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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14 Nov 2019

Secret Iranian Network Behind ‘Aggressive’ U.S. Cyberattacks Exposed In New Report

Iranian hacking group APT33, well known for the Shamoon attack on Saudi Aramco, has made headlines again for aggressive attacks on civilians and critical infrastructure. Trend Micro recently reported that APT33 has developed its methods to attack the oil and gas industry, creating more a higher risk to companies in

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14 Nov 2019

Biggest Threats and Data: 2019 AR Threats Report

CDC recently released the 2019 AR Threats Report, which aims to highlight emerging threats to public health, drug-resistant bacterias becoming more common, and provide the latest information on data regarding the number of cases within the U.S. The report stated that Clostridiodes difficile affected 223,900 people in 2017, killing 12,800

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14 Nov 2019

Don’t Rush Quantum-Proof Encryption, Warns NSA Research Director

Mathematician Peter Shor created the Shor Algorithm in 1994, an algorithm that can crack codes that are used by banks, e-commerce platforms, and intelligence agencies, but the code can only run on quantum computers. Years later, quantum computers still have not been developed enough to task them with breaking public-key

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14 Nov 2019

This unusual new ransomware is going after servers

An unusual ransomware named PureLocker by cybersecurity analysts has been targeting enterprise servers. PureLocker is written in PureBasic, which easily targets different platforms as it is transferable between Linux, OS-X, and Windows. Attacks are launched against the targets, holding them hostage until cryptocurrency ransom is paid; often hundreds of thousands

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14 Nov 2019

Microsoft Patches RCE Bug Actively Under Attack

Microsoft has patched 74 bugs, one under active attack, as part of the Patch Tuesday security roundup. In Internet Explorer, the previously vulnerable Microsoft bug allows attackers to execute rogue code if a user opens a malicious web page of Office document, permitting the attacker to gain control of the

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13 Nov 2019

Counterterrorism expert: Small healthcare companies are the new ransomware targets

MonsterCloud CEO Zohar Pinhasi states that his firm has seen a 500% increase in calls from healthcare companies over the past several months. Pinhasi claims that ransomware attackers have shifted from attacking high-profile targets to small and medium-sized businesses with smaller ransoms. This can be fatal for smaller companies that

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13 Nov 2019

Mexican Oil Company Pemex Hit by Ransomware

Parts of the Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) oil company network were taken down after they suffered from a ransomware attack on Sunday. Although the attack was quickly neutralized and had a low quantitative impact on computers within the network, the attackers reportedly demanded a 565 BTC ($4.9 million) ransom, claiming they

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13 Nov 2019

Facebook iOS 13 ‘Bug’ Opens Your Camera While You Scroll Your Feed

Twitter user Joshua Maddux found what seems to be a bug in the iOS 13.2.2 version of the social media app Facebook. Maddux stated that when the app is open, it uses the camera, including a video within the tween that displays the bug. Revoking Facebook’s access to the camera

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13 Nov 2019

Google’s plan to collect health data on millions of Americans faces federal inquiry

The US Department of Health and Human Services has recently launched an inquiry into “Project Nightingale;” a partnership between a Ascension, a Catholic healthcare non-profit, and Google. Ascension manages 2,600 healthcare centers across 20 states. The partnership allows 150 Google employees access to the healthcare data of millions of Ascension

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