22 Jul 2019

AI, quantum computing and 5G could make criminals more dangerous than ever, warn police

A new Europol report[pdf] sheds light on the way emerging technology is shaping the cyber crime economy as well as law enforcement efforts to fight cyber crime. The research states that the use of artificial intelligence (AI) can vastly improve the success of cyber attacks and make it easier for

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22 Jul 2019

Cyber Warfare: US Military Admits Immediate Danger Is ‘Keeping Us Up At Night

The deteriorating relations between the United States and Iran have been a catalyst for further integration between cyber operations and physical acts in the context of national defense. In the midst of mounting tensions, both countries have been stepping up offensive cyber campaigns directed at each other, thereby effectively using

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22 Jul 2019

Ex-NSA contractor sentenced to 9 years for stolen documents

Harold Martin, a former contractor for the United States National Security Agency (NSA), has been sentenced to nine years in prison for stealing a great number of highly classified documents and storing them in his home. While there is no evidence indicating that Martin wanted to share the data, he

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22 Jul 2019

Ransomware Attacks Grow Rampant, Paying Still Not a Good Option

A string of recent ransomware attacks across the United States confirms that this threat is rapidly getting out of hand, especially for public sector entities: Last week, various systems of Henry County, Georgia were infected with ransomware. The incident impacted the budgeting and procurement systems, and the Planning and Zoning

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22 Jul 2019

Iran-Linked APT34 Invites Victims to LinkedIn for Fresh Malware Infections

FireEye researchers recently uncovered a new phishing campaign by Iranian state-backed cyber espionage group APT34 (aka OilRig or Greenbug) that took advantage of LinkedIn. Masquerading as a Cambridge University lecturer on LinkedIn, the threat actors invited people to connect with them. If a victim accepted the connection, the hackers would

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22 Jul 2019

Russian FSB Intel Agency Contractor Hacked, Secret Projects Exposed

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) suffered the biggest data leak in its history after a hacking group operating under the name 0v1ru$ recently obtained unauthorized access to the network of Sytech, a contractor for the FSB. After stealing 7.5TB of data from Sytech, 0v1ru$ shared the information with a

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22 Jul 2019

Met Police hacked with bizarre tweets and emails posted

Last Friday, threat actors hacked into the London Metropolitan Police’s account for the MyNewsDesk public relations platform, and used their access to post unauthorised messages on the Met’s website and to send out unusual Tweets and emails from official Met accounts. The Met has launched an investigation into the incident.

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22 Jul 2019

Over 60 US Colleges Compromised by ERP Exploit

A major vulnerability in popular enterprise resource planning (ERP) software has enabled threat actors to compromise at least 62 colleges in the United States, the US Department of Education recently warned. A NIST advisory states that the flaw, tracked as CVE-2019-8978, impacts Ellucian Banner ERP and “allows remote attackers to

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19 Jul 2019

APT Targets Diplomats in Europe, Latin America

New research by ESET provides insights into the activity of the Ke3chang advanced persistent threat (APT) group that is believed to be operating out of China. Since 2015, Ke3chang has been targeting diplomatic entities in various countries across the globe, with a particular focus on Europe and Latin America. Ke3chang

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19 Jul 2019

Report Finds California Government IT Security Flaws

A recent report by California’s state auditor uncovered “high risk deficiencies” at 21 of 33 government entities that are not forced to follow security standards developed by the California Department of Technology. Certain entities had not implemented basic security measures including changing default passwords and patching vulnerable systems. The report

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