03 Dec 2019

This iOS Security App Shares User Data With China: 8 Million Americans Impacted

As the use of VPNs increases rapidly, a report warns consumers that VPN apps may be collecting information on identities and locations, sharing this data with Chinese authorities. VPNs are typically used to protect the user from online tracking and snooping, allowing them to browse anonymously and achieve access to

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03 Dec 2019

How the gunfights in north Mexico that left 22 dead unfolded

Residents of Villa Union were recovering from Thanksgiving festivities, many of whom had American relatives visiting for the holiday when dozens of pickup trucks crowded with armed men drove into the town. Hours-long gunbattles ensued in a military-style invasion conducted by the suspected cartel members. The aftermath included 22 dead,

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03 Dec 2019

U.N. to deliver food aid to 4.1 million in Zimbabwe, fears ‘major crisis’

The United Nations announced on Tuesday that it plans to provide food assistance for 4.1 million Zimbabweans amid a food crisis in which a quarter of the population faces shortages due to drought. Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst economic crisis in over 10 years due to inflation on food, fuel,

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03 Dec 2019

Report: ‘Smishing,’ Deepfakes to Continue to Rise in 2020

Experian, an American credit reporting company, published a 2020 data breach industry forecast that stated “smishing” or text-based phishing, would be the next danger to consumers and agencies. Following smishing is drones that steal customer data, disruptive deepfakes, hacktivism, and identity theft through mobile payment systems. The report claims that

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03 Dec 2019

The FBI Investigated Viral Aging App FaceApp. Here’s What It Found

The FBI has confirmed that apps developed in Russia such as the viral face-aging app FaceApp are a threat to US security. The FBI warned the public not to use FaceApp and similar Russian-developed apps yesterday, calling them a potential counterintelligence threat. The National Democratic Committee already warned its 2020

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03 Dec 2019

Amazon Plans Ring Facial Recognition-Based ‘Watch List’, Report

Amazon plans to implement facial recognition software in Ring smart home security devices with the goal of recognizing ‘suspicious activity.’ This plan would effectively create an AI-enabled “neighborhood watch list,” according to reports on Amazon’s plans. The watch list would automatically notify a Ring owner with a notification on their

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03 Dec 2019

DHS to Require Federal Agencies to Set Vulnerability Disclosure Policies

Under the Department of Homeland Security, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published a draft document that mandates vulnerability disclosure and outlines strategies for handling weaknesses. The CISA raised concerns that most civilian agencies’ lack of disclosure policies leads to confusion, and with the implementation of a requires vulnerability

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03 Dec 2019

Report: APT gang increased cyberattacks on businesses in Q3

Positive Technologies published a Cybersecurity Threatscape Q3 2019 update that found targeted attacks rose to 65% in Q3. Positive technologies also established that 81% of malware infections of corporate infrastructure originated with a phishing message. The targeted attacks in Q3 were mostly conducted by APT groups that pretend to represent

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02 Dec 2019

In face of China threat, Taiwan to invite U.S. experts to bolster defenses

Amid the Hong Kong protests, Taiwan plans to get advice from US military experts on improving the defense capabilities of Taiwan. Taiwan views China as a growing threat to their sovereignty, as democratic Taiwan is already claimed by China as a territory. However, Taiwan’s current military strength pales in comparison

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02 Dec 2019

The sinister timing of deepfakes and the 2020 election

Matt Price of ZeroFox explained the significance of the rise of deepfakes leading up to the 2020 presidential elections, stating that he has seen proofs of concepts of deepfakes that could be used to create fake news in the upcoming elections. However, Price claims that he hasn’t seen any public

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