21 Sep 2020

Sanctioned Putin associate ‘laundered millions’ through Barclays

According to recently leaked documents, one of Vladimir Putin’s closest friends may have been laundering money and avoiding sanctions through Barclays Bank in London. The associate, billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, has been close to the president since childhood. Barclays has released a statement claiming that it has met all legal duties

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21 Sep 2020

Deepfake Detection Poses Problematic Technology Race

Researchers are increasingly investigating the origins and distribution of deepfakes, fake content that is generated using deep neural networks to appear real. With the US presidential election upcoming, academic and industry researchers are seeking to prevent the spread of misinformation through deepfakes. Researchers have found success in focusing on unnatural

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21 Sep 2020

Maze Ransomware Adopts Ragnar Locker Virtual-Machine Approach

According to researchers with Sophos Managed Threat Response, the operators behind Maze ransomware have been adopting tactics from rival cybercrime organizations, adding a dangerous new feature. Maze ransomware can now distribute ransomware payloads through virtual machines. According to researchers, this is a “radical” approach that aims to avoid endpoint defense.

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18 Sep 2020

Google Play Bans Stalkerware and ‘Misrepresentation’

Google has announced that its Play Store will enforce stricter bans prohibiting the sale of spy and surveillance ware that could potentially contribute to political influence campaigns. Starting on October 1, any application that could allow someone to track the user’s location or online activity will be removed from the

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18 Sep 2020

Iranian Hackers Indicted for Stealing Aerospace & Satellite Tracking Data

The US Department of Justice has charged three Iranian hackers allegedly involved with the threat actor group APT39, accusing them of curating a campaign intended to steal critical data related to US projects and intellectual property in aerospace and satellite technology. This is the third time in just three days

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17 Sep 2020

Maria Kolesnikova charged under Belarus security law

Prominent Belarus opposition figure and protest organizer Maria Kolesnikova has been charged with incitement to undermine national security for her role in the demonstrations against Belarus’s recent elections, which kept Alexander Lukashenko in power. Three women, Kolesnikova included, have been leading a mass opposition movement. However, Kolesnikova is the only

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17 Sep 2020

Bluetooth Spoofing Bug Affects Billions of IoT Devices

Academic researchers at Purdue University have discovered a vulnerability within Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) that could allow for spoofing attacks. This bug remains unpatched in Android devices, potentially impacting millions of consumers and billions of IoT devices. The BLE spoofing vulnerability is likely a result of security experts overlooking the

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16 Sep 2020

Flaws in Philips Patient Monitoring Products Can Lead to Patient Data Exposure

A total of eight security issues have been identified in Philips patient monitoring solutions that could potentially lead to threat actors accessing sensitive patient data without authorization. Although the severity ratings of the flaws range from medium to low, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns that a low-skilled

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16 Sep 2020

Windows Exploit Released For Microsoft ‘Zerologon’ Flaw

Security researchers and US government authorities have been alerting the public to a critical privilege escalation flaw in Microsoft services, urging admins to address the pressing security issue. A proof-of-concept exploit code has been recently released for a Windows flaw that could allow attackers to obtain administrative privileges within a

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16 Sep 2020

More Cyberattacks in the First Half of 2020 Than in All of 2019

According to a recent study conducted by cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, recent threat activity throughout its customers’ networks has shown more intrusion attempts within the first half of 2020 than in all of 2019. This may be due to the pandemic and subsequent lockdown measures forcing employees to mass shift to

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