15 May 2019

Trump is reportedly preparing to sign an executive order that would enable a ban on Huawei in the US

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week that would allow the US government to bar US organizations from using telecommunications equipment from firms if this use is considered to represent a national security risk. The order, which comes in the midst of new trade

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15 May 2019

Single server ties hacked diplomatic cables to Chinese cyberattacks worldwide

Researchers with the BlackBerry Cylance Threat Intelligence team have discovered that a previously uncovered Chinese hacking campaign targeting correspondence between European Union (EU) diplomats, is related to a host of other campaigns by “disparate” Chinese hacking groups. The researchers found that the campaigns make use of a single command-and-control (C2)

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09 May 2019

Pompeo Attacks China and Warns Britain Over Huawei Security Risks

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday warned the UK that as a result of China’s economic and political activity and aims, the country now represents “a new kind of challenge, an authoritarian regime that’s integrated economically into the West.” He also accused China of stealing “intellectual property for military

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09 May 2019

New leaks of Iranian cyber-espionage operations hit Telegram and the Dark Web

For the second time in three weeks, leaked data exposes Iranian hacking operations. Last month, a mysterious actor using the moniker Lab Dookhtegan leaked information on the state-backed Iranian hacking group APT34 (aka OilRig, HelixKitten) through a Telegram channel. Now, a group using the name Green Leakers has leaked information

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08 May 2019

Russian cyberspies are using one hell of a clever Microsoft Exchange backdoor

Notorious Russian hacking group Turla is using a highly sophisticated backdoor as part of a cyber espionage campaign targeting email servers, ESET researchers have discovered. The backdoor, dubbed LightNeuron, is the first of its kind “to be directly integrated into the working flow of Microsoft Exchange,” one of the researchers

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08 May 2019

Nation state actors, affiliates behind increasing amount of data breaches

The latest version of Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) shows that a growing number of data breaches is the result of attacks by state-backed hackers. In the 2018 report, these actors caused just 12% of data breaches, but this number almost doubled to 23% this year. Organized cybercrime remained

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07 May 2019

Countries draft 5G security proposals as US warns of Huawei threat

Last Friday, security experts from the US, the EU, Japan, South Korea and dozens of other countries met in Prague to discuss security guidelines that parties ought to follow while setting up their 5G networks. The attending parties agreed on a serious of nonbinding guidelines dubbed the ‘Prague Proposals,’ which

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03 May 2019

China stealing foreign military technology in race to become world power: Report

The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Thursday released its annual report[pdf] assessing the military power of China. The report states that China continues to pursue economic, foreign policy and security strategies that contribute to the realization of “a powerful and prosperous China that is equipped with a ‘world-class’ military,

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01 May 2019

Dutch Warn of ‘Worrying’ Russian, Chinese Cyber-Spying

The Dutch intelligence service (MIVD) on Tuesday warned that increased cyber espionage efforts by China and Russia pose a threat to the country and to all of Europe. “Offensive (cyber) activities, in particular by Russia and China, are worrying,” the MIVD stated in a new report. The agency blamed China

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01 May 2019

Vodafone Found Hidden Backdoors in Huawei Equipment

Vodafone has admitted to Bloomberg that it discovered backdoors in software for Huawei products used by the carrier to provide various services to customers in Italy. The backdoors were discovered between 2009 and 2011 and remained in place for years. As a result, Huawei could have obtained unauthorized access to

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