20 May 2019

More Orgs Use Booby Traps for Counterintelligence

Neustar recently released a new report showing that one out of five organizations use forensic investigations and other techniques in order to identify attackers. Other possible methods include the use of honeypots and collections of fake data to lure threat actors. If a threat actor falls for the trap and

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17 May 2019

The largest breaches over the past three years have caused massive and irreparable damage

A new report by Bitglass highlights how costly large data breaches tend to be for targeted firms. The research found that publicly traded companies that were hit by a massive breach in the last three years saw their stock price drop by 7.5% on average. The research analyzes the three

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17 May 2019

Pentagon asked for funds to reimburse Taliban expenses: report

Earlier this year, the US Department of Defense asked the House Appropriations subcommittee on Defense for funds to cover the costs of transportation, lodging, food and supplies for Taliban members during  peace negotiations with US government representatives. The latest round of negotiations, the 6th in total, ended last week. The

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17 May 2019

Hacktivist attacks dropped by 95% since 2015

A new report by IBM X-Force sheds light on the dramatic decline of hacktivism over the last few years. Since 2015, the number of hacktivism-related security breaches has dropped by a whopping 95%. In 2017 there were only five such incidents, down from 35 in 2015. The number dropped further

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17 May 2019

Some US Cities Are Moving Into Real-Time Facial Surveillance

New research by Georgetown researchers suggests that privacy advocates and other people worried about the proliferation of mass surveillance systems should not merely worry about China’s efforts to sell its model of the surveillance state around the world, because some US cities seem on their way to deploy real-time facial

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17 May 2019

Facebook Bans Israeli Firm For Election Meddling

Facebook says it has taken down a massive Israeli influence operation targeting voters in Africa. The campaign comprised 265 Facebook and Instagram accounts, Facebook Pages, Groups and events that engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” orchestrated by Israeli lobbying firm Archimedes Group. The campaign had accumulated around 2.8 million followers on the

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17 May 2019

Trump tells aides he does not want U.S. war with Iran

US officials say that president Donald Trump told his top advisers that he does not want his country to go to war with Iran. In recent weeks, escalating US-Iran tensions and the Trump administration’s insistence that it is faced with growing threats from Iran have been fueling global worries about

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17 May 2019

Supply Chain Attack Hits Best of the Web Website

Earlier this week, a security researcher discovered that threat actors injected keyloggers into the Best of the Web trust seal that has been issued to over a 100 websites. Keyloggers are malware designed to steal user information by recording keystrokes. Often they also have other data stealing capabilities, such as

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17 May 2019

Authorities Takedown GozNym Cybercrime Group That Stole an Estimated $100 Million

A cooperative effort by Europol, Eurojust and law enforcement agencies from the US, Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Germany and Bulgaria has resulted in the takedown of an organized cybercrime network that stole around $100 million by targeting dozens of financial institutions in North America with the GozNym banking Trojan. The criminals

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17 May 2019

Half of companies missed GDPR deadline, 70% admit systems won’t scale

A new DataGrail survey shows that half of US companies were not GDPR compliant by the time the EU’s sweeping data protection bill went into effect on May 25, 2018, despite having been given two years notice. The report also found that the majority (52%) of firms took at least

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