06 Dec 2018

FBI: Watch out for Iranian SamSam malware

DHS and the FBI shared a joint alert on December third regarding the critical infrastructure threat posed by the Iranian SamSam virus. The ultimate purpose of the virus is the successful intrusion and takeover of a network for the purpose of extorting a ransom (ransomware). The alert recommended strong passwords,

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04 Dec 2018

The Biggest Data Breaches Of All Time, Ranked

News of new data breaches splash across the headlines on a seemingly weekly, if not daily, basis. Marriott’s loss of personal information from around 500 million guests is the most recent and one of the most largest. But how does it stack up against others by sheer numbers? This Nextgov

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04 Dec 2018

Threat from Islamic State-Affiliated Group Reason DRC US Embassy Closed

The U.S. Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been closed for over a week due to “credible” terror threat against U.S. government facilities in the capital. The nature of the threat was previously unspecified, but a U.S. official speaking with VOA under the condition of anonymity has

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03 Dec 2018

Cryptomining software could be used to steal corporate secrets

“Even though cryptocurrency prices have fallen, cybercriminals could still take advantage of mining software, and not for the reasons you think. Instead of creating alternative currencies, cryptomining software could be used for a more sinister attack that could steal corporate secrets, according to Troy Kent, a threat researcher at Awake

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03 Dec 2018

Pegasus Spyware Targets Investigative Journalists in Mexico

“Colleagues of slain Javier Valdez Cárdenas, known for investigating drug cartels, were targeted just days after his death. Of six messages analyzed (though more were received), several contained links shortened with bit.ly that ultimately pointed to known exploit URLs, while others included links directly containing previously–identified NSO Group exploit domains.

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28 Nov 2018

Half of all Phishing Sites Now Have the SSL Padlock

Once recommended as a sign of online safety, data suggests that around half of all phishing websites in Q3 2018 boasted the SSL padlock security icon next to its domain name, an increase of 35% over Q2. A likely reason for the increase is that users strongly associate the icon

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26 Nov 2018

CBP’s Facial Biometrics Program Has Caught 26 Alleged Imposters

Custom’s and Border Protection officials have reported 26 cases of facial biometrics technology catching imposters from entering the country since its rollout this summer. The technology compares the passport photo of the traveler with facial recognition technology on-site, and identifies individuals that do not match and require closer investigation or

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21 Nov 2018

The Entire Russian Military Will Be Trained in Anti-Drone Tactics

“Drones are a growing presence on the battlefield and recognizing that trend, the Russian Defense Ministry has ordered that all branches of its military begin training in anti-drone combat. Russian newspaper Izvestia reports that the first test of these new tactics came in October during training exercises on the Black

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21 Nov 2018

Russian Hackers impersonated State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, cybersecurity firm says

“Hackers impersonated State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert and another official, Susan Stevenson, as part of an effort to target hundreds of people in U.S. law enforcement and defense and law enforcement agencies, according to cybersecurity research firm FireEye Inc. The hackers are likely connected to Russian intelligence services, FireEye wrote

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21 Nov 2018

Inside the British Army’s secret information warfare machine

While disinformation campaigns waged by Russia and ISIS have become common stories, little is discussed or understood about comparable operations conducted every day by Western countries. While the emphasis on these operations are often that they are directly attributable to their respective sources (e.g. that people know they come from

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