26 Feb 2019

India Claims Airstrikes in Pakistan After Deadly Kashmir Attack

The Indian military on Tuesday launched airstrikes on Pakistani territory as tensions between the countries keep on rising. The already sour relations between the two countries have recently taken a turn for the worse after a suicide attack in Kashmir killed 42 members of India’s Central Reserve Police Force were

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26 Feb 2019

Social Media Drives $3.2bn+ in Black Hat Profits

According to a new report by Bromium, cybercriminals heavily rely on social media platforms to spread malware and to exchange illegal resources. Consequently, yearly profits of social media-enabled cybercrime total at least $3.25bn. The researchers found that instances of social media-enabled cybercrime have soared over the last few years, as

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26 Feb 2019

Despite sanctions, Russian tanker supplied fuel to North Korean ship-crew members

According to two crew members of a Russian tanker owned by Primportbunker, the vessel was used to transfer fuel to a North Korean vessel in four separate occasions between October 2017 and May 2018. The transactions represent violations to international sanctions that have been placed on North Korea, such as

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26 Feb 2019

Smart Homes at Risk Due to Unpatched Vulnerabilities, Weak Credentials

New research by Avast shows that 40.8% of smart homes can be remotely attacked because of the presence of at least one vulnerable device. Of the vulnerable devices, two-thirds (69.2%) have weak security credentials, while the rest are running unpatched software. The study found that routers, which are the most

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26 Feb 2019

Here’s What We Know About North Korea’s Nuclear Program

After last year’s US-North Korea summit in Singapore, US President Trump claimed that the nuclear threat from North Korea had ceased to exist. The Trump administration has since then acknowledged that the nuclear threat from North Korea certainly has not gone away, although a recent statement by US Secretary of

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26 Feb 2019

ToRPEDO Privacy Attack on 4G/5G Networks Affects All U.S. Carriers

A team of researchers from the Purdue University and the University of Iowa have discovered major flaws in 4G and 5G mobile protocols that allow for three types of attacks with privacy-breaking consequences. The central attack, dubbed ToRPEDO, allows attackers to obtain the phone number, location information and other data

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26 Feb 2019

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif announces resignation on Instagram

The Foreign Minister of Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif, unexpectedly submitted his resignation to President Hassan Rouhani on Monday. Zarif did not immediately provide a reason for his resignation, but on his Instagram account he wrote: “I sincerely apologize for the incapacity to continue serving and all the shortcomings during the

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26 Feb 2019

Congress considers a national standard for data privacy

This week, the US Congress will consider the establishment of nationwide data privacy rules.  A Tuesday hearing of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, which is part of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will be devoted to the issue, and on Wednesday it will be debated by the Senate

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25 Feb 2019

Iranian Hackers Drew Worryingly Close to Israel’s Missile Alarm

Noam Shaar, a key Israeli cyber defense official, has said that Iranian hackers almost gained access to Israel’s missile warning system in 2017. After detecting the intrusion and realizing the end goal of the attacks, the Israeli military blocked the hackers and took steps to further secure their systems. “We

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25 Feb 2019

‘The work begins’: US, Taliban arrive in Doha for fresh talks

On Monday, a new round of high-level talks between the US and the Taliban is starting in Doha, Qatar. US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad will be meeting a Taliban delegation that includes influential leader and cofounder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar. Khalilzad stated that the talks, which follow a week of 

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