the virus.

The infection resulted in an almost complete shutdown of the regional video surveillance system on key highways and a financial loss estimated at 50 million rubles, since the systems remained offline for two weeks.
The analysis of the malware revealed that it was using a well-known technique – the virus periodically connected to a remote server and executed its commands.

Therefore, it is quite possible that data from these systems may have been sent over to the hackers’ server and we may be witnessing the use of the first spyware for road cameras in Russia.

In countries where digital technologies are more commonplace, many similar incidents have been recorded – from hacking digital locks in hotels to breaking into the software of coffee machines and even nuclear reactors. However, this particular case involving a virus attack on a federal video surveillance system is quite unique.

Authorities from the road police administration and the Ministry of Transportation are conducting an internal investigation and believe that the attack was the result of harsh competition between potential providers or system maintenance and support services.

Please bear in mind that spyware is not limited to viruses only. This category of software also includes legal and useful products of a similar kind.

For instance, if you want to know what your children are doing on their computers while you are away, you can use such software to collect detailed information about their activities and fend off many online threats.

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