07 Feb 2020

Sentar Awarded $164m Cybersecurity Task Order by US Defense Health Agency

Sentar Inc. is a female operated small business that was recently awarded $164 million USD to provide cybersecurity services to the Defense Health Agency. The company announced yesterday that it will be the recipient o of a task order from the Naval Information Warfare Center to provide the DHA with

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07 Feb 2020

Iranian Hackers Target Journalists in New Phishing Campaign

A threat group in Iran known as “Charming Kitten” has launched a new campaign that aims to steal email account credentials. The campaign is a phishing attack discovered by Certfa Labs that targets journalists and human rights activists. The group is also widely known as APT35 and is notorious for

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07 Feb 2020

U.S. Finance Sector Hit with Targeted Backdoor Campaign

The United States’s financial sector experienced an increase in cyberattacks last month, the majority of which delivered a powerful backdoor named Minebridge. Minebridge gives cyberattackers advantage over a victim’s machine, allowing them to have full access to all functions. The attack chain employed in the US financial services sector included

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06 Feb 2020

Iraqi officials say Baghdad wants to minimize reliance on US

Two senior Iraqi military officials have reported that the Iraqi government ordered its military not to seek assistance from US forces in operations against ISIS. Tensions between Washington and Baghdad have risen after a US-led airstrike in Iran that killed a top Iranian general and an Iraqi militia commander. Although

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06 Feb 2020

U.S. Troops in Standoffs With Russian Military Contractors in Syria

In northeastern Syria, Russian personnel are engaged in standoffs with US troops. In this particular region of Syria, Russian personnel have violated agreements between the US and Russia to avoid conflict by staying out of one another’s way. Photos circulating throughout the media have shown US military trucks blocking vehicles

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06 Feb 2020

Wuhan Coronavirus Hospitals Turn Away All but Most Severe Cases

On Wednesday, the World Health Organization reported the largest single-day increase in new coronavirus cases, announcing that it is seeking $675 million in funding to help the affected countries strengthen their capacities to prevent the spread of the disease. In China, hospitals began turning away patients, only treating those exhibiting

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06 Feb 2020

Why the Iranian cyberthreat has become ‘more dynamic’

A top military leader stated that since the US drone strike on Iran that killed Major General Qassem Soleimani in January, the cyber threat coming from Iran has been more dynamic. Gregg Kendrick, executive director of the Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command stated that the Iranian regime is likely planning

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06 Feb 2020

Medicaid CCO Vendor Breach Exposes Health, Personal Info of 654K

Health Share of Oregon, a Medicaid coordinated care organization, disclosed today that they had been the victim of a data breach that exposed the health and personal information of over 650,000 individuals. The breach occurred when a laptop belonging to the organization’s transportation vendor, GridWorks IC, was stolen. The organization

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06 Feb 2020

Bug hunter finds cryptocurrency-mining botnet on DOD network

Last month, a security researcher who was searching for bugs as a part of a bounty program discovered a cryptocurrency mining botnet inside a web server operated by the US Department of Defense. The researcher, Nitesh Surana, reported the big through the DOD’s official bug bounty program. The bug report was

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06 Feb 2020

Cisco Flaws Put Millions of Workplace Devices at Risk

Researchers at the enterprise security firm Armis have reported a group of new flaws in Cisco enterprise products such as desk phones, web cameras, and network switches. These vulnerabilities could be exploited to compromise corporate networks at a significant level. Cisco currently dominates the network equipment market, therefore, the bugs

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