18 Jan 2019

Iranian online collaboration forums incubating some of the world’s most significant cybersecurity incidents, hacking forces

A study produced by Cybersecurity firm Recorded Future suggests that the hacking culture heavily incubated by online forums and direct ties to the government have helped the country’s cyber forces generate some of the most significant and sophisticated attacks in the world. These have included crippling attacks against Saudi’s state

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18 Jan 2019

Amazon Shareholders Move to Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tech to Government Agencies

A bloc of five Amazon shareholders groups have submitted a resolution to “prohibit sales of facial recognition technology to government agencies unless the Board concludes, after an evaluation using independence evidence, that the technology does not cause or contribute to actual or potential violations of civil and human rights.” The

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18 Jan 2019

Government cybersecurity at risk as shutdown lingers

Due to the ongoing shutdown, US government agencies are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks. Because cybersecurity and IT staff have been furloughed in many government agencies, TLS certificates for government websites are not being renewed, systems aren’t being patched and there is no active monitoring of agency networks for performance

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18 Jan 2019

These malicious Android apps will only strike when you move your smartphone

Once again, cybercriminals have managed to sneak malicious apps onto the Google Play Store. Researchers with Trend Micro have found two Android apps on Google Play that serve the Anubis banking Trojan, but only if information from the motion sensors on the targeted device indicate movement. The two apps are Currency

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18 Jan 2019

Facebook Shuts Hundreds of Russia-Linked Pages, Accounts for Disinformation

Helped by a tip from US law enforcement, Facebook has shut down two massive Russian disinformation campaigns comprising hundreds of Facebook groups and pages as well as Facebook and Instagram accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers. One of the campaigns focused on Ukraine, whereas the other targeted countries in Central

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18 Jan 2019

Malware can now evade cloud security tools, as cybercriminals target public cloud users

Rocke Group, a cybercrime group believed to be operating from China, has developed cryptocurrency mining software that can uninstall cloud-based security solutions from targeted systems as a way of evading detection. Researchers with Palo Alto have so far only found proof that the malware works on Chinese cloud security solutions,

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18 Jan 2019

Pentagon Releases 2019 Missile Defense Review

“Military superiority is not a birthright granted to us,” the Pentagon’s freshly-released Missile Defense Review reads in the preface. “It is the product of diligence, creativity, and sustained investment.” Most recently, this creativity and sustained investment may mean installing space-based sensors to monitor and help destroy incoming missiles. The U.S.

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18 Jan 2019

World Economic Forum Releases Lists of “Biggest Risks” Worldwide in 2019

Releasing three separate lists ranking the top ten “Risks by Likelihood,” “Risks by Impact,” and “Risks by Interconnections,” the WEF reflects the responses of leaders across the Forum’s business, government, civil society, and thought leadership networks. The third chart explores some of the interactions of the various risks and works

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18 Jan 2019

Ongoing Attacks Hit West African Financial Institutions Since Mid-2017

Financial institutions in Cameroon, Congo (DR), Equatorial Guinea, Ghana and Ivory Coast have been targeted by unknown threat actors in a cyberattack campaign that started in mid-2017 and is still ongoing. According to security researchers with Symantec, the attackers have been using a variety of open-source and off-the shelf malware tools including

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18 Jan 2019

Twitter Fixes Four Year Old Bug in Android App Exposing Private Tweets

Due to a bug in Twitter for Android, the app has exposed the private Tweets of an unknown number of users for over 4 years. The issue caused the app to make changes to the accounts of affected users, such as turning off the “Protect your Tweets” setting. The bug

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