20 Feb 2019

Russian State-Sponsored Hackers Are Fastest: CrowdStrike

The 2019 Global Threat Report by CrowdStrike shows that Russian hacking groups with ties to Moscow are able to start moving laterally across a compromised network in under 20 minutes after they have gained a first foothold. This average “breakout time” is far faster than that of state-backed hackers from

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20 Feb 2019

House launches probe of US nuclear plan in Saudi Arabia

A report by the Oversight Committee of the US House of Representatives claims that the Trump administration has actively sought to transfer sensitive nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia. The report, which is largely based on testimonies from whistleblowers, states that “within the US, strong private commercial interests have been pressing aggressively for

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20 Feb 2019

New Vulnerabilities Found in Top Password Managers

New research by Independent Security Evaluators (ISE) has found serious flaws in the top password managers 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass, which render the products about as secure as text files containing passwords. ISE CEO Stephen Bono stated that “100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the

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20 Feb 2019

South Korea Proposes Joint Economic Projects to Prod North to Denuclearize

In a Tuesday phone call with US president Trump, South Korean president Moon Jae-in proposed that the two countries work together to offer North Korea an incentive for denuclearization in the form of cross-border economic projects in North and South Korea. After the call, Trump stated that he would “like to see ultimately denuclearization

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20 Feb 2019

POS firm says hackers planted malware on customer networks

North Country Business Products (NCBP), a US vendor of point-of-sale (POS) products, suffered a serious security breach last month in which a threat actor managed to upload malicious software (malware) onto the POS networks of 139 of its customers. The targets are bars, coffee shops and restaurants. Dunn Brothers Coffee was hit

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19 Feb 2019

‘Digital Gangsters’: UK Wants Tougher Rules for Facebook

The media committee of the UK parliament has released a report in which it claims that Facebook “intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws,” adding that “[c]ompanies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and

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19 Feb 2019

Slowly but surely, China is moving into Afghanistan

While Afghans are fearing that the US may be about to “betray” them by significantly reducing its military presence in the country, China seems interested in getting more involved in Afghanistan by making it part of its 2013 Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI comprises Chinese infrastructure projects in over

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19 Feb 2019

The Internet, Divided Between the U.S. and China, Has Become a Battleground

The US and China are fiercely competing to become the global champion of 5G, the new generation of incredibly fast mobile technology. This battle is bound to have major repercussions for the future of the Internet. Right now, it is already difficult to speak of one uniform Internet, due to

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19 Feb 2019

2.7 Million Health-Related Calls, Sensitive Info Exposed for Six Years

In a very ugly data leak, an unsecured server has exposed 170,000 hours of recordings from 2.7 million calls made to the 1177 Swedish Healthcare Guide service since 2013. Many callers shared sensitive health care information, and some of them mentioned other confidential data such as their social security number. The server also mentioned

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19 Feb 2019

China Plans to Turn Hong Kong and Macau Into a Silicon Valley Rival

China seems to have added yet another dimension in the US-China battle for tech dominance by presenting a plan to create a global innovation hub to rival Silicon Valley. According to the plan, Hong Kong and Macau will be connected to Shenzhen and Guangzhou, two cities in southern China, in order

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