06 Dec 2019

New ransomware attacks target your NAS devices, backup storage

Researchers state that users are unprepared for the threat that ransomware strains targeting NAS and backup storage pose. As these ransomware strains grow in popularity, hospitals, commercial enterprises, and individuals are targeted. Once malware is deployed on a system, it typically encrypts files and demands payment through a ransom note

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06 Dec 2019

US Sets $5 Million Bounty For Russian Hacker Behind Zeus Banking Thefts

Maksim Yakubets and his associates are accused of stealing tens of millions of dollars using Zeus and Dridex malware. The Department of Justice, the FBI, and the US State Department announced on Thursday that they are offering a $5 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Yakubets or

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06 Dec 2019

Customs Reverses Course on Mandatory Facial Scans for U.S. Citizens

A plan to introduce mandatory facial scans on US citizens upon entrance and exit of the country has been reversed by Customs and Border Protection after facing backlash. The agency is testing facial biometric programs at 20 different entry points, including airports, seaports, and land crossings. Airlines have teamed up

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06 Dec 2019

12 children killed in ‘bloodiest of days’ in northwest Syria

Three separate attacks on busy marketplaces in Syria resulted in a death toll of 19 people, 12 of whom were children. In Idlib, airstrikes killed 9 people in the Maarat al-Numan marketplace, according to a volunteer rescue group named the White Helmets. At least four of the dead were children

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06 Dec 2019

Fears rise as at least 13 stabbed in Baghdad square

At least 13 people were stabbed in Tahrir Square in Baghdad on Thursday amid protests in Iraq over the political state of the government. The Iraqi Parliament was scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss laws governing compensation to include victims of security operations and vote on changes to the

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06 Dec 2019

YouTube Is Easiest Platform To Manipulate, NATO Advisers Find

The NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence bought social media engagement for 105 posts across various platforms for a three month period, which costed a total of $333 for 3,500 comments, 25,000 likes, 20,000 views, and 5,000 followers. The companies they bought from was composed of 11 Russian and 5

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06 Dec 2019

VPN Flaw Allows Criminal Access to Everything on Victims’ Computers

A VPN vulnerability in the Aviatrix VPN client has been patched, but previously gave an attacker unlimited access to the targeted device. Aviatrix VPN client is used by large US organizations, notably NASA and Shell. All versions of the VPN have been patched and are now available for download without

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06 Dec 2019

Facebook sues Chinese malware operator for abusing its ad platform

Facebook filed a lawsuit yesterday against Chinese company ILikeAd Media International Company and the two men who control it, Chen Xiao Cong and Huang Tao. The company was founded in 2016 in Hong Kong and is being accused of using the Facebook ad platform to run a malware scheme. Once

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05 Dec 2019

The Great Cannon DDoS Tool Used Against Hong Kong Protestors’ Forum

The Great Cannon Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS0 tool was deployed against the LIHKG platform used by Hong Kong protesters to coordinate. The Great Cannon is a tool that hijacks traffic between IP addressed, resulting in the ability to replace unencrypted content using man-in-the-middle techniques. The Great Cannon is currently

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05 Dec 2019

‘Ultimate’ MiTM Attack Steals $1M from Israeli Startup

Researchers at Check Point Software uncovered an attack that used a sophisticated spoofing campaign to trick a Chinese VC firm and steal money from an emerging Israeli business. The man-in-the-middle campaign effectively intercepted a $1 million wire transfer from a Chinese venture capital firm that was intended for the Israeli

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