23 May 2019

Volume of Signed Malware Increases, CAs Need Better Vetting

New figures from Chronicle show that threat actors increasingly manage to abuse digital certificates in order to sign malware. As a result, operating systems can no longer reliably use such certificates to distinguish legitimate software from malicious programs. The study, which looked only at highly malicious programs targeting Windows operating

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23 May 2019

Data privacy: A hot-button issue for Americans one year after GDPR

This Sunday will mark one year since the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect. A new nCipher survey shows that awareness of privacy issues has increased in the US. A small majority of Americans (52%) care about keeping their data private and 41% even consider data privacy

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23 May 2019

Two More Zero-Day Vulnerabilities Released for Windows

Just one day after notorious Windows exploit developer “SandboxEscaper” released a Windows zero-day exploit, she posted two additional zero-days on her GitHub account. One is a sandbox escape impacting Internet Explorer 11 and the other is a local privilege escalation flaw affecting Windows Error Reporting. The latter is very difficult

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23 May 2019

Baltimore Email, Other Systems Still Offline from May 7 Ransomware Attack

More than two weeks after the City of Baltimore, Maryland suffered a ransomware attack, the city’s email system and various other systems have still not been restored. The City was targeted by a ransomware strain dubbed Robbinhood. The threat actors behind the file-encrypting malware demanded a ransom of 13 Bitcoin

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23 May 2019

Over 90% of data transactions on IoT devices are unencrypted

New research by Zscaler highlights how companies are putting themselves at risk through the use of poorly secured IoT devices. The report found that a staggering 91.5% of IoT data transactions on enterprise networks are not encrypted. If a threat actor manages to intercept that traffic, they can therefore access

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22 May 2019

US says signs Syria may be using chemical weapons, warns of quick response

The US State Department on Tuesday said it continues “to see signs” that the army of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “may be renewing its use of chemical weapons.” A department spokeswoman mentioned one incident in particular, namely “an alleged chlorine attack in northwest Syria on the morning of May 19.”

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22 May 2019

North Korea at UN warns of consequences over ship seizure

North Korea on Tuesday said it was watching “every move” by the US government since the latter seized a North Korean ship two weeks ago. North Korea’s ambassador to the United Nations warned that “the United States should deliberate and think over the consequences its outrageous acts might have on the

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22 May 2019

Facebook found hosting masses of far right EU disinformation networks

Campaign group Avaaz has uncovered a vast far disinformation campaign spreading fake news stories on Facebook in order to promote far right political positions to European voters ahead of the European Parliament election that will be held between 23 and 26 May. After being notified of the results of the

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22 May 2019

Nuclear war risk highest since WWII, UN arms research chief warns

Today the risk of nuclear weapons being used is higher than it has been at any time since World War II, the director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) Renata Dwan said on Tuesday. Dwan argued that the increased risk of nuclear war results from changes to arms-control

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22 May 2019

Trump Administration Could Blacklist China’s Hikvision, a Surveillance Firm

The US government may blacklist Chinese video surveillance giant Hikvision in order to prevent it from purchasing US technology. The Trump administration is expected to decide on this issue in the next few weeks. China uses Hikvision’s surveillance products to monitor the oppressed Muslim Uyghur minority in its Xinjiang region, but

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