Cybersecurity

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Tips on Safeguarding Data Before Upgrading Mobile Phones

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has released an article with tips on how to protect personal information before trading in a mobile phone for a newer model. FTC recommends the following four steps to safeguard these devices: Back up...

Macy’s Stock Drops in Wake of Data Breach

Macy's confirmed on Tuesday that its website suffered a security breach for a week in October exposing the personal information of customers including their payment details. Macy’s stock lost 10.9% in Tuesday trading, its worst one-day performance in three months....
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WhiteFox Secures Remote ID for Drone Manufacturer DJI

WhiteFox, a provider of drone security,partnered with the world's largest drone manufacturer DJI to secure drone and operator identity during the United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Drone Enable 3 Symposium. ICAO is a United Nations specialized agency representing...
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Lawmaker Urges Justice Department to Prevent Drones from Interfering with Firefighting

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Friday wrote to the Department of Justice to exercise its legal authority to prevent drones from interfering with firefighting efforts in California and throughout the West. “Troubling reports have surfaced, such as on October 31,...

UniCredit Says 2015 Breach Exposed Data of 3 Million Clients

UniCredit said on Monday that it has uncovered a data breach involving the personal records of 3 million domestic clients, the third security incident at Italy’s top bank in recent years. A file generated in 2015 contained names, city, telephone number...

NordVPN Admits to a 2018 Data Center Breach

Virtual private network provider NordVPN has confirmed that it was hacked March 2018. This admission comes after rumors that the company had been breached. According to the company, an expired internal private key became exposed earlier this year, allowing for the...

NIST Releases Plan For Federal Engagement in the Development of AI Standards

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) last week announced the release of its long-anticipated Plan for federal engagement and U.S. leadership on artificial intelligence (AI) standards. Titled, U.S. Leadership in AI: A Plan for Federal Engagement in Developing Technical...
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Texas Hit With Ransomware Targeted Against 23 Organizations Connected to Local Government Departments

A cybersecurity incident on August 2019 in the U.S. state of Texas in which about 23 entities connected to smaller local governments where hit by a ransomware attack had led to the launch of an investigation into the matter...

US Grants Huawei Another 90-day Extension to Purchase From American Suppliers

The Trump administration has extended a deadline for U.S. businesses to cut ties with Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, according to a statement by Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Monday. The reprieve given to Huawei permits the Chinese firm...

DHS CISA Warns That Iranian Hackers Increasingly Using Destructive ‘Wiper’ Attacks

The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Christopher C. Krebs on Saturday released a statement in response to the recent rise in malicious cyber activity, including spear phishing and brute force attacks, by...

Hackers Target Mobile Phone Networks in Sophisticated Cyber Espionage Attack

Hackers compromised companies in more than 30 countries with the aim of gathering information on individuals in government, law-enforcement and politics, according to a report from Investigators at U.S.-Israeli cyber firm Cybereason. Cybereason's chief executive, Lior Div, told Reuters that...
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NSA Releases Advisory on BlueKeep Vulnerability

The National Security Agency (NSA) has released a cybersecurity advisory for CVE-2019-0708—a vulnerability dubbed BlueKeep. Although Microsoft has issued a patch, potentially millions of machines are still unpatched and remain vulnerable. Microsoft has warned that this flaw is potentially “wormable,”...
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11.9 Million Patients Affected by Quest Diagnostics Breach

Medical testing company Quest Diagnostics revealed on Monday that a third-party billing company has been hit by a data breach affecting 11.9 million patients. The breach affected the personal information of the patients, including Social Security numbers, financial information...

HSCC Releases Medical Device and Health IT Joint Cybersecurity Plan

The Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) on Wednesday released new recommendations for manufacturing and managing the security of medical devices for clinical practice. The voluntary, consensus-based Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP) is the culmination of a year...

DOE Awards $40 Million in Funding for Grid Modernization Initiative

The Department of Energy (DOE) last week announced $40M in FY19 funding for the Grid Modernization Initiative (GMI). The GMI, a crosscutting initiative involving all the applied energy offices, focuses on working with public and private partners to develop...

International Ransomware Attack Could Cost $193B in Economic Damages: Report

A new report from the Cyber Risk Management (CyRiM) project has projected that an international ransomware attack could cost $193 billion in damages. Such an attack would cost the US $89 billion, accounting for nearly half of the total...

