14 Apr 2017

Your Government’s Hacking Tools Are Not Safe

“From Cellebrite, to Shadow Brokers, to the CIA dump, so many recent data breaches have shown there is a real risk of exposure of government hacking tools. The hackers will get hacked. Recent data breaches have made it startlingly clear hacking tools used by governments really are at risk of

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14 Apr 2017

Hackers release files indicating NSA monitored global bank transfers

“Hackers released documents and files on Friday that cybersecurity experts said indicated the U.S. National Security Agency had accessed the SWIFT interbank messaging system, allowing it to monitor money flows among some Middle Eastern and Latin American banks. The release included computer code that could be adapted by criminals to

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14 Apr 2017

CIA Director Pledges to Ramp Up Digital Defenses Against WikiLeaks, Insider Threats

“CIA Director Mike Pompeo on Thursday lashed out against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden and pledged a relentless focus on data security to prevent them and likeminded activists from stealing and releasing U.S. intelligence information.” Source: CIA Director Pledges to Ramp Up Digital Defenses Against

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11 Apr 2017

Kaspersky Links Hackers Behind Global Bank Heists to North Korea

Kaspersky Links Hackers Behind Global Bank Heists to North Korea “The group suspected of making off with $80 million from a Bangladesh bank last year has a direct link to North Korea, a security firm says.” (Source: http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/threatwatch/2017/04/currency-theft-network-intrusion-kaspersky-links/2810/?oref=threatwatch_nl)

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10 Apr 2017

Feds deliver fatal blow to botnet that menaced world for 7 years

“Federal prosecutors say they’ve dealt a fatal blow to Kelihos, a network of more than 10,000 infected computers that was used to deliver spam, steal login passwords, and deliver ransomware and other types of malware since 2010.” Source: Feds deliver fatal blow to botnet that menaced world for 7 years

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10 Apr 2017

Banks scramble to fix old systems as IT ‘cowboys’ ride into sunset

“Bill Hinshaw is not a typical 75-year-old. He divides his time between his family – he has 32 grandchildren and great-grandchildren – and helping U.S. companies avert crippling computer meltdowns. Hinshaw, who got into programming in the 1960s when computers took up entire rooms and programmers used punch cards, is

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10 Apr 2017

Cyber Watchers Fear Hackers Could Hold Government, Infrastructure Hostage

“A cadre of shadowy criminal hackers seizes control of an energy plant. They give themselves administrator privileges and lock the genuine administrators out along with everyone else. Then, they threaten to trigger a major leak or explosion if the plant owners don’t pay up: $50 million in bitcoin.” Source: Cyber

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10 Apr 2017

Russians may now control the trove of photos showing naked U.S. troops

“Scores  of photos showing American military personnel naked and having sex appear to be for sale in an online criminal marketplace run out of Russia, Military Times has learned.” Source: Russians may now control the trove of photos showing naked U.S. troops

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09 Apr 2017

Beware of an Unpatched Microsoft Word 0-Day Flaw being Exploited in the Wild

“It’s 2017, and opening a simple MS Word file could compromise your system. Security researchers are warning of a new in-the-wild attack that silently installs malware on fully-patched computers by exploiting a serious — and yet unpatched — zero-day vulnerability in all current versions of Microsoft Office on fully-patched PCs.

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07 Apr 2017

Security researcher unearths serious iOS and Android Wi-Fi exploit

“Security researcher Gal Beniamini — who works for Google’s Project Zero — recently unearthed a serious vulnerability affecting the Wi-Fi chipsets used in both iOS and Android devices. Detailing the proof-of-concept attack at length, Beniamini explains in an interesting blogpost how an attacker within range on a shared Wi-Fi network could potentially

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