13 Sep 2019

Israel accused of planting mysterious spy devices near the White House

Former U.S. government officials claim Israel was likely behind the placement of cellphone surveillance devices, also known colloquially as “StingRays” near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington in order to spy on President Donald Trump, his top aides, and close associates. “There were suspicions that they were

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13 Sep 2019

Researchers invent cryptocurrency wallet that eliminates ‘entire classes’ of vulnerabilities

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (MIT CSAIL) have invented a new form of hardware wallet designed to eradicate classes of vulnerabilities affecting cryptocurrencies. MIT CSAIL has developed “Notary”, a USB form-factored wallet that incorporates hardware fail-safes to mitigate successful cyberattacks. Known as

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13 Sep 2019

FIN7’s IT admin pleads guilty for role in billion-dollar cybercrime crew

Fedir Hladyr, administrator of the hacking group Fin7, pleaded guilty in a U.S. district court Wednesday to conspiracy to commit computer hacking and wire fraud. Hladyr participated in campaigns that stole more than $1 billion from 100 banks in 30 countries by targeting U.S. companies, including Chipotle, Red Robin, Saks

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13 Sep 2019

North Korean hackers target U.S. entities amid stalled denuclearization talks

Prevailion, a Maryland-based cybersecurity firm, has identified a hacking group with ties to North Korea targeting U.S. entities that discuss nuclear deterrence, North Korea’s nuclear submarine program, and economic sanctions on the North Korean regime. The hacking group has started placing its malware in obscure file formats, namely Kodak FlashPix

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13 Sep 2019

Trump Leaves Open Possibility of Easing Iranian Sanctions to Spur Nuclear Talks

Following the departure of John Bolton as the White House national security adviser, it looks like President Trump is taking a step back from his administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran. The President has signaled that he is ready for diplomatic talks with the possibility of easing economic sanctions that

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13 Sep 2019

New fake-news worry for Instagram

Experts are concerned that Instagram could become a leading platform for disinformation leading up to the 2020 election. “Disinformation is increasingly based on images as opposed to text,” said Paul Barrett, the author of an NYU report that’s prompted a renewed look at the problem. Barrett’s report also notes that

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13 Sep 2019

Key Takeaways from the Encryption Working Group’s Paper on “Moving the Encryption Policy Conversation Forward”

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Encryption Working Group released a white paper with the hopes of moving the encryption policy debate forward. Former government officials, business representatives, privacy and civil rights advocates, law enforcement experts, and computer scientists contributed to the document, concentrating on law enforcement access to encrypted

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12 Sep 2019

China urges US to take steps to ensure North Korea talks resume

China wants the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) “in due course” to consider reversing some of the sanctions on North Korea to help the country “alleviate the difficulties brought to the economy and people’s livelihoods by the sanctions,” Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi said on Thursday. Wang expressed hope that

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12 Sep 2019

Iranian Hackers Hit Over 60 Universities to Get Library Access

Between July and August of this year, Iranian state-backed hacking group Cobalt Dickens (aka Silent Librarian) targeted over 60 universities across four continents as part of a phishing campaign designed to obtain unauthorized access to university libraries. Secureworks tracked the campaign and recently revealed all known domains linked to the threat

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12 Sep 2019

Simjacker vulnerability actively exploited to track, spy on mobile phone owners

Threat actors are actively exploiting a security weakness in SIM cards in order to covertly collect the location information of thousands of users, new research by AdaptiveMobile Security shows. The firm warns that the Simjacker attack, which involves sending malicious SMS messages to vulnerable devices, may put over 1 billion

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