12 Dec 2019

Analysts find connection between North Korean military and crimeware organization TrickBot

Analysts at SentinelLabs claim to have found some of the first evidence that links the crimeware organization TrickBot and Lazarus group. Lazarus group is the cyberwarfare division of the North Korean military’s Reconnaissance General Bureau. TrickBot debuted as a banking malware in the fall of 2016 and has since evolved

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12 Dec 2019

Israel Faces Third Consecutive Vote After Parliament Deadline Passes

Israel plans to hold its third election in less than a year after lawmakers failed to find a consensus candidate to form a government before the deadline. This prolongs months of political stalemate at a critical time for Israel’s national security as it faces threats ranging from Iran to militants

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12 Dec 2019

India passes controversial citizenship bill that excludes Muslims

India’s parliament recently passed a bill that grants Indian citizenship to immigrants from three neighboring countries, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, with one exception: they can not be Muslim. The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) implements a program to fast-track citizenship for religious minorities such as Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and Christians. 

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12 Dec 2019

Hackers allegedly emptied brokerage accounts with a simple email scam — here’s how to protect yourself

In November, prosecutors in New York stated that a Lithuanian man named Vytautas Parfionovas and an unknown co-conspirator emptied the brokerage accounts of several victims, ultimately stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars. The cybercrimes occurred over eight years, starting in 2011, and consisted of the two perpetrators tricking day traders

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12 Dec 2019

Twitter is trying to build a new decentralized social media service that could transform its business — or present new kinds of headaches

An ambitious project was announced by the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, on Wednesday. Named “Bluesky,” the initiative aims to transform how Twitter operates and present a new model for social media services, as well as implementing policies around harmful content and moderation. Dorsey stated that Twitter is funding a

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12 Dec 2019

How Commercial Bug Hunting Changed the Boutique Security Consultancy Landscape

It’s been almost 10 years since the first commercial for-profit bug bounty program was launched. Bug bounty programs have transformed the information security sector, and its negative impacts have been advertised as driving down companies’ consulting rates and raising ethics questions within the cybersecurity community. However, boutique security consultancies, particularly

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12 Dec 2019

How Congress wants to help sync military cyber

New cyber positions within the US military could be created in 2020 as a result of the government’s annual defense policy bill, depending on the approval of President Donald Trump. The positions include a senior military advisory for cyber policy, which requires candidates to be at least a two-star general.

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12 Dec 2019

New NYPD intelligence unit to tackle far-right extremist threats

The New York Police Department (NYPD) announced Wednesday that it has launched a new unit that will focus entirely on combating far-right extremists and neo-nazis named the Racially and Ethnically Motivated Extremism (R.E.M.E.). R.E.M.E. opened earlier this month and has since begun dozens of investigations into white supremacist groups and

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12 Dec 2019

The Great $50M African IP Address Heist

A three-year investigation conducted by a US-based researcher named Ron Guilmette found that a top executive at the nonprofit entity responsible for administering Internet addresses to businesses in Africa secretly operated several underground companies that sold tens of millions of dollars worth of the resources to online marketers. News of

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11 Dec 2019

Snatch Team Steals Data and Hammers Orgs with Ransomware

Snatch, a ransomware variant, has been discovered in campaigns that force Windows machines to reboot into Safe Mode before beginning the encryption process. Snatch is one of multiple components of a malware constellation that is emerging in carefully orchestrated and sophisticated attacks that can feature rampant and high-risk data collection.

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