18 Jul 2019

Nato chief calls on Russia to save INF nuclear missile treaty

If Russia will continue to violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty after August 2, it can expect a “measured, defensive” response by NATO, the alliance’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated on Thursday. The INF Treaty collapsed in February when the US government announced that it will pull out of

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18 Jul 2019

Iran Says It Seized Foreign Oil Tanker, Escalating Regional Tensions

Tensions in the Gulf further escalated on Thursday after Iranian media reported that the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps seized a foreign oil tanker on Sunday. Allegedly the vessel, sailing under an unidentified flag, had been smuggling one million liters of oil. Last Saturday, a United Arab Emirates vessel disappeared

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18 Jul 2019

Federal and SLED IT managers say AI will be a game changer

A new survey by MeriTalk indicates that 90% of IT managers in Federal, state, local, and higher education (SLED) organizations say that in over the past two years, a shift has taken place toward the adoption of AI technologies. Despite this, only 14% of respondents stated that AI has been

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18 Jul 2019

800K Systems Still Vulnerable to BlueKeep

A recent Internet scan by BitSight found a total of 805,665 were still vulnerable the highly critical BlueKeep security flaw (CVE-2019-0708) that impacts Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) implementations on older Windows operating systems. This represents a 17.8% decrease since last month, when a similar scan found close to 973,000 vulnerable

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18 Jul 2019

93% of Orgs Worry About Cloud Security

Two recent studies shed light on cloud security. Independents reports by Bitglass and Synopsys both show that 93% of companies are worried about security in the cloud. Bitglass found that the most common cloud security concerns relate to access control (52%) and anti-malware (46%). However, “the adoption rates of basic

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18 Jul 2019

Microsoft has warned 10,000 victims of state-sponsored hacking

In the past year, Microsoft informed about 10,000 users that state-backed hackers were targeting them. The number includes both victims and targets who were not compromised. The vast majority of targets were enterprise customers, i.e. businesses, with individual consumers accounting for about 10% of victims. Nearly all campaigns went after

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18 Jul 2019

BEC Scams Average $301 Million Per Month In Illegal Transfers

New data compiled by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) shows that illegal transactions linked to business email compromise (BEC) scams averaged $301 million per month last year. The figure is based on suspicious activity reports (SARs) received by FinCEN. In 2018, the organization received close to 14,000 filings. The

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18 Jul 2019

Bluetooth Flaws Could Allow Global Tracking of Apple, Windows 10 Devices

Boston University researchers have discovered[pdf] flaws in Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) that can make it possible to track Windows 10, iOS and macOS devices that support the technology. BLE is a Bluetooth implementation designed to provide connectivity at reduced power consumption and cost compared to classic Bluetooth. While BLE was

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18 Jul 2019

Group Behind Windows 10 App Malvertising Pushed 100M Ads in 2019

Researchers with Confiant have identified a Hong Kong based advertising firm as the culprit behind a massive malvertising campaign that has already displayed over 100 million adds, including tech support scams, phishing pages and other scams in Windows 10 apps and Microsoft games this year. The activity of the malvertising

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18 Jul 2019

Why 70% of healthcare orgs have suffered data breaches

Seven out of ten US healthcare organizations have experienced a data breach at some point, and one in three have suffered a breach in the past year, a new report by Thales shows. All healthcare firms in the survey indicated that they use digital transformation technologies to collect, store and

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