US Intelligence Officials Warn China, Russia Pose Biggest Espionage and Cyberattack Threats

China and Russia possess cyber capabilities capable of disrupting US critical infrastructure, including power networks, US companies, the military and election systems. Iran and North Korea are also capable of launching similar disruptive cyberattacks. This poses a significant threat...

Apple Facetime Privacy Breach: New York AG and Governor Announce Investigation

New York Attorney General Letitia James and Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday announced an investigation into Apple’s failure to warn consumers about the FaceTime bug and slow response to addressing the issue. The bug jeopardized the privacy of consumers by...

Justice Department Announces Efforts to Disrupt Joanap Botnet Used By North Korean Hackers

The Justice Department on Wednesday announced what it called “an extensive effort” to map and further disrupt, through victim notifications, the Joanap botnet – a global network of numerous infected computers under the control of North Korean hackers that...

Airbus Says Systems Breached in Cyberattack

Airbus on Wednesday said it had detected a cyberattack on its commercial aircraft business information systems which resulted in unauthorized access to data. Affected data includes professional contact and IT identification details of some Airbus employees in Europe, the...

NCSC Launches Campaign to Help Private Sector Tackle Threats From Nation State Actors

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC) on Monday said it is distributing videos, brochures, and other informative materials to help the private sector guard against growing threats from foreign intelligence entities and other adversaries. According to the NCSC, it...

Delivery Robot Goes up in Flames: Manufacturers Blame ‘Human Error’

An autonomous food delivery robot caught fire on a Berkeley, California walkway on Friday. The robot is part of a fleet of robots manufactured and managed by the startup, Kiwi. The company released a statement in which it said...
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Self-Driving Cars Increasingly Targeted by Vandals in Arizona

Self-driving vehicles have increasingly become the targets of vandals in Arizona with the police there recording at least 21 incidents over the past two years. This includes people pointing guns, jumping in front of the vehicles, slashing tires and...

BT Removes Huawei Equipment From 5G Network Core

Britain’s BT Group said on Wednesday it was removing Huawei Technologies’ equipment from the heart of its 5G mobile network when it is rolled out in the UK. BT also confirmed that it was stripping Huawei equipment from the...

NYPD Unveils 14 Newly Acquired Drones and Special Unit to Operate Them

The New York Police Department (NYPD) on Tuesday announced its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program, which will be comprised of newly acquired Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), or drones, and the licensed NYPD officers of the Technical Assistance Response Unit...

Scammers go Low-Tech to Target Senior Citizens

The FTC issued a warning on Monday about a ruse by scammers to get people to part with money in the form of gift cards or cash, sent by mail. According to the FTC, scammers even go as far as...
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Phishing Scams on the rise, Taxpayers Urged not to ‘Take the Bait’

The IRS has warned people to be on the lookout following what it termed “a surge of new, sophisticated email phishing scams.” According to the IRS, taxpayers saw many more phishing scams in 2018 and recorded a 60 percent increase...

FTC Recommends Precautions to Prevent identity Theft Following Marriott Breach

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on Monday released an alert to provide affected users with recommended precautions against identity theft after the recent breach of the Marriott International Starwood guest reservation database. According to Marriott, the hackers accessed people’s names,...
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DHS, FBI, NCCIC Issue Alert on SamSam Ransomware

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Monday issued an activity alert to inform computer network defenders about SamSam ransomware, also known as MSIL/Samas.A. Specifically,...
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Quora Hacked: 100 Million Users Affected

Q&A website Quora disclosed on Monday that one of its systems was accessed without authorization by hackers on Friday, with the user data of approximately 100 million users affected. Compromised information include: Account information, e.g. name, email address, encrypted (hashed)...

Dem Lawmakers Query Law Enforcement’s Use of Amazon’s Controversial Facial Recognition Software

Eight democratic lawmakers sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Thursday reiterating their concern about Amazon’s facial recognition technology, Rekognition, and the company’s decision to make it available for the use of law enforcement agencies. The lawmakers acknowledged...

Hackers Access Marriott Guest Reservation Database, Compromising Data of 500 Million Guests

Marriott International Inc said on Friday that there was unauthorized access to the Starwood guest reservation database, which contained guest information relating to reservations at its Starwood properties, on or before September 10, 2018. Starwood brands include: W Hotels, St....

Financial Institutions in Singapore Develop Blockchain Settlement System

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and Singapore Exchange (SGX) said on Sunday they have successfully developed Delivery versus Payment (DvP) capabilities for the settlement of tokenized assets across different blockchain platforms. DvP system utilizes smart contracts to simplify post-trade...

