17 Jan 2020

Critical WordPress Bug Leaves 320,000 Sites Open to Attack

Infinite Client and WP Time Capsule, two WordPress plugins, contain vulnerabilities that leave sites open to attack. The bug is a critical authorization complication that allows adversaries access to the backend of a site without a password. The attacker only needs the admin username for the WordPress plugins. Both of

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17 Jan 2020

FBI: Nation-state actors have breached two US municipalities

Last year, nation-state hackers breached the networks of two US municipalities according to the FBI. The agency sent out a security alert to private industry partners announcing the breaches last week. Attackers used the CVE-2019-0604 vulnerability in Microsoft SharePoint servers to breach the networks. After the attackers gained advantage over

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17 Jan 2020

Kubernetes bug bounty program open to anyone, rewards up to $10,000

Kubernetes has announced that they plan to launch a bug bounty program with rewards as high as $10,000. The company was originally designed by Google but has since been open-sourced and handed over to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, becoming a community project. The bounty program will be managed by

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15 Jan 2020

Russian government resigns as Vladimir Putin plans future

Hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed constitutional changes that could prolong his stay in power, Russia’s government has resigned. The proposals made by President Putin would transfer power from the presidency to the parliament. Although Putin is due to step down in 2024 when he closes out his fourth

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15 Jan 2020

Video appears to show two missiles striking Ukrainian passenger plane over Iran

New video footage appears to show missiles striking the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 on January 8. The plane crashed over the Iranian capital of Tehran, killing all 176 people on board. The crash caused international outrage after Tehran released a statement admitting to causing the crash after claiming that

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15 Jan 2020

NASA And Amazon Are Teaming Up To Build An App That Can Predict Solar Superstorms

Amazon announced a collaboration with NASA that aims to predict solar superstorms through machine learning applications. Superstorms are rare, therefore there are very few historical examples that can be used in the algorithm training process. Amazon’s AWS Professional Services and Machine Learning Solutions Lab have stated that they will use

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15 Jan 2020

Amazon Expands Its Lead With Smart CE Devices At CES 2020

Amazon has recently taken over consumer electronics with popular products such as Alexa voice assistant, Kindle, Echo, and Fire TV solutions. At CES Las Vegas last week, Amazon announced a significant expansion of its Fire TV Edition program, which is designed to enable third-party device makers to integrate the technology

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15 Jan 2020

U.N. Weathers Storm of Emotet-TrickBot Malware

Emotet malware operators have recently targeted the United Nations personnel in an attack that aimed to deliver the TrickBot trojan malware. Researchers at Confense stated that a phishing campaign fraudulently representing the Permanent Mission of Norway has taken place over the last several days. The emails were sent to 600

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15 Jan 2020

Google removes WhatsGap from app store

Tech and search engine giant Google recently removed a popular Hong Kong pro-democracy mapping app from its app store. WhatsGap is an app that identifies retailers in support of Hong Kong’s democracy. Google stated that the removal of the app from the store was sparked by a recent influx of

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15 Jan 2020

Chinese man arrested after making $1.6 million from selling VPN services

Chinese authorities have launched a crackdown against sellers and vendors of unauthorized VPN software within the country. China has been particularly focused on catching sellers advertising VPN services that are capable of bypassing China’s Great Firewall technology. The Chinese government and law enforcement agencies have been making arrests since mid-2017,

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