21 Jan 2022

What next for Iran and Russia ties after Raisi-Putin meeting?

Ebrahim Raisi expressed hope that the first visit to Moscow by an Iranian president in almost five years would lead to a turning point in relations with Russia. During a three-hour meeting on Wednesday, Raisi and Vladimir Putin supported improving bilateral ties and discussed regional and international issues. Iran’s petroleum

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20 Jan 2022

Three children killed as temperatures plummet in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan

Three Syrian children have died after thousands of people were put in danger due to heavy winter storms in the region. Humanitarian organization CARE reported on the situation, warning that the heavy onslaught of winter storms is exacerbating the living situation of internally displaced Syrians and Syrians who have relocated

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20 Jan 2022

North Korea says it will reconsider its moratorium on nuclear and long-range missile tests

On Thursday, North Korea stated that it plans to evaluate all of its temporally suspended activities and bolster its defense against the United States. The announcement may be a reference to its self-imposed moratorium on testing nuclear weapons. The moratorium has been in place since 2017. Pyongyang is banned from

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20 Jan 2022

Cloned Dept. of Labor Site Hawks Fake Government Contracts

A convincing yet illegitimate government procurement portal is advertising the opportunity to submit a bid for government projects. However, the site harvests credentials from unassuming victims instead. The phishing campaign is targeting aspiring government vendors with an invitation to bid on fake federal projects within the US Department of Labor.

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20 Jan 2022

Ransomware Attack on Moncler

Italian luxury brand Moncler has suffered a cyberattack in which cybercriminals stole data and published it on the dark web. The company confirmed the attack on Tuesday, stating that it had suffered from a data breach after being attacked by the AlphV/BlackCat ransomware operation in December. The attack caused a

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20 Jan 2022

Cheap malware is behind a rise in attacks on cryptocurrency wallets

Chainalysis has recently warned that a rise in cheap and easy to use malware has resulted in a rise of cryptocurrency theft. Crytocurrency has been a popular target for cybercriminals, whether they are stealing it via cryptocurrency exchanges or demanding it as an extortion payment in ransomware attacks. The growing

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19 Jan 2022

Ukraine warns Russia has ‘almost completed’ build-up of forces near border

Ukraine has warned that Russia is nearly finished with its build-up of forces on the border of the two countries. The military buildup could be used for an offensive against Ukraine, exacerbating fears that Moscow could launch an invasion at any time. Russia has now deployed more than 127,000 troops

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19 Jan 2022

Saudi led-coalition launches airstrikes on Yemeni capital after deadly Houthi drone strike in Abu Dhabi

On Monday, the Saudi led-coalition fighting in Yemen launched airstrikes on the Yemeni capital. The airstrikes come shortly after Iranian-backed Houthi rebels claimed responsibility for a deadly drone attack that occurred in the United Arab Emirates. Saudi Arabia’s state run media outlet took to Twitter to address the military action,

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19 Jan 2022

Man Charged with Smuggling Tech Exports to Iran

Kambiz Attar Kashani, a 44 year-old with dual citizenship to the US and Iran, has been charged with violating sanctions by exporting IT goods and services to the latter country. Kashani was arrested last Friday on charges of conspiring to illegal export to the Central Bank of Iran. Kashani reportedly

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19 Jan 2022

Beijing Olympics App Flaws Allow Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

According to a new report from Citizen Lab, attackers can access audio and files uploaded to the MY2022 mobile app, which is required for use by all winter games attendees. Attackers can even access health details of the athletes, according to Citizen Labs. The mobile app focuses on managing communications

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