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#cybersecurity | #infosec | Man who hacked National Lottery for just £5 is jailed for nine months – HOTforSecurity

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

A 29-year-old British man has been jailed for nine months after admitting using hacking tools to break into UK National Lottery gambling accounts.

Anwar Batson, of Notting Hill, West London, downloaded the readily-available Sentry MBA hacking tool to launch a credential stuffing attack against the National Lottery website.

Credential stuffing takes lists of usernames and passwords exposed in data breaches and uses the same credentials to see if they will unlock other accounts online. As so many users make the mistake of reusing passwords on different websites, credential stuffing is a technique commonly deployed by attackers and tools such as Sentry MBA make the process even easier for the attacker.

Prosecutors told Southwark Crown Court that after Batson downloaded Sentry MBA he joined a WhatsApp group devoted to hacking under the alias of “Rosegold,” and provided to accomplices a configuration file specifically designed to launch Sentry MBA against the National Lottery website.

The attack, in late 2016, caused National Lottery operators Camelot to issue a warning to thousands of gamblers that their accounts may have been accessed, and forced a password reset on affected accounts.

Batson’s accomplices, Daniel Thompson and Idris Akinwunmi, were jailed in 2018 after admitting their involvement in the attack.

Batson was arrested in May 2017 by the National Crime Agency (NCA), and initially denied that he was involved in the attack – claiming that his devices had been cloned or hacked
by online trolls.

But when NCA officers examined his devices they uncovered the conversations between Rosegold and others on WhatsApp where they discussed hacking, the buying and selling of lists of usernames and password, and more.

In addition, officers found at Batson’s flat clothes which had been addressed to someone calling themself “Rosegold”.

Time and time again, people roll out the adage that “crime doesn’t pay.”

Well, it certainly doesn’t pay in the case of Batson.

As the NCA reports, Batson gave the username and password of one National Lottery player to Akinwunmi, who stole the entire contents of the account – a grand total of £13. Batson’s split of the ill-gotten gains? A mere £5.

Lottery operator Camelot says that responding to the attack cost it £230,000, and that 250 players had closed their accounts due to the negative publicity.

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Chrome 79 includes anti-phishing and hacked password protection – Naked Security

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Version 79 of Chrome is out, and it promises to do a better job of protecting you against phishing sites and credential stuffing attacks.

Since 2017, Chrome has protected users against phishing by checking the sites you enter your Google credentials into against a list of known phishing sites. It keeps these as part of its Safe Browsing initiative. Google synchronises its list of bad sites with the browser every 30 minutes, but because sites change so quickly, that means users might fall victim to new sites that had come online just minutes earlier.

Chrome 79, released on Tuesday 10 December, now performs that phishing protection in real-time, even for users with the synchronisation feature turned off. The company says this will protect users in 30% more cases. The protection has also been extended to include all the passwords stored in the Chrome password manager rather than just Google accounts. You can turn it on by enabling the ‘Make searches and browsing better’ option in Chrome.

The browser also now includes some other protections. It will now show you more clearly which profile the browser is currently using, which is handy for those sharing a browser and using different profiles. There’s also a feature that Google has been testing out for months: a built-in check for hacked passwords during site logins.

The feature began as a Chrome extension called Password Checkup that warned users their login credentials had been breached. Released in February 2019, it found that 1.5% of all web logins were using breached credentials, according to a Google survey released in August this year. That fuelled Google’s next move, in which it folded the feature directly into Chrome’s password manager. The service still didn’t check your credentials against hacked logins whenever you logged into a website. Instead, it would run the passwords you’d stored in the password manager service periodically to see if it found a match.

The version of Password Checkup integrated into Chrome 79 goes a step further. Now, it runs the check whenever you log into a site. Google is at pains to avoid any suggestion of creepiness or spying as part of this move, so it’s been pretty clever about how it performs the check. It wants to be clear that it doesn’t get to see your login credentials.

When you log into a website, Chrome will now send a hashed copy of your login credentials to Google. A hash creates a unique and reproducible string of text using whichever data you give to it, which identifies the data without revealing it. This data is encrypted in the browser using an encryption key to which only you have access.

Google already used its own key to encrypt the list of hacked login credentials that it sniffed from various sources online. It does the same thing with the credentials that Chrome sends it, encrypting them a second time.