19 Sep 2019

US Could Launch Cyberattack on Iran in Response to Saudi Oil Attack

A report by NBC News states that the US government may strike Iran in cyberspace as retaliation for the country’s alleged involvement in the recent drone attacks that disrupted about half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity. A cyberattack is seen a more likely response than a real world strike because it

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19 Sep 2019

Russia carried out a ‘stunning’ breach of FBI communications system, escalating the spy game on US soil

In 2016, Russian officials managed to breach the FBI communications system in a way that seriously undermined the bureau’s ability to track Russian spies in the US and prompted the FBI and the CIA to break off communications with certain assets out of fear they could otherwise be compromised by

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19 Sep 2019

The Air Force Will Let Hackers Try to Hijack an Orbiting Satellite

The US Air Force wants to let hackers attempt to take over a satellite at next year’s Defcon cybersecurity conference in Las Vegas. This year, the Air Force let infosec experts at the conference have a go at an F-15 fighter-jet data system. Because the hackers exposed several severe vulnerabilities,

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19 Sep 2019

Windows Defender malware scans are failing after a few seconds

The latest version of Windows Defender, the built-in anti-malware solution of Windows 10, is affected by a bug that causes Quick or Full scans to stop running after inspecting only a few files. The flaw is the result of a recent patch issued by Microsoft to solve another issue. It

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19 Sep 2019

New Attack Group Targets Saudi IT Providers

Security researchers with Symantec have been tracking a cyber campaign targeting IT providers in Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East. The firm attributes the campaign to Tortoiseshell Group, a previously undocumented threat actor that has been active since at least July of 2018. Tortoiseshell Group has infiltrated

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19 Sep 2019

Small businesses underestimate financial damage of cyberattacks

70% of small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs) believe that losses from a successful cyberattack on their firm would not exceed $25,000, while over half think total damages would remain under $10,000, a new AppRiver survey shows. This implies that small business owners are grossly underestimating the amount of money they

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19 Sep 2019

Businesses need to treat cybersecurity as something that crosses organizational boundaries

An new CompTIA survey reveals stark differences between how company executives, business employees and technology professionals view their organization’s cyber-readiness. While the majority of respondents in the first two categories were fully satisfied with their company’s cybersecurity efforts (55% of executives and 61% of business staff stated this), a mere

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19 Sep 2019

Smominru Mining Botnet In Cyber Turf War With Rival Malware

New research by Guardicore sheds light on the evolution of the Smominru mining botnet that infected over 500,000 devices last year. Last month, the botnet added 90,000 new victims to its tally and currently continues to grow at around 4.7 infections per day. It mostly targets Windows 7 and Windows

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19 Sep 2019

Massive Gaming DDoS Exploits Widespread Technology

Akamai recently registered the fourth-largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack ever detected by the firm. The attackers used a UDP amplification technique known as WS-Discovery (WSD) to target an organization in the gaming industry with up to 35/Gbps of malicious traffic. Security researchers identify two main reasons for why threat actors have

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18 Sep 2019

Australia concluded China was behind hack on parliament, political parties – sources  

In March of this year, Australia’s cyber intelligence agency – the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) – concluded that China was behind a February cyberattack targeting the computer network of the Australian parliament, insiders have told Reuters. However, a secret report by the ASD and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs

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