18 Nov 2019

Yahoo Japan and chat app Line agree to 50-50 merger

Yahoo Japan Corporation and chat app Line states on Monday that they have agreed to merge. The deal includes buying out Line Corp.’s minority shareholders, and the merger will require various clearances from authorities. The two Japanese tech giants plant to use the merger to leverage each other’s bases and

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18 Nov 2019

Thousands of hacked Disney+ accounts are already for sale on hacking forums

Disney+ was released on November 12, and has already gained more than 10 million customers despite the service only being available in the US, Canada, and the Netherlands. Just hours after the launch, hackers began offering accounts on hacking forums with prices varying from $3 to $11. Users reported that

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18 Nov 2019

Attackers using WhatsApp MP4 video files vulnerability can remotely execute code

Last week a severe vulnerability in the WhatsApp messaging software was uncovered, allowing hackers to perform remote code execution attacks. Facebook reported that the bug is a stick-based buffer overflow problem that can be prompted by attackers sending .MP4 video files. The vulnerability can be exploited to conduct denial-of-service (DoS)

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15 Nov 2019

Capture the Flag Competition Aims to Trace Missing Persons

Next month, SANS Institute and Trace Labs will host an Open-Source Intelligence (OISINT) Missing Persons Capture the Flag in Washington, D.C., in which professionals will compete to find leads in real missings persons cases. Participants will gather intelligence from available data on government records, the dark web, social media, and

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15 Nov 2019

Here’s How Quantum Supremacy Will Impact Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars, or cars in which artificial intelligence operates a car without human assistance, may be affected by the development of quantum computers. For cars that require no human assistance, quantum computers may revolutionize the industry. Currently, no car has been developed that requires no human assistance or interaction in

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15 Nov 2019

GitHub launches ‘Security Lab’ to help secure open-source ecosystem

At the GitHub conference on Thursday, GitHub announced a new program called Security Lab, a collaboration between different security researchers to fix bugs in open source projects. GitHub stated that the team will dedicate full-time resources to find vulnerabilities in popular open-source projects. The members come from organizations like Microsoft,

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15 Nov 2019

New phishing email campaign impersonates US postal service to deliver malware

A report published on Thursday by Proofpoint states that a phishing campaign that has been targeting Europe has now been attacking the United States with the goal of spreading Trojan malware onto computers. The latest phishing attacks impersonate the US Postal Service and contain a Word document that, when opened,

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15 Nov 2019

Alleged $20M Carding Forum Mastermind Faces US Charges

Russian citizen Aleksei Burkov is facing charges of running a $20 million carding forum. Burkov arrived at Dulles International Airport on Monday after being arrested in Israel in 2015, and now faced charges within the US after several attempts to circumvent extradition to the U.S. Burkov allegedly ran the site

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15 Nov 2019

5,183 breaches from the first nine months of 2019 exposed 7.9 billion records

According to a report released by Risk Based Security, Q3 2019 saw a 33.3% increase in security breaches when compared to Q3 of 2018. 5,183 breaches have been reported in 2019 so far. Risk Based Security claims that 2019 has been the worst year in terms of data privacy breaches,

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15 Nov 2019

It’s official: AWS is challenging Microsoft’s $10 billion JEDI contract win

On Thursday, Amazon announced that they would be challenging the U.S. Department of Defense’s award of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) to Microsoft. According to a Federal Times report, AWS filed the paperwork to protest the award on Friday of last week to the Court of Federal Claims. Federal

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