16 Nov 2018

Trump administration greenlights $324M border wall in Arizona

“The Arizona border will have 32 miles of existing wall replaced starting next April. The $324 million project has been given the green light by federal immigration officials, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday. The project will switch out an old barrier that runs from the Border Patrol’s Tucson

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14 Nov 2018

Postal Service’s Informed Delivery Feature Could Be Helping Fraudsters

The U.S. Postal Service’s new Informed Delivery program provides scanned copies of customers’ incoming mail, ideally making physical mail received through USPS more convenient. The program has 13 million users, but an internal warning issued by the Secret Service has highlighted some of methods fraudsters have used to abuse the

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13 Nov 2018

Internet traffic hijack disrupts Google services

“An internet traffic diversion that rerouted data through Russia and China disrupted Google services on Monday, including search, cloud-hosting services and its bundle of collaboration tools for businesses. Service interruptions lasted for nearly two hours and ended about 5:30 p.m. EST., network service companies said. In addition to Russian and

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09 Nov 2018

Dutch police decrypt 258,000 messages after breaking expensive IronChat crypto app

Dutch law enforcement decrypted over 258,000 messages sent within the IronChat application, a method sold as an end-to-end encrypted message service and allegedly endorsed by Edward Snowden (he has since stated that he had never heard of the application). In their statement Dutch officials shared that they reached a “breakthrough

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09 Nov 2018

Russia says it thwarted drone attacks at World Cup

Russian authorities have announced hat they “took measures to detect and foil attempts by terrorists to use drones during the preparation and hosting of various major political and sports events, most of all during the soccer World Cup.” The officials have not provided details regarding the identify of the alleged

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08 Nov 2018

University shuts down network to thwart Bitcoin cryptojacking scheme

“A Canadian university was forced to close down its entire network due to the discovery that the system was being abused in order to mine for cryptocurrency. Nova Scotia’s St. Francis Xavier University uncovered the cryptojacking scheme on Thursday. IT staff at the academic institution found malicious software which had

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07 Nov 2018

Fake Elon Musk Twitter Bitcoin Scam Earned 180K in One Day

Hackers used compromised Twitter accounts and Elon Musk’s fame to scam over $180,000 in bitcoin in a single day. The scam involved changing the names of verified Twitter accounts to “Elon Musk,” and tweeting about making “the biggest crypto-giveaway in the world.” Users who sent between .1 and 3 BTC

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06 Nov 2018

MS-13, Barrio 18 Gangs Allegedly Employ More People in El Salvador Than Country’s Largest Employers

“MS-13 and Barrio 18, two of El Salvador’s most feared gangs, may have hired close to 60,000 people to work as ‘lookouts, collectors and assassins,’ compared to the 20,000 Salvadorans working for two U.S. underwear companies that are considered the Central American nation’s biggest employers, according to a report citing local

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04 Nov 2018

Messages from 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts reportedly up for sale

“Hackers are reportedly offering to sell private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook accounts.mMany of the compromised accounts belong to Facebook users in Ukraine and Russia, but some are from the US, the UK, Brazil and other countries, the BBC reported Friday. The hackers claim to have details from 120 million

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02 Nov 2018

Steganography and a New Covert Messaging Technique? Complete Works Of Shakespeare Hidden Inside Twitter Thumbnail Image

A researcher has embedded the complete works of William Shakespeare in an image that he has distributed on Twitter. From the file, even the thumbnail image, the embedded file containing the works can be accessed. Embedding hidden information and messages inside objects or images that are not secret is known

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