04 Jun 2021

UN sounds alarm over threat posed by emboldened Taliban, still closely tied to al Qaeda

A United Nations report released on Wednesday warns of a Taliban that remains close to al Qaeda and poses a severe threat to the government of Afghanistan. The UN Monitoring Team tracks security threats in Afghanistan and showed concerns in the report regarding the removal of the remaining US troops

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11 Jan 2021

Over 100,000 UN Employee Records Accessed by Researchers

Over 100,000 United Nations employee records and credentials were able to be accessed by security researchers in only hours. Sakura Samurai created a team to look for bugs to report to the UN under its vulnq disclosure program. Using the git-dumper tool, an exposed subdomain for UN program the International

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05 Oct 2020

UN Shipping Agency Forced Offline After Cyber-Attack

The United Nations agency for international shipping, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has reportedly been the victim of a cyberattack that forced several of its services online. The organization is tasked with enforcing regulations and ensuring the safety and security of global shipping. Last Wednesday, the IMO released a tweet

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16 Sep 2020

Venezuela: UN investigators accuse authorities of crimes against humanity

The United Nations has formally accused the Venezuelan government of crimes against humanity after an investigation into the country’s administration on behalf of the UN Human Rights Council. According to the investigation, the country has committed egregious violations including cases of killings, torture, and disappearances. President Nicolás Maduro and his

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03 Feb 2020

UN hacked: Attackers got in via SharePoint vulnerability

Last summer the UN’s database was compromised when hackers broke into 40 UN servers in offices located in Geneva and Vienna, obtaining access to sensitive data that could result in serious and far-reaching repercussions for staff and individuals associated with the UN. However, the UN failed to share the implications

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15 Jan 2020

U.N. Weathers Storm of Emotet-TrickBot Malware

Emotet malware operators have recently targeted the United Nations personnel in an attack that aimed to deliver the TrickBot trojan malware. Researchers at Confense stated that a phishing campaign fraudulently representing the Permanent Mission of Norway has taken place over the last several days. The emails were sent to 600

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09 Dec 2019

12 protesters killed in Baghdad as cleric warns against ‘foreign interference’

On Friday, gunmen operating several vehicles opened fire on an active demonstration in Baghdad, Iraq, leaving 12 dead and 22 wounded. This marks one of the most violent days in Baghdad in several weeks. Thousands of anti-government protestors took to the streets of Baghdad in Tahrir Square over the weekend,

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05 Dec 2019

U.S. warship in Gulf seizes missile parts of suspected Iran origin

On Wednesday, a US Navy warship stopped a boat linked to Iran containing advanced missile parts. The Trump administration has been pressuring Tehran to limit its activities in the Gulf region. The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that on November 25, the US had retrieved the missile components on a stateless vessel,

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03 Dec 2019

U.N. to deliver food aid to 4.1 million in Zimbabwe, fears ‘major crisis’

The United Nations announced on Tuesday that it plans to provide food assistance for 4.1 million Zimbabweans amid a food crisis in which a quarter of the population faces shortages due to drought. Zimbabwe is experiencing its worst economic crisis in over 10 years due to inflation on food, fuel,

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25 Oct 2019

Ongoing Phishing Campaign is Targeting UN and NGOs

Threat actors are targeting the United Nations (UN) and several NGOs in a mobile phishing campaign that aims to capture login credentials for Okta, Office 365 and Outlook accounts, research by Lookout shows. The phishing websites check whether users are using a mobile device in order to deliver relevant content.

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