25 Jan 2023

Microsoft to Block Excel XLL Add-Ins to Stop Malware Delivery

Microsoft has confirmed that it plans to change its software to automatically block all XLL add-in files that have been downloaded from the internet. The reasoning behind the update is to prevent phishing attacks and malware downloads that rely on these types of lures. Microsoft stated that the plans will

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24 Jan 2023

Zendesk Hacked After Employees Fall for Phishing Attack

Zendesk, a customer service solutions provider, has suffered from a data breach that occurred due to a SMS phishing attack launched against its employees. At least one employee fell for the phishing attack, enabling the attackers to steal the employee’s credentials. Last week, cryptocurrency trading and portfolio management company Coinigy

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24 Jan 2023

Most Federal Agencies Ignored GAO’s Cybersecurity Recommendations

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report last Thursday highlighting federal agencies’ failure to implement cybersecurity recommendations. The GAO found that 60% of the cybersecurity recommendations made by the office since 2010 have not been implemented. The GAO stated that the failure to follow the recommendations results in

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24 Jan 2023

FBI Confirms North Korean Hackers Behind $100 Million Horizon Bridge Heist

The FBI has announced that it confirmed a link between North Korean hackers and the $100 million Horizon Bridge Heist that occurred in June 2022. Horizon bridge is a platform designed to enable cryptocurrency holders to transfer assets between networks such as the Ethereum Network, Binance Chain, Bitcoin, and Harmony’s

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24 Jan 2023

A Major App Flaw Exposed the Data of Millions of Indian Students

An app operated by India’s Education ministry contained a security lapse that resulted in the exposure of personally identifying information belonging to millions of students and teachers. The information was exposed for over a year, the ministry confirmed. The app in question is the Digital Infrastructure for Knowledge Sharing app,

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24 Jan 2023

Finland calls for ‘time-out’ in heated Nato talks with Turkey

A time out has been called in the talks with Finland, Sweden and Turkey about joining Nato. A series of protests in Sweden over the recent days have angered Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Turkey is already a member of Nato and can block applications to join.  In one of

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23 Jan 2023

Germany won’t block export of its Leopard 2 tanks, foreign minister says

Germany’s foreign minister Anna Baerbock has stated that Germany will not stand in the way of Poland if they were to send Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. Ukraine has asked the West for German-made tanks to help theme defeat Russia.  Germany has not yet provided the vehicles and its export

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23 Jan 2023

Burkina Faso’s military government demands French troops leave the country within one month

According to the government press agency, the military government of Burkina Faso is demanding the departure of French troops from the country. The government cited the terms of the 2018 agreement that state that France has exactly one month to remove all of tis troops from the country.  France still

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22 Jan 2023

If ChatGPT Can Pass a Wharton MBA Class What Does This Tell You About the State of Higher Education (The Paper Belt)?

Christian Terwiesch, A professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton school, one of the most prestigious US business schools, decided to test out how well GPT technologies like ChatGPT could do on one of his key course tests. To his surprise, ChatGPT did better than many of his students! He

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20 Jan 2023

Lebanon MPs sit in as 11th vote for president fails

Two politicians have spent the night inside Lebanon’s parliament building to protest MP’s failure to elect a new president for the 11th time. The two, Najat Saliba and Melhem Khalaf refused to leave the chamber until after the latest round of voting. The outgoing president’s term ended on October 31

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