24 May 2019

Samsung deepfake AI could fabricate a video clip of you from a single photo

Samsung has developed new artificial intelligence (AI) technology capable of generating deepfake videos based on as little as a single photograph. Deepfakes are fabricated images or videos showing individuals saying and doing things they never said or did. Because deepfakes are hard to distinguish from actual footage, they can be

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24 May 2019

Russian Nation-State Hacking Unit’s Tools Get More Fancy

New research by ESET shows that the notorious Russian hacking group Fancy Bear (aka APT28, Sofacy, STRONTIUM, Sednit group) is rapidly increasing the sophistication of the cyber-espionage tools in its arsenal. The study found that Zebrocy malware, a key tool in Fancy Bear attack campaigns, contains over 30 commands to

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24 May 2019

Researcher publishes Windows zero-days for the third day in a row

On Thursday, Windows exploit developer “SandboxEscaper” once again released new zero-day exploits on her GitHub account. SandboxEscaper already released a zero-day on Tuesday and then two more exploits Wednesday, although it turns out one of the latter had already been patched by Microsoft. One of the new flaws is a

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24 May 2019

Mobile Chrome, Safari, and Firefox failed to show phishing warnings for more than a year

A team of researchers from Arizona State University and PayPal staff discovered that mobile browsers including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari put users at risk between mid-2017 and late 2018 by not showing any phishing warnings to users connecting to blacklisted websites. This issue had to do with the mobile version

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23 May 2019

ARM cuts ties with Huawei, threatening future chip designs

British multinational chip and software designer ARM has instructed its employees to halt “all active contracts, support entitlements, and any pending engagements” with Huawei as a result of the recent US government ban on Huawei telecommunications products over security concerns. While ARM is not a US company, it is worried

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23 May 2019

US may deploy thousands more troops amid Iran tension

As a result of escalating tensions with Iran, the US government is considering to send thousands of additional forces to the Middle East. The US Department of Defense is expected to detail the plans on Thursday. According to Reuters, around 5,000 extra troops could be deployed, while AP news agency

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23 May 2019

TalkTalk Overlooked Nearly 5000 Customers in Breach Notification

An investigation by the BBC consumer rights show Watchdog Live has revealed that UK telco Talk Talk botched the breach notification that followed a 2015 cybersecurity incident by failing to inform 4545 impacted customers. The company acknowledged the mistake, describing it as “a genuine error.” The firm says it has

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23 May 2019

All iPhones And Some Android Phones Are Vulnerable To A New Device Fingerprinting Attack

Cambridge University researchers have discovered a new kind of “fingerprinting attack” that could enable websites to keep track of individual users as they visit other websites using the same browser. Fingerprinting is a nightmare for people who care about their privacy. It can be used to target people with customized

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23 May 2019

Fraud Attacks from Mobile Spiked 300% in Q

Cybercriminals are increasingly using rogue mobile applications to carry out fraud attacks, a new RSA report shows. In the first three months of this year, fraud associated with such apps surged by 300%. Rogue apps are malicious copies of legitimate applications. Fraud campaigns involving financial malware also increased in Q1

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23 May 2019

Bestmixer seized by police for washing $200 million in tainted cryptocurrency clean

Europol together with Dutch and Luxembourg authorities seized Bestmixer.io on Wednesday because they believe the “world’s leading cryptocurrency mixing service” has laundered over $200 million in cryptocurrency linked to criminal activities. Bestmixer.io had been operating for about one year when it was shut down. By “mixing” cryptocurrencies from multiple sources

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