22 May 2019

Facebook found hosting masses of far right EU disinformation networks

Campaign group Avaaz has uncovered a vast far disinformation campaign spreading fake news stories on Facebook in order to promote far right political positions to European voters ahead of the European Parliament election that will be held between 23 and 26 May. After being notified of the results of the

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22 May 2019

Trump Administration Could Blacklist China’s Hikvision, a Surveillance Firm

The US government may blacklist Chinese video surveillance giant Hikvision in order to prevent it from purchasing US technology. The Trump administration is expected to decide on this issue in the next few weeks. China uses Hikvision’s surveillance products to monitor the oppressed Muslim Uyghur minority in its Xinjiang region, but

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22 May 2019

Massive DDoS attacks lasting more than an hour increased 487% in 2019

New Kaspersky Lab research shows that distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks surged by 84% in the first three months of this year. This growth reverses the downward trend that was recorded throughout 2018. Compared to the first quarter of last year, larger attacks involving 100Gbps or more increased by a staggering

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22 May 2019

It’s not just WhatsApp, most messaging apps likely have security vulnerabilities

Cybersecurity experts warn that the recent Whatsapp vulnerability that allowed cyberattacker to remotely install malicious software on mobile phones, is unlikely to be the only flaw of that kind affecting messaging applications. In fact, Tom Uren of the International Cyber Policy Centre (ICPC) believes that “pretty much the entire suite

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22 May 2019

New Zero-Day Exploit for Bug in Windows 10 Task Scheduler

A notorious Windows exploit developer known by the moniker SandboxEscaper has released a new exploit that allows users with limited privileges to obtain complete control over files that can otherwise only be altered by admin accounts and system processes. The zero-day flaw affects the Task Scheduler utility and is relatively

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22 May 2019

Ransomware Not Gone but More Targeted, Report Says

A new Fortinet report underscores the current trend toward sophisticated, targeted cyberattacks involving custom code and living-off-the-land (LotL) techniques that enable attackers to take advantage of applications and processes already present on victim machines. Ransomware is no exception in this regard, for even though ransomware rates have dropped, targeted ransomware

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22 May 2019

Google Warns G Suite Customers of Passwords Stored Unhashed Since 2005

Google accidentally stored passwords of some G Suite customers in unhashed format for 14 years, the company acknowledged on Tuesday, adding that the issue “primarily impacted system generated or admin generated passwords intended for one-time use.” Google did not specify how many customers were affected. Gmail accounts are not affected

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21 May 2019

Millions of Instagram influencers had their private contact data scraped and exposed

A security researcher recently found an unsecured Amazon Web Services server exposing the personal information of over 49 million prominent  Instagram users including so-called “influencers,” celebrities and brands accounts. The leaky database consisted of scraped data. In addition to account information available to all followers, such as the account name,

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21 May 2019

US Delays Huawei Ban for 90 Days

The US Department of Commerce is temporarily delaying the consequences of President Donald Trump’s recent executive order enabling the government to forbid US firms from using Huawei telecommunications equipment. The Commerce Department issued a 90-day license “that grants operators time to make other arrangements and (gives) the Department space to

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21 May 2019

DHS warns of ‘strong concerns’ that Chinese-made drones are stealing data

The US Department of Homeland Security is warning that drones manufactured in China are a “potential risk to an organization’s information,” because they are capable of sending sensitive flight data to servers that may be accessed by the manufacturer as well as by other parties, such as the Chinese government.

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