19 Oct 2018

Facebook Finds Hack Was Done by Spammers, Not Foreign State

“Facebook Inc. believes that the hackers who gained access to the private information of 30 million of its users were spammers looking to make money through deceptive advertising, according to people familiar with the company’s internal investigation. The preliminary findings suggest that the hackers weren’t affiliated with a nation-state, the

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19 Oct 2018

New Apple Portal Lets Customers Download All Their Data

“Apple users can now download a copy of their data through the tech company’s revamped privacy portal, TechCrunch reports. This privacy portal is already available for European citizens, as the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation law went into effect in May of this year. However, it is not available for every region

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19 Oct 2018

3 Years After Attacks on Ukraine Power Grid, BlackEnergy Successor Poses Growing Threat

Researchers are calling “GreyEnergy,” an offshoot of the BlackEnergy group that conducted a massive cyberattack on the Ukrainian power grid in 2015, an emerging threat to the Central and Eastern European power grid. Security firm ESET has released a report describing the group’s activities as focused on reconnaissance and espionage

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18 Oct 2018

Twitter Publishes 10 Million Election Meddling Tweets

“Twitter has decided to release data sets containing 10 million election meddling tweets, the company announced Wednesday in a blog post. If you parse the data you will find that these 10 million tweets came from 4,611 accounts, of which 3,841 are linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency. Another 770 accounts are potentially

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18 Oct 2018

SEC Calls for Better Accounting Controls as Cyber Scams Increase

“Public companies that are easy targets of cyber scams could be in violation of accounting rules that call for firms to safeguard assets, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Tuesday. The SEC said in an investigative report that nine public companies wired nearly $100 million to hackers who impersonated corporate

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18 Oct 2018

Dating site scam victims in the UK lose an average of $2,600 USD

According to research by Barclays, the majority of people who have been tricked into giving money to others they met on online dating sites lost over $2,600 USD. 37% of victims gave over $6,500 to fraudsters posing as a love interest, with the 45-64-year-old age bracket at the highest risk.

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17 Oct 2018

Is airport public Wi-Fi cyber-secure?

“A 2018 report published by security experts Coronet ranked the 45 busiest airports in the US in which passengers were most likely to be subject to a cyberattack, with San Diego International Airport coming in at the top of the list. And these risks weren’t minor. At San Diego alone,

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17 Oct 2018

Czech intelligence service shuts down Hezbollah hacking operation

“The Czech Security Intelligence Service (BIS) has intervened and taken down servers that have been used by Hezbollah operatives to target and infect users around the globe with mobile malware. ‘I can not comment on the details, but I can confirm that BIS has played a significant role in identifying

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16 Oct 2018

The answer to battlefield logistics problems could be IoT

“Global investment in the internet of things, or IoT, will top $15 trillion by 2025, according to analysts at Business Insider. The Defense Logistics Agency estimates more than 20 billion IoT devices will be in use by 2020 in homes, businesses and government, and the agency sees a military opportunity

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16 Oct 2018

DHS Downplays Report That Data Thieves Are Selling Millions of Voters’ Data

“Various data on up to 35 million U.S. voters as many as 19 states is for sale online, according to a new report from a pair of cyber security research firms. But the Department of Homeland Security says that’s nothing new: much of the data is either public or available

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