French President Macron Launches International Agreement on Cybersecurity Principles

President Emmanuel Macron of France on Monday launched the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace aimed at developing common principles for securing cyberspace. Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, laid out the challenges...

Salesforce Wins Patent to Detect Spam Email Using Blockchain Technology

Salesforce has won a patent to detect spam emails using blockchain technology. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published a document, Nov. 7. that describes the intent of the cloud-based customer relationship management firm to use blockchain to ensure...

NCCIC Releases Report on Use of JexBoss by Hackers to Carry Out Exploits

The NCCIS on Thursday released a report on the use of exploitation tool JexBox by hackers to remotely access the systems of victims. Analysis Report (AR) AR18-312A: JexBoss - JBoss Verify and EXploitation Tool provides information on JexBoss' capabilities,...

Bank of England to Carry Out Test to Gauge Finance Sector’s Resilience to Cyber Attacks

The Bank of England said it will carry out a test on Friday to gauge the financial sector's ability to withstand a major cyberattack. According to the BoE, it will host a one-day exercise on Nov. 9 in partnership...
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DOJ Charges Chinese Intelligence Officials With Recruiting Hackers and Insiders to Steal Aviation Data

The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday that 10 Chinese intelligence officers and hackers have been charged with stealing airline engine technology from French and U.S. companies. According to the DOJ, the Chinese intelligence officers and those working under their...

Nation-State Actors are Becoming More Aggressive in Attacking Our Supply Chain – NCSC Director

Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center William Evanina weighed in on the impact of the supply chain problem on America, from an economic and intelligence standpoint, during a media session at the Symantec Government Symposium, on October...

U.S. Restricts Exports to Chinese Semiconductor Firm Fujian Jinhua Due to National Security Risks

The Department of Commerce on Monday said it has taken action to restrict exports to Chinese semiconductor firm Fujian Jinhua, due to the belief that Jinhua poses a significant risk of becoming involved in activities that are contrary to...

User Data of About 9.4 Million Passengers Compromised in Cathay Pacific Hack

One of Asia’s top airlines, Cathay Pacific said Wednesday that it has discovered “unauthorized access” to the personal data of approximately 9.4 million passengers. The company said it initially discovered suspicious activity on its network in March 2018. Unauthorized access ...

British Airways Says Cyberattack Bigger Than Previously Thought

The cyberattack on British Airways affected even more customers than previously thought, the company said on Thursday. In September, the organization announced that hackers had stolen the data of thousands of British Airways customers, who had to cancel their credit...
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Super Micro Denies Allegations Chinese Hacked Chips: To Review Hardware

Super Micro Computer Inc on Monday stated in a letter to customers it will review its hardware for any proof of installation of malicious chips in its motherboards as alleged in a recent media report. A Bloomberg report on Oct.4...

Google Hid Google+ Security Bug That Exposed Information of Almost 500,000 Users

Google’s Vice President of Engineering Ben Smith on Monday revealed that the company will shut down the consumer version of its social network Google+ because data from up to 500,000 users may have been exposed to external developers by...
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Chinese Government Allegedly Infiltrates Servers of Multiple U.S. Companies: Amazon, Apple Deny

The Chinese government managed to gain access to the servers of almost 30 U.S. companies, including Apple and Amazon, according to a Bloomberg report. The infiltration occurred via the placement of tiny microchips, about the size of a rice grain,...

50 Million Users Affected in Latest Facebook Security Breach

Facebook said Friday it has discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts. According to Facebook, attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacted “View As”, a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks...

Port of San Diego’s IT Systems Disrupted by Ransomware Attack

The Port of San Diego said Thursday it is partnering with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to investigate what it referred to as “a serious cybersecurity incident” that has disrupted the...
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Uber Reaches $148 Million Settlement With U.S. States Over 2016 Breach

Uber has reached a $148 million settlement with 50 U.S states, including Washington, D.C., to resolve allegations that it failed to report a significant data 2016 data breach. The company paid hackers $100,000 to destroy stolen data from the breach...

White House to Prioritize Cyber Offense on Hackers in New Cyber Strategy

The Trump administration on Thursday warned foreign hackers of its intention to increase offensive measures as part of a new national cyber security strategy. “We will identify, counter, disrupt, degrade, and deter behavior in cyberspace that is destabilizing and contrary...
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Wyden Says State-Backed Hackers Targeted U.S. Senate Staff

A Democratic senator said in a letter to Senate leaders Wednesday that foreign government hackers continue to target the personal accounts of U.S. senators and their aides. Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.) expressed “serious concern” that the Senate's security office “apparently...

