22 Apr 2019

Hacker Breaks Into French Government’s New Secure Messaging App

Last week, an independent security researcher managed to get access to a brand new encrypted messaging application used by French government officials. The application is available for download on the Google Play Store, but normally only people with an official government email address can use it. Despite reports claiming that

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22 Apr 2019

Trump Endorses an Aspiring Libyan Strongman, Reversing Policy

US President Trump on Friday endorsed Khalifa Haftar, a renegade Libyan military leader who is challenging the legitimacy of the internationally recognized Libyan government in Tripoli. One day after the US opposed a draft United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Libya, Trump called Haftar to

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22 Apr 2019

WannaCry Hero Marcus Hutchins Pleads Guilty To Creating Banking Malware

Marcus Hutchins, a British security researcher who helped to stop the 2017 global WannaCry ransomware attack by triggering the malware’s kill switch, has pleaded guilty to entering a conspiracy to create and distribute malware, and to aiding and abetting the distribution of malware. A further eight charges have been dropped

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22 Apr 2019

The Pentagon is Investing in Space Robots to Repair Satellites

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching a five year program to build robots capable of repairing and upgrading satellites. The research agency will also develop spacecraft for moving the robots through space. The US government and US companies together have over 400 satellites orbiting the earth at

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22 Apr 2019

Three-Fourths of Consumers Don’t Trust Facebook, Threatpost Poll Finds

A recent Threatpost survey suggest that people have lost trust in Facebook as a result of the social media giant’s many privacy snafu’s over the past few years, with three out of four respondents stating that Facebook is lying about how it handles consumer data. In addition, a whopping 95%

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22 Apr 2019

Easter Attack Affects Half a Billion Apple iOS Users via Chrome Bug

A malvertising campaign launched last week takes advantage of an unpatched software vulnerability in the iOS version of Google Chrome, putting about half a billion users at risk. The threat actor behind the attack has been identified as the eGobbler gang, a cybercriminal group known for launching malvertising campaigns around

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22 Apr 2019

Hacker dumps thousands of sensitive Mexican embassy documents online

Last week, a hacker using the moniker @0x55Taylor published over 4,800 documents that were obtained from a server of the Mexican embassy in Guatemala. According to the hacker, he had informed Mexican authorities about the vulnerable server, but they had not replied, prompting him to go public. The published records

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22 Apr 2019

Phone Scams Cause Americans to Lose $10.5 Billion in 2018

According to a new report by Truecaller, as many as 43 million Americans may have been scammed in the past 12 months, for a total of $10.5 billion in losses. Contrary to stereotypes about gullible old people, young adults (aged 18-34) are actually more likely to fall victim to phone

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19 Apr 2019

FBI suspects Russians hacked ‘at least one’ Florida county, Mueller report says

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 US presidential election states that the FBI believes the Russian military intelligence agency (GRU) “gained access to the network of at least one Florida country government” in November of 2016. The GRU allegedly managed this feat by

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19 Apr 2019

U.S., Russia say cannot support a U.N. call for Libya truce: diplomats

On Thursday, renewed fighting in Libya further increased the death toll related to renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar’s campaign to overthrow the internationally recognized Libyan government. Despite this, both the United States and Russia refused to support a draft United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire. While

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