06 Jan 2020

Donald Trump threatens Iraq with sanctions, says US won’t leave unless ‘they pay us back’ for air base

The US drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani at Baghdad airport last Friday has not only resulted in increased tensions between Washington and Tehran, but has also fueled resentment against Washington in Baghdad, where Iraq’s Parliament on Sunday adopted a nonbinding vote to expel the

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06 Jan 2020

First Suleimani Attack By ‘Iranian’ Hackers Hits U.S., Exposing ‘Noisy’ New Threat

Over the weekend, threat actors defaced the website of the US Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), in what could be the first Iranian state-sponsored cyberattack in retaliation for the US drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani at Baghdad airport last Friday. In the wake of

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06 Jan 2020

DHS: Iran maintains a robust cyber program and can execute cyber-attacks against the US

The US Department of Home Security (DHS) on Saturday issued a rare National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) alert warning about possible Iranian terror and cyber campaigns in retaliation for the US drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani at Baghdad airport last Friday. Suleimani was the

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06 Jan 2020

New Trump Ruling Limits AI Surveillance Exports Over China Military Fears

On Monday, the US tightened its restrictions on US exports of artificial intelligence (AI) technology designed for geospatial intelligence purposes like detecting and classifying objects from planes and satellites. While the move targets all countries except for Canada, it is widely believed to be directed at China’s AI surveillance sector.

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06 Jan 2020

Travelex Site Still Down After New Year’s Eve Attack

On New Year’s Eve, global currency exchange giant Travelex experienced a “software virus” infection that “compromised some of its services”, as a result of which the company’s websites have been unavailable for almost a week now. The company says it has taken down all of its systems “as a precautionary

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06 Jan 2020

Alert overload is burning out security analysts

A recent CriticalStart study sheds light on the impact of alert overload on security operations centers (SOCs) and their staff. The survey found that only 41% of SOC employees still consider their main task to be analyzing and remediating security threats, compared to 70% last year. The majority of security

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06 Jan 2020

Austria’s Foreign Ministry says it’s facing ‘serious’ cyberattack

The Austrian Foreign Ministry on Saturday announced that it is the target of what it described as a “serious cyberattack” that could be “a targeted attack by a state actor.” The ministry said the cyber campaign against its systems is still ongoing, and estimated that it may continue for several

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06 Jan 2020

Automotive cybersecurity incidents doubled in 2019, up 605% since 2016

The number of automotive cyber incidents has surged by 605% since 2016 and doubled between 2018 and 2019, a new report by Upstream Security shows. The majority of incidents (57%) were the work of cybercriminals, while security researchers accounted for 38%. In 2019, the vast majority (82%) of attacks were

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06 Jan 2020

Ransomware Attack Topples Telemarketing Firm, Leaving Hundreds Jobless

Arkansas-based telemarketing firm The Heritage Company suffered a ransomware attack two months ago, which may mean the end of the 61-year-old business. Even though the company paid the ransom, it was forced to suspend operations indefinitely on December 23. On January 2, the over 300 employees of the firm were

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27 Nov 2019

US sends investigators to UAE and Saudi to probe CNN weapons violations findings

In September of this year, a delegation of officials with the US State Department and the Pentagon visited the  United Arab Emirates (UAE) in an attempt to verify the findings of a February report by CNN suggesting that US-made Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs) sold to the UAE and Saudi

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