19 Aug 2019

Afghanistan vows to crush Islamic State havens after attack

On Saturday, Islamic State carried out an attack on a wedding in Afghanistan that killed at least 63 people and wounded 200 more. In response to the bombing, which took place on the 100th Independence Day of the country, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani pledged on Monday to “eliminate” all IS

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19 Aug 2019

Gibraltar rejects US demand to seize Iranian tanker

Gibraltar has denied a last-minute request by the US government to let it seize the Iranian oil tanker that was captured by UK Marines last month, stating that the US sanctions cited in the request do not apply in the European Union (EU). The vessel had been captured over suspicions

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19 Aug 2019

Cybersecurity Has Become a Political Issue for Americans, Survey Shows

A new survey by Anomali shows that 87% of Americans think that cybersecurity is a crucial priority for the government, and only a little over half (51%) are satisfied with government efforts in this context. More than one in five people have been at the receiving end of a ransomware

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19 Aug 2019

‘Coordinated Ransomware Attack’ in Texas Hits 23 Local Governments

Since last Friday, an unidentified threat actor has launched a wave of ransomware attacks against government entities in Texas. The state’s Department of Information Resources (DIR) said that at least 23 entities were “actually or potentially impacted” by the “coordinated ransomware attack.” The affected organizations have not been identified. The

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19 Aug 2019

Hackers Stole Over $4 Billion From Crypto Crimes In 2019 So Far, Up From $1.7 Billion In All Of 2018

In the first half of this year, cyber criminals stole around $4.26 billion through cryptocurrency theft, scams, and fraud campaigns, a recent CipherTrace report shows. This indicates a recent surge in criminal activity because the number is far higher than the yearly total for 2018, which was $1.7 billion. The

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19 Aug 2019

Feds never faced a ‘major’ cybersecurity attack in 2018

In fiscal year 2018, US federal government departments experienced a total of 31,000 cybersecurity incidents, according to the Office of Management and Budget’s annual report on the state of cybersecurity in the government. The number represents a 12% decrease from the 35,000 incidents reported in the previous fiscal year. In

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19 Aug 2019

Trump Administration Moves To Reauthorize NSA’s Controversial Spying Program

Privacy advocates are sounding the alarm over a move by the Trump administration to reauthorize a highly controversial National Security Agency (NSA) program for collecting domestic calls and text messages. The program was established in 2001 under the Patriot Act to collect metadata on electric communications that could in theory

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19 Aug 2019

Twitter is displaying China-made ads attacking Hong Kong protesters

Twitter is under fire for allowing China’s propaganda apparatus to run ads on the platform that attack protesters in Hong Kong. Twitter ads paid for by Chinese state media describe the ongoing protests in the semi-autonomous city as “escalating violence” and promote the restoration of “order.” While Twitter is blocked

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19 Aug 2019

Kaspersky Antivirus flaw leaves millions open to online hack

A flaw in Kaspersky Antivirus put millions of users at risk by making it possible for websites to track the online activity of users without their consent, a security journalist has discovered. The software contained a module that injected JavaScript code onto web pages visited by Kaspersky users. The code

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19 Aug 2019

8 million Android users tricked into downloading 85 adware apps from Google Play

Once again, researchers have uncovered a major adware scheme on the Google Play Store. According to Trend Micro, threat actors managed to upload 85 malicious apps to the official Android app store. The apps gathered over 8 million total installs before they were removed. Ecular Xu of Trend Micro said

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