23 Oct 2018

Hackers Breach Healthcare.gov, access the data of 75,000 users

“Hackers accessed sensitive personal data of more than 75,000 Healthcare.gov customers after one of its systems was breached, according to a Friday statement by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. According to the statement, CMS officials detected ‘anomalous system activity’ in the Federally Facilitated Exchanges system—one that health care

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22 Oct 2018

What Spammers Could Do with Your Hacked Facebook Data

Recently leaked data from 15 million Facebook accounts included names, email addresses, and phone numbers, while a further 14 million accounts had their usernames, date of births, gender, devices used, language settings, and possibly their relationship statuses, religion, hometown, current city, work, education, past 10 location checkins, and past 15

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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

Drug trafficking at sea is devastating island states, ministers say

“Ministers from tiny island states including Palau, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati are calling for help over the ‘devastating’ impacts of criminal networks in the fishing industry. Fishermen, unable to work because stocks are so low, are being lured into gun-running and drug trafficking by international organised crime, the small

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18 Oct 2018

Oil’s Most Dangerous Black Markets

“Much production is in volatile regions, and it comes as little surprise that production and trade in crude oil and refined petroleum products have produced a flourishing illicit market that presents socioeconomic, geopolitical, and environmental challenges, including deterioration of the rule of law. Oil is still the world’s leading energy

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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

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 Newest Password Technology Is Making Your Phone Easier for Police to Search

The way that current laws are written in the US has meannt that the “keys” to biometric passwords like facescans, fingerprints, and other similar technologies are treated like traditional searches for which police can easily obtain warrants. Alphanumeric passwords, however, are treated as “testimonial” evidence, meaning that defendants have Fifth

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15 Oct 2018

Drones swamp US-Mexico border but federal agents powerless to stop them

“The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI identified this week unmanned aerial systems, or drones, as one of the greatest national security threats to America — rating it as severe a concern as cybersecurity hacks, critical infrastructure attacks, and terrorism. While drones are often thought of as techie toys,

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15 Oct 2018

There’s a thriving black market for selfies with pictures of passports

A new report by Comparitech has found that selfies displaying passport information is a new market for counterfeiters, providing a method for obtaining bank accounts and other services under false names while bypassing many security features. “A passport scan is a digital picture of the ID page showing the bearer’s

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