01 Nov 2019

Why The EU Is About To Seize The Global Lead On Cybersecurity

In the past six months, the European Union (EU) has made significant strides toward manifesting itself as a global leader in terms of cybersecurity regulation, Global Cyber Risk CEO Jody Westby believes. Among the EU’s major accomplishments in this area are the establishment of cybersecurity requirements for critical infrastructure firms

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01 Nov 2019

Chinese Cyberspies Use New Malware to Intercept SMS Traffic at Mobile Operators

A Thursday report by FireEye details how Chinese state-sponsored hacking group APT41 has been intercepting SMS traffic using a new malware strain called MESSAGETAP. APT41 has been linked to cyber espionage campaigns as well as financially-motivated attacks from 2012 onward. MESSAGETAP is designed to target Linux servers used by telecommunications

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01 Nov 2019

32,000+ WiFi Routers Potentially Exposed to New Gafgyt Variant

New research by Unit 42 warns that a new version of the Gafgyt Internet of Things (IoT) botnet is targeting vulnerabilities in home routers by Huawei, Realtek and Zyxel. Scan results show that the total number of vulnerable devices is at least 32,000. Gafgyt has been active since 2014, and

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01 Nov 2019

Thousands of QNAP NAS devices have been infected with the QSnatch malware

Threat actors are targeting network-attached storage (NAS) devices produced by Taiwanese tech firm QNAP with QSnatch, a malware strain that has not been spotted before. The German Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-Bund) has reported more than 7,000 infections so far, but the campaign is targeting devices across the world. A

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01 Nov 2019

How schools can better protect themselves against cyberattacks

A new report by Barracuda Networks indicates that US K-12 schools have suffered a total of 301 cyberattacks so far this year, which is already more than double the total number of attacks reported throughout 2018 (124). Almost one-third (31%) of cyber incidents involved a data breach, while 23% involved

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01 Nov 2019

Calypso APT Emerges from the Shadows to Target Governments

Security researchers with Positive Technologies have been tracking the activities of a previously unknown advanced persistent threat (APT) group called Calypso since March of this year. Calypso, which is believed to have been operating since at least 2016, uses a custom remote access Trojan (RAT) in order to target government

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01 Nov 2019

Cybercriminals using custom phishing tools to target the world’s largest tech brands

A new report by Akamai shows that the most popular companies targeted in phishing campaigns are Microsoft, PayPal, DHL, and Dropbox, which together accounted for 42.63% of all observed phishing domains. Microsoft, which accounted for 21.88% of domains alone, is highly popular among cybercriminals selling Phishing as a service (PaaS)

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31 Oct 2019

CIA-trained Afghan forces ‘committed war crimes,’ report

A new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) accuses US-backed Afghan forces trained by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of carrying out “summary executions and other grave abuses without accountability.” The study is based on testimonies of local residents, who said that the forces conducted unlawful night raids based

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31 Oct 2019

2020 is the Year Data Gets Weaponized

A new Forrester report projects how the cyber threat landscape is likely to evolve in the coming years. The picture it paints of the near future is grim, to say the least. The researchers project that it might not be long before “evil can adopt artificial intelligence and machine learning

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31 Oct 2019

Indian nuclear power plant’s network was hacked, officials confirm

Threat actors have managed to infect the network of an Indian nuclear power plant with malware, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has admitted, adding that India’s national computer emergency response team (CERT-In) discovered the issue last month. NPCIL stated that an investigation by India’s Department of Atomic

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