26 Aug 2019

Why the CIA doesn’t spy on the UAE

The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) does not spy on the government of the United Arab Emirates even though that country’s affiliations and actions on the world stage do not always align with US interests, former CIA officials warn. For instance, the UAE finances Libyan renegade military commander Khalifa

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23 Aug 2019

Open-source spyware bypasses Google Play defenses — twice

Threat actors managed to upload a spyware-serving radio app to the Google Play Store twice within two weeks, ESET discovered. The app was called Radio Balouch and while it actually worked as advertised, it also infected users with AhMyth, an open-source remote access spyware tool. After the app made it

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22 Aug 2019

China is Spying on Cancer Research

The three biggest cyber threats to healthcare organizations are cyber espionage, data theft and destructive cyber attacks, a new FireEye report indicates. According to the study, threat actors are selling numerous compromised healthcare databases on underground forums, most of which costs less than $2,000. These databases contain the personally identifiable

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21 Aug 2019

Chinese Cyber-Spies Target US-Based Research University

In April of this year, FireEye security experts detected and eventually stopped a cyberattack on a research university located in the United States. Interesting detail: the attack was launched by the notorious Chinese state-backed cyber espionage group APT41. The attackers went after an Internet-facing web server and managed to exploit

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20 Aug 2019

Trump Gives Huawei 90 Day Reprieve, But Customers Warned To Ditch The Brand

The US Commerce Department on Monday announced an additional 90-day reprieve that gives US organizations until November 19 to cut ties with Chinese tech giant Huawei before a ban forbidding firms from doing business with the company officially goes into effect. US President Donald Trump had threatened to block the

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20 Aug 2019

Uganda, Zambia Deny Huawei Helped Spy on Political Opponents

Uganda and Zambia are denying a recent Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report claiming that Huawei assisted the governments of these countries in espionage campaigns that targeted political opponents. According to the report, employees of the Chinese tech giant enabled both governments to monitor the movements, social media activity and other

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14 Aug 2019

Federal Ban on Chinese Telecom Equipment Takes Effect

The United States officially prohibited federal agencies from purchasing telecommunications and surveillance equipment manufactured by Huawei and four other Chinese companies on Tuesday. The ban, which realizes various provisions of the 2019 National Defense Administration Act, was introduced out of security concerns over the potential of cyber espionage by Chinese

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13 Aug 2019

Security warning for software developers: You are now prime targets for phishing attacks

A new report by Glasswall shows that nearly half of all phishing attacks target the technology sector, with software developers being the most likely targets. The main of phishing campaigns that target tech firms is usually theft of intellectual property. These attacks can be carried out on behalf of companies,

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09 Aug 2019

Huawei just announced HarmonyOS, its answer to Android

Huawei has officially announced its new operating system, called Harmony OS. Earlier this year, after the United States government extended its ban on Huawei products to the private sector over security concerns, Google banned the Chinese tech giant from using Android, forcing the firm to develop Harmony as an alternative. Huawei

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08 Aug 2019

Chinese government hackers suspected of moonlighting for profit

FireEye researchers have discovered that members of the notorious Chinese state-backed cyber espionage group APT41 are making money on the side by carrying out ransomware campaigns targeting game companies as well as other financially-motivated attacks. Sandra Joyce of FireEye says that “APT41 is unique among the China-Nexus actors we track

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