15 Feb 2019

How Cyber Command’s plan to ‘frustrate’ hackers is working

According to a recent testimony by the head of U.S. Cyber Command before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the organization has been increasing its cyber operations across the globe with success, guided by the philosophy of ‘defending forward.’ “In practice, this means confronting our adversaries from where they launch cyberattacks and

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15 Feb 2019

Increasing Involvement of Nation-states in Ransomware Attacks

New research by Recorded Future projects an increase of nation-state involvement in ransomware attacks. Researchers expect that ransomware attacks will be increasingly carried out by countries that are subject to harsh sanctions, such as North Korea, to generate revenue. Another possibility is the deployment of ransomware strains by state-backed hackers

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15 Feb 2019

India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship

India’s government has proposed new, sweeping rules that would enable strict government censorship of content. The public comment period on the rules has ended and the government could enact them at any time, worrying opposition candidates and free speech activists ahead of national elections scheduled for the spring. The rules

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15 Feb 2019

Iran indictments show even U.S. intelligence officials are vulnerable to basic hacking schemes

As the story broke about the charges against former U.S. Air Force intelligence specialist who defected to Iran and support targeted hacking against some of her former colleagues, one clear takeaway stood out: even U.S. intelligence officers can fall victim to basic, directed hacking campaigns. The process was simple; the

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15 Feb 2019

AI must tackle the sparsity challenge, says Landing AI’s Gopi Prashanth

According to Gopi Prashanth of AI-startup Landing AI, one of the major challenges in the development of AI and machine learning is to teach machines to generalize based on small data samples in situations where relevant data is sparse. Currently, deep learning enables machines to learn from massive amounts of

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15 Feb 2019

Collection of 127 Million Stolen Accounts Up for Sale on the Dark Web

A threat actor using the moniker “gnosticplayers” has put two large collections of stolen data for sale on a dark web marketplace this week. The first batch contained 620 million records that were obtained by breaching 16 companies. Another batch of 127 million files was put up for sale a few days after

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15 Feb 2019

Fake News Rattles Nigerian Election Campaign

Tomorrow, Nigeria goes to the polls to elect a new President after a long and messy campaign season plagued by fake news stories. From fabricated endorsements to re-used violent images attached to new false narratives, fake news has spread across different social media platforms and been viewed by millions of

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15 Feb 2019

Chinese company leaves Muslim-tracking facial recognition database exposed online

A Dutch security researcher who specializes in finding unsecured MongoDB databases on the Internet, recently made a disturbing discovery when he stumbled upon a database used by a Chinese firm to track facial recognition data on 2,56,5724 citizens of the Xinjiang province where the oppressed Uyghur Muslim minority is located. The data

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15 Feb 2019

The year 2018 was the second most active year on record for data breaches, report says

According to a new report by Risk Based Security, 3.2% fewer data breaches took place in 2018 compared to the year before and the number of exposed records decreased 35.9%, from 7.9 billion in 2017 to 5 billion last year. However, the company said that not all data breaches from 2018 have

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15 Feb 2019

US forces have 1,000 ISIS detainees — and don’t know what to do with them

As the U.S. and its partners retake the final pieces of land controlled by ISIS, they are struggling to process hundreds of ISIS detainees. The fighters come from dozens of countries and are under the detention of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is not a nation state connected to

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