24 Sep 2018

Britain to create 2,000-strong cyber force to tackle Russia threat

“Britain is significantly increasing its ability to wage war in cyberspace with the creation of a new offensive cyber force of up to 2,000 personnel…The new force which is expected to be announced soon would represent a near four-fold increase in manpower focused on offensive cyber operations…The plan by the

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24 Sep 2018

Extradited Romanian Woman Pleads Guilty in Connection to Cyberattack on DC Security Cameras

A Romanian woman has pleaded guilty in connection with a ransomware attack against over 125 surveillance cameras in Washington DC ahead of the 2017 presidential inauguration. Demanding a payment of $60,800 in Bitcoin for restored access to the machines, the hackers were foiled by police IT department’s ability to disconnect

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24 Sep 2018

North Korea successfully using cryptos to evade US sanctions

North Korea is likely making extensive use of blockchain and cryptocurrency technology to evade sanctions. Experts suggest that North Korea is probably trading in existing cryptocurrencies while also creating its own, allowing them to “exploit international financial institutions that have correspondent banking relations with the United States.” Mirroring traditional money-laundering

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24 Sep 2018

FANGs Aren’t Tech Stocks Any More: S&P Overhauls Sector Breakdowns

In the largest sector reclassification since 1999, Facebook, Alphabet, Twitter, Paypal, Netflix, Disney, Viacom, Fox, and Snap will now be classified as “Communications Services” instead of “Information Technology,” in a move that will reduce the “tech” portion of the S&P from around 26% to 15%. This reclassification will have significant

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24 Sep 2018

Finding China’s Internment Camps for Uighur Muslims…before China rushes to delete evidence

New evidence of China’s massive internment program for Uighur Muslims continues to surface. But at the same time, the Chinese government is working rapidly to find and remove online evidence trails. Networks of researchers are now locked in a race to find and document this evidence before it is hidden

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24 Sep 2018

Survey: Hackers acknowledge Windows flaws but prefer social engineering tricks

According to a recent survey by network security firm Thycotic, 60% of respondents answered that social engineering was the fastest way to compromise users,” even as 50% of surveyed Black Hat conference attendees answered that they had compromised Windows 8 and 10 systems in the past year. According to the

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24 Sep 2018

Iran’s Khamenei blames Gulf Arab states for military parade attack

Sunday’s attack on a military parade in Iran killed over 29 people and injured nearly one hundred others, interrupting an important military memorial parade. Identifying the attacker, however, has proved difficult as different states and possible organizing organizations have shared vastly different stories. The Iranian government has blamed “terrorists” that

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21 Sep 2018

Symantec takes on election hacking by fighting copycat websites

“Symantec is offering a free tool for US campaigns and election officials to fight fraudulent websites, the company announced Tuesday. The feature could help take away an important weapon in the election hacking arsenal: the spoof website.  Lookalike websites could imitate official government sites and report false information about candidates

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21 Sep 2018

Europe’s Leading Companies Are Bowing to U.S. Sanctions

Europe’s largest companies are slowly moving into compliance with US.. sanctions on Iran, departing from the market they entered with the signing of the nuclear deal in 2015. Airbus, Maersk, Renault, Peugeot, Total, and Siemens are but a few of the companies that have begun or have completely divested from

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21 Sep 2018

Foreign government hackers target US senators, aides’ Gmail

Google and the U.S. Senate have announced that the Gmail accounts of U.S. Senators’ and their aides are being “targeted by foreign government hackers.” While no information has been given regarding the political entity behind the attempts or whether specific political parties or staffers have been especially targeted, the attempts

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