13 Aug 2018

Hackers Could Cause Havoc By Pwning Internet-Connected Irrigation Systems

“Hackers could mess with a city’s water supplies without attacking its critical infrastructure directly, but instead targeting its weakest link: internet-connected sprinklers, researchers warn in a new academic study. The researchers studied three different Internet of Things devices that help control irrigation and found flaws that would allow malicious hackers

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13 Aug 2018

The Sensors That Power Smart Cities Are a Hacker’s Dream

“Smart” cities are built on a foundation of sensors that regulate traffic lights, radiation sensors, and water levels. These sensors allow for data aggregation and powerful analysis to improve operations, but also pose a high risk of manipulation. These targets are also the focus of many nation state attackers, with

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08 Aug 2018

German cyberwarriors assert right to ‘hack back’ when attacked

“German authorities believe they are on firm legal footing to retaliate against cyber attacks by unleashing digital or conventional counterattacks, according to a series of recent written responses by government officials to lawmakers. The documents shed light on some of the legal considerations of cyber-warfare mulled in Berlin, just as

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08 Aug 2018

Why small cyberattacks on power systems more likely than a long-running blackout

“Attacks on American power systems are likely to be small and localized, according to a cybersecurity firm, casting doubt on the ability of a foreign power to take down broad swaths of U.S. electric systems at once. Given current technology it is not reasonable to expect an enemy to shut

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07 Aug 2018

How to not get hacked at Black Hat

“Few environments provide a more target-rich environment for cyber criminals than the estimated 17,000 information security experts gathered in Las Vegas this week for the annual Black Hat security conference. Cyber threats at the show can be abundant. ‘We see it all,’ Black Hat General Manager Steve Wylie told Fifth

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07 Aug 2018

Twitter botnets are becoming more sophisticated

“Twitter bots are becoming more sophisticated, at the same time that Trump administration officials are warning of an ongoing Russian disinformation campaign fueled by automated social media accounts. A wave of Twitter accounts are spoofing celebrity profiles, engaging in fraud and using verified profiles that have been hacked, according to

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03 Aug 2018

Genetic Testing Companies Release Guideline on How to Handle DNA Data

Genetic testing companies maintain databases of genetic information on millions of people who have used their services to obtain information on their family history and health. These companies released guidelines this week regarding the protection of this sensitive data, including the commitment to transparency and agreements that companies will only

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03 Aug 2018

Government workers in Alaskan town switch to typewriters after cyber-attack

A small Alaskan borough has switched to typewriters while their computer systems are rebuilt following a ransomware attack that disabled nearly all of its 500 computers and 120 servers. The ransomware also extended to some of the department’s back-up data. The borough is not paying the ransom, and the “encrypted

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03 Aug 2018

After a decade, Google finally agrees to censor search results in China

Nearly ten years ago, Google decided to leave its 1/3 share of the Chinese search-engine market rather than censor its search results as mandated by the Chinese government. New reports indicate, however, that Google has been working with Chinese officials to release a censored search engine platform that could me

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02 Aug 2018

Three Ukrainians Arrested for Hacking Over 100 US Companies

“Three Ukrainians have been arrested for hacking more than 100 US companies and stealing millions of customer records, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday. ‘Since at least 2015, FIN7 members engaged in a highly sophisticated malware campaign targeting more than 100 US companies, predominantly in the restaurant, gaming, and hospitality

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