19 Sep 2018

Djibouti emerges as arms trafficking hub for Horn of Africa

“The rapprochement between Ethiopia and Eritrea has repercussions that go beyond diplomacy on the Horn of Africa. A recent investigation shows that while Eritrea is no longer isolated, Djibouti is emerging as the new regional arms trafficking hub. The small strategically located state acts as a transit location for weapons trafficking

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19 Sep 2018

Indian government websites ‘hacked’ to mine crypto currencies

India is awaiting a Supreme Court case to decide the legal fate of cryptocurrencies in the country but, in the meantime, hackers have injected cryptojacking malware into government websites that are often designed on a budget with poor security practices and  infrequent updates. Rather than defacing a website or using

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19 Sep 2018

Sierra Leone ‘cartel’ of government employees ran passport scam for US visas

Sierra Leone’s anti-corruption commission has announced several arrests in connection to a network providing fraudulent diplomatic passports for entry into the United States and elsewhere. In this group was the country’s former ambassador to the UN and several other foreign ministry and immigration department employees. The U.S. had restricted visas

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17 Sep 2018

91 percent of hacks begin with an email

Over 9 out of 10 cyberattacks begins with an email, according to a recent report by cyberintelligence company FireEye. The figures are based on an analysis of 500 million emails sent between January and June 2018. The report also stated that attacks are increasingly targeting tax forms for sensitive data

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12 Sep 2018

How Hackers Slipped by British Airways’ Data Defenses

Researchers have published details on the recent British Airways hack, connecting it to a criminal network active since 2015. The group is otherwise known for taking advantage of websites that have failed to secure payment data entry forms and skimming data submissions. The British Airways attack, however, seemed to be

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11 Sep 2018

A Popular App Has Been Stealing Everyone’s Browser History

The highest grossing “paid utilities” app in the Apple Mac App Store has been “deceiving users and stealing their browser histories to send to China.” Marketed as anti-malware or anti-adware, users were not suspicious of granting permissions. But a researcher has found that all files given these permissions were saved

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07 Sep 2018

Brazil presidential election plunged into chaos after front-runner stabbed

The front-runner and far-right candidate in Brazil’s upcoming presidential election Jair Bolsonaro has been stabbed and placed in intensive care only a month before the country’s votes. While he expected to recover fully in two months after one week in the hospital, the stabbing has escalated uncertainty and tension in

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07 Sep 2018

British Airways apologizes after 380,000 customers hit in cyber attack

British Airways apologized today after a discovery on Wednesday that revealed that information on all credit cards used in bookings from August 21st to September 5th had been compromised, with the hacker (or group of hackers) obtaining information on 380,000 card payments, including names, addresses, credit card numbers, expiry dates

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05 Sep 2018

Five Eyes Intel Alliance Urges Big Tech to Help Break Encrypted Messages

In a joint statement with America’s “Five Eyes” partners Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, DHS secretary urged tech companies to support law enforcement by improving access to criminal and terrorist communications using encrypted platforms. The statement also noted that, in the event of “impediments to lawful access to

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04 Sep 2018

Vanilla, more valuable than silver, brings cash and crime to Madagascar

“The lush mountains in Madagascar’s northeast produce about 80 percent of the world’s vanilla, one of the most expensive flavors. Its price has soared, reaching more than $600 a kilogram last year, or about $270 a pound — more than silver — compared with $50 a kilogram in 2013. The

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