We Are at The Edge of Realizing the Potentials of Bug Bounties and Crowdsourced Security – Hackerone

More organizations are taking advantage of bug bounty programs to strengthen their security postures. It simply makes sense – crowdsource the best cyber talent at scale to find those security gaps before the bad actors find them, and exploit...
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ICO Slams Equifax With Maximum £500,000 Fine Over 2107 Breach

UK’s Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has issued Equifax with a £500,000 (US$660,000) fine for failing to protect up to 15 million citizens' personal data. The incident, which happened between 13 May and 30 July 2017 in the US, affected 146...
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Hackers Steal Newegg Customer Data Via Malicious Javascript Code

Online retailer Newegg is the latest victim of the actors behind Magecart, a financial theft group responsible for the recent breach of British Airways website and mobile application, involving about 380,000 victims. Their latest exploit was discovered by cybersecurity firm...

NCCIC Issues Advisory on Potential Hurricane Florence Phishing Scams

The National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) has urged for increased vigilance against malicious cyber activity seeking to exploit interest in Hurricane Florence. Fraudulent emails commonly appear after major natural disasters and often contain links or attachments that direct...
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Symantec Offers Free ‘Spoof Proof’ Campaign Website Testing Service Ahead of Elections

Cybersecurity firm Symantec on Tuesday said it is offering a free service to enable political candidates and campaigns test the security and authenticity of their websites. The AI-driven technology analyzes websites in Symantec’s telemetry, and if it discovers a spoofed...
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SAP Pioneers Development of Guiding Principles for Artificial Intelligence

German software firm SAP on Tuesday published what it called guiding principles for artificial intelligence. With the trend towards greater integration of AI into the society, the company said it designed the principles steer the development and deployment of...

Multiple PHP Vulnerabilities Could Allow Attackers Control Affected Systems

The Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) has released an advisory on multiple Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) vulnerabilities. An attacker could exploit one of these vulnerabilities to take control of an affected system. PHP is a programming language originally designed...

UK’s Mass Surveillance Exposed by Snowden Ruled Unlawful

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Thursday ruled that UK's bulk interception powers, exposed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, is illegal. In a landmark judgment, the court ruled agencies had violated rights as there were no proper safeguards. In...
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AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile Demo Standardized Mobile Authentication

The Mobile Authentication Taskforce, comprised of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon, will showcase its authentication solution that is less dependent on passwords to secure user accounts at Mobile World Congress Americas 2018. Developed collaboratively by the four largest U.S. wireless...
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Trump Signs Executive Order Allowing Sanctions for Election Meddling

President Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order allowing sanctions on foreign companies, organizations or entities the government determines to have interfered in U.S. elections. The executive order also requires any federal agency aware of election meddling to promptly report...

Hefty Fines Await Online Firms if They Fail to Remove Extremist Content Within an Hour

The European Union has proposed hefty fines on Google, Facebook, Twitter and other online platforms if they fail to remove extremist content within one hour. “One hour is the decisive time window in which the greatest damage takes place,” Jean-Claude...

EU Lawmakers Advocate for Global Ban on Killer Robots

The European Union is advocating for concrete efforts against “killer robots” on Wednesday when the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for an international ban on the development, production and use of weapons that kill without a human deciding...
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Internet Association Proposes Privacy Principles to Modernize National Privacy Legislation

A group representing major internet companies including Facebook, Amazon and Alphabet said on Tuesday it backed modernizing U.S. data privacy rules but wants a national approach that would block California’s new regulations that take effect in 2020. “Data has revolutionized...
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Lawmakers Urge State Department to Adopt ‘Basic’ Cybersecurity Measures

A bipartisan group of Senators want the State Department to adopt what they refer to as basic cybersecurity measures to protect against phishing, hacks and other cyberattacks, in a letter released today. Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Cory Gardner, R-Colo., Ed...

