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

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

Hackers Use Compromised Banks as Starting Points for Phishing Attacks

A new report by Group-IB indicates that cyber attacks on financial institutions can create a domino-effect when threat actors use their foothold on a breached network to infiltrate the systems of connected organizations in other parts of the world. Group-IB has seen various real world instances of these kinds of chain

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19 Feb 2019

UK spies think they can handle Huawei in 5G networks. The US doesn’t agree

The UK National Cyber Security Centre has determined that the risks involved in the use of Huawei technology for 5G wireless networks can be mitigated. The conclusion by the intelligence agency is bound to frustrate the US government that has accused the Chinese tech giant of cyber espionage and has been calling upon

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19 Feb 2019

Huawei regularly tried to steal Apple trade secrets: Report

According to a new report by The Information, Chinese tech giant Huawei has employed various tactics to steal confidential information regarding Apple products and their parts. The Chinese firm tried to get information from Apple suppliers and even from assembly line workers in Foxconn factories where Apple products are produced. While Huawei

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18 Feb 2019

Chinese and Iranian Hackers Renew Their Attacks on U.S. Companies

Cyber security researchers with the US government and private firm FireEye are seeing an increase of Iranian and Chinese cyber attacks on American companies and the US government. These developments are related to the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the US-China trade war, respectively. During the recent

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18 Feb 2019

Cyber blitzkrieg replaces cyber Pearl Harbor

Greg Austin, one of Australia’s top cyber strategists, believes that major cyber powers like the US, China and Russia have begun to think about cyberwar in a different way. While in the past the focus was on developing “policies, processes, and procedures for identifying and responding to a multi-sector cyber attack

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18 Feb 2019

Australian political parties hit by ‘state actor’ hack, PM says

The recent cyber attack targeting Australian politicians did not just hit the communications network of the country’s parliament as was initially thought, but also affected the networks of several political parties. This is one of the conclusions of a recent investigation into the attack. Based on the findings of the

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18 Feb 2019

Hacker puts up for sale third round of hacked databases on the Dark Web

For the third time in a little over a week, a threat actor using the moniker ‘Gnosticplayers’ has put a large collection of stolen data from multiple companies for sale on the Dark Web. While the first two collections affected 620 million and 127 million users respectively, the latest batch combines

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18 Feb 2019

Where’s the Equifax Data? Does It Matter?

According to a recent report by CNBC, the data on almost 150 million people that was compromised in the 2017 Equifax data breach has never been published or put for sale on the Dark Web, as usually happens when threat actors steal data for financial gain. Therefore, cyber security experts consider it very

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