22 Aug 2019

N Korea: No nuclear talks if US ‘hostile military moves’ continue

North Korea has “no interest” in new talks about its nuclear program if the US doesn’t stop “escalating hostile military moves,” a spokesperson for the regime said on Thursday. The announcement coincides with a trip by US special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun to South Korea. Biegun had expressed

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22 Aug 2019

South Korea Says It Will Scrap Intelligence-Sharing Deal With Japan

In the midst of rising diplomatic tensions between South Korea and Japan, the South Korean government on Thursday announced that it will cancel a military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan. The move could undermine both countries’ efforts to monitor North Korea’s missile activity and thereby frustrate the US government, which had

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22 Aug 2019

China is Spying on Cancer Research

The three biggest cyber threats to healthcare organizations are cyber espionage, data theft and destructive cyber attacks, a new FireEye report indicates. According to the study, threat actors are selling numerous compromised healthcare databases on underground forums, most of which costs less than $2,000. These databases contain the personally identifiable

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22 Aug 2019

Amazon, Microsoft, May be Putting World at Risk of Killer AI, Says Report

A new report by Dutch NGO Pax suggests that Microsoft, Amazon and various other major tech companies may be putting the world at risk by developing or planning to develop autonomous weapons. The study scrutinized 50 major tech companies to see if they were involved in military artificial intelligence (AI)

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22 Aug 2019

MoviePass exposed thousands of unencrypted customer card numbers

The American subscription-based movie ticketing service MoviePass has leaked the payment card details of tens of thousands of customers via an unsecured database. The leaky server was discovered by researchers with SpiderSilk and contained  161 million records, over 58,000 of which mentioned payment card data. The exposed data included MoviePass

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22 Aug 2019

Silence APT Group Broadens Attacks on Banks, Gets More Dangerous

Over the last year, the financially motivated Silence hacking group primarily targeted banks and final institutions in Asia, Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet Union states, but its rapid expansion poses a growing threat to organizations across the globe, new research by Group-IB indicates. The Russian-speaking advance persistent threat (APT)

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22 Aug 2019

Hackers Want $2.5 Million Ransom for Texas Ransomware Attacks

The threat actors behind the coordinated ransomware campaign that hit entities in Texas last week are demanding $2.5 million in ransom, the mayor of one city affected by the attack announced this week. The official also said the ransomware had been deployed via the software of the city’s managed service

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22 Aug 2019

Researcher Discloses Second Steam Zero-Day After Valve Bug Bounty Ban

The security researcher who recently disclosed a zero-day privilege escalation flaw in Steam because the developer had dismissed the issue, has now released a second flaw of the same type in the highly popular video game distribution platform by Valve. After the researcher publicly disclosed the first flaw, Valve banned

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22 Aug 2019

A botnet has been cannibalizing other hackers’ web shells for more than a year

Security researchers at Positive Technologies are tracking a major botnet campaign that attacks web shells used by threat actors as part of other malware campaigns. The hackers behind the botnet previously operated a Windows Trojan called Neutrino that was used to attack desktop users. Their new campaign started in 2018

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22 Aug 2019

Companies Act to Defend Privacy of Kazakhstanis

Google and Mozilla this week took steps to undermine the efforts of the Kazakhstan government to intercept all HTTPS traffic within its borders. Kazakhstan started the practice last month. A report by Censored Planet found evidence that the government was ordering local Internet providers to enforce the installation of a

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