Facial Recognition System Unveiled at Washington’s Dulles Airport Touted as ‘User Friendly’

Facial recognition systems are being used to speed up the boarding process at Dulles International Airport and may eventually eliminate the need for a boarding pass. As facial recognition technology use generates intense scrutiny, a new system unveiled at Washington's...
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Chamber of Commerce Urges Congress to Implement Federal Privacy Standard to Block State Privacy Laws

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday released its Privacy Principles, in which it urged Congress to adopt a “federal privacy framework that preempts state law on matters concerning data privacy in order to provide certainty and consistency to...
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House Passes Bill to Allow DHS Block Risky Foreign Contractors

The House on Tuesday passed a bill to authorize the Secretary of Homeland Security to implement security requirements for information relating to supply chain risk. The Securing the Homeland Security Supply Chain Act of 2018 would give the Secretary of...

Attorney General Jeff Sessions ‘Concerned’ Social Media Companies Stifling Free Speech

The Justice Department will meet with state attorneys general to discuss concerns that social media platforms were “intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas,” according to a statement released on Wednesday. “The Attorney General has convened a meeting with a...
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North Korean Charged by Justice Dept. in WannaCry, Sony Cyberattacks

The Department of Justice (DOJ) said on Thursday that it is charging a North Korean programmer for his involvement in a conspiracy to conduct multiple destructive cyberattacks around the world resulting in damage to massive amounts of computer hardware,...
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Homeland Security Awards Major Contract to ManTech for Key Cybersecurity Program

ManTech on Wednesday announced a $668 million GSA FEDSIM award to support the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Dynamic and Evolving Federal Enterprise Network Defense (DEFEND) program. Under the new six-year agreement, ManTech will serve as...
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U.S., U.K and Three Other Nations Urge Tech Companies to Build Backdoors Into Encrypted Services

  The Governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have released a joint memo in which they urged tech firms to “voluntarily” build backdoors as part of their encryption designs to allow nations “combat...
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NIST Launches Project to Develop Privacy Framework for Risk Management

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Tuesday announced that it has launched what it called a “collaborative project to develop a voluntary privacy framework to help organizations manage risk.” The proposed privacy framework will provide an enterprise-level...
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Hidden Costs in Data Breaches Hard To Quantify – IBM

Hidden costs in data breaches – such as lost business, negative impact on reputation and employee time spent on recovery – are difficult and expensive to manage, according to a new study by IBM. The study found that one-third...

Justice Department Announces Indictment of 12 Russian Spies Suspected in DNC Hacking

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday announced that a grand jury in the District of Columbia returned an indictment charging twelve Russian nationals for committing federal crimes that were intended to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential...

Microsoft Advocates for Regulation of Facial Recognition Tech

Microsoft President Brad Smith on Friday called for greater government oversight and corporate responsibility regarding the growing application of facial recognition technology. According to Microsoft, the more powerful a tool, the greater benefit or damage it can cause. This...

Smart TV Tracking: Legislators Blast Privacy Policies, Call for FTC Probe

Democratic senators Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, are requesting that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) launch an investigation into the privacy policies and practices of smart TV manufacturers. They...

Department of Commerce Lifts ZTE Ban After Payment of $1.4 Billion Fine

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced on Friday the lifting of the ban on U.S. suppliers selling goods to ZTE Corporation following the payment of $400 million, which was placed in escrow. The escrow funds are in addition...

AT&T to Acquire Threat Detection Firm AlienVault

AT&T announced Tuesday its plans to acquire AlienVault, a privately held company, to enable it expand its enterprise-grade security solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. AlienVault is based in San Mateo, Calif. The agreement will combine AlienVault’s expertise in threat intelligence...
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User Data of 21 Million Stolen in Timehop Data Breach

Timehop, a service targeted toward resurfacing old posts and photos on users’ social media accounts disclosed on Saturday that a security breach has led to the compromise of 21 million user data. According to the company, authorized administrative user's credentials...
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Adidas Warns Customers of Security Breach

Sportswear maker Adidas on Thursday alerted certain consumers who purchased on adidas.com/US about a potential data security incident. According to the company, on June 26, it became aware that an unauthorized party claimed to have acquired limited data associated...

House Passes Bill Aimed at Addressing Cyber Vulnerabilities in Industrial Control Systems

House lawmakers on Monday approved a bill aimed at addressing the vulnerabilities to technologies used in critical applications. The bill, H.R. 5733, the DHS Industrial Control Systems Capabilities Enhancement Act directs the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to identify...

