15 May 2019

Over 460,000 E-Retailer User Accounts Hacked

Between April 23 and May 10, threat actors compromised 461,091 user accounts for the e-commerce portals of Uniqlo and GU, the Japanese company that owns the two brands acknowledged in a statement on Monday. Fast Retailing Co., the biggest retail firm in Asia, said that hackers managed to obtain access

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15 May 2019

Website Attack Attempts Rose by 69% in 2018

New research by Sitelock indicates that attempts to attack websites are on the rise. In 2018, the average website faced 62 attack threats on a daily basis. The most common attacks involved the use of backdoors, shells, and JavaScript files (cross-site scripting or XSS). XSS attacks target visitors, since they

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09 May 2019

Echoes of Iraq in Trump’s Confrontation with Iran

Various US intelligence experts and lawmakers believe that the escalation of tensions between the US and Iran in recent weeks bears an eerie resemblance to the run-up to the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. One of the key similarities they see is the role of US National Security Advisor

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09 May 2019

Websites Continue to Collect PII Data Insecurely

A new report by RiskIQ found that over a year after the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect, 11.5% of websites still fail to properly secure the way they collect personally identifiable information (PII) from users. Progress is being made however, since the number was 27%

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09 May 2019

Justice Department charges Chinese hacker for 2015 Anthem breach

The US Department of Justice has indicted Fujie Wang, a Chinese national, over conspiracy to commit fraud, identity theft and computer hacking as part of hacking campaigns targeting Anthem and three other firms. The charges also apply to other unnamed members of the Chinese hacking group Fujie Wang is suspected

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09 May 2019

US seizes North Korean coal ship for violating sanctions

In the latest sign of mounting tensions between the US and North Korea, the US government has, for the first time in history, seized a North Korean ship because it violates international sanctions on the country. While the announcement comes at a time of renewed North Korean missile activity, the

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09 May 2019

This ransomware sneakily infects victims by disguising itself with anti-virus software

Researchers at Trend Micro have uncovered a sneaky new campaign involving the notorious Dharma ransomware that has been targeting companies around the globe since at least 2016. In order to increase the success rate of their attacks, the threat actors behind Dharma have now integrated it into a phony anti-virus

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09 May 2019

Artificial Intelligence May Not ‘Hallucinate’ After All

A new MIT study suggests that artificial intelligence (AI) may sometimes misidentify objects not because it sees things that aren’t there, but because it sees the world in ways that humans cannot. In previous studies, researchers discovered that while machine learning algorithms can be used to train AI to classify

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09 May 2019

Sixth round of Taliban-U.S. peace talks end

The latest round of US-Taliban peace talks, the 6th in total, ended on Thursday after a little over a week. According to a Taliban statesman, the talks were “positive and constructive,” with both sides making “some progress […] on the draft agreement prepared in the last round of talks.” In

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09 May 2019

Amazon Hit by Extensive Fraud With Hackers Siphoning Merchant Funds

Last year, threat actors obtained unauthorized access to around 100 Amazon seller accounts, which enabled them to change the bank details for the accounts and subsequently transfer funds from loans and sales to bank accounts under their control. The e-commerce giant has investigated the extensive fraud operation, which was active

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