07 Aug 2019

DARPA Is Taking On the Deepfake Problem

The United States Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is launching an initiative to battle the growing threat of deepfakes, which are images or videos doctored by artificial intelligence (AI) that show individuals saying and doing things they never said or did. According to the agency, deepfakes are increasingly used

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06 Aug 2019

Russian APT Abuses IoT Devices to Infiltrate Corporate Targets

Microsoft researchers have detected a new attack campaign by the Russian-linked hacking group Fancy Bear (aka APT28 or STRONTIUM) that targets corporate networks by compromising vulnerable Internet-of-things (IoT) devices. The targeted devices include VOIP phones, office printers, and video decoders. Hackers are taking advantage of devices that use default passwords

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06 Aug 2019

Connected Cars Could be a Threat to National Security, Group Claims

In a new report, the US nonprofit Consumer Watchdog (CW) warns that Internet-connected vehicles are a threat to national security due to the risk of coordinated hacking attacks that could target many vehicles at the same time. Currently, connected cars make up 20% of all vehicles on American roads and

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02 Aug 2019

The Landmark US-Russia Arms Control Treaty Is Dead

On Friday, the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty that played a key role in ending the Cold War nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union, officially became defunct. The INF Treaty collapsed in February when the US government announced that it will pull out of the agreement, a

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31 Jul 2019

Why nation-state hacking groups are increasingly turning to mobile malware

A new Crowdstrike report sounds the alarm on the rise of nation-state cyber campaigns targeting mobile devices. State-backed hacking groups in countries like China, North Korea, Russia, India and Pakistan increasingly use mobile malware to gather information on dissidents, journalists and for other malicious purposes. These campaigns are on the

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29 Jul 2019

Facebook removes fake accounts from Thailand, Russia, Ukraine, Honduras

Facebook has purged 294 accounts, 1,509 pages and 32 groups from Thailand, Russia, Ukraine and Honduras from its platform, the social media giant announced last week. The deleted resources, which had over 274,000 total followers, had been engaged in “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” such as misinformation campaigns and cyber scams. The deleted

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29 Jul 2019

China making ‘quite significant’ strides in supercomputing: Lowy Institute

A new report by the Lowy Institute ranks the military cyber capabilities of various countries, with a special focus on the Asia Pacific region. The index takes into account “the ability of countries to both defend against and commit acts of cyber espionage and attacks,” lead researcher Hervé Lemahieu stated.

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26 Jul 2019

Russia targeted election systems in all 50 states, Senate concludes

A new, heavily redacted report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee confirms that in 2016, Russian state-backed hackers carried out attacks on election systems in all 50 United States. Hacking activity related to this campaign started in 2014 and went on until at least 2017, according to the report. The

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26 Jul 2019

Russian Threat Group May Have Devised a ‘Man-on-the-Side’ Attack

Members of Iron Liberty, a cyber espionage group operating from Russia, have been using a novel attack technique dubbed “man-on-the-side” (MOTS) in order to install malware on targeted systems, research by Secureworks has found. MOTS resembles the well-known man-in the-middle (MITM) attack in which a threat actor covertly relays and

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25 Jul 2019

FBI Director Names China the Nation’s Most ‘Severe Counterintelligence Threat’

In a Tuesday testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Christopher Wray stated that “there is no country that poses a more severe counterintelligence threat to this country right now than China.” Wray also warned that Russia is still “absolutely intent” on interfering in the 2020 US presidential election.

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