20 Aug 2019

Russia accuses US of stoking military tensions with missile test

Russia on Tuesday accused the US of “escalating military tensions” by conducting a test of a ground-launched, medium-range cruise missile, just weeks after the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that banned such missiles officially became defunct. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that “we won’t allow ourselves to be

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20 Aug 2019

Post GandCrab, Cybercriminals Scouring the Dark Web for the Next Top Ransomware

A recent study by Recorded Future found that the retirement of the GandCrab ransomware group earlier this year has created a ransomware demand vacuum on underground forums. The study indicates that around half of posts on underground forums are from cybercriminals looking for an alternative to the GandCrab ransomware-as-a-service solution.

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20 Aug 2019

Twitter bans 936 accounts managed by the Chinese state, aimed at Hong Kong protests

After Twitter was called out for running Chinese state-sponsored ads that attacked protesters in Hong Kong, the social media platform on Monday banned 936 accounts for “deliberately and specifically attempting to sow political discord in Hong Kong.” The company said that the accounts had been part of a “coordinated state-backed

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20 Aug 2019

Trump Gives Huawei 90 Day Reprieve, But Customers Warned To Ditch The Brand

The US Commerce Department on Monday announced an additional 90-day reprieve that gives US organizations until November 19 to cut ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei before a ban forbidding firms from doing business with the company officially goes into effect. US President Donald Trump had threatened to block the

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20 Aug 2019

Uganda, Zambia Deny Huawei Helped Spy on Political Opponents

Uganda and Zambia are denying a recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report claiming that Huawei assisted the governments of these countries in espionage campaigns that targeted political opponents. According to the report, employees of the Chinese tech giant enabled both governments to monitor the movements, social media activity and other

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20 Aug 2019

Organizations Expose Sensitive Data via Malware Analysis Sandboxes

Companies are leaking data by uploading sensitive files to online malware analysis sandboxes that verify if the documents are safe, but may also make them publicly accessible, a recent Cyjax study found. Researchers scrutinized three popular online malware analysis solutions, all of which let users access certain files that were

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20 Aug 2019

Backdoor found in Webmin, a popular web-based utility for managing Unix servers

Security researchers have uncovered a backdoor in Webmin, a highly popular application for remotely managing Linux servers and other Unix-based systems. Threat actors could use the backdoor to take over machines running Webmin and subsequently target the remote systems being managed via the app. Webmin is installed on over 1

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20 Aug 2019

iOS 12.4 Jailbreak Released After Apple Unpatches Older Bug

Apple has accidentally put iOS users at risk of jailbreak attacks that can enable malicious applications to run arbitrary code with administrative privileges on vulnerable devices. The jailbreak attacks were previously possible due to a critical flaw in iOS 12.2. While this vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2019-8605, was resolved in iOS

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20 Aug 2019

Millions Of Home Internet Routers Open To Cyberattack, New Study Warns

New research[pdf] by Ben-Gurion University outlines how security vulnerabilities in modern routers could enable threat actors with access to a guest network that is separated from a host network to exfiltrate data from the host network or launch an attack to compromise it. The researchers have developed attacks that use

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19 Aug 2019

Afghanistan vows to crush Islamic State havens after attack

On Saturday, Islamic State carried out an attack on a wedding in Afghanistan that killed at least 63 people and wounded 200 more. In response to the bombing, which took place on the 100th Independence Day of the country, Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani pledged on Monday to “eliminate” all IS

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