21 Feb 2019

Researcher: Not Hard for a Hacker to Capsize a Ship at Sea

According to Ken Munro, a security researcher with Pen Test Partners, gaining access to the network of a ship is in most cases “a low-skill attack.” As Munro explains: “[P]assword security and patch management are so poor at sea that compromise does not require significant expertise.” This is very worrisome, because a

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21 Feb 2019

Russian Military Says Nyet to the Internet

In order to prevent soldiers from inadvertently revealing Russia’s involvement in secretive military campaigns, such as those that were carried out four years ago in Ukraine in support of pro-Russian separatists, a new law in Russia makes it illegal for troops to post photographs, videos and geolocation data online. However, experts doubt

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21 Feb 2019

ATM Hacking Has Gotten So Easy, the Malware’s a Game

A new report by Kaspersky Lab describes WinPot, a new malware strain designed for “ATM jackpotting” attacks, in which cyber criminals get ATMs to spit out cash. The striking thing about WinPot is that the interface is designed to look similar to a slot machine, as if to underline that plundering cash

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20 Feb 2019

Microsoft Says Russian Hackers Targeted European Think Tanks

Microsoft is investigating a cyber attack campaign by Russian hacking group Fancy Bear, also known as APT 28. The campaign lasted from September to December of last year and targeted think tanks in Europe, including the German Council on Foreign Relations, The Aspen Institute and The German Marshall Fund. The

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20 Feb 2019

Facing an aggressive Beijing, Taiwan’s president issues a warning to the world

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has told CNN that her country is “faced with growing threats” from China, adding that that the main challenge is “whether our independent existence, security, prosperity and democracy can be maintained.” Tsai also warned other regional states to fear the rise of China: “If it’s Taiwan today, people

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20 Feb 2019

Ukraine Announces Joint Exercises with EU to Fend Off Russian Cyber Threats

Ukraine has announced that it will hold joint defense exercises with the European Union (EU) before the country’s March 31 presidential election. The Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council stated that “[t]he available information indicates that Russia intends to use the entire existing arsenal, including cybernetic means, to

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20 Feb 2019

China Has Abandoned a Cybersecurity Truce With the U.S., Report Says

American cybersecurity technology company Crowdstrike has released a report showing that China is no longer adhering to a 2015 agreement between the US and China to stop targeting each other in hacking operations. According to the research, Chinese hackers gradually commenced going after US targets in 2017 and by 2018 the

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20 Feb 2019

North Korea’s Lazarus Group Targets Russian Companies For First Time

Researchers with Check Point have uncovered the first-known North Korean cyber attack campaign that targets Russian businesses. North Korean hackers belonging to the notorious Lazarus Group have been targeting Russian firms with emails containing malicious Microsoft Office documents. If a recipient opens the attachment, malicious code is launched that installs the KEYMARBLE

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20 Feb 2019

The race to 5G wireless tech is on. A report finds Americans have an early lead

According to a new report by Cisco, the US has taken the lead in its race with China to become the global leader in 5G wireless networking. Cisco projects that 5G networking will account for 9% of North American mobile data connections by 2022, while 5G will only cover 4% of

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20 Feb 2019

Pulwama attack: UN chief urges India, Pakistan to defuse tensions

The United Nations Secretary-General is calling on India and Pakistan to “exercise maximum restraint and take immediate steps” to de-escalate tensions between the two countries that have risen in the wake of a recent suicide attack in Kashmir, in which 42 members of India’s Central Reserve Police Force were killed. The attack was claimed by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed

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