11 Dec 2019

Pensacola Under Attack as Suspected Ransomware Strikes

Just hours after a suspected terrorist attack at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, that left three sailors dead, the city of Pensacola was hit with a suspected ransomware attack that took local services offline. Early Saturday morning, the city network was taken offline as ransomware affected government employees’

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11 Dec 2019

Defense Digital Service Seeks Platform that Could Automate Hiring Process

The Defense Digital Service hires experts to serve tours within the Defense Department and operate projects such as bug bounties, enhancing digital services for military personnel, and developing new capabilities to counter drones and other emerging tech threats. The DDS announced on Monday that they are searching for a commercial-off-the-shelf,

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11 Dec 2019

Blink Cameras Found with Multiple Vulnerabilities

Researchers at the company Tenable found three broad types of vulnerabilities in Amazon’s popular home security cameras, Blink. The three vulnerabilities include one that is not practical, one that is interesting to researchers, and one that poses a threat to customers. According to researchers, the Blink camera’s design makes it

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10 Dec 2019

T-Mobile, Sprint Head to Court to Defend Merger

The merger of T-Mobile and Spring will be challenged this week in court, testing the federal government’s role in deciding whether the two tech giants can join forces. A coalition of 13 states and the District of Columbia is suing the two companies to block the merger, which consists of

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10 Dec 2019

Scientists Store Data in Synthetic DNA Embedded in a Plastic Bunny

Scientists announced on Monday that they may have uncovered a new method for mixing genetically encoded data into manufacturing materials after they stored DNA data in a plastic 3-D printed bunny. The scientists sealed the synthetic DNA data inside microscopic glass beads to protect the information as the plastic for

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10 Dec 2019

World trade without rules? US shuts down WTO appeals court

The World Trade Organization was shut down on Tuesday at midnight, as the terms of two of the last three judges of the appellate body ended. Their departure effectively deprives the de facto Supreme Court of world trade of its ability to issue rulings, leaving the court to face what

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10 Dec 2019

Maersk CISO Says NotPeyta Devastated Several Unnamed US firms

Maersk Chief Information Security Officer Andrew Powell stated at Black Hat Europe 2019 that he believes that 600 countries across the globe were damaged by NotPetya around the time of the Maersk attack. He stated that any company doing business in Ukraine at the time of the attack was hit.

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10 Dec 2019

Ukraine and Russia agree to implement ceasefire

After negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, the two countries have agreed to implement a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine by the end of 2019. The presidents met in Paris on Monday, and the discussion was brokered by the leaders of France and Germany. The talks

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10 Dec 2019

FTC: Cambridge Analytica Deceived Facebook Users

The FTC has ruled that Cambridge Analytica deceived tens of millions of Facebook users by harvesting their personal data. The FTC recently confirmed the allegations made in July, stating that the company aimed to influence the 2016 elections. The FTC stated that the app specifically told users that it would

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10 Dec 2019

‘Government Imposter’ Scammers Pay $1.2 Million in FTC Settlement

A settlement with the Federal Trade Commission requires three companies controlled by Thomas Henry Fred Jr. to pay $1.2 million for their involvement in a government imposter scheme, as well as a ban on sending further unsolicited direct mail to businesses. The campaign involved mailing thousands of business letters meant

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