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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15 Nov 2019

Tencent vs. Alibaba: Why one Chinese titan is slumping while the other soars

Tencent’s stock dropped 2.3% amid the Hong Kong protests on Thursday, making it the worst performer on the Hang Seng Index (HSI), while Alibaba celebrates massive earnings from China’s “singles day.”  While Alibaba and Tencent remain two of China’s most valuable tech companies, Tencent is suffering while Alibaba stock has

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15 Nov 2019

4 Dead As ‘Tinder Box-Like Conditions’ Fuel Catastrophic Bushfires In Australia

Australia is currently battling raging fires in the east, and although conditions have improved since Tuesday when they were at a ‘catastrophic’ level, it is unlikely that conditions will improve over the coming months. Thursday morning, there were 70 fires burning in New South Wales, and 3 people died over

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15 Nov 2019

MH17 probe: Russia, Ukraine rebels had ‘almost daily contact’ before plane’s downing, investigators say

A team investigating the attack of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 reported on Thursday that rebels who targeted the plane had been in almost daily contact with Russian officials leading up to the attack. The multinational team is putting together a criminal case on the disaster that caused the death of

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14 Nov 2019

Gaping ‘hole’ in Qualcomm’s Secure World mobile vault leaked sensitive data

A hole found in the Qualcomm Secure World virtual processor that could be exploited to leak financial information has been patched and disclosed by researchers. Cybersecurity researchers at Check Point conducted a four-month study and concluded that it is not impossible to crack the Secure World operating system through fuzzing

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14 Nov 2019

Rockets fired at Israel after Gaza ceasefire starts

A ceasefire brokered by Egypt was broken just hours later when militants in the Gaza Strip fired rockets towards Israel. The truce initially ended two days of intense conflict after senior commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) Baha Abu al-Ata and his wife were killed by Israeli forces. On

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14 Nov 2019

Healthcare Malware Infections Soar 60% from 2018

Malwarebytes recently released a statement claiming that ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations (HCO) has increased by 60% since 2018. HCOs are increasingly the targets of attack due to the large number of endpoints and connected devices within the HCO networks, offering an extensive attack surface. Cybersecurity in HCOs are typically

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14 Nov 2019

Venice floods: Italy to declare state of emergency over damage

Italy will declare a state of emergency in Venice after several days with 1.87m tide levels accompanied with extremely high winds, flooding the basilica and threatening public safety. The tide level of 1.87m is the highest recorded in over 50 years. Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte stated that more than

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