06 Aug 2020

A Russian ship’s cargo of dangerous ammonium nitrate was stranded in Beirut port for years

Lebanon is still investigating a deadly blast that occurred on Tuesday evening in its capital city of Beirut, however, officials have declared that a massive shipment of agricultural fertilizer was stored in the port without safety precautions for a number of years. The 2,750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate arrived

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06 Aug 2020

White House, NSF Launch Partnership to Boost K-12 Access to Quantum Education

Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and National Science Foundation announced that they intend to increase grade school access to quantum information science. Quantum computing and information science demands are on the rise, forcing the US to address education gaps that could hinder the national development

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06 Aug 2020

Malware Attacks Exploiting Machine Identities Double

According to new research released by threat analysts at Venafi, the number of malware campaigns that exploit machine identities doubled between 2018 and 2019. Venafi gathered data on the misuse of machine identities through analyzing security incidents in the public domain, uncovering the rapid increase in the hacking technique. Venafi’s

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06 Aug 2020

Cybercrime Growing at an “Alarming Pace” Due to COVID19

According to a new report released by INTERPOL, cybercrime is growing at an alarming pace due to the ongoing global pandemic. INTERPOL’s research also lead them to believe that the crime rate will continue to accelerate throughout 2020. The report reveals the extent to which threat actors are capitalizing on

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06 Aug 2020

Linux Spyware Stack Ties Together 5 Chinese APTs

On Wednesday, BlackBerry released an analysis to the Black Hat 2020 conference group in which evidence linking five Chinese APT groups was presented. The five groups are allegedly splinters of the Winnti group, which is a supply-chain specialist threat actor group. All five entities were observed by researchers using the

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06 Aug 2020

State Department offers $10 million for info on hackers targeting U.S. elections

The State Department announced today that they are offering a reward of up to $10 million for information that would lead to identifying or locating foreign operatives attempting to interfere in the US 2020 Presidential elections. The State Department’s move is likely due to interference in the 2016 elections, in

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05 Aug 2020

‘Thanks for Flying SpaceX’

On Sunday, two NASA astronauts returned to Earth after two months of living at the International Space Station. The duo was shuttled to safety by a SpaceX Dragon capsule that landed in waters off in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Florida. SpaceX has launched several rockets without

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05 Aug 2020

Coronavirus: Sweden’s economy hit less hard by pandemic

During the height of the COVID-19 outbreak in Sweden, the country did not adhere to standard lockdown measures and rather kept businesses open to mitigate economic fallout. However, Sweden’s economy still suffered alongside its European counterparts. Sweden saw its economy shrink 8.6% in the April-to June period from the previous

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05 Aug 2020

Beirut Explosion Kills at Least 100, Injures Thousands

On Tuesday evening, the city of Beirut, Lebanon, suffered from a massive explosion as a result of improperly stored ammonium nitrate near Beirut’s port. The explosion was likely triggered by a fire which caused the highly explosive material in the warehouse to ignite. At least 100 have died and thousands

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05 Aug 2020

Newsletter WordPress Plugin Opens Door to Site Takeover

A WordPress plugin designed to create newsletters and email campaigns within the platform called Newsletter has been downloaded over 300,000 times. However, security researchers recently found that the plugin contains a pair of vulnerabilities that could potentially allow threat actors to achieve a site takeover. One vulnerability is an XSS

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