22 May 2019

US Americans believe war with Iran is coming: poll

A new Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll shows that the recent escalation of tensions between the US and Iran has American citizens worried that a military conflict between the two countries may be inevitable. A little over half (51%) of survey respondents believe that US and Iran will go to war within

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22 May 2019

Massive DDoS attacks lasting more than an hour increased 487% in 2019

New Kaspersky Lab research shows that distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks surged by 84% in the first three months of this year. This growth reverses the downward trend that was recorded throughout 2018. Compared to the first quarter of last year, larger attacks involving 100Gbps or more increased by a staggering

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22 May 2019

It’s not just WhatsApp, most messaging apps likely have security vulnerabilities

Cybersecurity experts warn that the recent Whatsapp vulnerability that allowed cyberattacker to remotely install malicious software on mobile phones, is unlikely to be the only flaw of that kind affecting messaging applications. In fact, Tom Uren of the International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) believes that “pretty much the entire suite

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22 May 2019

New Zero-Day Exploit for Bug in Windows 10 Task Scheduler

A notorious Windows exploit developer known by the moniker SandboxEscaper has released a new exploit that allows users with limited privileges to obtain complete control over files that can otherwise only be altered by admin accounts and system processes. The zero-day flaw affects the Task Scheduler utility and is relatively

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22 May 2019

Ransomware Not Gone but More Targeted, Report Says

A new Fortinet report underscores the current trend toward sophisticated, targeted cyberattacks involving custom code and living-off-the-land (LotL) techniques that enable attackers to take advantage of applications and processes already present on victim machines. Ransomware is no exception in this regard, for even though ransomware rates have dropped, targeted ransomware

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22 May 2019

Google Warns G Suite Customers of Passwords Stored Unhashed Since 2005

Google accidentally stored passwords of some G Suite customers in unhashed format for 14 years, the company acknowledged on Tuesday, adding that the issue “primarily impacted system generated or admin generated passwords intended for one-time use.” Google did not specify how many customers were affected. Gmail accounts are not affected

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21 May 2019

Former CIA officer jailed for 20 years for spying for China

A former CIA intelligence officer found guilty of conspiring to provide national defense information to China was sentenced to 20 years in prison last Friday. Kevin Patrick Mallory of Leesburg, Virginia, had worked for the CIA and the DIA and held a top secret security clearance. Assistant Attorney General John

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21 May 2019

Millions of Instagram influencers had their private contact data scraped and exposed

A security researcher recently found an unsecured Amazon Web Services server exposing the personal information of over 49 million prominent  Instagram users including so-called “influencers,” celebrities and brands accounts. The leaky database consisted of scraped data. In addition to account information available to all followers, such as the account name,

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21 May 2019

US Delays Huawei Ban for 90 Days

The US Department of Commerce is temporarily delaying the consequences of President Donald Trump’s recent executive order enabling the government to forbid US firms from using Huawei telecommunications equipment. The Commerce Department issued a 90-day license “that grants operators time to make other arrangements and (gives) the Department space to

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21 May 2019

Iranian president: ‘Today’s situation is not suitable for talks’ with US

A day after US President Trump stated that he would “certainly negotiate” with Iran if they contacted him, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the current situation “is not suitable for talks and our choice is resistance only.” Trump’s claim that he is open to talks followed a Sunday Tweet

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