16 Sep 2021

REvil/Sodinokibi Ransomware Universal Decryptor Key Is Out

Bitdefender collaborated with law enforcement to create a key that would release data encrypted in ransomware attacks before the REvil ransomware gang disappeared from the internet on July 13. The universal decryption key will be free for victims of REvil ransomware attacks. The firm announced that it will be passing

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16 Sep 2021

New Go malware Capoae targets WordPress installs, Linux systems

A new strain of malware called Capoae was publicized earlier this week by security research firm Akamai. The firm stated that the new malware is written in the Golang programming language, which is becoming increasingly popular among threat actors due to its cross-platform capabilities. The malware spreads through known vulnerabilities

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15 Sep 2021

Tokyo Olympics Didn’t Worsen Covid-19 Spread, Data Suggest

Initial investigations into the Tokyo Olympics have shown that the games did not exacerbate the Covid-19 outbreak in Japan. Japan held the summer competitions from July 23 to August 8 despite concerns over the spread of Covid-19 among 50,000 athletes, officials, and other overseas individuals. The visitors arrived in July,

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15 Sep 2021

Haiti Prosecutor Seeks Charges Against Prime Minister in President’s Assassination

On Tuesday, leading Haitian prosecutor Ben-Ford Claude called on Judge Garry Orélien to charge Prime Minister Ariel Henry in connection with the July assassination of former Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. The Prime Minister fired the prosecutor in the latest updates to the assassination story that has deepened the country’s political

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15 Sep 2021

Both North and South Korea fire ballistic missiles as tensions rise on peninsula

On Wednesday, both North and South Korea tested ballistic missiles as tensions rise between the neighboring countries. Pyongyang fired the first missiles, sending two into waters off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula. The missiles were fired just minutes apart around 12:30 p.m. local time. Seoul followed the launch

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15 Sep 2021

Attackers Impersonate DoT in Two-Day Phishing Scam

Threat actors allegedly impersonated the US Department of Transportation in a two-day phishing campaign, leveraging the recent $1 trillion infrastructure bill. The cyber attackers created new domains mimicking the real DoT site. The campaign combined a series of tactics, such as creating seemingly legitimate domains to evade security detections and

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15 Sep 2021

Microsoft Patches Actively Exploited Windows Zero-Day Bug

In the most recent Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released fixes 66 CVEs, including an RCE bug under active attack. Three of the bugs that were patched in the update were rated critical. One of which has been under active attack for nearly two weeks. One of the other bugs included in

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15 Sep 2021

DOJ fines NSA hackers who assisted UAE in attacks on dissidents

The Justice Department has announced a deal with three former US Intelligence operatives that allows them to pay a fine rather than face jail time for breaking multiple laws when conducting offensive hacking for the government of the United Arab Emirates. The deal is controversial, as it allows the three

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14 Sep 2021

World now sees twice as many days over 50C

According to a new analysis from BBC, the number of extremely hot days every year has doubled since the 1980s, likely due to climate change. The extreme temperature is also occurring in more areas of the world than before, presenting unprecedented challenges to human health and possibly contributing to the

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14 Sep 2021

DOD Funds HBCUs to Advance Biotechnology and Materials Science Research

Two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have been selected to receive a collective $15 million in Defense Department funding to form centers of excellence in biotechnology and materials science. The Pentagon currently views the two topics as near-term priotirites. The two institutions selected are Morgan State University in Baltimore,

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