04 Dec 2019

TrickBot Expands in Japan Ahead of the Holidays

IBM X-Force data indicated that Trickbot banking Trojan is undergoing code modifications and global attacks are increasingly targeting Japan ahead of the 2020 holidays. IBM reported that Trickbot is currently the most active and widely used baking Trojan. In August, Trickbot was modified to target mobile devices and is the

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04 Dec 2019

Magecart Hackers Open Fire at Smith & Wesson Customers

Digital skimming hackers targeted the website of major US gun producer Smith & Wesson, as well as their customers, over the weekend. Smith & Wesson is based out of Springfield, Massachusetts, and was attacked on Black Friday during one of the highest-grossing shopping days of the year. Smith & Wesson

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04 Dec 2019

FBI warns about snoopy smart TVs spying on you

A recent FBI report warned that hackers could take control of an unsecured TV, gaining the ability to turn on the microphone and camera. Although this risk has been on the radar for some time, only a few cases of hackers using TVs to cyberstalk homes have been recorded. However,

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03 Dec 2019

This iOS Security App Shares User Data With China: 8 Million Americans Impacted

As the use of VPNs increases rapidly, a report warns consumers that VPN apps may be collecting information on identities and locations, sharing this data with Chinese authorities. VPNs are typically used to protect the user from online tracking and snooping, allowing them to browse anonymously and achieve access to

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03 Dec 2019

Report: ‘Smishing,’ Deepfakes to Continue to Rise in 2020

Experian, an American credit reporting company, published a 2020 data breach industry forecast that stated “smishing” or text-based phishing, would be the next danger to consumers and agencies. Following smishing is drones that steal customer data, disruptive deepfakes, hacktivism, and identity theft through mobile payment systems. The report claims that

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03 Dec 2019

The FBI Investigated Viral Aging App FaceApp. Here’s What It Found

The FBI has confirmed that apps developed in Russia such as the viral face-aging app FaceApp are a threat to US security. The FBI warned the public not to use FaceApp and similar Russian-developed apps yesterday, calling them a potential counterintelligence threat. The National Democratic Committee already warned its 2020

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03 Dec 2019

Report: APT gang increased cyberattacks on businesses in Q3

Positive Technologies published a Cybersecurity Threatscape Q3 2019 update that found targeted attacks rose to 65% in Q3. Positive technologies also established that 81% of malware infections of corporate infrastructure originated with a phishing message. The targeted attacks in Q3 were mostly conducted by APT groups that pretend to represent

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02 Dec 2019

Kali Linux Adds ‘Undercover’ Mode to Impersonate Windows 10

Kali Linux is popular among ethical hackers and pen testers alike, commonly used by researchers and red teamers to perform security tests. Last week, Kali Linux released version 2019.4 to the public, and the newest version boasts a new ‘undercover’ mode in which users can convert the Linux desktop to

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02 Dec 2019

China Bans Deepfakes In New Content Crackdown

Beginning on January 1, any published deepfake videos created with AI or VR not explicitly labeled will be illegal in China. Content providers will be liable for prosecution and will be expected to police the system. A spokesperson for the government outlined risks involved with deepfakes, including their ability to

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02 Dec 2019

19 Dead In Mexican Cartel Shootout Near U.S. Border

As tensions rise between the US and Mexico, 19 people were killed in a gunfight between alleged members of the Cartel and Mexican government employees on Saturday. The attack occurred in the small city of Villa Union, just an hour from the US border. Mexican authorities stated that they took

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