16 Mar 2016

India’s billion-member biometric database raises privacy fears

“India’s parliament is set to pass legislation that gives federal agencies access to the world’s biggest biometric database in the interests of national security, raising fears the privacy of a billion people could be compromised. The move comes as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cracks down on student protests

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16 Mar 2016

Malvertising campaign hits New York Times, BBC, others

“The New York Times, BBC, The Hill, Newsweek, AOL, MSN, and several other top-tier domains had their ad networks hijacked over the weekend by criminals using the Angler Exploit Kit to deliver Ransomware. Researchers at Trend Micro, Malwarebytes, and Trustwave each reported a spike in malicious traffic over the weekend

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15 Mar 2016

Documents with malicious macros deliver fileless malware to financial-transaction systems

“The rogue script performs a variety of checks on the computer. First it tries to determine if the environment is a virtual machine or sandbox like those used by malware analysts. It then scans the network configuration for strings like school, hospital, college, health and nurse. It also scans the

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13 Mar 2016

Indian cabinet approves cyber security deal with UAE

“The agreement would pave the way for both countries cooperating mutually in combating cyber crime, particularly through coordination and exchange of information in relation with cyber crime and training in cyber crime investigation, an official statement said.” Source: Indian cabinet approves cyber security deal with UAE – Khaleej Times

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13 Mar 2016

FBI quietly changes its privacy rules for accessing NSA data on Americans

“The FBI has quietly revised its privacy rules for searching data involving Americans’ international communications that was collected by the National Security Agency, US officials have confirmed to the Guardian. The classified revisions were accepted by the secret US court that governs surveillance, during its annual recertification of the agencies’

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13 Mar 2016

Cybersecurity: The Best Insurance May Be Analog

“Despite the costs, many in the cybersecurity establishment are slowly coming around to the potential of analog defenses. Last September, Darpa launched the $36 million Leveraging the Analog Domain for Security (LADS) program, which is attempting to create a set of electronic ears that can detect malicious activity by monitoring the

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13 Mar 2016

Thousands of Trucks, Buses, and Ambulances May Be Open to Hackers

“Your car, in some sense, is only as secure as the least secure Internet-connected gadget you plug into it: Researchers proved as much last summer when they hacked a Corvette’s brakes via a cellular-enabled insurance dongle attached to the sportscar’s dashboard. Now another hacker has found that those digital accessories

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13 Mar 2016

Did the FBI Lean On Microsoft for Access to Its Encryption Software?

“The NSA is not the only government agency asking tech companies for help in cracking technology to access user data. Sources say the FBI has a history of requesting digital backdoors, which are generally understood as a hidden vulnerability in a program that would, in theory, let the agency peek

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13 Mar 2016

North Korea denies cyber attacks on South Korea officials

“North Korea on Sunday denied that it conducted cyber attacks against officials from rival South Korea, calling the South’s accusation that it did so a ‘fabrication’.” Source: North Korea denies cyber attacks on South Korea officials | GulfNews.com

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11 Mar 2016

Here Is the Warrant the FBI Used to Hack Over a Thousand Computers

“The affidavit also asks for the authority to deploy a network investigative technique (NIT)—the FBI’s term for a hacking tool—on any computer that logs into the site, regardless of its location. ‘The NIT may cause an activating computer—wherever located—to send a computer controlled by or known to the government, network

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