20 Nov 2019

Congress Reaches Deal to Fight Robocalls

Committee-leading lawmakers in the House and Senate announced earlier this week that they are working on bipartisan comprehensive legislation to end robocalls. Robocalls are pre-recorded messages that target consumers and can be dangerous, scamming the recipient into handing over information. Congress members noted that roughly 26.3 billion calls were made

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20 Nov 2019

PayMyTab Exposes Data of US Restaurant Goers

PayMyTab, a mobile payments provider, exposed the data of thousands of customers for 16 months after failing to follow security protocols on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Data exposed in the privacy breach includes personally-identifying information of customers who had requested a receipt from their dining experience be emailed or texted

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20 Nov 2019

Thousands of Enterprises At Risk Due to Oracle EBS Critical Flaws

Oracle patched vulnerabilities that allow potential attackers to access a company’s entire enterprise resource planning solution, but research reports that 50% of over 21,000 organizations that use Oracle EBS for financial management, supply chain management, customer relationship management, and more have not yet deployed the patches. The patches were released

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19 Nov 2019

Why Iran’s Internet Shutdown Is A Stark Warning For Russia

Amid protests over increasing fuel prices, Iran shut down the internet to prevent images and videos from spreading internationally and to hinder the organization of protests. The shutdown was described by NetBlocks as very complex, as it took 24 hours to put into effect. On November 16th, large mobile network

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19 Nov 2019

VA Released Millions of People’s Personal Data Despite Known Risks

The Veterans Affairs Department allegedly disclosed sensitive personal information on millions of US citizens, including the spouses, doctors, and dependents despite warnings. The data breach was reported by an internal watchdog, who claimed that the practice had been occurring for over three years. In a report published last week, the

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19 Nov 2019

Iraqi spy chief warns ISIS is rebuilding

Lt. General Saad al-Allaq told CNN that senior members of ISIS are planning mass prison breaks while in refuge in Turkey. Al-Allaq stated that international efforts to prevent these prison breaks will be necessary as criminals are able to leave camps and return to home countries in Europe, Asia, and

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19 Nov 2019

Macy’s Customer Payment Info Stolen in MageCart Data Breach

American department store chain Macy’s announced that they suffered a data breach in October, resulting in customer payment information being exposed. The attack, called a MageCart attack, involves hackers compromising a website and using malicious scripts to steal information submitted when a customer purchases an item. Macy’s was not aware

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19 Nov 2019

Human Nature vs. AI: A False Dichotomy?

Today’s cyber-attacks can cost billions of dollars, data breaches, and loss of clientele, resulting in CISOs wary of employees’ abilities to guard data. Cybersecurity solutions used by enterprises and small businesses alike are difficult to use and create well-intentioned workarounds. These ‘shortcuts’ introduce new vulnerabilities that are capitalized by malicious

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18 Nov 2019

US Govt Recommends Vendor System Configs To Block Malware Attacks

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) reminded users last week to property configure systems to defend against malware. CISA published the document through the US National Cyber Awareness System, which is designed to keep users updated on current security threats. The agency recommended installing and

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18 Nov 2019

Iran’s top leader warns ‘thugs’ as protests reach 100 cities

Iran shut down internet access for 80 million people to suppress demonstrations that took place in over 100 cities. This made it extremely difficult for news sources and civilians alike to gauge the extent of the protests. Iran’s Supreme leader  Ali Khamenei cautiously backed the government’s decision to raise gas

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