27 Jun 2019

Huawei security: Half its kit has ‘at least one potential backdoor’

Against a background of US-China trade tensions and a US ban on Huawei telecommunications equipment over security concerns, security researchers with Finite State claim that more than half of Huawei products come with “at least one potential backdoor”. In a report[pdf] released by the IoT security firm, Finite State mentions

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26 Jun 2019

US Tech Companies Sidestep a Trump Ban, to Keep Selling to Huawei

US tech firms including Intel and Micron are evading a US executive order barring them from selling American technology to Huawei, industry insiders claim. The US companies sidestep sanctions on Huawei by not labeling their technology as American-made. While US firms are allowed to sell American technology that is used

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26 Jun 2019

Companies on Watch After US, Iran Claim Cyberattacks

Against a background of mounting tensions between Washington and Tehran, both the US and Iran have started targeting each other in cyberspace. As result, experts are warning critical infrastructure companies and organizations doing business in the Middle East to step up their cybersecurity efforts in order to protect themselves against

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24 Jun 2019

US Adds AMD Joint Venture to Entity List

In the latest episode in the technological cold war between the US-China, the US Department of Commerce has added five Chinese organizations to its list of foreign entities that are considered a security risk. The list was established last month when US President Donald Trump signed an executive order enabling

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21 Jun 2019

Iranian Hackers Launch a New US-Targeted Campaign as Tensions Mount

In the midst of rising US-Iran tensions, security researchers with Crowdstrike and Dragos have uncovered a new Iranian cyber campaign targeting organizations in the United States. The state-backed Iranian hacking group APT33 (aka Magnallium, or Refined Kitten) is behind the phishing campaign that has targeted around half a dozen organizations

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21 Jun 2019

Russia-Linked Hackers Hijack Infrastructure of Iranian Threat Group

A new Symantec report sheds light on the recent activity of Turla (aka Waterbug, KRYPTON, Venomous Bear), a Russia-linked cyber-espionage group. Since early 2018 the group has launched at least three distinct campaigns that all relied on different tools. The attacks have targeted 13 organizations, including government agencies, across 10

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19 Jun 2019

FBI warning: Foreign spies using social media to target government contractors

In April of this year, the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) warned government contractors that their employees are being targeted on social media by foreign intelligence services, with the aim of recruiting individuals with US government security clearances. The alert outlined four recent, real world examples of campaigns that

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14 Jun 2019

Experts: Spy used AI-generated face to connect with targets

Research by the Associated Press has uncovered what seems to have been a state-run espionage campaign centering on a fake LinkedIn profile that managed to connect with various influential people in Washington. Moreover, experts believe that the people behind the campaign used artificial intelligence (AI) to generate the profile picture

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11 Jun 2019

Huawei Denies Being Bound by Chinese Spy Laws

In a testimony to the UK parliament,¬†Huawei’s head of cyber security on Monday stated that the firm’s attorneys have assured it that the Chinese government cannot legally force it to conduct foreign intelligence work. The US has designated Huawei a threat to national security, arguing that national security laws in

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11 Jun 2019

Huawei Represents Massive Supply Chain Risk: Report

New research by Recorded Future describes Huawei as a massive security threat to US organizations because the widespread use of Huawei products provides the firm with access to enormous amounts of data on individual users, companies, and governments. All of that data may be compromised by the Chinese government as

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