20 May 2019

U.S. warship sails in disputed South China Sea amid trade tensions

In the midst of escalating trade tensions between the US and China, the US military on Sunday stated that the US destroyer Preble sailed “within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Reef,” a disputed territory in the South China sea claimed by China, Taiwan and the Philippines. The US army said

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20 May 2019

Q1 2019 Smashes Record For Most Reported Vulnerabilities in a Quarter

The first quarter of this year broke the record for reported security vulnerabilities, a new report by Risk Based Security shows. A total of 5,501 new flaws were disclosed during this period, most of which were web-based (56.8%). Two additional findings from the report are especially worrisome. The first is

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20 May 2019

Syrian Government Starts Campaign to Retake Last Opposition Stronghold of Idlib

Supported by Russia and Iran, the Syrian army has launched a final push for Idlib Province, the last province in Syria still controlled by opposition forces. It therefore seems more certain than ever that the Syrian civil war, which began in 2011, will be decided in favor of president Bashar

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20 May 2019

Ransomware and malware attacks decline, attackers adopting covert tactics

New figures released by Microsoft indicate that global ransomware attacks fell by 60% between March and December of last year, while malware attacks declined in general. Instead, threat actors are launching campaigns that rely on more covert attack techniques such as phishing and social engineering in general. Cyber criminals also

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20 May 2019

Huawei’s use of Android restricted by Google

In response to US President Donald Trump’s recent executive order enabling the US government to ban the use of Huawei telecommunications equipment by US firms, Google has made certain updates for its Android operating system unavailable to the Chinese tech giant, which is the world’s second largest producer of smartphones.

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20 May 2019

Top Cybersecurity Challenges in the Healthcare Industry

New research by Infoblox sheds light on the state of cybersecurity in the healthcare sector. According to the report, a whopping 92% of healthcare organizations believe they can adequately respond to cyber threats. A majority (56%) of companies in the sector uses automated solutions for detecting malicious activity on their

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20 May 2019

Phishing targeting SaaS and webmail services increased to 36% of all phishing attacks

A new APWG report shows that a growing number of phishing attacks (36% in Q1 of 2019) target Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and webmail solutions. Just over a quarter (27%) of phishing campaigns went after payment services, while 16% targeted financial institutions. Greg Aaron of APWG explains that “phishers are interested in

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20 May 2019

More Orgs Use Booby Traps for Counterintelligence

Neustar recently released a new report showing that one out of five organizations use forensic investigations and other techniques in order to identify attackers. Other possible methods include the use of honeypots and collections of fake data to lure threat actors. If a threat actor falls for the trap and

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17 May 2019

The largest breaches over the past three years have caused massive and irreparable damage

A new report by Bitglass highlights how costly large data breaches tend to be for targeted firms. The research found that publicly traded companies that were hit by a massive breach in the last three years saw their stock price drop by 7.5% on average. The research analyzes the three

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17 May 2019

Pentagon asked for funds to reimburse Taliban expenses: report

Earlier this year, the US Department of Defense asked the House Appropriations subcommittee on Defense for funds to cover the costs of transportation, lodging, food and supplies for Taliban members during  peace negotiations with US government representatives. The latest round of negotiations, the 6th in total, ended last week. The

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