12 Nov 2021

UAE foreign minister meets Assad, in highest-profile Emirati visit to Syria since start of war

Sheikh Abdallah bin Zayed, the United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister met Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday in Damascus. The foreign minister is the most senior Emirati to visit the country since Syria’s war began in 2011. This is a signal of normalizing regional ties with other governments after the

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11 Nov 2021

Belarus threatens EU gas as bloc considers sanctions

Amid heightened tensions, Belarus has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Europe if sanctions are imposed due to an escalating migrant crisis at the country’s border with Poland, where thousands of people are enduring freezing conditions in hopes of crossing into the EU. Western officials have accused Belarus of

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11 Nov 2021

‘Captain America’ Protester Gets Nearly Six Years in Prison for Hong Kong Mall Chants

Ma Chun, a 30-year-old former food deliveryman has been sentenced to five years in jail after protesting carrying a Captain America shield. China maintains that Mr. Ma was guilty of promoting independence, a sentence that carries tough penalties for public dissent. Mr. Ma was charged under the national security law

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11 Nov 2021

Phones of Palestinian NGO workers infected with Pegasus spyware, rights groups say

Phones belonging to six activists working for Palestinian NGOs were hacked with the controversial Pegasus spyware, according to human rights groups. The spyware is produced by Israeli technology firm NSO Group. The organization, Dublin-based rights group Front Line Defenders (FLD), claims that it investigated devices last month after it was

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11 Nov 2021

Researchers Uncover Prolific Hacker-for-Hire Group

Trend Micro has been tracking a prolific hacker-for-hire group referred to as Void Balaur for several years. The group goes by the name “Rockethack” on underground forums, according to the research firm. The group is a Russian-speaking cyber mercenary that is responsible for at least 3500 victims over the past

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11 Nov 2021

Massive Zero-Day Hole Found in Palo Alto Security Appliances

Researchers discovered a massive zero-day hole in Palo Alto Networks security appliances that have since been patched allow for unauthenticated RCE and affect roughly 10,000 VPN/firewalls. Researchers developed a working exploit to gain remote code execution via the vulnerability in a security appliance from Palo Alto Networks. The critical zero-day

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11 Nov 2021

Tiny Font Size Fools Email Filters in BEC Phishing

According to Microsoft, a new campaign has been observed targeting Microsoft 365 users deploying sophisticated obfuscation tactics to avoid security protections. The campaign is designed to harvest credentials. The business email compromise campaign is tricking natural language processing filters through hiding text in a one-point font size within messages. According

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11 Nov 2021

North Korean hackers target the South’s think tanks through blog posts

A North Korean hacking group has been targeting think tanks in South Korea through blog posts riddled with malware. The new campaign dates back to June 2021 and consists of a state-sponsored advanced persistent threat group attempting to plant surveillance and theft-based malware on South Korean victim machines. Researchers from

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11 Nov 2021

American journalist Danny Fenster could face life in prison in Myanmar

An American journalist named Danny Fenster could face life in prison in Myanmar after being charged with criminal offenses that carry a hefty maximum sentence. Fenster is a 37-year-old from Michigan and has been detained in Myanmar for over five months. Fenster has been denied bail and is currently being

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10 Nov 2021

Microsoft Nov. Patch Tuesday Fixes Six Zero-Days, 55 Bugs

Experts have urged users to implement the patches included in this month’s Microsoft Patch Tuesday. The monthly update has provided fixes for six different zero-days and 55 other bugs. According to researchers, users should prioritize patches on Microsoft Exchange and Excel, as these platforms are frequently targeted by threat actors.

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