How the Dutch foiled Russian ‘cyber-attack’ on OPCW

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Four Russians, a car full of electronic equipment, and a foiled plot to hack the world’s foremost chemical weapons watchdog. The Dutch security services say Russia planned a cyber-attack on the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague earlier this year. At a press conference on Thursday, Defence Minister Ank Bijleveld… Read more »

Why Russian trolls may be more excited that the NFL is back than you are

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Millions of Americans are looking forward to the return of Sunday NFL football this weekend. And somewhere in St. Petersburg, a group of Russian trolls likely is too. The same Kremlin-linked group that posed as Americans on social media during the 2016 US presidential election has repeatedly exploited the controversy surrounding the NFL and players… Read more »

IoT is Coming Even if the Security Isn’t Ready: Here’s What to Do

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In a May study of 553 IT decision makers, 78% said they thought it was at least somewhat likely that their businesses would suffer data loss or theft enabled by IoT devices. Some 72% said the speed at which IoT is advancing makes it harder to keep up with evolving security requirements. Source: Wired Magazine Date: February 23rd, 2018… Read more »

ATM “jackpotting” comes to the U.S. as alleged thieves trick machines into giving up $328,200

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Two Venezuelan men went on a crime spree through Colorado, Idaho and Utah, cracking into seven ATMs and using software to trick the machines into spitting out as much as $98,000 at a time.  The alleged crooks used a technique common in Latin America and Europe but very new in the U.S. called “jackpotting.” Thieves use a key… Read more »

Data-stealing spyware ‘traced to Lebanon’

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A security bug that has infected thousands of smartphones has been uncovered by campaign group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).  Working with mobile security firm Lookout, researchers discovered that malware in fake messaging designed to look like WhatsApp and Signal had stolen gigabytes of data.  Targets included military personnel, activists, journalists and lawyers.  Researchers say they traced the… Read more »

Update your software today. Seriously.

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Chances are you own a smartphone or computer that contains a chip hackers could potentially exploit to get access to sensitive information.  That’s because billions of devices are affected by two major security flaws revealed by cybersecurity researchers recently. The flaws — dubbed Meltdown and Spectre — affect processing chips made by Intel (INTC), AMD(AMD) and ARM Holdings. That means if you… Read more »

The labs that protect against cyber warfare

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The world has entered a new era of conflict – offensive cyber-attacks aimed at infrastructure and society, all done without a shot being fired. The first nation state-level cyber-attack on critical infrastructure, widely attributed to a joint collaboration between American and Israeli intelligence against Iran, was uncovered in 2010. Known as the Stuxnet virus, the attack aimed… Read more »

HP laptops found to have hidden keylogger

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Hidden software that can record every letter typed on a computer keyboard has been discovered pre-installed on hundreds of HP laptop models. Security researcher Michael Myng found the keylogging code in software drivers preinstalled on HP laptops to make the keyboard work. HP said more than 460 models of laptop were affected by the “potential security vulnerability”. Source: BBC Technology… Read more »