Wi-Fi Alliance Releases WPA3 Security Standard to Enhance Wi-Fi Protections

The Wi-Fi Alliance on Monday introduced Wi-Fi CERTIFIED WPA3 to enhance Wi-Fi protections in personal and enterprise networks. This aims to consolidate on the success and acceptance of WPA2, and adds new features to simplify Wi-Fi security, enable more...
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Man Tries to Steal Domain at Gunpoint: Gets 20 Years for Armed Domain Hijacking

Sherman Hopkins Jr of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was sentenced on Thursday to 20 years in federal prison for attempting to forcibly steal a domain name from another man at gunpoint in 2017. Yes, you read that right – he tried...
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FTC Partners With BBB and Law Enforcement to Help Small Businesses Stop Scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Monday that it has launched Operation Main Street, an effort with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and law enforcement to educate small business owners on how to stop scams targeting their businesses. According to...

DHS, FBI Link TYPEFRAME Malware to North Korea

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have identified Trojan malware variants—referred to as TYPEFRAME—used by the North Korean government, and have published a Malware Analysis Report (MAR) to enable network defense and...

Spanish Football League La Liga Defends Spying on Users Through Phone Microphone

The La Liga app, the official streaming app for Spain’s most popular football league, has been used to access the microphone and GPS of Android users. According to the Spanish football league, the app downloaded more than 10 million times...

Dixons Carphone Admits Data Breach Affecting 5.9 Million Payment Cards

Dixons Carphone has suffered one of the UK’s biggest data breaches as the company revealed on Wednesday that hackers tried to steal almost six million credit card records and personal data from more than one million customers. Dixons Carphone plc...

Microsoft Partners With Thales on Cloud Solution for Armed Forces

European provider of defense and cybersecurity solution Thales said Monday it has partnered with Microsoft for the development of a common Defense Cloud solution for armed forces – a system designed to allow armed forces to securely store sensitive...

Feds Arrest 74 for Cyber-Enabled Financial Fraud

Federal authorities announced on Monday what they called a “significant coordinated effort” to disrupt Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes that are designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals, including many senior citizens. Operation Wire Wire, a...

Google Bars Use of Its AI Tech for Weapons, Will Work With Military

Google said Thursday it feels a sense of responsibility and will not design or deploy its AI tech in areas “whose principal purpose is to cause or directly facilitate injury to people.” The company stated it will avoid the...

ZTE to Pay $1 Billion Fine to End US Ban: Will Accommodate American Monitoring Team

US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced on Thursday a deal with China’s ZTE which will have the smartphone maker pay a fine of $1 billion, and onboard an American monitoring team to bring to an end a simmering trade...

FTC Sues to Stop Two Operations for Facilitating ‘Billions’ of Illegal Robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) said Tuesday it has filed a complaint in federal district court seeking to stop two related operations and their principals who allegedly facilitated billions of illegal robocalls to consumers nationwide, pitching everything from auto...
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FBI Moves to Disrupt Global Botnet of Infected Routers

The Justice Department announced on Wednesday an effort to disrupt a global botnet of hundreds of thousands of infected home and office (SOHO) routers and other networked devices under the control of a group of actors known as the...
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HSBC, ING Complete First Live Finance Transaction on Blockchain Platform

HSBC and ING on Monday announced they have carried out the first live trade-finance transaction on R3’s scalable blockchain platform called Corda. This transaction was for agrifood trading giant Cargill. The blockchain transaction involved a bulk shipment of soybeans from...

Efail: Email Encryption Standards Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

Researchers from the University of Applied Sciences (FH) in Münster, Horst Görtz Institute for IT Security at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven have released a paper demonstrating that the two most common email encryption standards are vulnerable...

Chili’s Customers’ Information Compromised in Data Breach

Brinker International, the parent company of Chili's Grill & Bar, announced Saturday that a data incident at some Chili’s restaurants may have resulted in a credit and debit card data breach. According to the company, the data incident may have...

Google Launches Overhauled Gmail With New Security Features, Self-Destructing Messages

Google on Wednesday launched a revamped Gmail, with new security and intelligent features. This includes an all-new Gmail, with a brand new look on the web, advanced security features, new applications of Google’s artificial intelligence and even more integrations...
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WhatsApp Raises Minimum Age to 16 Ahead of EU’s Incoming Data Protection Framework

Facebook-owned WhatsApp is raising its minimum age from 13 to 16 for users in Europe to help it comply with new data privacy rules coming into force next month. According to the company: If you live in a country in the...

International Operation Shuts Down Website Linked to More Than Four Million DDoS Cyberattacks

A website linked to more than four million cyberattacks across the globe has been shut down following an investigation led by the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the Dutch National Police, in collaboration with international law enforcement partners. The administrators...