11 Dec 2018

‘PowerSnitch’ Hacks Androids via Power Banks

“An inexpensive Android hacking tool can create a covert communications channel in the power current generated while a smartphone charges on a power bank. The so-called ‘PowerSnitch’ attack, which was demonstrated here this week by Oxford University researcher Riccardo Spolaor, shows that a determined hacker doesn’t actually need a network

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10 Dec 2018

Shanghai: Everyone safe but watched in mega-city full of cameras

“Municipal officials in Shanghai now take pride in the litany of Internet of Things applications in their city that make streets and homes safer. For instance, they say cameras at the entrance to a residential estate can scan the face of a driver and his car plate and instantly open the

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10 Dec 2018

Stopping the Cybersecurity Brain Drain Calls for Outside the Box Thinking

President Trump’s National Cyber Strategy includes the development of a “superior cyber workforce.” But given the difficulty in recruitment and retention of skilled cyber personnel, this goal may remain illusive. According to the Commerce and Homeland Security departments, there were around 299,000 openings for cybersecurity positions in August 2017, positions

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10 Dec 2018

Australia Anti-Encryption Law Triggers Sweeping Backlash

“A controversial Australian bill, which could give the government access to data protected by end-to-end encryption, was passed Thursday. The bill, called the Assistance and Access Act, empowers Australian police to essentially force companies (that are operating in the country) to help the government hack into systems, plant malware or

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07 Dec 2018

DHS wants a custom cyberthreat warning network

“The Department of Homeland Security wants to create a social network that businesses can use to exchange advanced knowledge of cyberattacks, an effort that echoes what a number of private sector organizations have created but is intended to operate on a larger scale. In a pre-solicitation statement, the agency said

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07 Dec 2018

Australia cracks open encrypted messaging

“Cryptology experts fear that contentious Australian laws that require tech firms to give security agencies access to encrypted data could be exploited by the same terrorists and criminals they are supposed to entrap. Passed by federal parliament Thursday, the Assistance and Access Bill is likely to be copied in some

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07 Dec 2018

Infected WordPress Sites Are Attacking Other WordPress Sites

“WordPress sites are being targeted in a series of attacks tied to a 20,000 botnet-strong army of infected WordPress websites. Behind the WordPress-on-WordPress assault is a widespread brute-force password attack leveraged through a Russian proxy provider and targeting a developer application program interface (API). The attacks, first identified by the

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07 Dec 2018

Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

“Last year, an Oxford study revealed that military veterans are ripe targets for exploitation by foreign powers seeking to undermine American democracy. The report concluded that veterans are more likely than the average person to be community leaders and that their political opinions have significant influence on those around them.

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07 Dec 2018

Australian think tank hit by cyber attacks from China

“Australia’s leading foreign affairs think tank has been the subject of at least two cyber attacks from China, in an apparent effort to view its dealings with the federal government and foreign dignitaries. The attacks on the Lowy Institute mirrored a Chinese campaign against think tanks in the United States,

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06 Dec 2018

Clues in Marriott hack implicate China – sources

Unnamed investigators on the Marriott data breach have stated that tools, techniques, and procedures used in the attack have been used in the past by Chinese hackers. The sources were not authorized the discuss the probe but speaking on the condition of anonymity, shared that the campaign may have been

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