07 Jan 2020

Iranian foreign minister accuses US of ‘state terrorism’ as country’s parliament votes to designate US forces as ‘terrorists’

The recent US drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani was an act of “state terrorism,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told CNN on Tuesday. Zarif warned that Iran will respond “proportionally” and “lawfully,” a reference to a recent threat by US President Donald Trump that

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07 Jan 2020

Facebook Moves to Detect and Remove Deepfake Videos

On Monday, Facebook announced that it aims to ban “misleading manipulated media” from its platform. More specifically, it aims to detect and remove deepfakes, i.e. highly realistic video or audio content that has been created or doctored through the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Because deepfakes can be used

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07 Jan 2020

US strike on Iran could have consequences in North Korea

Analysts warn that the fragile diplomatic relations between the United States and North Korea could be damaged as a result of the recent US drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani. While the North Korean government didn’t officially denounce the strike, its national new agency reported

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07 Jan 2020

Burner phones are an eavesdropping risk for international travelers

In order to limit the risk of exposing sensitive business data while abroad, international business travelers can use of burner phones with a minimal data footprint. However, Michael Campbell of Privoro warns that because those phones are used only for a single trip and contain as little valuable data as

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07 Jan 2020

Widely Known Flaw in Pulse Secure VPN Being Used in Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware actors are actively exploiting a critical flaw in the Pulse Secure VPN service, a security researcher recently discovered. The flaw, tracked as CVE-2019-1150, enables attackers to establish unauthenticated HTTPS connections to enterprise networks using the VPN service. Pulse Secure patched the issue in April of last year, and on

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07 Jan 2020

Magecart Hits Parents and Students via Blue Bear Attack

In October of last year, Magecart actors breached Blue Bear Software, a major e-commerce platform for educational institutions, the vendor’s parent company Active Networks has announced. Magecart is an umbrella term for various criminal groups that attack websites with the aim of injecting them with “skimming” malware designed to steal the

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07 Jan 2020

Microsoft: RDP brute-force attacks last 2-3 days on average

A recent study by Microsoft provides insights into brute-force attacks targeting Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) implementations in enterprise environments. Over the last few years, RDP brute-forcing has become a popular attack vector in ransomware and other malware campaigns. By analyzing RDP-login events on 45,000 enterprise workstations, Microsoft found that the

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07 Jan 2020

DeathRansom Campaign Linked to Malware Cornucopia

Researchers with FortiGuard have linked DeathRansom malware to a number of info-stealing campaigns, all of which seem to be the work of a Russian-speaking resident of Italy who uses the moniker “scat01.” DeathRansom began as a sort of dark joke, since the malware initially pretended to be file-encrypting ransomware, but

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07 Jan 2020

Bronze President Spies on Asia

New research by Secureworks sheds light on the activity of Bronze President, a cyber espionage group believed to operate out of China. The group uses a combination of custom and publicly available remote access tools to target NGOs as well as political and law enforcement organizations in India, Mongolia, and

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06 Jan 2020

Three Americans killed in Kenya terror attack

East Africa based Jihadist fundamentalist group Al-Shabaab, a former Al Qaeda affiliate, on Sunday carried out a terror attack in Kenya in which three US citizens were killed, while two others were wounded. The casualties included a US service member and two civilian contractors working for the US Department of

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